Eddie Solt

The Curly Wolf: The South Bay’s rising outlaws

by Ed Solt It is impossible to write about the Curly Wolf without diving into the culture around the band. The band is a product of the Gasser Lounge, drummer Mike Bouchard’s classy Redondo Beach establishment, which possesses the ambiance of badass Americana centered around a lit-up shrine to the Man in Black himself, Johnny…Read More→

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‘Nascar Tom’ has a PhD in Earnhardt: Torrance resident’s Nascar collection of 30 years has it all

‘Nascar Tom’ has a PhD in Earnhardt: Torrance resident’s Nascar collection of 30 years has it all

By Ed Solt From outside, Tom’s Henson residence is just another Torrance suburban tract home built sometime in the mid-50s. Once his garage is open, the bright vibrant yellows and blues, reds and whites, and the iconic blacks and reds glow from the walls and walls of memorabilia marked with fifteens, threes, and eights. This…Read More→

 Eddie Solt

Spyder Surf Fest: Surf Fest to celebrate beach culture

Spyder Surf Fest: Surf Fest to celebrate beach culture

Spyder Surf Fest will celebrate local surf culture for the ninth consecutive year Saturday on Pier Plaza, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The festival will showcase the hottest surfers, brands, fashion, and music. “As in years past, Spyder Surf Fest is all about the industry and families getting together and having fun as we…Read More→

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MUSIC PREVIEW: Working it with South Bay Country

MUSIC PREVIEW: Working it with South Bay Country

by Ed Solt South Bay Country founder Michael Grady embodies country music’s blue collar persona. He’s worked six days a week for over 30 years managing Independent Repair & Tire Pros in Redondo Beach. More recently, he’s taken his work ethic and applied it to music. He’s made South Bay Country arguably the area’s hottest…Read More→

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Best of the Beach 2016, Best Outdoor Dining: Hennessy’s Tavern

Best of the Beach 2016, Best Outdoor Dining: Hennessy’s Tavern

Hennessey’s Tavern holding the corner of the Pier Plaza and the Strand  stakes claim to a panoramic view of the Santa Monica Bay from their roof-top patio. “We are just steps away from sand,” said manager Shawn. “It is the best place to enjoy a fine meal, drink and catch the sunset.” Heat lamps and…Read More→

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Best of the Beach 2016, Best Brewery: King Harbor Brewing Co.

Best of the Beach 2016, Best Brewery: King Harbor Brewing Co.

After finishing runner up to the Strand Brewing Co. in their first year of existence last year, King Harbor Brewing Co unseated the four time consecutive winner. Redondo Beach’s only brewery stoked both the beer connoisseurs and casual beer drinkers with their IPA, the versatile pale ale “The Quest” (interchangeable with different hops throughout the…Read More→

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Best of the Beach 2016, Best Yogurt: Yogurtland

Best of the Beach 2016, Best Yogurt: Yogurtland

Yogurtland credits its Best of the Beach win to using only using creamy, fresh California milk without antibiotics or added hormones. “We use real fruits and nuts,” said shift leader Aleria. “We believe in great customer service.” Yogurtland: 271 Avenida Del Norte (310) 944-9572, Village Del Amo Shopping Center 21213 Hawthorne Blvd (310) 543-0391, Manhattan…Read More→

 Eddie Solt

Best of the Beach 2016, Best Neighborhood Bar: Ercoles

Best of the Beach 2016, Best Neighborhood Bar: Ercoles

  Even with the passing of longtime owner Gary Moore last September, Ercoles continues to hold fort in a rapidly changing Manhattan Beach. “We are excited to carry on for Gary,” said manager Dennis Scott, who’s been going to Ercoles for 30 plus years. He’s a part of the family as his wife, who is…Read More→

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Best of the Beach 2016, Best DJ: DJ DIK

Best of the Beach 2016, Best DJ: DJ DIK

If there’s a sweet beat being played in the South Bay, most likely it’s coming from the turntables of South Bay native DJ DIK. “This past year was dominated mostly by my Friday night residency at American Junkie. We are continuing it through the summer,” DJ DIK said. “Another staple has been my Thursday night…Read More→

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Streaking at El Porto: 657 DAYS OF SURFING

Streaking at El Porto: 657 DAYS OF SURFING

By Ed Solt Six hundred and fifty seven days ago, local longboarder Jeremy Porfilio felt it was do or die for his freedom to surf. He’d heard a rumor that the company he worked for was relocating its entire operation to a more business accommodating and welcoming Midwest state. Ten days here or two weeks…Read More→

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Doug C and the Blacklisted return to their Hermosa roots

Doug C and the Blacklisted  return to their Hermosa roots

by Ed Solt Doug C and the Blacklisted play the grittier sounds of Americana. Stripped down and heavily influenced by the mid-century launching point of Country & Western and Rock ‘N’ Roll, you’re not going to hear Doug C dabble in anything resembling a Tim McGraw top 40 country song. The Mira Costa alumni’s authenticity…Read More→

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Rowan rides anything for PVHS surf team

Rowan rides anything for PVHS surf team

by: Ed Solt Palos Verdes High School’s Jack Rowan took to the longboard, shortboard, and bodyboard for the past four years as a multi-threat for the Sea Kings. In his high school career, the senior’s ability to adapt to his own self-shaped surf craft made him one of the standouts in the South Bay Scholastic…Read More→

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Hot Buttered Rum’s fuel-injected bluegrass

Hot Buttered Rum’s fuel-injected bluegrass

by Ed Solt San Francisco Bay Area’s Hot Buttered Rum’s sound is like a classic car overhauled with modern mechanics. The look and feel evoke a feeling of nostalgia. But in motion, the ride benefits from over forty years of advancements in handling and power. The five-piece band is at the forefront of “progressive bluegrass,”…Read More→

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Best of the Beach 2016, Best Jewelry Store: Morgan’s Jewelers

Morgan’s Jewelers, since 1946, has been offering their clients a unique and personal buying experience by combining an impressive selection of fine designer jewelry, on-site custom jewelry design and fine Swiss timepieces. “Our certified Swiss watchmakers and our knowledgeable GIA-trained staff assure customers of the highest caliber of products and services,” said president Russ Varon….Read More→

 Eddie Solt

Best of the Beach 2016, Best Snowboard Shop: ET Surf

Best of the Beach 2016, Best Snowboard Shop: ET Surf

When walking into ET Surf, it’s hard not to notice the entire section dedicated to Snowboarding. On top of that, a shop grom takes on the task of fixing, cleaning and re waxing snowboards.

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