You know the cackle - the mad laughter at the beginning of The Surfaris' 1963 hit "Wipe Out." For me at least, it's one of the most recognizable instrumental songs of the rock era.

Other popular songs by The Surfaris include "Surfer Joe," "When he's riding the waves, man is he hard to catch."

The first iteration of The Surfaris disbanded in the late 1960s, but original members have reunited periodically over the decades.

Original guitarist Bob Berryhill will bring The Surfaris to The Wormhole here in Savannah on Aug. 3. It should be a memorable show and a memorable night.

The critically praised surf-punk guitarist Laramie Dean, who has performed with acts as diverse as Dick Dale and Agent Orange, will be performing with The Surfaris.

The Wave Slaves, a high-energy, surf-rock act from here in Savannah, will round out the bill.

The Surfaris, Laramie Dean and The Wave Slaves are scheduled for Aug. 3 at The Wormhole, 2307 Bull St. The music is scheduled to begin promptly at 8:30 p.m., and the evening should wrap up by 11:30 p.m.

Tickets are available via General admission will be $30 at the door, but there is a $10 discount for online purchases. The Wormhole also has a limited supply of reserved table seats beginning at $25 per person.

Patrons should also be aware that The Wormhole has a menu of sandwiches, burgers, wraps, nachos and other casual items.

In addition to being one of the city's most reliable venues for live music, The Wormhole has also developed into a hotspot for comedy.

On Aug. 5, the bar will host Comedy Planet headlined by Marcus Crespo with Aaron Weber, Will Blaylock, Brad Sativa and Josh Wagner. General admission tickets for the 8 p.m. show will be $15 at the door, but $10 tickets are available online in advance.


What: The Surfaris, Laramie Dean, The Wave Slaves

When: 8:30 p.m. Aug. 3

Where: The Wormhole, 2307 Bull St.

Cost: $30 at the door; $20 online at


Bill Dawers writes City Talk in Savannah Morning News and blogs at Savannah Unplugged ( and hissing lawns ( Email