Monday, November 14, 2011

Green Day surprises guests at San Francisco Chapter's Rip Curl Pro Search Kick Off Party

Taken from the Surfrider HQ e-newsletter SOUP, circulated to readers today:

On November 1st, Surfrider Foundation and Rip Curl teamed up to host the Rip Curl Pro Search Kick Off Party in San Francisco, CA featuring lo-fi garage rocker Ty Segall and the recently reunited Kut U Up featuring Transworld SURF Editor-in-Chief Chris Cote. After an insane day of overhead, offshore surf at the opening day of the Rip Curl Search in San Francisco, things got even better when punk rock legends, and Bay Area locals Green Day showed up and surprised the crowd with a 16 song set. Green Day rocked the house for a solid two hours, previewed new songs and talked about the importance of protecting oceans, waves and beaches. In addition to being an awesome night, proceeds from the evening were donated to the Surfrider Foundation San Francisco Chapter and their campaign to Save Sloat.

Green Day setlist and videos from show posted here.

San Francisco Chapter Vice Chair Michael Stewart and Sustainable Surf greened the Rip Curl Pro Search. Check it out:

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Surfrider Foundation Partners With The 2011 Honda Civic Tour

YAY, Surfrider! Just read this in the weekly e-newsletter (SOUP, Issue 122) sent out by the Surfrider HQ office in San Clemente, CA:

We're going on tour! Surfrider Foundation has been invited to go on the 2011 Honda Civic Tour this fall with Blink-182 & My Chemical Romance! Surfrider will be partnering with Reverb, a company dedicated to creating "green" tours (in the past they have worked with Jack Johnson & the Dave Matthew's Band). Our goal is to engage fans and raise awareness regarding environmental issues such as single-use plastics and water quality. Click the link below to purchase tickets and support Surfrider, or sign up to volunteer at a concert event!

I dug up the tour schedule ...

8/5/11 PNC Bank Arts Center
Holmdel, NJ w/ Manchester Orchestra
8/6/11 Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
Wantagh, NY w/ Manchester Orchestra
8/7/11 Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
Wantagh, NY w/ Alkaline Trio
8/9/11 Comcast Center
Boston, MA w/ Manchester Orchestra
8/11/11 Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
Buffalo, NY w/ Manchester Orchestra
8/12/11 Jiffy Lube Live
Bristow, VA w/ Manchester Orchestra
8/13/11 Hershey Park Pavilion
Hershey, PA w/ Manchester Orchestra
8/14/11 The Comcast Theatre
Hartford, CT w/ Manchester Orchestra
8/16/11 ^ Bell Centre
Montreal, QC w/ Manchester Orchestra
8/17/11 ^ Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
Toronto, ON w/ Manchester Orchestra
8/19/11 Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
St. Louis, MO w/ Manchester Orchestra
8/20/11 First Midwest Bank Pavilion
Chicago, IL w/ Manchester Orchestra
8/21/11 Riverbend Music Center
Cincinnati, OH w/ Manchester Orchestra
8/23/11 Marcus Amphitheater
Milwaukee, WI w/ Manchester Orchestra
8/25/11 ^ MTS Centre
Winnipeg, MB w/ Rancid, Against Me! *
8/26/11 ^ Credit Union Centre
Saskatoon, SK w/ Rancid, Against Me! *
8/27/11 ^ Rexall Place
Edmonton, AB w/ Rancid, Against Me! *
8/28/11 ^ Saddledome
Calgary, AB w/ Rancid, Against Me! *
8/30/11 ^ Save-On Foods Memorial Centre
Victoria, BC w/ Rancid, Against Me! *
8/31/11 ^ Rogers Arena
Vancouver, BC w/ Rancid, Against Me!
9/1/11 White River Amphitheater
Seattle, WA w/ Rancid
9/3/11 USANA Amphitheater
Salt Lake City, UT w/ Rancid
9/4/11 Comfort Dental Amphitheater
Denver, CO w/ Rancid
9/7/11 Xcel Energy Center
Minneapolis, MN w/ Matt and Kim
9/8/11 Wells Fargo Arena
Des Moines, IA w/ TBA
9/9/11 Sandstone Amphitheater
Kansas City, MO w/ Matt and Kim
9/10/11 Verizon Wireless Music Center
Indianapolis, IN w/ Matt and Kim
9/11/11 DTE Energy Music Theatre
Detroit, MI w/ Matt and Kim
9/13/11 Blossom Music Center
Cleveland, OH w/ Matt and Kim
9/15/11 First Niagara Pavilion
Pittsburgh, PA w/ Matt and Kim
9/16/11 SPAC
Saratoga, NY w/ Matt and Kim
9/17/11 Susquehanna Bank Center
Camden, NJ w/ Matt and Kim
9/18/11 Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach
Virginia Beach, VA w/ Matt and Kim
9/20/11 Charlotte Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
Charlotte, NC w/ Matt and Kim
9/21/11 Aarons Amphitheatre at Lakewood
Atlanta, GA w/ Matt and Kim
9/23/11 Cruzan Amphitheater
West Palm Beach, FL w/ Matt and Kim
9/24/11 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre
Tampa, FL w/ Matt and Kim
9/26/11 Woodlands Pavilion
Houston, TX w/ Matt and Kim
9/27/11 Gexa Energy Pavilion
Dallas, TX w/ Matt and Kim
9/29/11 Hard Rock Casino Albuquerque Presents: The Pavilion
Albuquerque, NM w/ Matt and Kim
9/30/11 Tempe Beach Park Amph.
Phoenix, AZ w/ Matt and Kim *
10/1/11 Honda Center
Anaheim, CA w/ Matt and Kim
10/2/11 Sleep Train Amphitheatre
Sacramento, CA w/ Matt and Kim
10/5/11 Shoreline Amphitheatre
Mountain View, CA w/ Matt and Kim
10/7/11 Red Rock Resort, Spa & Casino
Las Vegas, NV w/ Matt and Kim
10/8/11 Hollywood Bowl
Los Angeles, CA w/ Matt and Kim
10/28/11-10/30/11 (Exact Date TBD) VOODOO Music Experience 2011
New Orleans, LA

Monday, May 30, 2011

Cloud Cult at Black Cat 5/28

Cloud Cult brought their multi-media show back to DC last weekend at the Black Cat. DC Surfrider’s MOP was happy to join them and talk OCEANS to folks at the show. We didn’t talk to a lot of folks (slow night for some reason!) but we had a good time and the show was great. Thanks to Gayathri Sriskanthan and Shelley Alingas for volunteering to be at the show! Huge thanks to Connie Minowa of Cloud Cult who got us on the guest list—thanks Connie!

Brett Dennen and Reverb at 930 Club

Brett Dennen was at the 9:30 Club last Saturday the 21st of May and DC Surfrider’s Music Outreach Program was on hand to talk ocean pollution to concert attendees. Big thanks to Kate Brennan for taking the reigns, as I was out of town—great job Kate! Apparently Brett let all of the volunteers come backstage. He put on a great show despite being out all day picking up trash and playing an outdoor mini-concert at DC Surfrider and Barefoot Wines’s clean up at Anacostia Skate Pavilion. Huge thanks to Reverb for letting Surfrider be a part of this event!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Xavier Rudd at 9:30 Club

DC Surfrider’s Music Outreach Program was on hand for Xavier Rudd’s show at the 9:30 Club last Friday night. Thanks to Kate Brennan for volunteering! It was her first time representing Surfrider but she did a great job. HoneyHoney opened for Xavier and put out a great round of warm stompy blues. Xavier Rudd brought his tribal beats and signature didgeridoos. The crowd ate it up.

At the Surfrider table we talked to a good amount of fans, and signed up some people for our campaign against plastic bags in Virginia and Maryland. Altogether a great evening of music and talking oceans! Thanks again to Christi Thompson at Thompson Artist Management and Sarah Flynn with Xavier Rudd for hooking Surfrider up with this great show!

Monday, April 18, 2011

Rob Machado's Melali: The Drifter Sessions - Slim's SF, 4/12/11

by Brooke Tessman, Surfrider SF Chapter Volunteer

On Tuesday night, Neel Singh, Adam Weiner, Rachel Kippen and I arrived to a crowded house at Slim's in San Francisco. We had the opportunity to set up the Surfrider outreach table in a prominent position close to the front door.

We, along with everyone else, were here to see opening band, Con Brio, and Rob Machado's Melali: The Drifter Sessions. The crowd hushed as the band performed live, and in sync, as The Drifter Sessions surf film ran in the background. A truly mesmerizing experience...

(From Left to Right) Adam, Rob Machado, Rachel, & Brooke

Here's a link to Melali: The Drifter Sessions Surf Film and Music Tour Dates:

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. We had about 25 folks (of all ages) sign up and ask to receive our Surfrider newsletter. In between sets, Sunny (see photo inset of Brooke, Sunny, Rachel) stopped by to sign up for our raffle in the hopes of winning our reusable Surfrider bag. Sunny has already been surfing for a year and a half...go Sunny!

Brooke, Sunny, and Rachel

Thanks to everyone for your continued support of Surfrider and yet another successful show. Special thanks to Tracey Buck of Slim's for helping to coordinate the show. We look forward to working with Slim's again in the near future!

Monday, February 7, 2011

Introducing Neel Singh!

by Neel Singh, SF Surfrider

Greetings followers of the MOP Blog!

My name is Neel Singh. I’ve just accepted the position as the new coordinator of the Music Outreach Program (MOP) for San Francisco’s chapter of the Surfrider Foundation. Nicole Parisi-Smith has done such an amazing job bringing the MOP from the DC Chapter to SF and has left me with physically small but substantially large shoes to fill! I’m looking forward to continuing the great outreach work she’s done with our MOP crew and the musical artists and venues that share in the Foundation’s values of protecting our oceans, beaches, coastlines, and the people and wildlife who share those environments.

Being from the Fiji Islands and a Surfrider member you’d think that I’d be an avid surfer. I must confess like Matt (DC MOP Coordinator) that I’m not, but I still feel at home being next to the ocean. There is no greater feeling of peace and serenity for me than sitting on the beach, listening to music and the waves with my dog, Miles. I am a huge music enthusiast of various genres, a hobbyist musician, and proponent of environmental protection. Joining SF Surfrider’s MOP has given me the opportunity to bring together the most important and fulfilling aspects of my life. It is my goal as our chapter’s new MOP Coordinator to work together with various artisits, venues, and our volunteers to reach out to people like you – fans of oceans, beaches, wildlife, and of course music.

Some of the shows we’ve had the blessing of being a part of include Jack Johnson, Katchafire, SOJA, My Peoples (formerly Kapakahi), Bayonics, Oceanroyal, and many more…

If you’d like more information or would like to become a member of the Surfrider Foundation and the Music Outreach Program please feel free to email me at neel[@], or visit the chapter website at Keep following our blog and twitter for upcoming concerts, beach cleanups, and other events. Hope to see you at the next show!

Introducing Matt Gove!

by Matt Gove, DC Surfrider

Hello MOP blog readers! My name is Matt Gove and I am currently running the Music Outreach Program for the DC chapter of the Surfrider Foundation. If you have been following our blog you may have noticed that I have been in this position for about a year. Last year we made it to 15 events, so thank you to all my MOP Volunteers who came out to help! I couldn’t run the program without you.

I’m going to come clean readers: I am not a surfer! I have attempted to surf 3 times, with water-logged and sand-scraped results. I am an ocean enthusiast however, snorkeling, diving, and fishing whenever I get the chance. I also work in the blue world, working with coastal managers for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). I am very excited to be volunteering for an organization that I have been watching peripherally for years—Surfrider is definitely well known in the ocean and coastal professional world!

For those of you not familiar with Surfrider’s Music Outreach Program: basically we spread the Surfrider message at concerts. Specifically, we partner with venues and artists to talk to concert-goers about Surfrider’s national and local initiatives, hoping to spark action or awareness in the general public. It’s extremely rewarding to have discussions with people about our oceans and coasts—and their favorite bands!

If you are in the DC area and want to volunteer, please send an email to govematt[@] and I will get you on the email list. Last year we were at shows for State Radio, Mason Jennings, Rogue Wave, Ben Harper, and the Dave Matthews Band. You don’t need any skills or knowledge to volunteer, just a love for our oceans and a willingness to help out. Thanks for reading!

Donavon Frankenreiter - 9:30 Club - 11/25/2008

by Chris Woods, DC Surfrider

Wow - this was an incredible night! Donavon allowed the members of DC Surfrider to come to the 9:30 Club early for sound check, and hung out with us before the doors opened to the public.

photo: me & Donavon

Then we had a great spot for the Surfrider table in the back of the venue, and were able to talk with a lot of Donavon's fans, who are psyched about the work that we are doing!

photo: Our DC Surfrider table

Many thanks to Donavon and his touring team!

Brian Wilson (The Beach Boys) - Warner Theater - 11/18/2008

by Chris Woods, DC Surfrider

Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys came through Washington, DC and was kind enough to let Surfrider DC set an outreach table up at his show at the Warner Theater. He was promoting his new album, That Lucky Old Sun.

Surfrider CEO Jim Moriarty interviewed Brian back in September. Awesome stuff! Check it out here.

Neil Halstead - Talking Head Club - 3/25/2009

by Chris Woods, DC Surfrider

Earlier in the month, on March 8, Surfrider's San Francisco Chapter set up an outreach table at Neil's show at the Great American Music Hall. He came through the Washington, DC area on March 25, and played at the Talking Head Club in Baltimore, MD. It was great to see him there.

Nicole and I really appreciated that he was personally in touch with us prior to the show, and took the time to talk with us at the shows. He's a great guy, and a fantastic musician. I'm really enjoying his new CD, Oh! Mighty Engine.

Just happened upon this interview with Neil:

Here he is, playing with Jack Johnson and band, plus Zach Rogue, summer 2008: