Santa Monica Civic Auditorium gets transformed into Dogtown territory this Saturday, August 28th, for the DTnDT Fest, a modern tribute to the area’s pioneering influences on the skateboard world and the razor-edged rock music that came along with it.
The festival includes a handful of legends of the skateboard world — old school skaters like Steve Olson, David Hackett and Ray Flores, who is now in his fifth decade of skating. “Pep” Williams will represent a later wave of skating that emerged in the 1990s.
The untraditional hard rock and punk rock sounds that have traditionally orchestrated skate shredders throughout the years will be represented through performances by female-fronted raunch rockers of Texas Terri Bomb, along with The Hangmen, My Ruin, Adrenaline and Frontside Grind.
Also, art, film and skateboard photography exhibits will make up a large element of the show. Rich Mann, Wynn Miller (photographer best known for his classic shots of Tony Alva), Eric Monson, Mark X Farina, Miles Thompson, Joe Orrantia and Craig Clark are among the artists planning to exhibit.
Chris and Grant Rohloff’s vintage surf short films “Wet and Wild” and “Aloha Spirit” tie in surfing, the parent sport of skateboarding, to the festival.
Show producer Craig Clark named the festival DTnDT Fest, short for Downtown in Dogtown, so as not to step on the toes of Dogtown Skateboards company owner and original Dogtown Z-boy Jim Muir, Clark says.
“He owns the skateboard company called Dogtown so I didn’t want to confuse anyone,” says Clark.
Clark describes the event as a get-together for those interested in old school skating and the culture it spawned.
Interest in the huge historical impact that the Santa Monica and Venice areas (dubbed Dogtown) reemerged with the release of Stacey Peralta’s documentary Dogtown and Z-Boyz, released by Sony Classics Pictures in 2002. Z-boyz was the monicker for the local Zephyr skate team, whose members developed a national reputation in the skateboard world for their radical moves.
Clark had tried to organize a similar event last year with a lineup chock full of famous skaters and legendary musicians but had to cancel it about a week before it was scheduled when unexpected festival costs overwhelmed him, he says.
So this year he stuck with billing local names and contacts in the skateboard and music worlds that he has made over the years.
Santa Monica resident “Pep” Williams’ name became hip in the ’90s when he was sponsored by Santa Cruz Skateboards. The one-time Thrasher magazine cover boy now runs his own skateboard wheel manufacturing company called Slix Wheels. “Pep” will be part of the flatland demonstration scheduled at the event.
Joining “Pep” will be skate legend Steve Olson, who made his name in the late ’70s and ’80s with a school of skaters like Duane Peters and Christian Hosoi, who thrived on a strict diet of blistering music, punk rock fashions, and daredevil aerial moves.
Olson played a member of “The Daggers,” a gang of no-goodnik punkers, in the 1986 film Thrashin’, starring Josh Brolin.
Also in DTnDT Fest’s lineup of legendary skate pros is David Hackett. He began surfing Malibu Point in 1969 and later frequented the backyard pool skateboard sessions with Dogtown Z-boys like Tony Alva, Jay Adams and Wentzle Ruml.
The Z-Boyz crew shifted the direction of skateboarding into an aggressive, expressive daredevil sport and cultural movement rather than a mere spin-off of surfing.
Hackett is also known for his accomplishments in skateboard downhill racing. He earned the World Title in Jr. Men’s Slalom at the Hang Ten Pro Am held at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in 1975.
Hackett was the first professional to be sponsored by the legendary Alva Skateboards after founder Tony Alva himself.
He also invented a popular skateboarding move called the Hackett Slash.
Ray Flores lived in Santa Monica in the late ’70s and skated with Z-Boyz Jim Muir, Tony Alva and Wes Humpston.
But Flores’s rise as a known boardster predated even the Z-boyz. He was a member of the Hobie team that competed in the mid-’60s.
Flores abandoned the sport when the ’60s style fad of skateboarding went the way of the Hula-Hoop, but came back as one of the top pool riding-pros of the ’70s.
Flores now runs a vintage skateboard shop called The Board Gallery on Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Venice.
The shop is a virtual museum of skateboard art, decks and authentic one-of-a-kind Dogtown relics.
DTnDT Fest hours are from 1 to 11 p.m. Saturday, August 28th, at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, 1855 Main St., Santa Monica. Tickets are $20.
Information, (310) 458-8551.