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Rhythm Guitar & Keyboards
Drums & Vocals
Donovan "The Kid" Eidem has been playing the Drums since he was 5 years old and has also honed his skills on Piano, Guitar, and song writing. Over the years he also developed an excellent and unique Vocal style which recently got a great review in the Internationally known “Pipeline” publication out of the U.K. for his Vocal work on the latest Surf Dawgs CD “Beach Party”,
His former group Platypus (now disbanded) was a younger staple of the Minneapolis music scene for 6 years and have performed consistently at many venues in the Twin Cities area including The Garage and Famous Dave's Uptown to name a few.
“The Kid” has also proved himself to be a versatile Drummer with his outstanding work in the Cult Garage band The Litter when they performed in June 2018 for a Special (Sold Out) Concert at the prestigious venue Mancinis in St. Paul, Minnesota.
In addition to working with The Surf Dawgs and The Litter he also displays his professionalism in his Father’s group—the well known Flipp who had several albums released Nationally on A&M Records in the 1980’s and 90’s and are still performing today.
His Drumming style and unique and excellent Vocals round out the current sound of The Surf Dawgs with both Surf and Rock rhythms that make the band danceable and listenable while capturing the distinct 60’s singing style that allows The Surf Dawgs to have a wide appeal to audiences everywhere they play.
Bass Guitar, Vocals
Dave started playing guitar in his early years and formed a group with Greg Maland which became "Gregory Dee and the Avanties". The Avanties were a popular rock band in the Twin Cities area and performed at ballrooms, teen clubs and arenas throughout the 5-state area.
Dave and the Avanties recorded a number of local hits including "The Grind", "Olds Mo William", Ain't Got No Home", The Slide" and "Nervous Break Down" with The Grind breaking out of the local market and becoming somewhat of a Cult Classic eventually getting International attention. Following his time with The Avantis, Dave toured the country playing Bass for national acts The Angels (My Boyfriends Back) and Jimmy Soul (If You Wanna Be Happy For The Rest of Your Life). Then, after serving time in the military, he joined The Castaways (Liar Liar fame) and went on to perform with them for the next 15 years. He also spent time opening for many national acts including The Beach Boys, Dave Clark Five, Johnny Rivers, Chubby Checker, Conway Twitty, The Turtles, The Ronettes, and Jimmy Soul to name a few.
Dave was inducted into the Mid-America Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006 and has been playing Bass with The Surf Dawgs for several years and also plays on the Special Shows that The Surf Dawgs do with Tony Andreason.
Second Lead & Rhythm Guitar
Bob Coates began his career while he was still in High School and after playing around the St. Cloud, Minnesota area with local groups for a few years, he eventually put together a four-piece band, The Canoise, that was patterned after the British Invasion groups of the 1960’s with strong vocal harmonies. They opened for the Dave Clark Five and Paul Revere and the Raiders, then after some personnel changes and a name change to Zarathustra, they won a battle-of-the-bands contest at the Roof Garden in Spirit Lake, Iowa. That lead to appearances on Dick Clark's Happenin' 68 TV show hosted by Paul Revere and the Raiders as a contestant in their national battle-of-the-bands contest. Zarathustra won the contest, but unfortunately due to college and post-graduate commitments, they were not able to follow through with the recording contract offered to them by A&M records.
Bob then moved from St. Cloud to Minneapolis, eventually reforming the original Canoise and has played continuously into the 2000’s.
In 1999 Bob produced and played on Nokie Edwards (The Ventures) solo CD “Carvin It Out” and Co-produced a project with legendary soul singer Willie Walker. Now Bob, who recently joined The Surf Dawgs, has the unique opportunity to enhance their sound with some fancy and exciting double lead guitar work with Zippy Caplan adding to the excitement and enhancement of The Surf Dawgs sound and show.