Friday, February 12, 2010

Oceanroyal - Red Devil Lounge - 2/10/2010

photo: Oceanroyal with Nick and Brooke

by Brooke Tessman, San Francisco Chapter volunteer -

On Wednesday night, Nick Arlas and I were given, well, a musical royal treatment by Bay Area band Oceanroyal. They performed for a crowded house at the Red Devil Lounge in San Francisco. I hadn't been to a show on a Wednesday night in a while, so I was skeptical regarding the potential turnout.

Nick and I arrived at 7:30pm and set up the Surfrider outreach table in a prominent position close to the front door. The band, Northern Son, opened for Oceanroyal and quickly had everyone grooving to the music. Not a bad turnout for a Wednesday night!

Oceanroyal took the stage around 10:00pm as people continued to stream through the doors. Boasting a mellow, poppy sound, Oceanroyal is reminiscent of the early 90's band, the Gin Blossoms. Oceanroyal is: Kurt Seefeld, Brian London, Chris Garber, and David Chen. Having released their debut album, "Sympathetic Vibrations" last year, the group proved to be in excellent form. You can check out the band's website here.

After Surfrider received several stage shout outs from the band, I learned that Nick was on his school's crew team, along with several of the guys from Oceanroyal.

Throughout the night, current Surfrider members stopped by our table to say hello, along with a lot of new folks looking to learn more about our organization. Between sets, some of the guys from Oceanroyal signed up for Surfrider membership too. Thanks to everyone for your continued support and yet another successful show. Surfrider looks forward to working with Oceanroyal again soon!

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