Feature for July 2015
Band Name: Rev Hank (Mike Diabo)
Coffee and Pizza
I still gig with Urban Surf Kings most of the time. The Rev Hank shows usually happen if USK is not available to play, or I am elsewhere in the world without the band, and have an opportunity to perform with others. Most of the time the gigs come my way, or I will contact someone in the area I will be in to get something set up.
There really hasn't been a problem finding shows to play. The biggest obstacle locally is that there are fewer and fewer venues around that still book live music.
That's a tough one, aside from being an all-instrumental trio. The best thing about this is that the simplicity of the songs makes it easier to play with a variety of people, often with little or no rehearsal.
The internet, and CD releases. The Web has certainly made the surf community more accessible to each other. I have made a ton of contacts through such sites as this one, Surfguitar 101, and Facebook that have led to shows and collaborations around the world.
Surfer Joe Summer Festival 2009 in Califuria Italy. I was going to be in the area (on vacation) when the fest was on, so I contacted the organizer to find out some details. My plan was just to go and watch, but Lorenzo got back to me and told me I must play. Having no band with me, he suggested the Wadadli Riders would back me up. I sent them some mp3s, and basically met them for the first time on stage...1-2-3-4 go. The set went really well, and the crowd there seemed to enjoy it. I got to meet and see a lot of cool bands and people there (Pyscho Surfers, Madeira, Pollo del Mar, The Kilaueas, Los Twang Marvels, and more). Eastwood Guitars lent me a guitar, and The Kilaueas lent me an amp, guitar strap, and cable (that was still a running joke at this year's fest). I did bring my own pick.
This led to an Antiguan tour with the Wadadli Riders in 2010, and Urban Surf Kings show this June at Surfer Joe Summer Festival 2015 in Livorno Italy. (What a festival that was!)
It is nice to feel part of a community of like minded people in my relative area. Through NESMA The 9th Wave made their way up to Halifax for a couple of Guitar Fests, and I hope to head down south of the border to do some performances.
NESMA is a great organization to be part of. Someone should organize a NESMA festival! Thanks!