Last night I went with a friend to the Dallas Museum of Art (DMA) Late Night Concert featuring Dick Dale and Jimmy Dale. The music was great and the venue was perfect. My hat is off to the DMA for putting on such a wonderful event.
If the name Dick Dale doesn’t ring any bells, then let me introduce you. Dick Dale is the long reigning king of surfer music, which is a wonderful tie in to the DMA’s current exhibit, Coastlines: Images of Land and Sea. Mr. Dale’s guitar style immediately brings to mind surfer music form the 60s and early 70s.
Last night Mr. Dale and his son, Jimmy, took the stage with acoustic guitars at 9 p.m and played and talked for an hour set. After a brief tune-up the duo started with a haunting rendition of Ghost Riders in the Sky. Wow, this was a great rendition. They proceeded through Mr. Dale’s collection of music and even include a few songs from his contemporaries.
To be honest, I am not a huge fan of Dick Dale. But I do appreciate good guitar playing (I play an acoustic). What really drew me to this concert was Quentin Tarantino’s best movie ever, Pulp Fiction, which opens with Mr. Dale’s most recognized song, Miserlou. I would just love to get a copy of Mr. Dale and son’s stage version. They saved Miserlou for second to last. They ended with a new song that I did not get the title for. Mr. Dale mentioned something about recording it with bagpipes. I could have swore their guitars were crying by the end of the song.
My ears enjoyed last nights concert very much. So much, that I am hunting down Dick Dale music in hope of finding acoustic version. So far no luck with Half-Price Books or Best Buy. I’ll have to dig a little deeper.
Next Time I’ll Know Better
As expected, the DMA puts on a good show. The concert took place in the Ross Avenue Plaza at the north end of the museum. People were spread out all over the plaza with blankets and chairs. It wasn’t standing room only because there was ample room for everyone.
My friend and I decided to sit in the front row nearest the stage. This ended up being a small mistake because and soon as Mr. Dale took the stage he encouraged people to walk up closer. This turned my front row seat into a “looking at everyone’s backside” seat. Next time, if I bring a chair, I’ll just sit farther in the back.
Fortunately, the music was great no matter where you sat.
My friend and I did get in a lot of people watching. We saw everything from an Aztec skull tattoo to a dude with dreadlocks down to his feet. We also saw a couple of TV camera crews, John Sommers from KLUV and possibly Long Jim White from KZPS. You never know who will show up at the DMA.