Thursday, March 31, 2011

Champion Surfer and Accomplished Musician, Rob Machado, Announces US Concert Dates!

Melali: The Dirfter Sessions Surf Film Tour and Musical Performance by the Melali Sessions Band
If you missed the Point Loma premiere of Rob Machado's latest film, Melali: The Drifter Session last September for Ocean Beach Surf and Skate's Surf on the Silver Screen event at The Pearl Hotel, then today is your lucky day! Industry news have announced that they'll be back on tour this April, accompanied by the Melali Sessions Band! See details below.

(Cardiff by the Sea, CA) Champion surfer Rob Machado announces a spring run of US tour dates in support of his film Melali: The Drifter Sessions. Rob Machado and the Melali Sessions Band will kick off their tour on April 5th at the Belly Up in Solana Beach followed by a west and east coast run of shows including Slim's (San Francisco) on April 12th, the historic Troubadour (Los Angeles) on April 14th, and a special performance on April 30th at National Geographic headquarters in Washington, DC as part of their ongoing music themed programs. Complete list of tour dates below.

A throwback to the rootsy surf films of the 70's, fans will experience a very special collaboration of film and music during this short run. The film, Melali: The Drifter Sessions showcases some of the world's best wave riders on the best waves Indonesia has to offer. Adding to the level of intensity the film will be accompanied by the live performance of the score. Machado and his long time friend and fellow musician Jon Swift spearhead the musical collective, which includes musicians Todd Hannigan, Fernando Apodaca, Jesse Siebenberg and Sam Bolle.
"When we premiered The Drifter across the country, the best part of the night was the live improvisation with the band to the surf bonus footage," Machado says. "That inspired us to make another movie with the unreleased surf footage and record some music as the score."

Produced by Machado and director Taylor Steele (the godfather of modern surf film), Melali: The Drifter Sessions features Rob Machado - one of the most stylish and skilled wave riders of our time. Melali returns to the fundamentals of surf cinematography by focusing on the surfing experience, the artful relationship between man and surf, and the sharing of this experience with good friends.
Composed in a barn in rural southern California and recorded at Brotheryn Studios in Ojai, the score is a diverse mix of musical compositions ranging from simple ballads to full band improvisations that captures a broad spectrum of moods tailored to the soulful and dynamic surfing.
For more about Melali: The Drifter Sessions and Rob Machado, please visit:
Soundtrack info can be found here:

Tour dates:

April 5th Solana Beach, CA Belly Up Tavern
April 6th Santa Ana, CA Galaxy Concert Theater
April 7th Santa Barbara, CA Velvet Jones
April 12th San Francisco, CA Slim's
April 14th Los Angeles, CA Troubadour
April 28th New York, NY The Lounge - Gramercy Theatre
April 29th Asbury Park, NJ The Stone Pony
April 30th Washington, DC National Geographic - music themed program
May 1st Norfolk, VA The Norva
May 3rd North Myrtle Beach, SC House of Blues
May 4th Charleston, SC The Music Farm
May 6th Jacksonville Beach, FL Freebird Live
May 7th Fort Lauderdale, FL Culture Room
May 8th Orlando, FL The Social

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