TIKI OASIS 19: “Catch the New Wave”
June 7-11, 2019
Bali Hai – Shelter Island, San Diego
Crowne Plaza Hotel – Hotel Circle, San Diego
Tiki Oasis, is the original and largest Tiki event in the world and features in five nights and four days: live music, dance, djs, marketplace vendors, fashion shows, costume contests, poolside entertainment, miss Tiki Oasis contest, car show, kids activities, art exhibit, plus top experts giving educational presentations on everything from cocktails and food, art, architecture, pop culture history, and tiki carving!
As always at Tiki Oasis, the event is all about the Tiki lifestyle. In addition, every year, the event explores a theme which adds dimension or explores a different aspect of Popular Culture tangential to Tiki.
“Catch the New Wave!” is an obvious nod toward Surf music, while “New Wave” is a blast from the early 1980s. In the 1980s, simultaneous to New Wave, was the “Second Wave” in the swell of Surf Music history. At Tiki Oasis 2019 we present acts that relate to 1980s New Wave with a surf or exotica twist, “Second Wave” Surf music, and a few original “New Wave”-ers to create a totally radical weekend that will leave you stoked.
TIKI OASIS 19 MUSICAL PERFORMER BIOS!
The original punk/surf power trio is one of only a handful of bands who have been continually active since the earliest days of the West Coast punk scene. The first to combine the melodic California surf guitar sound with the frantic energy of punk, Agent Orange invented the formula that would come to define the Orange County punk sound. Agent Orange continues to deliver with a never-ending schedule of tours in the US, Canada, South America, Europe, and Pacific Rim.
Burt “Fuzz” Nutley w/ The Tiny Bubbles
Burt “Fuzz” Nutley (a.k.a. Django Ramone) plays guitar for The Tiny Bubbles and The 16 Eyes. His past musical associations include Doc And The Pods, The Cybermen, and The El Guapos. When he’s not designing tiny pieces of electronic glass for your car, he designs and builds fuzz and distortion pedals. .
Debora Iyall was the singer and lyricist for 80’s post-punk band Romeo Void from San Francisco. Their 1982 single “Never Say Never” was a bold provocative dance club, college/alternative radio, and MTV hit. Two years later they burst into the Top 40 with the funky “A Girl In Trouble (is a temporary thing)” which earned them an appearance on American Bandstand. Iyall’s Native American heritage made her unique among punk-poet-goddesses as she challenged female rock singer stereotypes with her look and her unabashed lyrics and delivery.
NorCal’s Drifting Sand sing and play songs about birds, sharks, perfect waves, root beer floats, sea stars, blue water, and going surfin’ with Britney! They believe that every day is summer and provide your beachin’ soundtrack for drivin’ down the coast with their fun new wave surf-pop sounds. The sun’s out and the surf’s up but, watch out for Drifting Sand!
El Vez is the Latin sensation that is sweeping the Nation, and the world! A modern multicultural hybrid of Americana & Mexicano, he is more than entertainment, he is a thinking man’s Elvis, a post-modern King with a Latin twist, the Chicano experience presented and told through the songs of Elvis. He has appeared on The Tonight Show, Oprah, MTV, HBO, CNN, and Live with Regis & Kathy Lee. He has even been a question on Jeopardy!
Gerald Casale is a musician, composer, music video director, and vintner. His music career spans more than 40 years. Gerald (“Jerry”) found fame in the late 1970s as co-founder and bass player of the legendary and influential new wave band Devo, who were formed on the basis of the theory of de-evolution (The De-Evolution Band) at Kent State University in the early ’70s. His interest in wine started when the band moved from Ohio to California where he met several cutting edge restaurateurs and became a fan of the then-new California cuisine and California wines that went with it. In 2012, Casale, with his love of Pinot Noir, produced his first vintage of wine, bearing the name The 50 by 50. His winery of the same name is located in the Wooden Valley of Napa, California.
Jesika von Rabbit
Jesika von Rabbit, the versatile former front-woman and prolific songstress of Joshua Tree’s trailblazers Gram Rabbit has released two solo albums since the group’s demise. In her two-piece electro and full-band live configurations, Jesika has shared a diverse list of bills with Wanda Jackson, EoDM, Strawberry Alarm Clock, The Melvins, John Doe, and many others. Upon release, Boy George tweeted his followers the video of her beautiful interpretation of “Do You Really Want to Hurt Me”. JvR’s bassist is Tiki Oasis veteran, Lee Joseph.
Joey and the Showmen
This original 1962 SOCAL based band is not an imitator or limited only to instrumentals. Joey and the Showmen blend their pre-surf instrumentals and vocals with several generations and genres: the 60’s west coast beach culture, 50’s R&B, 50’s rock, exotica, and 40’s big band, creating a sub-genre classified as the West Coast Beat.
In the early 1980s, Jose Cotton’s hit “Johnny Are You Queer?” was included on the soundtrack of the seminal film Valley Girl. Josie is known for her quirky stylizations and musical experimentation from pop to rockabilly, electronica, swamp, lounge, Western, garage and beyond. She has recorded seven albums including Invasion of the B-Girls, a collection of B-movie theme songs, which included liner notes by John Waters. Josie is playing select dates with her stellar band which includes Paul Roessler (Screamers/Twisted Roots).
King Kukulele is a comedian, actor, and ukuleleist with inexorable energy who has performed around the world, singing hapa haole and novelty songs at all kinds of shows from Hollywood movie premieres to Disneyland. He composed a promotional song about tropical fruits and fish for the Orange County Fair, as well as “I Don’t Eat Poop,” a song written for the California Board of Public Health. The latter song was not used.
Since 2008, Córdoba, Argentina’s Los Frenéticos have been whipping crowds into a frenzy with their hybrid of instrumental rock, beat, punk, Spaghetti Western, and surf music. Their album El Sonido que Perdura was nominated on the category of Best New Rock Artist Album by the Gardel Awards (the most important prize of music in the country) giving them a great recognition at the national level.
Los Tiki Phantoms
Los Tiki Phantoms are four thugs from marshy and dark lands. Guitars, bass, and devilish drums are their weapons, their ammunition is twang, surf and Latin rock in the finest inspired Dick Dale style. The Tiki Phantoms have released the albums Los Tiki Phantoms Regresan de la Tumba (The Tiki Phantoms Returning from the Grafe) in 2006, Los Tiki Phantoms y el Ejército de las Calaveras (The Tiki Phantoms and the Army of Skulls) in 2009, Los Tiki Phantoms Mueven el Esqueleto (The Tiki Phantoms Move the Skeleton) in 2011, and their new album for 2019, Tiki Phantoms y el Misterio del Talismán (“The Tiki Phantoms and Talisman Mystery) in celebration of the band’s tenth anniversary.
In their noble quest for viable new hybrids, the earnest chemists behind San Francisco de-evolutionary outlet, Mongoloid, have taken “the sound of things falling apart” and made it swing. The resultant concoction: Mongolounge. It’s Devo poured over ice and served with a twist.
Motu Nehenene Polynesian Dancers
Motu Nehenehe means “Beautiful Islands” in Tahitian. This San Diego based group provides Polynesian dance entertainment and classes in Tahitian, Hawaiian hula, Maori and Samoan.
Here’s something special for your Tiki Oasis Sunday morning “lei over”. Par Avion, an eclectic instrumental trio featuring Bernard Yin, Rebecca Ramirez, and Derek O’Brien, will be taking off poolside at 11 AM. Bernard has been touring abroad all summer and although now an L.A. resident, grew up in San Diego. Many years ago, he frequented Otto’s backyard tiki-themed parties in Los Angeles while tiki was still a very underground affair. What we’re trying to say is that this is a homecoming on many levels and the band plans to make their Tiki Oasis debut fun! Be on the lookout for special guest musicians or hit up the band if you care to join them for a surf session later in the day.
In a career that spans over four decades, garage rock superheroes The Fleshtones truly have done it all. They’re one of the final remaining original CBGB bands, they’ve played on Andy Warhol’s short-lived MTV show while Sir Ian McKellen read Shakespeare over their jamming, and was the last band to publicly perform at the World Trade Center’s Windows on the World. However, what’s most incredible about The Fleshtones is that they’re putting out some of their best music yet forty years into their career, as evidenced by their brand new limited edition 45 single “Layin’ Pipe” b/w “Lady Nightshade”.
The Greasy Gills
The Greasy Gills are an all-gill instrumental reverb ‘n’ roll band from Northern California. Their new release, The Spring Collection sprung from a semi-spontaneous recording session with the infamous Evan “Mugs-o-Plenty” Foster of the Boss Martians, at No-Count Studios in Seattle.
The Hula Girls
The Hula Girls formed in 2008 and have been busy playing their self-described ‘hulabilly’ music all over Southern California. The group’s sound is up-tempo hapa-haole, tiki, and surf-themed music, all filtered through the late 1950’s and early 60’s rockabilly, surf, and rock n’ roll! The Hula Girls are Spike Marble on guitar and lead vocals, Shorty Poole on upright and electric basses, Gary Brandin on steel guitar, and Doug Sanborn on drums! They are always accompanied by their Hula-A-Go-Go dancers.
The Insect Surfers
2019 marks the 40th anniversary of Insect Surfers, “the planet Earth’s longest running modern surf band.” Active since the new wave era in 1979, the Insect Surfers have performed throughout the US and Europe and have appeared on over 45 releases. Their latest record Datura Moon has been specially issued on purple vinyl, along with the new CD collection of rare tracks titled Living Fossils.
Originating from Kauai, Hawaii, and Minneapolis, Minnesota, Intoxicats were born of a rum haze one steamy tropical night at Tiki Iniki. Picture Gilligan’s Island with access to MTV, and an unlimited bar tab… you get the picture. Featuring members of The Brian Setzer Orchestra, Prince’s NPG and more, Intoxicats are a dance party with a twist!
The New Waves
Out of the ashes of such beloved local artists as Apollo 14 and The Vermin comes The New Waves. Formed in 2013 by Mr. Gerald “Turbo” Proctor, The New Waves set out to recreate and pay homage to new wave music. Taking cues from godfathers of surf, The Ventures, The New Waves take all your favorite new wave songs and reproduces them as ’60s surf classics.
The Night Times
L.A. garage group The Night Times are as authentic as it gets. Featuring ex-members of The Neumans, they have formed one of the best American revival groups since The Miracle Workers. Following a debut 45 that flew off the shelves, they returned this year with their first LP. Here We Go on Outro Records features 12 vicious cuts that combine the best of the ’60s with real songwriting skills. Expect an imminent single release on the British label State, recorded while the group was in the UK.
The Tikiyaki Orchestra
The Tikiyaki Orchestra has been wowing audiences since 2008, and with four great album releases. The Tikiyaki Orchestra is celebrating the 10 year anniversary of the release of their much beloved 2nd album, Swingin’ Sounds for the Jungle Jetset! To commemorate, the band is releasing a limited vinyl pressing of Swingin’ Sounds on blue vinyl, which will be available at Tiki Oasis 19. Otto Von Stroheim calls The Tikiyaki Orchestra as “The greatest Exotica band in the world”. High praise indeed!
The Surfrajettes are Ontario Toronto’s premier all-girl psychedelic instro surf foursome with a modern, upbeat flair. Nicole, Shermy, Sarah and Amber have wowed crowds all over eastern Canada and the US, and with their debut CDEP release, Cha Cha Heels on Hi-Tide Records, they are sure to win fans the world over!
Hailing from San Diego and Los Angeles, TikiTronic was formed by “recovering studio engineers” Rick Roessler (Freddy Canoe) and Andy Tolley (Captain Coconut). The duo uses a unique arsenal of equipment; Moog synthesizer, balafon, theremin, analog drum pads, ukulele, electric and slide guitars – to reinvent 1970’s and ’80s classics. TikiTronic’s high energy live performances are not to be missed!
Tim Polecat grew up in suburban North London, obsessed with American comic books, British sci-fi TV, fifties rockabilly, ’70s glam, and punk. His band The Polecats had several UK chart hits in the early ’80s and international success with “Make a Circut With Me”. In the 1990s Tim formed 13 Cats who crossed boundaries into the surf and garage rock scene of the era. Tim now resides in Palm Springs and currently tours with The Polecats, and the Tim Polecat Trio.
Tiki Oasis 19 DJs
After School Special, Astro138, Becky & Nikki (Bubblegum & Other Delights), Bigtikidude and Emilio, Farbror Fuzz, Flashback George, Lee Joseph, DJ Nuria, djgirlgroupgirl, El Nova, Howie Pyro, Jon Burchard, LuxuriaMusic, Mike & Anya Stax, Paul Cinnamon, Professor Rex Dart, Shindog of New Wave City, Swankenstein, The Stately DJ Wayne Manor & DJ Hardly Quinn, Tiki Thomas, Tony the Tyger, Vanessa Burgundy, Will Torres, Will’mer, Zombierella, Zorch
MORE ABOUT TIKI OASIS
Tiki Oasis was conceived in 2000 as a fundraiser to support the rehabilitation of the mid-century Palm Springs Caliente Tropics Motel which attracted a small gathering of tikiphiles. The event, which moved to San Diego in 2006 and has grown to include two locations, three hotels, over 15 seminars, 100 vendors, numerous sponsors, a slew of talent which is enjoyed by over 3000 attendees.
Tiki Oasis is a family produced Polynesian Pop lifestyle weekender which takes place in Southern California each August, is the largest tiki gathering in the world and the only event of its kind on the West Coast. Each year Tiki Oasis presents a different theme which explores, celebrates, and preserves mid-century aesthetics via entertainment, fashion, food, drink, and education while showing its relevance in contemporary lifestyle. Tiki Oasis attendees experience four-plus days of live and dj music sets, symposiums, book signings, marketplace shopping, art, burlesque, comedy, vintage cars, mixology, fashion, and events for kids and tweens.