Posted in music | pictures on October 26, 2011

words by Alanna Wray, photos by Deneka Peniston & Jason House

Dick Dale on a boat (by Deneka Peniston)
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Last Sunday (one day after the Kvelertak show), backlit with our lady of liberty and the east river's special scum, The King of the Surf Guitar, Dick Dale played the perfect venue-- on the water. The Jewel, one of the illustrious Rocks Off Concert Cruise's fleet, is an intimate, rocking (from side to side) host to a plethora of shows "that don't suck". Dick Dale, the Jewel's latest jewel, graciously glutted his steadfast fans with all the classics: from a blistering "Miserlou", to the anthemic "Let's Go Trippin'" and back to a virtuous version of "Amazing Grace" (which filled the East River with more righteousness than the Slocum Ferry Disaster.)

At seventy four years old, Dale plays with the antics and agility of a rock n' roll wood sprite. His seamless set moved with the graceful fluidity of 60 years of refinement, grooving through his time honored originals into epic covers of Rumble, Hava Nagila and House of the Rising Sun.

Jimmy Dale, Dick's fresh-faced nineteen year son, backed on set gyrating the double bass like an arena heavyweight. Bassist Sam Bolle of Agent Orange fame played a soulful House of the Rising Son solo smokey as slow sex. The vibe was fuzzy, the sound was wet, the energy was slap happy, the crowd was authentic. After the show Rocks Off bossman Jake Szufnarowski had Dick Dale sign his arm, which has since become his latest tattoo. Dale ended with a "thank you for being my medicine"... and if Dale's got a musical prescription that good, we're glad he's sharing.

Here are some pictures from the show. They continue below

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Comments (13)

what does this have to do with chairlift?

Posted by Anonymous | October 26, 2011 12:51 PM

DIck dale fucking killed it man. Shame he doesn't tour more.

Posted by Anonymous | October 26, 2011 12:53 PM

12:51: Seriously, have you actually TALKED to a woman of decent looks? Enough polluting the other threads with that Chairlift nonsense.


Otherwise, no matter what anyone says, running lame memes into the ground on BV is as unfunny as Dat Phan.

Posted by Anonymous | October 26, 2011 12:57 PM

Was at the Maxwell's show. He killed it. The meet & greet was interesting post show. Seeing Dick Dale ask people if they paid, along with him screaming, 'NEXT!' was a highlight in itself. Glad I got my LP signed! A night to remember!

Posted by Anonymous | October 26, 2011 1:03 PM

he's 74 years old and had to take a break from touring to deal with cancer... its remarkable that he's back on the road at all...

Posted by Anonymous | October 26, 2011 1:16 PM

Prefer either all color pics or all black and white, don't mix 'em, okay?

Posted by Anonymous | October 26, 2011 1:24 PM

"rock & roll wood sprite"

are you serious? get off WoW and back to the obnoxious anonymous comments

Posted by Anonymous | October 26, 2011 3:08 PM

I got a couple of LPs signed at a show about 15 yrs ago and he yelled NEXT too lol.......

Posted by Anonymous | October 26, 2011 3:41 PM

i love dick dale.

only saw him once at the city winery about a year ago and it was pretty bad. he was basically trying to sell his new line of acoustic guitars and kept on stopping mid song to talk about it or tell random stories. virtually very little music. people started to leave (i eventually did too).

Posted by Anonymous | October 26, 2011 4:52 PM

i love dick

Posted by Anonymous | October 26, 2011 8:23 PM

Please explain to me how the crowd "was authentic."

Posted by Anonymous | October 27, 2011 10:32 AM

Does the whole crowd have to get bad tattoos of the performer's handwriting to be a "totally authentic crowd?"

Posted by Anonymous | October 27, 2011 10:34 AM

dick dale rules

Posted by jordon | August 12, 2013 7:57 PM

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