The event, as scheduled from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., will feature bands that specialize in 1960s-styled instrumental songs both from metro Atlanta and throughout the eastern U.S.
Organizer Wayne Foster of Douglasville said word is spreading via the Internet to surf music enthusiasts worldwide.
“It’s going to be bigger and better than ever,” Foster said. “I’ve got some new talent here that I didn’t have before. It should be pretty exciting.”
Foster, a sound engineer and former, longtime Clarkston resident, is now a Douglasville resident and board member of the Cultural Arts Council of Douglasville and Douglas County. This is the second year Foster has produced the festival in Douglasville after five years in Clarkston, in DeKalb County.
Surf music’s basic sound is 1960s-styled, all-instrumental rock ’n’ roll.
Listeners will recall the sound of bands like The Ventures, famous for the “Hawaii Five-O Theme” and “Walk, Don’t Run.” It is characterized by the heavy reverb sound produced on Fender guitars.
However, modern purveyors of the surf sound often create wide variations, ranging from pure Ventures-style music to those who may add sounds associated with punk rock, rockabilly – or even “spaghetti westerns,” Foster said.
He said word about the show is reaching international ears and eyes via the Internet. Surf enthusiasts from as far as South America have contacted Foster about the show.
“We’ll have some people who travel 1,000 miles to see this,” he said. “It’s just a great representation of bands like this from the eastern U.S.”
The free event will appeal to young and old alike. In addition to the music and a beer garden, it is set to feature food and a variety of activities for children, including a wading pool and sand beach.
“You certainly don’t have to worry about offensive lyrics,” Foster said, laughing.
Organizers are encouraging attendees to bring their own seating. They are planning to provide misters to help cool down the audience, which endured temperatures that reached record highs in the Atlanta area at the 2012 event.
Laura Lieberman, executive director of the Cultural Arts Council, said the quality of musicianship was good at the 2012 Surf Fest.
“Wayne really knows his music, and through his network we are bringing great bands in from Alabama, Tennessee, Florida, North Carolina, Ohio, and Georgia.”
The band lineup is set to include:
- Caroline & the Ramblers (Atlanta)
- Crazy Aces (Nashville, Tenn.)
- Gemini 13 (Atlanta)
- Gravitron (Columbia, S.C.)
- The High Fidelics (Birmingham, Ala.)
- The Monterreys (Charlotte, N. C.)
- The Mystery Men? (Atlanta)
- The Novarays (Orlando, Fla.)
- StratoGeezer (Atlanta)
- The Surge! (Atlanta)
The Douglas County Chamber of Commerce and its Young Professionals Connection will host a festival launch party, titled “Tiki Taki,” June 21 from 6 until 9 p.m. at the Chamber building on Church Street in downtown Douglasville. Tickets are $15 for the age-21-and-above event featuring tropical drinks, luau treats and performances by AmpFibians from Cincinnati, Ohio, and The Mutations from Knoxville, Tenn.
“It’s great to have the Chamber on board,” Foster said. “I’m hoping this will be a regular event.”
Then, after the daylong festival, an after party is planned at Irish Bred Pub adjacent to O’Neal Plaza Saturday night for a cover fee. It is slated to feature three surf-styled bands The Novarays from Orlando, Fla., The Monterreys from Charlotte, N.C., and Kill Baby…Kill from Anniston, Ala.
Information: visit www.artsdouglas.org.