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TIKI OASIS 19: “Catch the New Wave”
June 7-11, 2019
Bali Hai – Shelter Island, San Diego
Crowne Plaza Hotel – Hotel Circle, San Diego
www.tikioasis.com

Tiki Oasis 19 celebrates Tiki in a variety of educational seminars – here’s a focus on this year’s event spirits seminars, including a wine appreciation seminar co-hosted by Devo’s Gerald Casale!

Seminar entry included with deluxe and cocktail passes noted.
Seminar Tickets available at this link
ALL seminar tickets are available for purchase a la carte – no weekend wristband necessary!
All seminars except Kiddie Cocktails are 21 and over.

Tiki Oasis 19 "Catch the New Wave"
Tiki Oasis 19 “Catch the New Wave”

Spirits Seminars
Thursday
TIKI TASTING (TWO SEATINGS)
Interact one-on-one with makers representing new products, and some of our old favorites. Tiki Oasis has curated an international collection of a very limited number of rum and other spirit brands that go well in Tiki cocktails! Includes a Tasting Glass.

Friday
WINE APPRECIATION WITH VINTNERS, JUDD FINKELSTEIN AND GERALD CASALE
Winemakers Judd Finkelstein and Gerald Casale invite you to join them as they make wine approachable, and break down the intimidation factor surrounding the world of wine. Get wine-confident! You’ll learn sensory techniques and food pairing tips, gain knowledge of common grape varieties, hear engaging stories, and have some laughs throughout. Of course, all of this will be accompanied by an array of their wines The Fifty By Fifty and Judd’s Hill winery.

Judd Finkelstein is the proprietor of Judd’s Hill winery in Napa Valley and has 40+ years of winemaking experience in this famed region. In his other life, he is the band leader of the old-timey Hawaiian-style combo, The Maikai Gents. Gerald Casale is the co-founder of the band DEVO, a longtime wine educator, and proprietor of the Pinot Noir based wine brand The Fifty By Fifty. 

INGREDIENTS MATTER: GUIDE TO DRINKING WELL
Hosted by Randy Tarlow from Liquid Alchemist, this seminar covers the importance of choosing quality ingredients when making cocktails. Examining spirits, liqueurs, syrups, juices, and ice. Why we choose fresh and premium vs artificial products. How these ingredients affect the taste and presentation of cocktails. And most important, how to drink well to prevent a hangover. Guests will leave with the understanding of what they are actually consuming and why they should be discerning when ordering a cocktail, how pricing for quality products is justified. and health-conscious options for the long party weekend.

CREATE A WORLD OF TIKI IN YOUR HOME BAR
Pam Kueber of Retro Renovation is ready to reveal all the secrets of creating a world of Tiki in your home. Starting with six blank walls — yes, the ceiling matters, too! Learn how to tackle the process of creating a tiki paradise so that you too, can transform any room in your house into your own great escape. Based on interviews with professional tiki bar designers and homeowners who shared lessons from their projects, plus countless hours of research to create her own “Mahalo Lounge”, Pam has distilled this creative project into seven distinct steps. You’ll hear about tiki-theory essentials, design concepts, options for materials and where to get them, the big no-no’s, and more. Creating a home tiki bar can be an intimidating project – “more is more” here, but you can do it if you take it step-by-step!

MAI TAI ROA A’E! W/JEFF “BEACHBUM” BERRY
The world’s most famous Tiki drink is 75 years old this year … and so is the war over who invented it.  Trader Vic claimed he invented the Mai Tai in 1944. Bandleader Harry Owens claimed he introduced the Mai Tai to the world in 1954.  And Don The Beachcomber said he invented the Mai Tai way back in 1932.  At the risk of getting fragged in the crossfire, Beachbum Berry will examine the evidence and serve up samples of different Mai Tai recipes — including Vic’s 1944 Mai Tai, still “da kine” after all these years!

Saturday
RIFFS & SPIFFS
Come learn what makes a Tiki drink different from a tropical drink and how to make your own spin-off the Tiki classics. Join mixologist and author Tiki Lindy on this fun exploration of what makes a balanced and Tiki-inspired cocktail while trying a few Tiki Lindy original riffs.

Tiki Lindy is a veteran tiki bartender, rum advocate, and tiki icon most notable for her private events bartending, award-winning mixology and as the author of “Tiki Lindy’s Field Guide to Pupus, Tidbits & Exotic Provisions”–a first of its kind collection of regionally inspired tiki cuisine recipes. She is San Francisco based but bartends nationwide.

TIKI PAIRING
We have asked a limited number of rum, beer, and other spirit brands to share with the Tiki Oasis audience their favorite taste combinations! What should you sip while indulging in dark chocolate, nuts, dried and fresh fruits? Does jerky or popcorn really pair with any spirit brand? Join us for this unique event and find out!

THE HOME BAR GUIDE TO TROPICAL COCKTAILS
Join the pros, Tom and Kelly, as they explain the creation of their latest cocktail tome, The Home Bar Guide To Tropical Cocktails, from concept to printed book. The process took over two years! They give you an insider perspective of what it takes to bring a published book to fruition. From choosing over 150 original recipes, to the art and photography gathering process, through collaborating with a European book publisher, and working within layout requirements. They will also give a practical tutorial on syrup making. Q&A will be encouraged. Includes one of Tom & Kelly’s cocktails.

Sunday
IT’S KIDDIE COCKTAIL TIME!
Calling all junior mixologists! Join us for a swingin’ master class on slinging up some tasty Kiddie Cocktails! Learn more about the coolest-ever collection of fabulous drink recipes in every flavor and style under the sun – sharp and tangy, smooth and sweet, fizzy but never flat, crisp and fruity, or rich and creamy – all minus the hooch! Surprise your friends with a Kosmic Kooler, get the party started with a Dream Punch or cruise to Hawaii with a Little Pink Pearl. You’ll also find tips on setting up your own kiddie cocktail bar – with advice on choosing everything you’ll need to make your cocktails look as amazing as they taste! Come and wet your beaks with Kiddie Cocktails book author Stuart Sandler for an afternoon you won’t soon forget!

Stuart Sandler launched the Font Diner font foundry in 1996. Inspired by American popular culture of the 1930s–1960s, he has created more than 500 original typefaces for the graphic design industry, and solidly established a reputation as the premier retro display typeface designer.  In 2004, Sandler launched Mister Retro, offering retro graphic design software products to complement his original typefaces. Mister Retro features a wildly popular suite of Photoshop plug-ins, Snappy Hour vector artwork, and original serigraphs from the world-renowned lowbrow artist Derek Yaniger. When he’s not in his studio, Sandler enjoys life in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, with his family, and indulging in world-class supper club dining – hunkered over a fancy pickle, radish, and black olive relish tray and sipping on a Shirley Temple.

TIKI OASIS BARTENDER BATTLE
The Ultimate Fighting Championship, the Celebrity Death Match, the Thunderdome: none of these contests of grit and skill included cocktails. Shame on them. The Tiki Oasis Bartenders Battle will pit some of the best bartenders in San Diego against each other in a no-holds-barred, head-to-head cocktail throw-down. Sample some of the best, most innovative Tiki cocktails in San Diego while you cheer on your bartending champion. They all may battle but only one can win!

Ram Udwin is the founder and creative mind behind Boy Drinks World, maker of fine cocktail bitters, tinctures, and other delightful things. Aside from running Boy Drinks World, Ram is a professional craft cocktail bartender, spirts expert, educator, Tikiphile and sometimes rum judge that is enthusiastic about all things related to drinking well. When not sipping rum and slinging bitters by the pool.

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Tiki Oasis 19 “Catch the New Wave” August 7-11 San Diego

WHEN:
Wednesday, August 7 through Sunday, August 11, 2019
WHERE:
Wednesday: Bali Hai – Shelter Island, San Diego, CA
Thursday: Sunday: Crowne Plaza Hotel, Hotel Circle, San Diego, CA

Tiki Oasis 19: “Catch the New Wave” Event Overview

Event Website
Tiki Oasis T.V.
Tiki Oasis Facebook Group
Tiki Oasis Twitter
Tiki Oasis Instagram

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, the charge was mainly led by Los Angeles bands like Agent Orange, Jon & the Nightriders, The Insect Surfers, or the gimmicky Surf Punks. 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.

LIVE ENTERTAINERS
Agent Orange, Debora Iyall of Romeo Void, Drifting Sand, Gerald Casale of Devo, Jesika von Rabbit ,Joey & The Showmen, Jon & the Nightriders, Josie Cotton, Los Freneticos, Los Tiki Phantoms, MongoLounge, Par Avion, Pearl Harbour, The Fleshtones, The Greasy Gills, The Hula Girls, The Insect Surfers, The Intoxicats, The New Waves, The Outta Sites, The Surfrajettes, Tikitronic, Tikiyaki Orchestra, Tim Polecat

SYMPOSIUMS

THURSDAY
• Yoga w/Kiki Lovelace 
• Hale Akamai: Foam Tiki and Panel Carvings w/Eric Hainline 
• Tiki on Black Paper w/Eric October 
• Tiki Tasting (x2)
• Hula

FRIDAY
• Wake up w/ El Vez (morning exersise class)
• Sing Along w/King Kukulele 
• Lalani Hawaiian Village Waikiki w/ Randy Avon 
• Ninety Years of Classic San Diego Tiki w/Martin S Lindsay 
• Field Guide to Tiki Decorating LIVE! w/Trader Brandon & Typhoon Tommy
• Walt Disney Discovers Tiki w/David “Dr. Skipper” Marley
• Hula
• Cocktail Class (TBA)
• Wine Appreciation with vintners Judd and Jerry 
• Enid Collins Inspired Treasure Box w/Nicole Pacheco
• Create a World of Tiki in your Home Bar w/Pam Kueber 
• Secret Diaries of a Clifton’s Cafeteria Camera Girl w/Miriam & Victoria Caldwell
• Tiki Oasis Storytelling w/Karen Finlay
• Mai Tai Roa A’e! w/Jeff “Beachbum” Berry 

SATURDAY
• “Back to the Beach” w/Bo Bennett
• New Wave Ukulele Strum &Sing-Along w/Alison Marae
• Totally Tubular- Intro to New Wave Music for Kids w/Joshua Levin 
• Liquid Sky – 80s Make-Up Class
• Conversation with John Blair of Jon & the Nightriders 
• Riffs & Spiffs: How to Craft Your Own Cocktail w/Tiki LindyFrom • Punk to Urban Archeologist: My Tiki Evolution w/Sven Kirsten
• Tiki Oasis Book Club w/Karen Finlay 
• The Rise and Fall of the Clash w/Vanessa S. D’Amelio 
• Tiki Pairing
• The Home Bar Guide To Tropical Cocktails w/Kelly “Hiphipahula” Reilly & “Trader” Tom Morgan 

SUNDAY
• Tiki Tot Tour w/King Kukulele 
• Las Vegasland w/Charles Phoenix
• Kiddie Cocktail w/Stuart Sandler
• Uke Jam w/King Kukulele 
• San Diego Bartender Battle w/Ram Udwin

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.

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17th Annual Joshua Tree Music Festival Spring 2019

17th Annual Spring Joshua Tree Music Festival – swaggering blues, gospel-fused folk, Afro rock/soul, LA house party punk/funk, dreamy psychedelic synth pop and more to round out the lineup this May.

Joshua Tree Music Festival has announced the rest of its lineup for the upcoming 17th Annual Spring Festival happening May 16 – 19, 2019. Music lovers will relish in the eclectic lineup featuring artists and inspiration from around the globe.  Expect to be taken on a musical journey over the course of this 4 day event in the Mojave Desert.

The Joshua Tree Music Festival is known for hosting a variety of musical artists that do not adhere to any specific genre. What they do have in common, is that they deliver powerful, potent, and authentic performances which leaves an impression on attendees.

We work really hard to deliver a truly diverse and well-rounded line-up that you won’t see at every other major music festival. A lot of these artists are on the rise, honing their craft, and creating unique, original sounds says festival founder Barnett English.

The latest additions to the lineup include: Vintage Trouble; rock ‘n’ roll’s best kept secret distilling swaggering rock, soulful blues & R&B grooves, My Baby; the roots driven hypnotic dance with gospel, blues and folk influences, The Cole Williams Band; a genre breaking melding of Afro rock, soul, R&B, reggae, and blues, Thumpasaurus; Punk/funk stew with traces of Zappa, Devo, Prince, and Night Glitter; Loulou Ghelichkhani’s (Thievery Corporation) new dreamy psychedelic synth-pop project.

They join dancefloor masters Dynohunter, renowned Berlin-based DJ Oliver Koletzki, Japanese avant-garde rock band Dachambo, Toronto based soul-funkers, After Funk; recent ‘Best New Austin Band’ winners, Trouble In The Streets.

The lineup also features a strong representation of local music talent.  Gene Evaro Jr, Desert Rhythm Project, Myshkin Warbler, The Amritakripa Band, Gabriella Evaro, The Adobe Collective, DEGA, Megan Hutch all make their homes in the high desert.

Also on the lineup: Earth Arrow, Diggin Dirt, Smoked Out Soul,, Baraka Moon, Radio Skies, Revel in Dimes, Moontricks, Youssoupha Sidibe, City of Trees Brass Band, Sahba Motallebi, Jesus Gonzalez, Beats & Rhymes and Subko.

The JTMF experience features several multidisciplinary musical, movement, and spiritual workshops. Yoga classes are held from sunrise to sunset. A diverse selection of vendors can be found in the World Market. Attendees can enjoy a range of bodywork and healing services at the JTMF Healing Oasis. Art is featured throughout the festival grounds via live painting, art installations and more. Numerous food options are available on-site. An action packed Kidsville provides all-day activities and entertainment for the younger attendees, and places JTMF among the leading family-friendly festivals in the USA.

The 17th Annual Fall Joshua Tree Music Festival takes place May 16-19, 2019 at the Joshua Tree Lake RV & Campground, 2601 Sunfair Rd, Joshua Tree, CA.

Pre-sale tickets are now on sale via the website at:  www.joshuatreemusicfestival.com.

About Joshua Tree Music Festival

Founded in 2003, the Joshua Tree Music Festival takes place every May and October at the gateway to the world-renowned Joshua Tree National Park. The four-day festivals are immersive, inclusive, and inspiring experiences catering to music loving funsters and families with a sense of adventure.  Family and friends come together with passion, purpose and a mission to foster social interaction on a deep level, and to create positive, life-changing moments. For more info log on to:  www.joshuatreemusicfestival.com

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Arizona Tiki Oasis Brings Tiki Culture to Hotel Valley Ho April 12-14

Mid-Century Beacon of Hollywood Past and Present to Host Arizona’s Premier Tiki Event

Arizona Tiki Oasis (AZTO) is excited to announce its signature island lifestyle party in the middle of the desert at sunny Scottsdale’s mid-century marvel, Hotel Valley Ho, from April 12-14, 2019. AZTO is the sister event to the long-running and beloved Tiki Oasis, which returns to San Diego this summer.

We are thrilled to introduce Tiki Oasis’ rich and varied history to Scottsdale travelers and locals. Hotel Valley Ho is the ideal location for the largest and longest-running Tiki festival in the world, as the property perfectly encapsulates the spirit of the 1950s that we celebrate through classic Tiki culture. – Tiki Oasis / AZTO organizers Otto and Baby Doe Stroheim.

Arizona Tiki Oasis Events

The weekend will kick off with the Tiki-Tiki Ho-Ho Luau, a stylish luau at Hotel Valley Ho’s hip OH Pool, complete with a traditional pig roast, fresh poke bowl station, grilled options including Crispy Cola Marinated Short Ribs, Hawaiian-themed desserts, and of course an array of delicious Tiki cocktails. The Tiki festivities continue with a bustling marketplace featuring more than 60 curated artisans. AZTO presents over 20 educational seminars with topics ranging from tropical cocktail mixology, to the history of Tiki in the Southwest. A pop-up art show will feature international Tiki artists including Japan’s Mookie Sato and Josh Agle (AKA Shag) from Los Angeles, and Scottsdale’s Fashion by Robert Black will be doing a poolside fashion show. Authors Sven Kirsten (The Book of Tiki and Tiki Pop), Beachbum Berry (Grog Log and Sippin Safari), and Shannon Mustipher (Tiki: Modern Tropical Cocktails) will also make appearances at weekend seminars. Evenings will be filled with rooftop parties, cocktail-lounge-style dinners and a swanky suite open to those with the evening resort pass.

In between Tiki cocktails and programming, guests can lounge poolside at the signature OH Pool, indulge in spa treatments at VH Spa and explore the city with the hotel’s new Insider Mid-Century Tour of Scottsdale. Event tickets are sold a la carte and range from $10 seminar tickets to an $80 evening hotel pass. A limited number of Tiki-Tiki Ho-Ho Luau tickets are available for purchase for $99 until April 12.

Tiki Oasis was originally founded to preserve a historic Palm Springs Tiki hotel, so it is only fitting that AZTO be hosted at one of the country’s best preserved mid-century hotels. Benefits will go to the Arizona Preservation Foundation.

More about Tiki Oasis

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2/1: Music Heals Everyone Charity Event featuring Jesika von Rabbit – Palm Springs

Music Heals Everyone Charity Event
Featuring Jesika von Rabbit

Friday, Feb 1, 2019
7PM – 2PM
Everybody (21 and over) Welcome – must show ID
Admission is Donation Based

Palm Canyon Roadhouse
535 S Palm Canyon Dr,
Palm Springs, California 92262
www.palmcanyonroadhouse.com

Join us for a night of Hi and Low Desert Talent at the Palm Canyon Roadhouse, Palm Springs. The event features Joshua Tree’s Jesika von Rabbit (recently featured on the cover of Palm Springs Life Arts & Culture Magazine) along with Jaybird (Jason Nutter of Music Heals, Inc.), Plastic Ruby, After Lashes, Giselle Woo, and House of Broken Promises. There will be raffles from event sponsors and of course a full bar and food menu will be available from the Palm Canyon Roadhouse.

The event benefits Music Heals, Inc., providing special needs children providing instruments & music programs. Music Heals Everyone is produced by Jason Nutter & Music Heals Inc., Palm Springs, Palm Canyon Roadhouse, Palm Springs and Dionysus Records, Joshua Tree.

Schedule:
7:00 PM – Jaybird (Jason Nutter acoustic set)
7:30 PM – Plastic Ruby
8:30 PM – After Lashes
9:30 PM – Giselle Woo (acoustic set)
10:15 PM – Jesika von Rabbit
11:30 PM – House of Broken Promises

Event Facebook Page
Music Heals, Inc. Facebook Page
Jesika von Rabbit Website
Jesika von Rabbit EPK
Dionysus Records

Sponsored By:
CV Weekly
Dionysus Records, Joshua Tree
Melrose Music Studios, Hollywood & Palm Springs.
Music Heals Record Shop, Palm Springs.
City of Dank, Cathedral City
Dank Depot, Cathedral City
Crystal Fantasy, Palm Springs
Joy Dispensary, Palm Springs
Tonga Hut, Palm Springs.
All New BANK, Dispensary Lounge, Palm Springs.

For more information:
Music Heals Record Shop, Palm Springs (909) 435.9705
Reverberations Media: lj@reverberationsmedia.com
Palm Canyon Roadhouse: (760) 327-4080

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1/19: Figurine by Haleh Mashian at Mash Gallery

January 19 through March 2, 2019
Reception for the artist:
Saturday, January 19, 2019, 6 PM – 9 PM

Mash Gallery
1325 Palmetto St,
Los Angeles, CA 90013
www.mashgallery.com
Facebook Event Page

Los Angeles artist and gallery owner, Haleh Mashian presents Figurine, a thematic painting collection, Saturday, January 19, 2019, at the Mash Gallery located in the heart of the LA Arts District.

Curated by Helene Brown of Fresh Paint Art Advisors, Figurine by Haleh Mashian presents a diverse selection of contemporary and figural paintings working together to evoke a harmonious narrative. Deeply personal, Haleh’s compositions are painterly reflections fashioned during pinnacle times of her life. Haleh Mashian shares, “Figurine walks inside the mirror of my life.”

Haleh Mashian is also an accomplished composer and fascinated by the similarities shared between color theory and musical composition. Haleh unites euphony with painterly expression and transcends an emboldened symphony of painterly techniques. Figurine is a visual concert featuring Action Painting, Figural art, and Abstraction.

Figurine by Haleh Mashian, opens Saturday, January 19 at 6 PM and entwines three unique painterly themes: Roses, Tears, and the Female Figure. All three motifs represent a twenty-year focus on boldly painting in the moment, working with live models, and incorporating a variety of different mixed media.

Figurine by Haleh Mashian opens at the Mash Gallery, Saturday, January 19 from 6 PM – 9 PM, and on exhibit through March 2, 2019.

Article on Mash.com

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8/4: The 11th Annual Surf Guitar 101 Convention at Alpine Village


THE 11TH ANNUAL SURF GUITAR 101
Saturday, August 4
11 AM – MIDNIGHT


What: 11th Annual Surf Guitar 101 Convention (SG101)
When: Saturday, August 4th, 12, noon to 12 midnite
Where: The Alpine Village Steinhause
833 W. Torrance Blvd. Torrance Ca. 90502
www.alpinevillagecenter.com/alpine-steinhaus
$40 CASH AT THE DOOR


The 11th Annual Surf Guitar 101 Convention

Featuring:
The Blue Hawaiians (Los Angeles)
Tremolo Beer Gut (Denmark)
Surfer Joe (Italy)
the Kaisers of Kalifornia (Argentina)
Les Agamemnonz (France)
Urban Surf Kings (Canada)
PJ & the Galaxies (South Bay, first wave band)
Frankie & the Pool Boys (San Francisco)
a tribute to The Sentinals (So Cal)
Black Flamingos (New Jersey)
King Pelican (Texas)
Fascinating Creatures of the Deep (Santa Cruz)

Also, special guests, amazing raffles, vendors galore, all taking place at Alpine Village! Meet and greet friends from all over the world as we gather for a day dedicated to the Surf Guitar!

Do you have a love for traditional surf music played on a Fender Jaguar, straight through a 1963 Fender Reverb tank, then blasted through a blonde Fender Showman? So do the members of SurfGuitar101!

The SG101 Convention started in 2008 when the members of www.surfguitar101.com agreed there should be an annual meet & greet for members. The convention features bands, gear, and gives the occasional performing enthusiast a chance to show off their skills on stage. Additionally, a plethora of vendors present their music, merch, and gear up for sale.

The 11th Annual Surf Guitar 101 Convention event celebrates surf music in all forms, from the instrumental tunes that influenced the forefathers, to the bands that created and developed that unmistakable sound, to the current domestic and foreign bands today, either carrying on the tradition of instrumental surf ‘n’ drag tunes in their pure form or progressively changing the face of the genre. There is something for everyone!

Web links:
FB home page
FB event page
SG101 forums

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Jesika von Rabbit: June L.A., July Southern States, SFTRI, New Album


JESIKA von RABBIT, the former leader of Joshua Tree’s hi-desert trailblazers, GRAM RABBIT, will be performing two shows in Los Angeles, and touring through the Southern states with her longtime musical cohorts, the cinematic psychedelic spaghetti-western SPINDRIFT. A new 45 has been released on Sympathy for the Record Industry and her second solo album will be released the early fall.

Jesika von Rabbit by Jessica Janos

Photo Credit: Jessica Janos

(download a PDF of this press release at this link )

In the past few months, JESIKA von RABBIT has released a stream of digital singles, as well as a 45 RPM record featuring “Do You Really Want to Hurt Me” b/w “Din Ho” on the revived Sympathy for the Record Industry label. In the fall of 2018, von RABBIT will release Dessert Rock, her second solo album and the follow-up to her 2015 LP Journey Mitchell, both on Dionysus Records. While Journey Mitchell is laden with new wave-influenced synths, keyboard melodic and infectious dance beats, Dessert Rock is an avalanche of appetizing amalgams that incorporate hints of calypso, sci-fi, psychedelic, rock, electro, and funk.

von RABBIT’s current band line-up includes former GRAM RABBIT guitarist and independent producer Ethan Allen, Dionysus Records’ Lee Joseph on bass, and drummer, Dan Kashuck. von RABBIT has performed at Desert Daze on the bill with IGGY POP and SLEEP and has shared stages with a diverse roster of acts including WANDA JACKSON, CAT POWER, DEATH VALLEY GIRLSTHE CRYSTAL METHOD and has toured with EAGLES OF DEATH METAL. Dubbed “The Queen of the Hi-Desert”, von RABBIT has a menu item named after her at the world renown Pappy & Harriet’s in Pioneertown, CA – the delicious “Nachos von Rabbit” and in spring of 2018, once again won Best Front Woman of the Coachella Valley at the Coachella Valley Weekly Music Awards.

She is drop dead gorgeous and has an absolutely incredible voice. But von RABBIT is more than a pretty chick singer. She is an innovative creator and expressionist as well as one hell of an entertainer… Her show is brilliantly nonsensical; a sonic and visual spectacle that is unlike any other and you cannot take your eyes away. She is an artist that you just have to keep coming back to see because you evolve every time you do. – Coachella Valley Weekly

JESIKA von RABBIT LINKS
EPK
WEBSITE
FACEBOOK
INSTAGRAM

JUNE 2018 LOS ANGELES DATES
6/21: Harvard and Stone
6/22: Boardners

JULY 2018 SOUTHERN TOUR DATES WITH SPINDRIFT
7/10: Club Congress, Tucson, AZ
7/11: Lowbrow Palace, El Paso, TX
7/12: Paper Tiger, San Antonio, TX
7/13: Hotel Vegas, Austin, TX
7/14: Armory D.E., Dallas, TX
7/15: Santo’s Bar, New Orleans, LA
7/16: The Earl, Atlanta GA
7/17: The Cobra, Nashville TN
7/19: The Yeti, Tulsa OK
7/21: Taos Mesa Brewing, Taos NM

UPCOMING JESIKA VON RABBIT HI-DESERT SHOW DATES
9/1: Campout Festival, Pioneertown, CA
10/5: Joshua Tree Music Festival
10/27: Halloween Show at Pappy & Harriet’s, Pioneertown, CA.

SELECT VIDEO LINKS
PSYCHIC SPICE” (2015)
GOING DOWN” (2016)
DO YOU REALLY WANT TO HURT ME” (2017)

SELECT AUDIO LINKS
INNUENDO” (2018)
MAKE ME FEEL BETTER” (2018)

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June ’18: Jasmine Worth, Christopher Ulrich, Ave Rose, Frank Forte at La Luz de Jesus


June 1 – July 1
Artist Reception, Friday, June 1, 8-11 PM
La Luz de Jesus Gallery
4633 Hollywood Blvd,
Los Angeles, CA 90027

In June 2018, La Luz de Jesus Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition by four artists with very divergent styles and practices; Jasmine Worth, Christopher Ulrich, Ave Rose, Frank Forte

Jasmine Worth  Future Past
Future Past is Jasmine Worth‘s fifth exhibition with La Luz de Jesus.  She is a contemporary painter who creates depictions of the symbolic and surreal using techniques and imagery of classical painting. Worth draws on personal experiences that parallel the more significant cultural background, the subconscious being a gateway for commentary on the world around her. The seamless blending of the iconic with the visceral blurs the line between what is sacred and what is profane.

Christopher Ulrich – Into the Light

 

Christopher Ulrich is a painter of surreal, iconographic images. He is influenced by the richness of ancient mythology, the mystery of alchemy, and the vastness of cosmic reality. Illuminating this dark journey with insight, heart, and determination he strives to understand the revelations that are uncovered in the work.

Frank Forte – The Exploration of the Cartoon Myth

Frank Forte‘s second exhibition with La Luz de Jesus is inspired by a steady diet of classic cartoons, comics and horror films. Frank continues to explore the realm of disturbed characters that seem trapped in a nightmarish animated world. This new series of paintings incorporate the re-appropriation of figures and images we know from the yesteryear of the animated film as well as introducing Frank’s original characters. The Exploration of the Cartoon Myth tries the fuse the old and the new and act as a launching point for the next series of works.

Ave Rose Whimsical Windows

Ave Rose’s Whimsical Windows are vignettes of Taxidermy Automata each their own unique story of life and death fortune and tragedy. A gold-gilded Amazon Tree Boa skeleton plays the role of sorcerer spinning and twisting protecting the sacetimental rose with its beautiful striped petals that are said to hold the power of eternal youth. A coyote skull with its fangs and jaw opened full revealing beehive bouquet a jeweled wasps nest filled multicolored gems that are attended to and lovingly cared for by gold gilded honey bees.

To view full show statements and previews, check out the La Luz de Jesus Current Exhibitions page

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3/17: Glenn Barr @ Warshaw’s Provisions during San Diego’s South Park Walkabout


Glenn Barr Drawings and Prints show at Warshaw’s Provisions
during South Park San Diego Walkabout

Saturday, March 17, 2018
6-10 PM

Warshaw’s Provisions
2209 30th St,
San Diego, CA 92104
www.warshawsprovisions.com

On March 17th the legendary Detroit artist Glenn Barr will be having a prints and drawings show in San Diego. This first time appearance of Glenn Barr in San Diego will take place in the gallery at the iconic Warshaw’s Provisions during the South Park Walkabout.

Glenn Barr’s surreal creatures, specters and tragic characters live in a seedy universe, drenched in the grit and haze of a post-apocalyptic urban dreamscape. His Detroit work has been labeled Pop Surrealism, Pop Pluralism, Lowbrow, Underground, Regional, Outsider, Ashcan or as he coins the phrase “B Culturalism”. www.glbarr.com

The event will feature musical performances by The Lucky Charms featuring Robert Lopez a/k/a El Vez and members of the Schizophonics, The Loons, The Nephews, and The Slashes.

Warshaw’s Provisions is a South Park, San Diego shop specializing in mid-century modern goods and hand crafted home decor featuring fireplaces by Modfire, Malm Fireplaces and Radiate Campfires. Curator / owner Dave Warshaw is a founding member of San Diego bands The Creepy Creeps, and Creepxotica.

Upcoming art shows at Warshaw’s Provisions
7/28/18: Grant Brittain
10/20/18: Doug P’Gosh
12/1/18: Marco Almera

 

Check out Warshaw’s Provisions at
www.warshawsprovisions.com
Instagram: @warshaprovisions
Facebook: facebook.com/warshawsprovisions

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