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Surf Into Reef and Catch Legendary Guitarist Dick Dale

Thursday, Sept. 29, Reef


There are rock stars and then there are legends. Dick Dale is a legend.

In the 1950s, thousands of people would pack into auditoriums to hear his blistering guitar style: an ultra-percussive, reverb-drenched blitzkrieg of rock 'n' roll riffs and Middle-Eastern melodies that would come to be known as surf rock.

A young inventor by the name of Leo Fender was so taken with Dale's style that he gifted him a new guitar he had designed, called a Stratocaster, and an amplifier to go with it. Dale returned the amp shortly after because it caught on fire. Dale returned and blew up 49 amps before Fender finally built one that could withstand his sonic assault: the first-ever 100-watt amp and speaker that would become the model for modern rock amplifiers.

Even now, in his 70s and having beat cancer twice, Dale still rocks louder and harder than anyone else out there.

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9:30 p.m., $20 adv., $25 door. Reef, 105 S. Sixth St., 208-287-9200,