Press Release # 386

Subj: Press Release - 3/9/04
Date: 3/9/2004 8:41:39 AM Eastern Standard Time

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The Huntington Beach International Surfing Museum announces a benefit concert March 19th, 2004 featuring Jim Fuller “the Godfather of Surf Guitar” and Eric Burdon and the New Animals

Huntington Beach, Ca March 9, 2004 – Dooley Productions has organized a benefit concert for the Huntington Beach International Surfing Museum at the Galaxy Concert Theater on March 19, 2004. Proceeds from the concert will be shared with the Surfing Museum’s “Mobile Museum” project. The concert will feature co-headliners Jim Fuller & the Beatnik and Eric Burdon & the New Animals. Opening the show is Huntington Beach’s own Element 17. Tickets for the event are on sale at the Galaxy Concert Theater for $25 each. Call 714-957-0600 to order tickets. This is an “all ages” show with the doors opening at 6PM. The show starts at 8PM. The Galaxy is located just north of the 405 on Harbor Blvd … 3503 Harbor Blvd, Santa Ana.


VIP tickets are on sale by calling Dooley Productions at 949-230-9468. The $100 tickets include reserved seats in the upstairs VIP section at the Galaxy. The VIP section has it’s own bar and restrooms. A “Meet and Greet” in the VIP area with Jim and Eric is planned prior to their performances. A $25 Surfing Museum membership will be given to all VIP ticket buyers

The media can call Dennis Dooley at 949-230-9468 for more information, pictures, or to set up interviews with Jim Fuller and Eric Burdon.

Jim Fuller and the Beatnik
With a star on Hollywood’s Rock Walk, Jim Fuller’s place in the pantheon of Rock and Roll history is already assured. As lead guitarist of the Surfaris, Jim recorded smash hits such as “Wipe Out”, “Point Panic”, “Surfer Joe”, and “Waikiki Run” among others. Dubbed “The Godfather of Surf Guitar” by James Brown, Jim Fuller has embarked on the next phase of his musical exploration: Jimmy Fuller and the Beatnik. A rock, blues, surf revival band, this group is like combining Stray Cats with Muddy Waters with a wave of avant-garde rock. The rich and exciting sound is enhanced by the addition of vocalists Lissa Frazier and Kathy Merrick, formally the recording artist group Sades of Lace. They have also personally performed or recorded with Boz Skaggs, Tom Jones, and Jennifer Lopez. Tom Jacob, keyboards and vocals, has recorded and performed with Chuck Berry, Big Joe Turner, and Al Jardine of the Beach Boys. The band is completed with the addition of a group of extraordinary studio musicians: Big Al Bonhomme (guitar and vocals), Barrett Tagliarino (guitar and vocals), Charlie Collett (harmonica and vocals), and Dennis Dooley (drums).

Eric Burdon and the New Animals
As lead singer of the Animals, Eric Burdon was one of the British Invasion’s most distinctive vocalists with a searingly powerful blues-rock voice. Usually billed Eric Burdon and the Animals, the group was essentially Burdon’s vehicle to purvey a far more psychedelic and less R & B oriented vision. Their hits included “We Got To Get Outta This Place” and “House of the Rising Sun”. Occasionally he came up with a good second division psychedelic hits like “Sky Pilot”. Burdon’s real triumphs as a solo artist came at the beginning of the 70’s, when he hooked up with a bunch of L. A. journeymen soul/funksters who became his backing band, War. Recording three albums worth of material in the year or two that they were together, the Burdon/War records contained some spacey funkadelia of real quality, especially their hit single “Spill the Wine”.

Element 17 is no stranger to Southern California pop music fans. The band is constantly performing at all the major OC and LA clubs. The band followed up their first CD, Pristine, with another simply called ELEMENT 17 produced by Northbound Entertainment (213-760-2515). The band will be performing their popular acoustic-electric set that is just as dynamic as their all electric set. Element 17 is made up of Shane Frederickson on vocals & guitar, Jeff Rayl on guitar, Mike Pilarski on bass, and Kris Pennington on drums. To keep up with the band visit their web site at or e:mail to

The Huntington Beach International Surfing Museum is proud to be designated as the benefiting non-profit group for this fine event. This is the second fund raising event that Dooley Productions has organized for the Surfing Museum. Proceeds from this event will go towards our “Mobile Museum” trailer project. Plans are to create a first class 28’ walk through trailer as a permanent home for the “Mobile Museum” exhibit. It will be the first in the world. A multi-media experience for all who see it!

Since the Museum opened in 1987, we have been a resource to the community for surf bands, surf artists, and surfing dignitaries. We are an all volunteer organization dedicated to protecting the past, present, and future of all aspects of surfing culture.

We are the only international surfing museum in the world. Items from all over the world are though-out the Museum. Our current major exhibit is based on the innovation of George Greenough. It will be a traveling exhibit when it comes down in May for our “Women That Surf” exhibit. Besides rotating the Museum’s exhibits, we have a Summer Concert Series from May through September and a “Mobile Museum” exhibit for community events and activities. The Museum is available to rent for small meetings and private events.

We are a non-profit (501c3) Public Foundation. The Museum is located at 411 Olive in downtown Huntington Beach just two blocks up from the pier or you can visit our web site at For more information about the museum, please call us at 714-960-3483.

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