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Already, Alvin and Baker have been instrumental in bringing nuevo surf groups such as the Mermen and iconic string-bender Dick Dale to Miami. They've also lined up Nashville's wrestling-masked combo Los Straitjackets for a March 28 show at Churchill's Hideaway, and are expecting to bring Alabama's Man or Astro-Man? into town this spring. In addition, The Beast & Baker Show was featured last month in a Billboard magazine roundup of surf-intensive radio shows across the U.S. They were also featured in a recent issue of XS, a weekly Fort Lauderdale paper.
"People can really relate to surf music," Alvin says, explaining the popularity of the show. "It's a kind of music that serves a dual purpose: You can listen to it through your feet and dance to it, or listen through your heart. There's a lot of music out there that you can dance to, but there's not much out there that's made for your heart. Surf music does both. That's what attracted me to it."
If you're Austin bound, you can also catch Miami singer/songwriter Gigi DeNisco at South By Southwest during the Seventh Annual Regional Roundup at Maggie Mae's on Saturday, March 16.
DeNisco's show there will kick off a seven-state tour that will take her throughout the South and Southeast, from Texas to South Carolina. DeNisco, a regular on the local club circuit, is touring in support of her recently released indie album On My Way. She'll be back in the area in late March for performances at Tobacco Road (March 24) and Chili Pepper (March 25).