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The Exotics are keeping surf music alive in Brew City. (PHOTO: Art Montes)

Surf's up: The Exotics wave goodbye to the Milwaukee summer at Red Dot

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Though it will already be autumn by the time Milwaukee's premier surf guitar rockers The Exotics take the stage at Red Dot Tosa, 6715 W. North Ave., at 8 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 22, it'll still be warm enough to go surfing out on Lake Michigan, should the spirit move you.

The band – which formed in 1994 – performed in California last month at the 10th annual Surf Guitar 101 Convention, before returning home to its regular gig at The Foundation Tiki Bar in Riverwest.

"The Exotics have pretty much been 'back together' since about 2002 (after a brief hiatus) and have been playing ever since," says guitarist Paul Wall. "We have a monthly Thursday residency at The Foundation. Last month was our third time in California, our last being two tours in 2010 and 2012. We've played a couple nice tiki festivals: Tiki Oasis in San Diego and The Hukilau in Fort Lauderdale."

Since 2001, the band's lineup has included guitarists Wall and Brandt Zacher, bassist Jon Ziegler and drummer Don Nelson.

The group's most recent CD is 2015's "Twangy Surf and Spy Themes."

Unfamiliar with The Exotics? Here are some videos so you can study up:

You definitely don't want to miss this chance to wave goodbye to the Milwaukee summer at Red Dot. Cover for the show is $5.


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