Entries in the 'Music' Category

September 15, 2005

Exotica Greats at Hukilau

Filed under: Events,Ft. Lauderdale & Miami,Music,Tiki — Humuhumu @ 5:29 pm
Yma Sumac
Yma Sumac

This year’s Hukilau event in Ft. Lauderdale has a lineup of musicians that has Exotica fans all a-twitter. During Friday’s event at the Bahia Mar, Robert Drasnin will be performing (with Miss Formica Dinette). Drasnin, whose album Voodoo is considered one of the great classics of exotica, will be performing material from his new album Voodoo II — his first new exotica music in 40 years. Also in attendance that night: the incomparable Yma Sumac, whose astounding voice for some defines the very aesthetic of exotica. Ms. Sumac’s ability to attend has been in question for health reasons, but it now appears that she will be able to attend after all. Saturday night at the Mai Kai brings a special performance by the exotica troupe Waitiki — after dinner, they will be playing an entire set of Martin Denny music. Martin Denny’s daughter recently attended a performance by Waitiki, and said it was as if he were there playing himself. Hukilau takes place the second weekend of October in Ft. Lauderdale; tickets are still available but will likely sell out.

September 13, 2005

Tiki Art Two & APE in San Francisco

Filed under: Art,Events,Music,San Francisco,Tiki,Trader Vic's — Humuhumu @ 5:00 pm
Tiki Art Two, from Otto von Stroheim
Tiki Art Two, from Otto von Stroheim

Otto von Stroheim of Tiki News is curating his second show for San Francisco’s The Shooting Gallery, Tiki Art Two. Like last year’s Tiki Art Now! show, this group art show is also represented by a book, available soon from 9mm Books.

The festivities begin on Thursday, with the band APE headlining a show at the Make Out Room, complete with live tiki carving by lead man Crazy Al. Domenic Priore of Dumb Angel will be on hand to sign copies of his new book, Smile: The Story of Brian Wilson’s Lost Masterpiece, and Kitten on the Keys and the Wigglin’ Wahines will also be on hand to entertain. Artists from the Tiki Art Two show will be in attendance. (Perrey & Kinglsey fans: Jean-Jacques Perrey is also going to be in town that night, at Varnish Gallery, for a CD release party — it’s entirely possible to attend both events.)

The Opening Reception at the Shooting Gallery is Friday, from 7-9 p.m. Artists in this group show include Shag, Bosko, Dave Burke, Miles Thompson, Heather Watts, Paul Nielsen, Stuckie, Crazy Al Evans, Tiki Tony, and more. Munktiki will have their legendary tiki mug vending machine, with new mugs just for this event. Some tikiphiles are getting together before the opening at the San Francisco Trader Vic’s, which is just a few blocks away.

Tiki Art Two will be at the Shooting Gallery from September 14 through October 19.

August 27, 2005

Tiki-Tim’s Exotica Lounge

Filed under: Music,Tiki — Humuhumu @ 9:40 pm

Tiki-Tim makes music from his extensive Exotica, Hawaiiana, and other midcentury tropical music collection available for download at his blog, Tiki-Tim’s Exotica Lounge. Current selections include Hal Aloma’s Lure of the Islands and Nani Wolfgramm’s Polynesian Love Song… coming August 29th is Chaino’s Jungle Echoes.

My Mug Collection

Filed under: Music,Ooga-Mooga,Tiki — Humuhumu @ 5:09 pm

Two items:

First off, a dear friend of mine, pablus, has written a lovely little ditty in tribute to tiki mugs and tiki drinks (keep your ears perked for the Tiki Bob anti-tribute). My Mug Collection is an infectious tune, it’s on heavy rotation in the Humuhumu household.

Secondly, I’d like to take a moment to show off my own mug collection, which naturally is on display at Ooga-Mooga.

Come see the rest of my collection on Ooga-Mooga

I’ve currently got 33 mugs in my personal collection on Ooga-Mooga (I’ve got a couple more here & there around the house that I have to add still), 28 of them are unique (I’ve got some duplicates, mostly coconut mugs). The most common mug in my collection, by Ooga-Mooga terms, is the Disneyland Pele Mug, which is in 16 other Ooga-Mooga collections. The total capacity of my collection is at least 2.3 gallons, the largest being my Trader Dick’s Hula Bowl (26 fl. oz.), and the smallest being a Dinky Tiki Shot (2 fl. oz.). The best bargain in my collection, according to Ooga-Mooga? My Trader Vic’s Coconut Mug, which I got for .50, 9% of the going rate of $5.50.

Hmmm… it’s 5 o’clock, maybe it’s time to fix myself a Fog Cutter, which at 7.5 fl. oz. Ooga-Mooga tells me will fit perfectly in my new mug from the Lucky Tiki!

August 26, 2005

Exotica Sundays at the Lucky Tiki

Filed under: Events,Los Angeles,Music,Tiki — Humuhumu @ 7:47 pm

The Lucky Tiki is a new tiki bar from Bobby Green, who is also responsible for the much loved Bigfoot Lounge and Little Cave bars in the Los Angeles area. This new location is in Mission Hills (conveniently located where the 405 meets the 118). The small bar boasts an impressive interior, with a bar featuring carvings by Tiki Diablo, carved tiki stools from Tiki Tony, and a large stone fireplace and tiki pole from Crazy Al Evans. It’s appropriately dark & moody, a nice escape.

Starting a few months ago, DJ Lee Joseph (owner of Dionysus Records) started spinning Exotica on Sunday nights, and the music makes Lucky Tiki feel juuuust right. Combined with the mixology prowess of Sunday night bartender Suzy, Sunday nights at the Lucky Tiki are quickly becoming a local institution with the tiki set. The easy breezy Sunday night traffic doesn’t hurt, either — I’ve bopped from the Lucky Tiki to the Good Luck Bar to 101 to West Los Angeles with relative ease.

This coming Sunday, August 28, a tiki art night is being hosted in conjunction with the regular Exotica night. This is sure to be a swinging evening!

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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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- A Worldwide Guide to Tiki Bars & Polynesian Restaurants

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