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June 12, 2006

Artists Paint Tiki Mugs for DvA Gallery’s Gala Event

Filed under: Art,Chicago,Events,Music,Tiki — Humuhumu @ 10:48 am
Painted Tiki Mug for DvA Gallery show, by Mr. G
Painted Tiki Mug for DvA Gallery show, by Mr. G

As I reported back in April, DvA Gallery is celebrating their 2nd anniversary with their Gala-Tiki event. Over 30 artists have contributed — of particular interest is a series of tiki mugs hand-painted by artists, including Flounder, Dave Krys, Derek Yaniger, The Pizz, Squid, Mitch O’Connell, Tiki Tony, and the above beaut by Mr. G. There will be hula dancers on hand (with leis!), the Cocktail Preachers are performing, and it’s all free to the public. Additionally, Flounder is making prints of his painting from this show available at a shockingly affordable $30. The Gala starts this Saturday at 4pm and goes to 11pm. DvA Gallery is at 2568 N. Lincoln Ave. Happy Anniversary, DvA Gallery!

April 12, 2006

Chicago: DvA Gallery’s 2nd Anniversary Party

Filed under: Art,Chicago,Events,Music,Tiki — Humuhumu @ 11:09 am
DvA Gallery's Anniversary Tiki Party
DvA Gallery’s Anniversary Tiki Party

Chicago art space DvA Gallery will be celebrating their second anniversary on June 17 with their Gala-Tiki Anniversary event. The Cocktail Preachers will be performing; other details have not yet been announced, but last year’s shindig was jam-packed with artists, books and music. The party starts at 4pm and goes until 11pm. DvA Gallery is at 2568 N. Lincoln Ave.

April 3, 2006

King Kukulele’s TV Spot for Satellite Radio

Filed under: Los Angeles,Music,People,Tiki — Humuhumu @ 11:56 am
Commercial featuring King Kukulele
Commercial featuring King Kukulele

It’s always fun to see a friend get a mention on Boing Boing, and this morning there was a great big mention of a very dear friend, ukulele goofball and all-around-primo emcee King Kukulele. Mark Frauenfelder highlighted this commercial featuring King Kukulele, which pitches satellite radio. It’s a favorite of mine, I’ve seen it several times and I don’t get tired of it (which as Mark points out, makes the whole concept of the commercial not really hold water). As fun as it is to see King on Boing Boing, I should have seen this at the same place Mark found it, Ukulelia, a very excellent blog for and by ukulele lovers. But then, I really should have remembered seeing this at the same place Ukulelia spotted it, which is King Kukulele’s own website. I was introduced to this great little commercial when it was played at one of King Kukulele’s very fun Tiki Taix events, which happen on the last Friday of every month at Taix French Restaurant (1911 Sunset Blvd.) in Los Angeles. Regardless of where or when I should have brought it to you, my dear readers, here it is, in all its dancin’, prancin’, ukulele strummin’ glory. Enjoy!

March 31, 2006

Amsterdam: Tiki Art Exhibition

Filed under: Art,Continental Europe,Events,Music,Tiki — Humuhumu @ 11:42 pm
Netherlands Tiki Art Exhibition
Netherlands Tiki Art Exhibition

Opening Sunday, April 16 and continuing through Sunday, April 21, Cafe Cantine in Amsterdam is showing a Tiki Art Exhibition. Featured artists include Southern California’s Tiki Tony, Spain’s Mappe, Britain’s Tiki Racer, and Netherland’s own Jasper Fijnvandraat, Claudia Hek and Michiel Hoving. The opening event on the 16th will include a performance from rockabilly band Mischief. Cafe Cantine is at Rietlandpark 373, and the event is free.

March 29, 2006

Newport Beach: Dumb Angel @ Sid’s Blue Beet

Filed under: Events,Los Angeles,Music,Tiki — Humuhumu @ 1:32 pm
The swingin' scene this coming Sunday at Sid's Blue Beet
The swingin’ scene this coming Sunday at Sid’s Blue Beet

This Sunday, April 2, the Dumb Angel guys (Brian Chidester and Domenic Priore) are hosting a swingin’ soiree in Newport Beach. It’ll be at Sid’s Blue Beet, a cabaret that opened in 1912, and was a famous center of beatnik-y goodness in the ’50s and ’60s. The Dumb Angel guys are excited to be bringing some great So Cal surf instrumental music to Newport, with the Boardwalkers and the Ghastly Ones set to perform, along with an acoustic performance by Billy Hinsche. Between sets, Chidester & Priore will be doing their historic film-clip thing, which alone would be worth the trip. Kari French and her go-go troupe will also be performing, and there will be raffle drawings all night. Plenty of parking, on the street, in the side lot, and near the beach.

Sunday, April 2nd
Sid’s Blue Beet
107 21st Place
Newport Beach, CA 92663-4338
(949) 675-2338

6 p.m. to Midnight

March 15, 2006

Perfect Tiki Bar: The Music

Filed under: History,Music,Perfect Tiki Bar,Shopping,Tiki — Humuhumu @ 11:54 pm
The Exotic Moods of Les Baxter, a CD compilation (out of print)
The Exotic Moods of Les Baxter,
a CD compilation (out of print)

This is the third installment in my ongoing series on what makes the Perfect Tiki Bar; my earlier entries addressed The Lighting and The Drinks. The Music… this one’s a bit of a tougher nut to crack.

You see, as far as I’m aware, we don’t really have a record (pardon the pun) of what music was played. We have postcards, photographs, menus, and in some cases still-standing restaurants to give us an idea of what the decor, food and drinks at these places were like, but when it comes to the music that was played, it mostly comes down to rememberances of patrons and employees. And apparently, the music wasn’t really memorable, as it’s not something you hear a lot about. The music of the era gets relatively little coverage in Sven Kirsten’s Book of Tiki.


March 14, 2006

Waitiki’s New New Drummer

Filed under: Events,Mexico,Music,New England,Tiki — Humuhumu @ 10:50 pm
Waitiki's new "Laughing Boy"
Waitiki’s new "Laughing Boy"

Not too long ago, Waitiki announced that longtime drummer Space Kadet was leaving the Waitiki fold, headed on to new adventures in Hawaii. The new drummer that Waitiki selected was Robert “Bobby Bongo” Schultz, but scheduling conflicts have sent Waitiki on the search again for a new drummer. Enter the mysterious “Laughing Boy,” pictured left. Who is this drumming wonder? I do not know, and the Waitiki website isn’t giving up its secrets. As a matter of fact, the Waitiki boys appear to be making a game of it, as Laughing Boy’s page on the site simply reads:

Do you know who this is? Take your best guess! Let us know at band@Waitiki.com.

He looks a lot like a kid I went to elementary school with named Shane, who lived in a haunted house. But I’m guessing that’s not him.

The boys have two major shows coming up: a special performance of their 21-piece Esquivel Orchestrotica in Mexico City on April 1, and a warm-up show in Boston on Friday, March 24. If you can make it to either of these shows, do not miss them!

UPDATE: Clever monkey ookoo lady figured out who the mysterious drummer is — it’s Mike Connors, who previously was the drummer for Combustible Edison. Great addition to the band, guys!

March 13, 2006

Atlanta: 30th Anniversary Bash at Trader Vic’s

Filed under: Atlanta,Events,Music,News,Tiki,Trader Vic's — Humuhumu @ 5:32 pm
30th Anniversary of Atlanta Trader Vic's
30th Anniversary of Atlanta Trader Vic’s

In celebration of Trader Vic’s 30 years in Atlanta, master event producer Tiki Kiliki is throwing a bash on the weekend of April 28th and 29th.

On Friday, April 28, there’s a special show at the Starlight Drive-In. The movie hasn’t been announced yet, but vintage movie trailers will be shown, and “Trailer Vic’s” will be serving up drinks, there will be Tiki Torch Marshmallow roasting, and Johnny Knox and Hi Test will be performing. As is the custom at the Starlight, bring your own coolers & cookout setup, and decorate your care space — the best decor wins a tiki carving!

Saturday, April 29 is the main celebration at the Atlanta Trader Vic’s. They’ll be bringin out vintage Oceanic Arts decor that was purchased and put in storage in 1976. King Kukulele is the MC, and Haole Kats, Cocktail Preachers and the hula troupe Hula Halau Kapilialoha will be performing. There will be door prizes, and a “temptation potion” giveaway. Mai Tais will be available for only $4.50, and you can make reservations to enjoy a special dinner there that night, too.

The Atlanta Trader Vic’s is my personal favorite Trader Vic’s. It’s located in the bottom level of the Atlanta Hilton, which has rooms available that weekend for only $89/night. Kiliki is most famous for organizing the annual Hukilau event at the Mai Kai in Ft. Lauderdale, but her regular Tiki Torch Nights in Atlanta are hugely fun and popular. This should be a real winner of a weekend, and the cost is only $10 each night.

Fil Slash’s Week of Tiki Radio in Hawaii

Filed under: Hawaii,Music,Tiki — Humuhumu @ 1:00 pm

Oahu radio personality (and rabid tikiphile) Fil Slash is guest hosting “Heckathorn’s Hotplate” all this week, while regular host John Heckathorn is in Greece. Fil has taken this opportunity to line up some tiki guests for the Hawaii-based talk show. The show is about wine, beer and events around Hawaii, and airs Monday through Friday between 12:05 p.m. and 1 p.m. on 1420 KKEA-AM. The tiki guests are scheduled to come on right about 12:35 each day (that’s 2:35 p.m. here on the west coast, 5:35 p.m. on the east coast). Here’s the lineup:

Monday — Fluid Floyd of “Don Tiki.”
Tuesday — Hawaii Music Award nominee, Henry Kapono of “C&K,” and solo fame…
Wednesday — Hawaii Music Award nominee, TC’s own Pablus of the “Crazed Mugs”…
Thursday — (We have his contact #, and the producer is trying to book him in time) Al Harrington.
Friday is a short program, so no third guest…

Wednesday in particular should be a great listen. The show is streamed online — to access the broadcast, go to the KKEA website and login (registration is free and painless), then under “Now Playing” on the main page, click “listen here.”

February 24, 2006

The Best of Martin Denny’s Exotica

Filed under: Music,News,Shopping,Tiki — Humuhumu @ 12:59 pm
The Best of Martin Denny's Exotica
The Best of Martin Denny’s Exotica

On March 6, Capitol is releasing a new compliation of Martin Denny’s Exotica classics, apty named “The Best of Martin Denny’s Exotica.” Here’s a track listing:

1. Exotica
2. Coronation
3. Quiet Village
4. Forbidden Island
5. Oro (God Of Vengeance)
6. La Pampa Y La Puna
7. Flamingo
8. Hypnotique
9. Misirlou
10. Caravan
11. Escales
12. My Little Grass Shack In Kealakekua, Hawaii
13. Jungle Drums
14. Taboo
15. The Enchanted Isle
16. Similau
17. Ringo Oiwake
18. Stardust
19. Martin Denny on Martin Denny (bonus interview)

Martin Denny’s excellent back catalog is relatively easy to find (thankfully!), but any collection that serves as a handy introduction to the exotic works of Martin Denny is okay by me. I don’t know what the bonus interview is like, but I’ve seen interviews with him before, and he was an engaging fellow. Amazon is accepting pre-orders now.

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About Humuhumu
Humuhumu is the creator of several tiki websites. She is a designer and programmer based out of San Francisco.

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Mimi Payne’s massive Polynesian Pop collection

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A surfin’, ukein’, freewheelin’ monkey boy

Beachbum Berry
Author of Grog Log and Intoxica!, and one of my dearest drinkin’ buddies

Blog from the user interface designer extraordinaire

Worldwide Guide to Tiki Bars & Polynesian Restaurants

Dumb Angel
A look at the 1960s Los Angeles mod, pop, surf, and music scene

Eye of the Goof
Pop culture with a tiki tinge

Forbidden Island
My Wednesday hangout, the Bay Area’s best tiki bar

Humuhumu’s Life in Photos
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I build websites

Junkyard Clubhouse
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Kevin Kidney
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Mai Tai Online
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The Jab
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Tiki Central
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Tiki Magazine
Periodical publication covering the wide world of Tiki

Tiki Talk
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