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Spring Update

April 02, 2017

We're extremely happy to announce that the Madeira will be playing two shows for the 10th Annual Surf Guitar 101 Convention - August 5th in Torrance, CA, and August 6th in Huntington Beach, CA, along with some of the greatest surf bands in the world today, The Kilaueas, The EXOTICS, Insect Surfers, The Huntington Cads, The El Caminos, Atomic Mosquitos, The Mystery Men?, and many, many more!  We will be playing entirely different setlists at the two shows, no overlap whatsoever, so make sure you catch both!  Check out our Shows page for all the details. BIG thanks to Jeff Hanson aka Big Tiki Dude for putting together another incredible convention (now extended to the entire weekend, for the first time ever!) and for inviting us - we cannot wait!  (This will be our third convention, after playing the first one in '08 and then again in '12.  It's a true pleasure to be returning once again.)

But we haven't forgotten about our Indiana and Ohio fans - we've got Bloomington and Indy shows with the mighty Coffin Daggers from NYC coming up in less than three weeks, and we are also excited to return to Cincinnati in May.  We'll also be playing Radio Radio at the Fountain Square in Indianapolis for the first time in September! (Again, check out our Shows page for all the details.)

Due to unceasing efforts of an Aussie fan of the Madeira by the name of Garry Roach, our song "The Argonaut" (co-written with Jim Skiathitis, lead guitarist of the legendary Aussie surf band The Atlantics) will be aired on Australian radio on Friday, April 14th, 5.00-7:00 PM Sydney time, on "Cosmic Cowboy Cafe" hosted by Eddie White!  (streaming live  Every show Eddie the DJ plays something completely different from its country format - and you can't get much more different than "The Argonaut"!  Tune in, check it out, and spread the word!

Finally, Ivan and Dane will once again be touring with the Blair-Pongracic Band, playing across the Eastern seaboard of the US for the first time this June!  Joining again with John Blair, the legendary surf guitarist, surf music historian and leader of the highly influential Jon & the Nightriders, and Jeremy DeHart of North Carolina's greatest surf band the Aqualads on bass, they will play a setlist filled with classic surf songs by Jon & the Nightriders, the Madeira, the Space Cossacks and a few surprises. They previously played the 2015 Surfer Joe Surf Festival in Italy (after which the festival organizer Lorenzo Valdambrini declared "It is without any doubt that the highlight of the festival was the Blair-Pongracic Band"), followed by a tour of Spain, and then a handful of shows in California last summer (after their show at Winters Tavern in Pacifica, Jello Biafra, the iconic frontman of Dead Kennedys and long-time surf music aficionado, declared it the best surf music show he had ever seen).  Don't miss them if they come anywhere near you!

June 16 (Fr) - Atlanta, GA - Star Bar w/ The Mystery Men? and The Surge
June 17 (Sa) - Charlotte, NC - Snug Harbor w/ Aqualads & Phatlynx
June 18 (Su) - Carrboro, NC - The Station w/ Phatlynx and El Mirage
June 19 (Mo) - Washington, DC - Hill country BBQ/DC w/ Atomic Mosquitos
June 20 (Tu) - Long Branch, NJ - The Brighton Bar w/ The Coffin Daggers and Blue Wave Theory
June 21 (We) - Brooklyn, NY - Lucky 13 Saloon w/ The Coffin Daggers
June 22 (Th) - Cleveland, OH - The Happy Dog w/ Surfer Rex & The Kahuna Kings
June 23 (Fr) - Cincinnati, OH - Urban Artifact w/ The AmpFibians and Grateful Surf
June 24 (Sa) - Indianapolis, IN - Melody Inn w/ The Katatonics and Thee Aquaholics

Have a wonderful Spring and Summer, and we hope to see you somewhere along the line!

The Madeira

Blair-Pongracic Band