The Surfer Joe Summer Festival is the largest gathering of surf music fans in the world. It is a great occasion for those who share the love for this unique music to meet new and old friends from all over the planet.
This is a 4-day immersion into the world of instrumental surf music with an intense program of concerts, seminars and various attractions, all happening mere steps away from the Mediterranean Sea along the beautiful coast of Tuscany.
Since 2003 there have been 11 editions of the festival without any musical compromise. The SJSF proudly keeps things authentic and offers a true representation of the global surf music scene by showcasing many of its best bands.
SURF MUSIC PHOTOGRAPHY
Tiki Room @ 2 PM
Pablo Medrano has been a surf music fan for years and he recently launched a web site called www.SurfMusicPhotography.com to showcase incredible photo material from concerts and various events. His work has been very much appreciated by the community, so it's time to have a chat with him to find out more.
Contact Pablo: Facebook
GOOD VIBRATIONS: LA STORIA DEI BEACH BOYS
Tiki Room @ 2:30 PM
ALDO PEDRON is one of the greatest Italian music journalists, with an experience that goes back in time to when he was no more than a young guy. Since 1966 he has been a fan of surf and beach music and he started writing about this all in the early 70s, but his speciality are the Beach Boys. So after 4 decades of knowledge here comes the first book about the Beach Boys in Italian.
Contact Aldo: Facebook
LINK WRAY AND THE PRE-SURF ERA
Tiki Room @ 3 PM
Where is surf music coming from? We have been talking about the early surf bands, but not about where the surf sound got its inspiration. LINK WRAY is a major reference and one of the greatest guitar heroes, so let's learn about him together with a musician that has been heavily influenced by Link throughout his career: RUDI PROTRUDI (The Fuzztones, Link Protrudi & The Jaymen).
Tiki Room @ 4 PM
Well it is certainly not the first time that a world famous artist come to Surfer Joe, but this time is a very special one: the biggest name in Tiki & Exotica illustration and design. A real "specialist" of the mid-century modern style represented by his unique hand in a unlimited number of characters, decorations and merchandise. It's time to know who SHAG is!
SURF GUITAR MASTER CLASS
Tiki Room @ 5 PM
Prepare yourself for a fun and refreshing take on Surf Guitar technique, style and tone in one interactive surf guitar master class. As one of Southern California's premier guitar players, Jason will be adding some fun and different approaches to surf guitar that you've never seen before. Hot Rod tones, nasty fuzz and huge reverb await!
THE FENDER IV AND THE 60s SURF SCENE
Tiki Room @ 3:30 PM
Moved from Baltimore to California in the early 60s to join the popular surf scene, RANDY HOLDEN has left his mark in the history of rock as one of the developers of the heavy guitar sound and the composer of several classic tunes. The FENDER IV has been one of the most influential surf bands of all times: this is where we will start our conversation to find out how was to play surf music in the 60s!
Tiki Room @ 5 PM
Join us for the final happening to release the stress with a Tiki Cocktails tasting party! The staff of the Surfer Joe Tiki Room is going to work with DAVIDE MITACCHIONE from the LUAU TIKI BAR of Bari to put together some delicious tropical and exotic drinks, whether they are classics or original creations.
It is with great pleasure that we announce once more the participation of NSSR for the non-stop transmission of the event!
Not everybody has the possibility to come over and enjoy the festival in person. So the festival will come to you with concerts, interviews and special programs hosted by the DJs of the radio.
North Sea Surf Radio is a web radio playing 24/7 instrumental surf music and showcasing everything that comes into the genre. An amazing library of music that goes back to the 60s and arrives to the last record just released today.
The founder of NSSR is NIELS JENSEN - media expert, musician and surf fan - who managed to make this service a milestone for the community with the support of many DJs from around the world.
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TIKI CULTUREUngawa! was the Italian pioneer of Tiki Bars and a reference for cool music. Since it joined Surfer Joe and moved to Livorno we have continued this experience with the same energy, proposing events and concerts all year round in our Tiki Room.
TIKI DRINKSThe Tiki culture is well known as "the art of drinking" and so we are glad to offer some tiki cocktails at our bar. Besides the classic Mai Tai do not miss to try our original drinks: WIPEOUT, SURFER GROG and ITALIAN ZOMBIE.
TIKI CARVINGThis is going to be again an important part of our festival: the carvers will create statues out of pieces of wood in front of your eyes. Take a look at the many statues and decor items already present at Surfer Joe in the garden and the Tiki Room.
We have 3 names this year and all of them will work over the weekend on big Tiki Gods... plus they will have merchandise for sale:
THALY'S TIKI ART (Germany - www.thalystikiart.com)
Our brother in the construction of this place
AL'S TIKIS (Switzerland - www.als-tikis.com)
KAI SARNES (Germany - www.fb.com/kai.sarnes)
Make sure you come to see them and support their work!
SKATEBOARDINGFor the third year the skateboard ramp will be present at the festival in the main stage area. The local skate team will showcase throughout the day, but the ramp is freely open for everybody.
A VIEW FROM ABOVEThe panoramic wheel has become a symbol for the Surfer Joe Fest in the past years and it will give you the unique chance to overlook the Terrazza Mascagni and the event with its romantic spinning.
SURFER JOE STOREAs a great source for modern and classic surf records, the Store will be present with a stand selling CDs, vinyls and merchandise by the performing bands and artists from all over the world. You are invited to send us pre-orders and requests that you will be able to pay and collect directly on site.
ATTENTION ALL SURF BANDSThe festival is a big opportunity to sell your records and get known by many people. Contact us to sell and showcase your records through our store. email@example.com.
VENDORS AREAYou will find several stands of vendors selling records, merchandise, memorabilia, clothing and more.
The vendors area is open from mid-afternoon until late night.
ACQUARIUMWhile in Livorno make sure to take your time and visit the nice Acquarium which is right at the festival location. It is good time spent with your kids and an extra attraction you can enjoy at Surfer Joe.
FOODAt the Surfer Joe Diner and Food Truck you can find a large menu including burgers, salads, finger food, meals and sweets. There are veggie and vegan friendly offers. And don't forget we have all day breakfast!
The kitchen will be open from 10.00 to 1.00 no-stop during the festival days.
Please be advised that it will NOT be possible to reserve a table.
DRINKSThere are 3 full bars in our Garden, Diner and Tiki Room, plus extra beer bars located in the main stage area. Drinking is a serious thing at Surfer Joe!
TIKI BARThe Tiki Room - upstairs the Diner - is fully part of the event and will host the seminars and night concerts too!
"TIKI BRUNCH"Extra our normal restaurant service we will organize a buffet for all festival fans at the Tiki Room upstairs the Diner. This is going to based on a special menu at the most convenient price. Our purpose is to enjoy the time together while ready for the day full of activities!
Saturday & Sunday at 1pm
A reservation is not necessary.
ACCOMMODATIONWe are glad to collaborate with a great hotel in Livorno, located in a fantastic spot in front of the port and close to downtown: Hotel Granduca. They have large availability of rooms and great rates for being one of the top hotels in Livorno!
The Granduca Hotel is about 10 min. walking distance from the Surfer Joe or public transportation is right there if you need it.