ANDY DUCK and the Artisan Skateparks crew has skatepark building planned for new skateparks in Durham, NC, Kill Devil Hills, NC, and Ocean Pines, MD. They just finished up a new park in Raleigh, NC featuring a multi-level flow area, street course and a vert bowl with multi level pockets, and oververt. Stay tuned for more. Pictured above is Dave Maxwell’s signature Boneless one. Pictured below is an overview of the masterpiece.

DOGTOWN NEWS – Jim Muir aka ‘Red Dog’ took a header while surfing on March 14, 2009 in a barrel at Zuma. He was medevac’d out and has 2 broken vertebrate in his neck and his having surgery on April 15, 2009. His neck is broken, but he still has full use of his legs and arms. Our prayers and best wishes are with him. Much respect and best wishes for a speedy recovery to Red Dog.

JULIAN MARTINEZ has been wrongly accused of robbery in Venice, CA according to his dad Jesse Martinez. Anyone that knows Julian, knows this is a bad rap. The truth will set him free, but he needs your help. Jesse Martinez and his family are seeking help with a legal defense fund for Julian. You may Paypal your donations to Please send what you can to help out the Martinez family as soon as possible.

POWELL PERALTA is back! Stacy Peralta rejoins George Powell and the crew to bring you a new revolution in 2009. For more visit Cab’s blog at

VENICE NEWS – To all the locals that know Ennis Miller from Venice, write letters to Ennis Miller at Ennis Miller, F72277 CTA North Fork Correction Facility 1605 E. Main Street Bldg. E-North, 245 Sayre, OK 73662.

SMELL THE ‘CRETE presented by Skater Made Films and Bart Saric. Skateboard Film Premiere with live performances by Ladykillers, Me at the Pub and Frontside Grind and DJ Cesar on Thursday, May 7, 2009 at the Knitting Factory 7021 Hollywood Blvd. Los Angeles, CA. Box office 323-463-0284 Starring: Kevin Anderson, Eric Britton, Chris Cudlip, Eric Dressen, Connor Getzlaff, Emmanuel Guzman, Bennett Harada, Omar Hassan, Neil Heddings, Christian Hosoi, Brendan Keavney, Jimmy Marcus, Jesse Martinez, Scott Oster, Josh Sandoval, Chris Swanson, Roland Sumile. Co-starring: Bill Danforth, Peter Hewitt, Sam Hitz, Post-Dogtown, Casey McMaugh, Tom Remillard, Robert Russon, Daniel Salgado and Jason Vanzant.

BLIND VIDEO – premiering May 7, 2009.

KING OF GEORGIA BATTLE OF THE SHOPS – Woodys Halfpipe and Brook Run Skatepark will be hosting the 1st annual King of Georgia Battle of the Shops Contest on Saturday April 4, 2009 at the Brookrun Skatepark in Atlanta, GA. The format of the Battle of the Shops contest is four categories of skateboarding: Rail, Flow Bowl, Tech and Gap. Shops and crews will enter teams of their top four skaters to represent them on each obstacle. Each skater from each team gets a half hour to session each obstacle. The flow bowl will be two, one minute heats. The shops will be asked to pick one pinch hitter. The pinch hitter’s role is to jump in if any one is blowing it or gets broken. At the end of the day the shop that averages the highest scores on all four of our obstacles gets to take home the cash prize. Each of the four events will have prizes for 1st through 3rd place, too. For info call 770-416-1475 or go to

SANTA CLARITA SKATEPARK GRAND OPENING – Friday, March 27 at 3:30pm-8:00pm
at Santa Clarita Sports Complex, Santa Clarita, CA.

PHILLY AM 2009 SKATEBOARD CONTEST – April 18th, 2009 at Woodward Skatepark – Philadelphia, PA. Entry fee is $20. 9am Registration. Groms, intermediate, advanced, sponsored, best line. Call 610-384-8626 or go to

PACSUN CLASH AT CLAIREMONT – March 14, 2009. Come see the world’s best skateboard and BMX pros riding together to crush cancer!’ Pro Skate and BMX Appearances: Andy MacDonald, Ryan Sheckler, PLG, Bucky Lasek, Buster Halterman, Adam Taylor, Jake Brown, Danny Mayer, Mimi Knoop, Alex Perelson, Elliot Sloan, Rob Lorifice, Simon Tabron, Kevin Robinson, Gary Young, Duane Peters, Christian Hosoi, Chris Miller, Lester Kasai, Dave Hackett, Steve Olson, Tony magnusson, Mike McGill, Adrian Demain, Pat Duffy, Mike Rogers. With Dave Duncan as emcee! $10 at the gate (kids 6 and under are free). Proceeds benefit Grind for Life ‘Helping People with Cancer’ Charity and the Krause Family / Contest takes place at Mission Valley YMCA Bike and Skate Park.

ZOO YORK ‘STATE OF MIND’ WORLD PREMIERE – JUNE 4, 2009 – NEW YORK CITY – Mark your calendar, because Zoo York’s highly-anticipated new full-length video, ‘State of Mind,’ will make its world premiere on June 4th in NYC. More information and additional premiere locations coming soon…

2009 BASIC BOWL CONTEST is set for Sat. April 18th in Huntington Beach, CA. Email for details.

OAKLEY INDEPENDENT VERT SERIES 2009 – Ambush at the Alley at Adrenaline Alley at Corby, UK on March 29th. Seaside Session at Ramp City Blackpool on May 3rd. Blockless Combat at Creation in Birmingham, UK on June 14th.

JESSUP GRIP TAPE has announced that Eric Koston is now on the Jessup grip tape team. For more information, visit

AVIATION SKATEPARK BUILDING MEETING – Aviation Skatepark Meeting on Monday, March 30 at 5pm-8pm in Kill Devil Hills, NC. Rob Nelson of says, ‘The more support the better! The park is getting built, we just need community interest to raise more funds to make the park better. Please attend with as many kids as you can bring.’. Aviation Skatepark Meeting at Kill Devil Hills Town Hall Meeting Room, Kill Devil Hills, NC. To see more details, follow the link below:

SKATE ONE NEWS – Hardcore Bushings – Destructo and Fury trucks each offer a truck with licensed BONES Bushing technology. Who will be next?

GALVESTON BOWL BASH 2009 – Sponsored by Embassy Skateboards and Underground Surf Depot on Saturday, March 28 at 10:00am-4:00pm at Galveston Island Skate Park at Menard Park, Galveston, TX.

KRIS MARKOVICH SIGNS WITH ERGO’S SKATE TEAM – ERGO is pleased to welcome Kris Markovich to its pro skate team. Southern gentleman, skateboarder and artist, Markovich, brings to ERGO both longevity and respect within the skate community. His major accomplishments range from launching his own skateboard company to securing continuous coverage in skate magazines, broadcast and film for more than a decade. In the coming year, expect to see Markovich traveling throughout the United States skateboarding with the ERGO team while making several stops along the way to feature his artwork; also expect to see his artwork on several signature ERGO items each season. For more, stay tuned to

RISE ABOVE AND NEVER FORGET – Jan 10-March 21. One-Up Creative Space at Podium/Ross Powers Pro Shop is presenting ‘Rise Above and Never Forget’ featuring the Art and Propaganda of Wounded Knee Skateboards on Saturday, Jan. 10, with an opening reception from 3pm-6pm. ‘One-Up Creative Space is dedicated to showing the work of people who are stepping up and doing what they believe in,’ said One Up director Brandon Smith. Smith said that Wounded Knee skateboards were selected for their radical style and inspiring message to youth. ‘We believe that creativity and community can make a difference in the world,’ Smith said. ‘Pursuing your passion can lead to great things.’ Wounded Knee Skateboards was created to educate skateboarding youth around the country about the true history of Wounded Knee and Native American history and to help Native American at risk youth from drug and alcohol abuse, according to founder Jim Murphy. A major portion of proceeds from purchases from Wounded Knee goes towards this goal. In its brief history, skateboarding has been greeted with skepticism and labeled as an outcast form of youth rebellion. ‘In reality, skateboarding is a great freedom of expression,’ Murphy added. ‘We are not here to solely make skateboards, but to remind our country of those whose land we now reside,’ Murphy said. ‘The more boards, shirts and hats I sell, the more I can give away to the at-risk youth on reservations in need of quality skateboards and clothing they cannot afford.’ ‘One Up Creative Space is proud and excited to host Wounded Knee Skateboards and their art,’ said Nick Pedemonti who co-owns Podium with Ross Powers. ‘Rise Above and Never Forget’ will be on display until March 1. Podium Pro Shop is located at 5081 Main Street in Manchester, Vermont. Please call for more information 802-367-2669.

DVS presents CPH PRO 2009 – Copenhagen, Denmark on June 26-28th, 2009.

CASL SK8 CONTESTS ‘ March 15 ‘ NorCal Street Contest at McDermont Field House in Lindsay, CA. March 28 ‘SoCal Mini Ramp and Bowl Contest at Skatelab ‘ Simi Valley, CA. March 29 ‘ SoCal Street Contest at Skatelab ‘ Simi Valley, CA.

BACKDOOR SK8 JAM – Backdoor has been the birth place for so many great skaters (Brad Reid and Jerry Moody), great artists (Zac Pakersen and The Black Squirrel Syndicate), great bands (Valiant Thorr and Future Islands), great drinkers (too many to name!) and great PEOPLE! Backdoor recently expanded their skate shop and are hosting a sick SKATE JAM on April 4, 2009 in hopes to raise a few bucks to get the renovation track moving again. Live band(s), great friends, beverages, best tricks, and raffle of items from all of our contributors. $3 per person. Please send and any contributions/donations/letters of support/anything to: Backdoor Skate Shop – Attn: Donations for TNT (April 4th) 222 East 5th Street Greenville, NC 27858.

BODEGA OIL SLICK CHALLENGE MINI RAMP CONTEST – March 29, 2009 at Oil City Skatepark in Oceanside Long Island, NY. For more info go to

2009 ZOO YORK AM GETTING PAID CONTEST – JULY 24TH-26TH – MONTREAL, CANADA – The Zoo York Institute is proud to announce that from July 24th-26th, the 2009 Zoo York AM Getting Paid (AGP) contest will be held at ‘Le Taz Skatepark in Montreal, Canada. Widely recognized as one of today’s most prestigious international skateboarding competitions for amateurs only, this year’s contest boasts a hefty prize purse of $10,000 USD. In celebration of AGP’s 5th Anniversary, this year’s contest will feature an exciting new format and move to the brand new 280,000 square foot ‘Le Taz Skatepark centrally located in downtown Montreal. –

ALL NATIONS SK8 JAM – Apr 25-26, 2009 – All Nations Skate Jam at Los Altos Skatepark – 10140 1/2 Lomas Blvd NE Albuquerque, NM.

JIM MURPHY HAS BEEN NOMINATED AS A HERO. PLEASE GO AND VOTE FOR HIM NOW. LENOX and NASCAR’s Jeff Burton Team Up For Heroes Program – LENOX, a leading manufacturer of premium power tool accessories, torches, solder and band saw blades, today announces the kick-off of the LENOX Extra Mile Heroes Program. NASCAR driver Jeff Burton and LENOX are conducting a search for users and suppliers of industrial tools who go the extra mile. The winner of the LENOX Extra Mile Heroes Program could receive up to $1 million to split with their charity of choice. In recognition of the LENOX Extra Mile Heroes, the New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS) NASCAR Sprint Cup race has added a lap; making it the LENOX Industrial Tools 301. For the first time in NASCAR history, the length of the Sprint Cup race will be 301 laps to honor the efforts of these heroes. To Vote: Beginning on February 1, 2009, all of the finalists and their stories will be posted to Customers will be asked to vote on who they think should be named the ultimate LENOX Extra Mile Hero. The finalist who receives the most votes will not only carry the honor of being the LENOX Extra Mile Hero, but they also win the Grand Prize of $31,000 as well as an additional $31,000 to be donated to their charity of choice. But that’s not all! If Burton wins the LENOX Industrial Tools 301 race scheduled for June 28, 2009, LENOX will increase the grand prize to $1 million for the winner to split with their charity of choice! Complete LENOX Extra Mile Heroes Program details are available at The program is open to users and suppliers of industrial tools, 21 and over in the United States and Canada and submission will be accepted February 1, 2009 through April 30, 2009. JIM MURPHY HAS BEEN NOMINATED AS A HERO. PLEASE GO AND VOTE FOR HIM AT WWW.LENOXHERO.COM.

ST. FLATTY’S DAY CONTEST – March 15, 2009 – The contest consists of best tricks over the flat to flat gap at the Cheyenne Skatepark, games of Skate and anything else we can come up with. Please send anything you can for prizes to John Doe Zine at 916 Cottonwood Dr. Cheyenne, WY 82001. For more info go to or email

SKATE CONTEST – Reid Menzer Memorial Skatepark in York, PA. – April 11, 2009. Street, bowl, best trick. Email for info. Music by: Strictly Business, The Mayor’s Wife, The Snails and DJ Jason Forest and DJ Xzact. All proceeds to beneft the REM Skatepark.

ELEMENT NEWS – Check out the new trailer for Element’s upcoming Fall 2009 release…SOLE. SOLE highlights the Element shoe team; Darrell Stanton, Chad Tim Tim, Mike Vallely and Levi Brown.

UNITY SKATEBOARDS has just launched a new skateboarding company featuring 100 percent Canadian Maple, absolutely no outsourcing, purely, American made. These decks feature a signature Rage concave. A super rounded, fat nose, deep dish concave that fits perfect, heel to toe and not one layer skipped in Maple pressing.

PHX AM – April 4-5, 2009 presented by Circa in Phoenix , AZ. Alphanumeric will sponsor the Best Trick Contest.

GAME OF GIRL TOUR – Feb 15, Chino – Active 1pm, Feb 24th, Costa Mesa – Active 5pm, Feb 26th, Temecula – Active – 5pm, March 5th, Chula Vista – Active – 5pm, Mar 12, Long Beach – Active, 5pm, Mar 19th, Rancho – Active – 5pm. A winner takes all head to head matchup on the Girl Bank Ramp. Open to all. Sign ups start at 5pm. Free give aways and great deals in the store.

2009 GRIND FOR LIFE SKATEBOARD SERIES – Grind For Life, Inc., founded by Mike Rogers, is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that helps people with cancer, especially those who travel long distances to treatments. Entry Fee: $20 per contest (includes free t-shirt). Trophies to top 5 in each division. Age Divisions: (in the following order) 9 and under skate first. 9 and under, 10-12, 13-15, Girls, 16-29, Sponsored, 30-39, 40 and over. Bowl Contest — April 25. The Ghetto Skate Facility (352) 807-0902. 37216 Chancey Rd. Zephyrhills, FL 33541. Registration at 10:00 am. Contest starts at 11:00 am. Flow Bowl Contest — May 23 New Smyrna Beach. (under construction). Registration at 10:00 am. Contest starts at 11:00 am. Overall Awards — November 14 Cocoa Beach Skatepark. Cocoa Beach, FL 32931 Awards ceremony for the whole series will be held on November 14, 2009 at the 7th Annual Grind For Life Benefit Event from 2:00 pm – 8:00 pm. This event will feature pro demos, live music, mega raffles, food and drinks, and a Silent Auction with great items and a whole lot more! For more info, call (561) 252-3839 or visit

APACHE SKATE BLAST RENEGADE RIOT – March 28th 2009 featuring the Legendary JFA. It’s a competition and concert on the Apache Nation, two hours drive from Phoenix.

ETNIES and SKATEPARK OF TAMPA present the Recessions Session featuring Mikey Taylor, Jose Rojo, Sean Malto, Tyler Bledsoe and Ryan Sheckler on Saturday March 14, 2009 at Skatepark of Tampa in Tampa, FL.

GROUNDBREAKING DAY AT THE NEW SKATEPARK IN VENICE, CA. Aaron ‘Fingers’ Murray designed a special t-shirt (pictured below) just for the homeys to wear in memory of Dennis ‘Polar Bear’ Agnew. Joe Shmo gives representing. Word has it that the skatepark will be officially named the Dennis ‘Polar Bear’ Agnew Venice Memorial Skateboard Park. Photos courtesy of Aaron Murray.

SANTA MONICA AIRLINES SKATEBOARDS is planning a new line of board graphics with artwork by Aaron ‘Fingers’ Murray. Murray has been working on new designs for Jay Adams, Jesse Martinez and the Jackson Bros. – Tim and Kelly. Stay tuned for more at

BABES ON BOARDS – March 21, 2009 from 8am to 12pm at The Lee and Joe Jamail Skatepark of Houston, TX hosted by Embassy Skateboards and John Gibson.

NEAL HENDRIX PHOTO SHOW – March 20, 2009 from 12pm-5pm at Skatepark of Tampa during Tampa Pro in Tampa, FL. A collection of photographs from a life of traveling the world skateboarding. From the beaches of Rio to the alleys of Shanghai and the deserts of Dubai. Go and have a look….

KCDC SKATE SHOP invites you to ‘Gems’ – a 90s Skateboard Collection Show hosted by Jahmal Williams on Saturday March 7, 2009 at KCDC Skateshop located at 90 North 11th St. Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY.

SPRING RAMPAGE 2009 – The Fuel TV Skate Park at The Plex in Columbia South Carolina is looking for sponsors for its next competition, the SPRING RAMPAGE ’09 at The Fuel TV Skate Park at The Plex. It’s a two day competition in the bowl and in the park with four different skill categories… Novice, Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced. This contest will take place on April 3rd and 4rth. Contributions can be anything from shirts, hats, dvds, wrist bands, posters, etc… and stickers. For more info call Dan Martin at The Fuel TV Skate Park at The Plex at 803-447-7720.

ANY DAY NOW VIDEO PREMIERE at The Soapbox in Wilmington, NC on April 10, 2009. Free show with three bands: All Lines Parallel, Fight Like Giants and What’s Good. Show starts at 7pm. For details, visit and

SUPERKIX.COM – Superkix makes it easy to find authentic sneakers currently for sale at retail and get a sneak peak into what is coming next from Nike, Reebok, Adidas, Supra, New Balance and other popular brands. For the first time, consumers can search inventory by size, updated continuously from 45+ leading online retailers and discover new styles set to debut.

RUN FOR RAY RACE ON MARCH 22ND, 2009 9:00 AM Blue Clay Mountain Bike Trail – Wilmington, NC. 100% of proceeds go to benefit the Underhill Family and the Chordoma Foundation. Ray Underhill spent the last two years battling a chordoma brain tumor. Despite the conditions debilitating effects, Ray maintained the kindness and strength he was known for. He was an example to his family and to his friends of what it means to be a father, a husband, and a friend. Throughout his ordeal, Ray never let his spirit succumb to the cruelty of the condition. Ray will be remembered by some as a Powell-Peralta Bones Brigade pro skateboarder of the late 80’s with the smooth style and deep bag of tricks. By others in the skateboard industry, as the Gullwing team manager or web master at Eastern Skateboard Supply. To those who knew Ray, he is remembered as the guy we wish everyone else would emulate. Ray’s kindness, candor and his sense of humor should be an example to follow. If everyone in the world were just a little more like Ray, what an amazing peaceful place this would be. Ray was born October 18, 1962, in Nashville, TN. He relocated to California in the mid 80’s to become a pro skateboarder. He married Kerry on September 5, 1992 and became a father when Keaton was born in 1995. They moved to Wilmington, NC in 1998 and worked for Eastern Skateboard Supply. His daughter, Olivia, was born in 2000. He was a volunteer at Ogden Elementary School. He was known worldwide and loved by all. He was a loving husband, father, son, brother and friend. After surgery, and several radiation and chemotherapy treatments, Ray passed away on Friday morning, August 1st, 2008 at a hospital near his home… To honor Ray’s spirit of strength and kindness, we have organized the first annual ‘Run For Ray’ trail run. Register on-line at Race Website:

ANTI-FLAG + STRAWBERRY BLONDES live at Middelsbrough Empire, Middelsbrough, England. Tuesday, March 3, 2009… ANTI-FLAG + STRAWBERRY BLONDES live at The Sugarmill, Stoke-On-Trent, England. Saturday March 7, 2009. For tickets please go to

UNDERGROUND REVOLUTION FEST – MAY 22-23, 2009 at The Blender Theater at Gramercy 127 East 23rd Street New York City, NY. Celebrating the Legendary H.C. Punk Reggae Oi!/Skampilation 15 yr Anniversary– Jumping off With the American Hardcore Punk Rock Pioneers of A-7! FRIDAY MAY, 22nd 2009 with MIDNIGHT/ ANTIDOTE -NYHC 1983, 10:45pm REAGAN YOUTH -American Hardcore Anarcho Punk Rock Pioneers, 10:00pm KRAUT w/Doug Holland of Cro-Mags -Age of Quarrel, 9:15pm BLANKS ’77 -the Sprirt of ’77 live’s on. 8:30pm HUB CITY STOMPERS -Featuring: T-Dog Inspecter 7’s Other Great NJ Oi!/Ska PUNK PROJECT, 7:45pm LAST CALL BRAWL -W/ Mike of Sick of it all Crew, 7:00pm U.F.C.-W/ Danny Pukes, Chris and Johnny of the Krays…. SAT MAY 23nd, 2009 features HUMAN RIGHTS -HR of Bad Brains, THE PILFERS -x- Toasters, Bim Skala Bim, The ALLSTONIANS (Boston), RUDER THAN YOU (Philly), INSPECTER 7 (NB NJ), FUNKFACE (NYC), SILVER DOLLAR (NJ).


JFA NEWS – Legendary skate rock band JFA has recently signed with DC-Jam Records for the release of their latest LP titled ‘To All Our Friends’ which is slated for rollout in early April. This ‘live’ CD will be the bands first since 1985 and their first full length album issued since 1999. Stated JFA frontman Brian Brannon, ‘This is something we’ve been wanting to get out there for a while now so we’re excited to get it going.’ JFA is one of the premiere skate punk bands of all time, leaving an indelible mark on the entire skate rock movement and forging an unbreakable link between hardcore skateboarding and punk rock music. Since the band’s founding in 1981, the members continue to shred pools, pipes and ditches whenever the moment allows.

BURNSIDE BENEFIT featuring Nihilist, Arterial Spray, Tweakin Like Matty and Headless Pez. on Saturday March 7th, 2009 at Hungry Tiger Too at SE 12th and Ash. Portland, OR

CYCLE OF PAIN – Cycle of Pain, brainchild of journeyman bassist John ‘J.D.’ Deservio, has announced an April 21 street date for their upcoming self-titled debut, as well as upcoming tour dates to support the release. The album will be released on Reform Records/Rock Ridge Music. Cycle of Pain will be playing several local shows in February and will open for Black Label Society later this spring. John ‘J.D.’ DeServio’s time spent with Black Label Society has taken him around the world and made him a sought after bassist for clinics from Japan to South America and back. Cycle of Pain also features many guest performances by such credible names as Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society, Ozzy), Ray Luzier (Korn) Brian Tichy (Billy Idol), Sen Dog (Cypress Hill), Russ-T Cobb, Hugo Ferreira (Tantric), Marcus Ratzenboeck (Tantric), Clip Payne (P-funk), Burton (Fear Factory) and Russell Allen (Symphony X).

DOUBLE FEATURE – Tuesday – March 10th – CLAY WHEELS, HOT LUNCH, STAGGER AND FALL at the Knockout on 3223 Mission St. SF, CA and DJ WHAT S HIS FUCK, DJ PETE THE OX and D JAKE at the Argus Lounge at 3187 Mission St. SF, CA.

SXSW March 13-22, 2008 – Austin, TX.

EMINEM TO INDUCT RUN-DMC LIVE ON FUSE, APRIL 4TH, 2009 at 9 PM ET/PT. In what is shaping up to be a truly historic night, Fuse the official TV broadcaster of the RRHOF has just confirmed that Eminem will induct Run DMC. Other presenters include Flea inducting Metallica, Jimmy Page inducting Jeff Beck, Smokey Robinson inducting Little Anthony and the Imperials and the Rolling Stone’s Ron Wood inducting Bobby Womack. In anticipation of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony, head to FUSE’s all NEW ‘Rock Madness’ challenge where fans can vote for the greatest artist of all time. Log on to Fuse’s ‘Rock Madness’ Challenge: now and don’t forget to watch the 2009 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Ceremony only on Fuse.

DRUNK INJUNS Show at the UPTOWN in Oakland, CA, on Saturday, April 25 at 8pm-2am. To see more details, follow the link below:

DIRTY DIAMOND, IRON HEEL, DIN CALIBER, THE SHRINE and MOON SASSAFRAS at The Troubadour at 9081 Santa Monica Blvd, Hollywood, CA on April 10, 2009. 8pm. $12. Catch The Shrine April 17th at The Canter’s Deli Kabitz room on Fairfax and hear their Hendrix meets Black Sabbath meets punk sound. For more about new local heavy rock and roll trio The Shrine go to

GRANDMASTER FLASH RELEASES FIRST STUDIO ALBUM IN OVER 20 YEARS – On March 3rd, 2009, legendary hip hop pioneer Grandmaster Flash releases ‘The Bridge’ on Adrenaline City Entertainment via Strut, his first high profile studio album since his final recordings for Elektra back in 1987. Flash mixes up the flow and features some heavyweight guests and intriguing collaborations. Familiar faces appearing on the album include BUSTA RHYMES, A Tribe Called Quest frontman Q-TIP, Will Smith collaborator KEL SPENCER and JUMZ, SNOOP DOGG alongside mixtape hero RED CAFE and LYN CARTER. The original hip hop teacher KRS-ONE imagines a world without hip hop on the hilarious and insightful ‘What If?’. BIG DADDY KANE gets funky with hot new female Philadelphia MC HEDONIS DA AMAZON, Flash sets up an all-female soundclash between MTV favourite BYATA, HEDONIS DA AMAZON and electro queen PRINCESS SUPERSTAR; he presents his son, J-FLO on his debut recording alongside Def Jam MC LORDIKIM ALLAH and ALMIGHTY THOR’; and Lost Boyz’ MR. CHEEKS teams up with old skool heroes GRANDMASTER CAZ of Cold Crush Brothers and TITO of Fearless Four. In June 2008, the autobiography ‘The Adventures Of Grandmaster Flash: My Life, My Beats’ was published by Random House, written by Flash himself and top author David Ritz. The book provides a valuable insight into Flash’s early years growing up in the Bronx and his personal experience at the advent of hip hop culture. Flash was inducted into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall Of Fame during 2007.

WANDA JACKSON NEWS – Rockabilly Queen Wanda Jackson has been selected for 2009 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction – Nominations for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum were announced September 22nd, and the nine nominees were: Jeff Beck, Chic, Little Anthony and the Imperials, Metallica, Run-D.M.C., the Stooges, War, Bobby Womack, and Wanda Jackson. Ballots were sent out to more than 500 voters, who voted for their choice of artists to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the 24th Annual Induction Ceremony. Wanda Jackson will be one of five nominees inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on April 4 at the historic Public Hall in Cleveland, with tickets to the ceremony available to the public for the first time. Wanda Jackson is one of the original pioneers of ‘Rockabilly.’ Her raw vocals, brazen melodies, and overall spirit have influenced many musicians over the years; she has helped shape today’s sound of modern music. Her songs have stood the test of time, and Wanda continues to impress a new wave of rockabilly fans with her live shows and stage presence. For more information, visit and

I’M RICK JAMES! THE DEFINITIVE DVD BUSTS OUT WITH RARE TV PERFORMANCES AND PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED PROMOTIONAL VIDEOS. RICK JAMES’ TIMELESS HIT, ‘SUPER FREAK,’ TO BE FEATURED IN THE NEW VISA COMMERCIAL BEGINNING IN APRIL. Rick James had to be seen to be believed. The outrageous ‘Super Freak’ whose soul-pop-punk-funk continues to rock parties today was infamous for his live performances. Bare chested, sporting long braids and skin tight spandex, James–backed by his Stone City Band–was more exciting and ‘badder’ than any other artist commanding a stage. As the Motown 50 celebration continues, I’m Rick James! The Definitive DVD (Hip-O/Motown/UMe), released March 24, 2009, focuses the spotlight on slick Rick like never before, with his performances of his Motown classics on video. In conjunction with the DVD and the reissue of Anthology (Motown/UMe), available April 14, 2009, Rick James’ smash hit, ‘Super Freak,’ will be predominantly featured in the new VISA commercial, beginning April 2009.

HARVEST OF HOPE FESTIVAL – March 6th-8th, 2009 at St. John’s County Fairgrounds – St. Augustine, Florida will feature GZA, Kool Keith, Diplo, Deerhunter, Valient Thorr, Yip-Yip, Static Radio (NJ), Summerbirds in the Cellar, the Beauvilles, Division Minuscula (from Mexico!), Kiss Kiss, Tiger City, Good Luck, Paul Baribeau and Ginger Alford, After the Fall, Towers of Hanoi, Spoonboy, Pinkhouses, Religious as F*ck, Worlds, Buttons, So Pastel, the Winslows, Reptile Theatre, Barnaby Jones, Against Me!, The National, Propagandhi, Devotchka, Tokyo Police Club, Broken Social Scene, Bad Brains, The Virgins, Lucero, Girl Talk, Monotonix, The Bouncing Souls, Murs, HEALTH, King Khan and The Shrines, Paint It Black, None More Black, Less Than Jake, The Night Marchers, John Vanderslice, Strike Anywhere, Deerhunter, Rehasher, The Faint, Kevin Seconds, Ra Ra Riot, The Mae Shi, This Bike Is A Pipe Bomb, Vince P., Dave Dondero, Grand Buffet, Bomb The Music Industry!, Tim Barry (AVAIL), Fake Problems, Holy F*ck, Wild Sweet Orange, Hamell on Trial, The Flatliners, Grabass Charlestons, Ninja Gun, O Pioneers!, Her Space Holiday, Emilyn Bronsky, Whiskey and Co., Underground Railroad to Candyland, Bridge and Tunnel, Hollywood Holt, The Tim Version, Paul Baribeau, Young Livers, Brainworms, E.Y.C., FIYA, Eric Ayotte, The Gadabout Film Fest, Ghost Mice, Virgins (FL), Lauris Vidal, How Dare You, Austin Lucas, Halo Fauna, Josh Small, Cheap Girls, Liza Kate, The Failure’s Union, Lymbyc System, Mumpsy, Hometeam, Tubers, Clock Hands Strangle, BLORR, Antarctic, Alligator, The Ones to Blame, Averkiou, Hawks and Doves.

SEEN OF CHANGE – Portland, Oregon’s Artery gallery is set to open a skateboarding photography exhibit called The Seen of Change, curated by Bryce Kanights. The name of the show Seen of Change refers to the ways in which photography has endured a transition from analog to digital over the years, while showcasing how skateboarding has changed and progressed along with it. Photographers in the show include Grant Brittain, Joe Brook, Jon Humphries, Bryce Kanights and Ryan Flynn. The Seen of Change will open on Friday March 13, 2009 at 6pm for a kick off celebration at Artery, 4114 N. Vancouver Avenue in Portland, with a bar hosted by Red Bull, and complimentary drinks and food served. Ben Krahn will be on the scene with an acoustic performance. Nike SB is a fellow sponsor of the exhibit. The show ends April 30, 2009.

THAT WAS NOW, THIS IS THEN – Kelly D. Williams Art Show – Opening reception on March 14, 2009 at DDR Projects Art Gallery located at 3403 East Broadway, Long Beach, CA.

TIM KERR NEWS – Check out this Tim Kerr masterpiece on the side of a building in New York City at 11 Prince Street. Kerr finished this 8 feet by 12 feet tribute to Claudette Colvin that will hang outside a building in lower Manhattan. Tim has art shows coming up April 3rd in Pittsburgh at Zombo Gallery and a group show on April 23rd in Austin, TX at Domy Books featuring Tim Kerr, Rich Jacobs, Cynthia Connolly and Bill Daniel. Kerr will also be doing some t-shirt designs for Altamont, plus a 10′ of music, along with the cover for their spring 2010 catalog. Check out more art and news from Tim Kerr at

SPARE CHANGE ART SHOW – A group show with Andy Jenkins, Chris Pastras, Russ Pope, Chris Yormick, and Mike Myers on Friday, March 6 at 7:00pm-March 29 at 6:00pm at Hibbleton Gallery at 112 West Wilshire Avenue, Fullerton, CA 92832.

KATCH 1 ART SHOW – Katch 1 from Natural Koncept presents an Art Show on March 28th at Hero’s at 714 East Adams Blvd. Suite 101 Huntington Beach, CA.

DUB TACKLE CIRCUS – ‘Giving The World A Reason To Swiv!’ Jam Session from 3-8pm at Swiv Tackle Circus on March 1, 2009. This is a monthly for all the community and friends of Swiv Tackle Circus to come and show your stuff. If you paint, dance, write, do body work, tell fortunes, walk on glass, juggle, hoop and/or shop for any or all of the above, then you need to start making plans to be here at the Swiv Tackle Circus every first Sunday of the Month! Drinks, Shopping, Music, Art Exhibition and Art-Swap every First Sunday Until the End of Time! 530 South Coast HWY, Oceanside, CA.

SK8LAMP ART SHOWS – One of Phillies coolest and oldest skateboarders Victor Perez is having his first show. Also on display are photos by Bryan Lathrop, Paintings by artist Aaron P. Sk8lamps Show on Friday April 24th from 6 to 11 and Sat April 25th from 12pm to 8pm at 306 East Girard Ave Phila, Pa. Phone 267-296-5098. Upcoming shows Atlanta June 21, and Orlando, Fla Aug 21-23.

COMBAT INK – Merk is tattooing at a place called Combat Ink (formerly the Down Low) located at 127 W. 4th Street in Loveland, CO. New Name, New Address. Same great award-winning tattoo artists. Phone 970-667-8003 or 970-667-7948. You can check ’em out at

FLO TV, provider of live mobile TV, will broadcast the 2009 Mavericks Surf Contest, enabling surf fans everywhere to experience the biggest waves live on their mobile phones! This historic event represents the world’s first ever live mobile broadcast of a big-wave surfing competition via the mobile platform. Beginning at 9 p.m. (PST) on Wednesday, February 4th, the ‘Wave Channel’ will begin Live mobile broadcast that will feature highlights from past Maverick’s competition, History of Mavericks, Profile of Jeff Clark- Mavericks Pioneer and Contest Director. Once the competition has been called for 2009, FLO TV will be airing all the epic big-wave surfing action, live interviews with the surfers, up-to-the-minute heat results and the award ceremony. The Mavericks contest will take place on 24 hours notice, only when Mother Nature delivers favorable weather and contest worthy swells reaching heights of 25-30 feet, anytime between January 1 and March 31, 2009. When contest director Jeff Clark gives the greenlight, fans can experience ‘the world’s most dangerous wave’ and all the jaw-dropping action from the comfort and convenience of their mobile phones. For more information, please visit,

FREESTYLE CO-SPONSORS VANS PIER CLASSIC PRESENTED BY JACK’S SURFBOARDS – Freestyle, the original action sports watch manufacturer, announces today its co-sponsorship of the 4th Annual Vans Pier Classic presented by Jack’s Surfboards, taking place March 25th-29th at the Huntington Beach Pier in Huntington Beach, Calif. In addition to its interactive booth onsite during the event, Freestyle has created an in-store promotion at all Jack’s Surfboard locations during the duration of the event. The Vans Pier Classic serves as the second stop of the ASP North American Tour and kicks off the ASP North American Pro Junior Series, featuring both Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) World Qualifying Series (WQS) and ASP Pro Junior events. The five days of competition, starting this Wednesday, includes the Vans Pro (Men’s WQS 2-star) and the Ezekiel Pro Junior (Men’s Grade 2 Pro Junior). Among the 230 surfers confirmed to compete, Freestyle team riders Victor Done, Michael Dunphy, Gabe Garcia, Ted Navarro, Adam Virs and Nat Young will make their attempts to dethrone reigning Vans Pro champion and Huntington Beach local, Shaun Ward and hold off Ventura’s Cory Arrambide, the current ASP North America Pro Junior Champion in the Ezekiel Junior Pro. Be sure to check out live webcasts of the entire event at To learn more about Freestyle please visit:

SURF + SCHOOL presented by Green Classroom. Please join Tom Curren and Pat O’Connell for an evening to benefit Costa Verde International School. The first green school in Mexico. This event will feature a surf inspired auction, art exhibit, entertaintment, food and drinks on Thursday, April 2, 2009 from 6-10pm at 1129 State Street in Santa Barbara, CA. Live performance by the Tom Curren Band. Special opening performance by Redswitch. Special appearances by legendary surfers: Kelly Slater, Malloy Brothers, Rob Machado, Donovan Frankenreiter, Danny Kwock and more. RSVP $10 suggested donation at the door. For more about the Green Schools go to


DRAGON OPTICS NEWS – Dragon, a youth lifestyle brand specializing in sunglasses, goggles and youth accessories, continues its design innovation of unique eyewear with the launch of its Rob Machado ‘Experience’ style, hitting the market this month. The bold and progressive new styles include retro, aviator-esque designs in color ways such as the Momentum, Mellow Tort, and the E.C.O-;all collaborated on, designed by, and inspired by the life of symbolic surfer, Rob Machado.

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH EAST COAST TRADE SHOW – Sunday, May 17-18, 2009 from 9:00am-5pm at Holiday Inn Sun Spree Resort in Wrightsville Beach, NC hosted by Shari Sacchi.

HAVOC/SOD NEWS – Dru McDaniel is back on the East Coast working with SOD Surfboards and super groms like Mason Barnes, after putting in quality design time at the factory at Channel Islands in Cali. At Channel Islands, McDaniel not only had the opportunity to work with some of the best surfers in the world, but he perfected his craft by shaping with surfboard building gurus: Al Merrick, Richie Reyes, Davey Smith and Russell Hoyte. McDaniel is currently shaping under Havoc and SOD and just contracted with Spyder to do their East Coast shaping and distribution. Contact Dru at For more info about SOD go to

WINGNUT’S COMPLETE SURFING BOOK – Surfing legend and world-class expert Robert ‘Wingnut’ Weaver guarantees that with the right instruction, he can get get any surfing novice from boogie board to surfboard. Popular professional surfer and featured in such classic surfing films as ‘Endless Summer II,’ ‘Step Into Liquid,’ and ‘Chasing Dora,’ Wingnut knows most surfing teachers will give you the basics of easing into a wave, hopping from crouch to standing position’ But will they offer you the history of surfing, and the anatomy of wave dynamics? The right gear for your level, tips on traveling to the perfect wave, and background on the modern surfboard? In Wingnut’s Complete Surfing (McGraw-Hill Professional, Paperback, May 2009) you’ll get a primer of surfing how-tos from one of the sport’s greatest legends, providing essential pointers for both beginners and intermediate-level surfers of all ages. Filled with hundreds of photos that illustrate the right way to stand, turn, maneuver, and read the shoreline, Wingnut will get you from paddle to first ride to popping up like a pro. Along the way, he’ll give you the crucial low-down on everything from the right accessories to riding the wave, from reading wind and swells to the spiritual aspects of surfing.

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