rendezvous ballroom

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rendezvous ballroom
balboa and washington
newport beach, california 92661

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Built in 1928, the Rendezvous Ballroom was constructed on the Balboa peninsula in Orange County, CA.

Capitalizing on the popularity of swing and big band music, the ballroom featured numerous performers of that era: Artie Shaw, Ozzie Nelson, Benny Goodman, Guy Lombardo, Bob Crosby, Tommy Dorsey, Stan Kenton, and more.

In the early '60, Dick Dale was playing at an ice cream parlor in the area. He added members of a backing band to form the Del-Tones, and he played his first gig at the Rendezvous on July 1, 1961. Only 17 people showed up, most of them his surfer friends.

But Dale continued to play and within four months, thousands of people were attending nightly to see the band perform and dance "The Surfer Stomp." Several other bands formed as a result of these shows, and surf rock was born.

The Rendezvous Ballroom burnt down in 1966 (coincidentally, a band called the Cinderman played the night before). In 1986, the O.C. Historical Commission dedicated a plaque here.

Rendezvous Ballroom with large parking lot, foreground