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Valencia Marketplace Friday night concert series kicks off this week

Posted: July 10, 2013 4:52 p.m.
Updated: July 10, 2013 4:52 p.m.

Hodads band members, from left, Jimmy Street, Sterling Smith, John Hatton, Tony Jones and Bob Schuster.

 

In the era of Chevrolet 409s, California girls and dancing with Barbara Ann, the surf rock genre was born, inspiring bands and audiences alike to dip their feet into the waves and wiggle their toes in the sand.

The Valencia Marketplace’s 16th annual Summer Sunset Concert series kicks off on Friday with the feet-dipping, toe-wiggling “Southern California Beach Classics” of the Hodads.

“We had been thrown together by an agent who needed a surf band for some parties and we just had a chemistry,” said bass player John Hatton.

“Everybody was having so much fun. Then we decided to form a band.”

With Hatton on bass, Bob Schuster on lead guitar, Sterling Smith on piano, Tony Jones on drums, and Jimmy Street on sax and rhythm guitar, the band was established in 1991, Hatton said.

The Hodads have played many times in the Santa Clarita Valley, including for Concerts in the Park, in a parade and for the series at the Valencia Marketplace for 10 years.

Originating as a surf band, the Hodads are named after the beach slang for “poser” due to the members’ lack of surfing ability.

“We looked on the back of a Surfaris album, they had that song “Wipeout,” and it had a list of surf terms. Hodad meant, at that time, greaser,” said Hatton.

The national craze of surfing brought with it the dry, “bushy, bushy blonde hair do,” said Hatton, a revolt from the slicked-back style that was previously popular. “Hodad” evolved to refer to the people who went to the beach with surf boards but couldn’t surf, identifiable by their greasy hair.

“We called a surf shop and asked the worker what “hodad” meant and he said, ‘poser, dude.’”

After the Hodads got started, the band began to deviate from the waves and sand of the Beach Boy style.

“Now we play all styles of music. At Valencia, we’ve been playing classic rock,” Hatton said.

“We will be doing covers at Valencia. We have an album of originals but we never get to play them.”

The Hodads play modern music with the younger crowd, covering Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, and Adele songs, and music from the ‘50s and ‘40s when the audience demands.

“They are one of our favorites because we’re always asked back,” Hatton said of the performances at the marketplace.

“The Hodads are really glad to be back at the Valencia Marketplace and look forward to seeing our fans.”

 

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