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Guitar royalty: Dick Dale at the Culture Room

When Hollywood provocateur Quentin Tarantino needed a song that would introduce the wild menace of the irreverent crime-spree hit “Pulp Fiction,” he dug through his encyclopedic familiarity with great rock ’n’ roll and found “Misirlou,” the Dick Dale classic that pulsates with peril and guilty pleasure.

Nearly a quarter century since the release of “Pulp Fiction” (yikes), Dale is still tearing it up at clubs around the country with a spirited sound that defies his 80 years on the planet.

On Friday, April, 13, the King of Surf Guitar will perform at the Culture Room with two brash Fort Lauderdale bands who would be right at home on a future Tarantino soundtrack, Octo Gato and the Riot Act.

By the way, in case you missed it, and really need to know what a Royale with cheese is, Coral Gables Art Cinema will be screening “Pulp Fiction” at 11:30 p.m. Saturday, April 28. Go to

When: 8 p.m. Friday, April 13; Octo Gato and the Riot Act open

Where: Culture Room, 3045 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale

Cost: $32 or $70

Contact: 954-564-1074, or

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