A Motorcycle Shop, New Mural, Two Vintage Boutiques, a Surf Band, and a Tony Hawk Twitter Hunt Box

Wow -- what a weekend! Saturday's event at Trophy Motorcycles in City Heights was a blast. The event featured vintage motorcycles, BBQ, two fantastic vintage shops (Pack Ratt and Puss in Boots), a new Jonny Alexander mural (visible at the corner of El Cajon Blvd. and Winona Ave.), and classic surf sounds courtesy of the 105ers (Mick Rossler on guitar, Matt Parker on bass, and Yours Truly providing crashing-wave percussive flurries on the drums).

Two Thirds of San Diego punk band  Poontang Clam  ( Tasha Parker ,  Dannielle Cobb ) joined the festivities. Dannielle is also the proprietor of Puss in Boots Vintage, located next door to Trophy

Two Thirds of San Diego punk band Poontang Clam (Tasha Parker, Dannielle Cobb) joined the festivities. Dannielle is also the proprietor of Puss in Boots Vintage, located next door to Trophy

The all-ages event, which included vintage motorcycles, BBQ, and shopping, was an exceptionally well-attended success, and a fantastic opportunity to see the new Jonny Alexander mural gracing the exterior wall of the building. Here is my recent writeup about this exciting new landmark in City Heights: http://www.andersmlarsson.com/blog/2015/4/1/el-cajon-boulevard-improvement-association-funds-new-mural-adorning-city-heights-business

The clue for the location of the Tony Hawk Twitter Hunt, where a lucky winner found one of the much sought-after boxes outside Trophy Motorcycles in City Heights

The clue for the location of the Tony Hawk Twitter Hunt, where a lucky winner found one of the much sought-after boxes outside Trophy Motorcycles in City Heights

Adding to the excitement of the event and the mural was its inclusion in the international phenomenon known as the Tony Hawk Twitter Hunt.  What better place on that day to find a box loaded with a signed Tony Hawk skateboard deck, a Sony Action Cam, clothes, sun glasses, hats, a helmet, a Sirius Radio subscription, and more?

I always have a wonderful time hanging out with my friends and bandmates Mick Rossler and Matt Parker, so the music end took care of itself, of course. Mick owns the Tower Bar and Til Two Club in City Heights, and and Matt owns the Black Cat Bar in City Heights (my three favorite bars, of course), so it was extra special to have small business owners from the neighborhood convene like this. The 105ers will be playing at a City Heights venue again in the near future, but for now please do enjoy the video of us playing the surf classic,"Jack the Ripper."

The 105ers (Left to right): Mick Rossler, Anders Larsson, Matt Parker

The 105ers (Left to right): Mick Rossler, Anders Larsson, Matt Parker

Thanks to Isaac Heinrich from Trophy, Jonny Alexander, and all those who joined us for the fun. Finally, thanks to all of you for reading about it and staying tuned in! 

Sitting behind my drums after setting up for the big day

Sitting behind my drums after setting up for the big day

El Cajon Boulevard Improvement Association Funds New Mural Adorning City Heights Business

El Cajon Boulevard Improvement Association Funds New Mural Adorning City Heights Business

 “It’s a mural representing what was Highway 80,” says Isaac Heinrich, co-owner of Trophy Motorcycles. He’s describing the new artwork visible on the side of his business in City Heights. “It looks like a classic postcard, and has a bit of a motorcycle theme, since the building has been a bike shop since around 1965” he enthusiastically adds.

The completed mural at Trophy Motorcycles, by Jonny Alexander. Photo by Anders Larsson, 2015

The completed mural at Trophy Motorcycles, by Jonny Alexander. Photo by Anders Larsson, 2015

San Diego artist Jonny Alexander recently completed the mural (visible on the corner of El Cajon Boulevard and Winona Avenue) with funding from building owner Polly Gillette and the El Cajon Boulevard Improvement Association.

It was cool to get Polly’s input about the history of Highway 80, and then have Beryl Forman from the El Cajon Improvement Association talk with me about El Cajon Boulevard," explains Alexander. "That’s why I incorporated one of their slogans, ‘Cruise the Boulevard’, into the mural. And then of course you have to have a motorcycle in the image since motorcycles are part of the historic context behind this mural!”

Jonny Alexander working on the (now complete) mural, located at the corner of El Cajon Blvd. and Winona Avenue. Photo by Anders Larsson, 2015

Jonny Alexander working on the (now complete) mural, located at the corner of El Cajon Blvd. and Winona Avenue. Photo by Anders Larsson, 2015

The vibrant new piece of art is already attracting attention and admiration from the community, and dozens of local residents have stopped to talk with Trophy’s owners about how it an asset to the neighborhood.

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“I’ve seen a lot of people taking pictures, and several people from the area have come by to tell me that they think this is a great thing that brightens up the neighborhood,” says Isaac Heinrich.

This Saturday at Trophy Motorcycles: A Vintage Bike Night, a New Mural, a Neighborhood Surf Band, and More

When one of Trophy Motorcycle's owners, Isaac Heinrich, asked if the 105ers would play at their upcoming Vintage Bike Night, I was all over it. I love his business and the new Jonny Alexander mural adorning its wall. I love the two next door businesses (Pack Ratt Records and Puss in Boots Vintage). I love the neighborhood in which all these things reside, and I love playing with the 105ers. That's a lot of love, so this one's a no-brainer.

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As you can see in the poster above, the event starts at 4:00 on Saturday, April 4, and the music starts at 6:00. This marks the second appearance of our little City Heights supergroup, which features Mick Rossler (Tower Bar, Til Two Club) on guitar, Matt Parker (Black Cat Bar) on bass, and Yours Truly slapping skins.  We'll be bringing your our very own gritty Mid-City versions of surf classics by the likes of the Ventures, Link Wray, the Tornados, and others.

Looking forward to seeing a several friendly faces for an afternoon and evening of fun. Thanks, as always, for tuning in!

Here is a link to this past year's Trophy Motorcycles article in San Diego Citybeat by Joshua Emerson Smith: http://www.sdcitybeat.com/sandiego/article-13534-trophy-motorcycles.html