Special Guests, Symposiums and Opening Night
BEACHBUM BERRY’S RUMPOSIUM
Beachbum Berry presents ... the Rum Rat Pack! The Bum has hand-picked four of the world’s most entertaining rum authorities, together on stage for the first time to celebrate Tiki’s favorite spirit. The Bum’s Rumposium -- a Hukilau tenth-anniversary exclusive -- will be a rollicking ride down the rapids of a river of rum, an exhaustive and literally explosive look at rum in history, rum on the high seas, rum in Tiki drinks, how to pair rum with food, how to pair rums with each other, how to keep zombies away using rum, and how to use rum in Zombies. Don’t miss the cocktails, the tall tales ... or the gunpowder test!
MEET THE RUM RAT PACK
Jeff "Beachbum" Berry
One of Imbibe magazine’s “25 Most Influential Cocktail Personalities of the Past Century,” Jeff “Beachbum” Berry is the author of five books on vintage Tiki drinks and cuisine, which Los Angeles magazine has called “the keys to the tropical kingdom.” He’s been profiled in the New York Times, Wine Enthusiast magazine, Salon.com, the New Orleans Times-Picayune, and the Miami Sun-Sentinel; he’s also been featured in the Washington Post, W magazine, and The Wall Street Journal. Jeff created the cocktail menu for the Luau in Beverly Hills, which the New York Times cited as one of the nation’s 24 “Bars on The Cutting Edge,” and co-created the “Tiki+” recipe app for iPhone and iPad. Jeff’s original cocktail recipes have been printed in publications around the world, most recently “Food & Wine Cocktails 2010” and the 67th edition of “Mr. Boston Official Bartenders Guide”; his drinks have been served at PDT in Manhattan, Smuggler’s Cove in San Francisco, Paparazzi in Bratislava, Taboo Cove in Las Vegas, the Tiki Room in Stockholm, Pho Republique in Boston, Rivera in Los Angeles, and Intoxica in Copenhagen, among others. Jeff has appeared on Martha Stewart Living Radio and Radio Margaritaville, has written for Saveur and Caribbean Travel & Life magazines, and currently conducts tropical drink seminars and tastings across the U.S. and Europe. He serves on the advisory board of the Museum Of The American Cocktail.
Website | beachbumberry.com
Ian “Rum Ambassador” Burrell is the founder and brains behind UK Rumfest: The Rum Experience. Europe's first-ever festival to celebrate the diversity of rum, Rumfest is now the biggest rum festival in the world -- and home to the “Tiki Face-Off,” in which Britain’s best bartenders try to out-Tiki each other (past stunts have included the World’s Largest Fog Cutter, and a life-size coffin full of flaming Zombie punch). Even before he began his twin careers as a pro ball-player in the British Basketball league and a singer-songwriter with such international hits as “Rock da Juice,” Ian’s love of tropical cuisine and creating drinks to match -- combined with his university training as a chemist -- brought him to the attention of drinks companies such as J Wray & Nephew and Pernod-Ricard, who made Ian the first Rum Brand Ambassador in the UK. Today Ian is recognized throughout the world as The Global Ambassador for Rum, conducting rum seminars and tastings at Bar Shows in Australia, France, the Netherlands, Berlin and London; teaching rum master classes and academies; and judging cocktail competitions around the globe. Ian is also the owner of the UK’s No.1 Caribbean Restaurant, Cottons Camden. He writes for CLASS Magazine (UK), Imbibe Magazine (UK), Chilled drink (USA), and The Bartender (Australia), among others. Ian was voted 16th in Theme Magazine's Top 100 most influential people within the drinks industry; Drinks International Bartender of the Year 2008 Gold Medal winner and Cocktail Challenge 2008 Gold Medal winner; and he was included in the Maxxium Yearbook 2007 for the most influential people within the UK Bar industry of all time.
Website | rumfest.co.uk/
Martin Cate is the owner of Smuggler's Cove bar in San Francisco, which offers a whole new approach to rum by featuring a vast array of traditional Caribbean drinks, classic libations of Prohibition-Era Havana, and famous exotic cocktails from legendary tiki bars -- all under one roof. Smuggler's Cove was voted Best Overall Bar in San Francisco in the 2010 SF Bay Guardian Readers Poll, and one of the 10 best new bars in the United States by Bon Appetit Magazine. Named by the San Francisco Chronicle as one of six Bay Area bartenders "essential in defining cocktail culture here and across the country," Martin and his original cocktails have been featured in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, San Francisco Magazine, Imbibe, Sunset, Bon Appetit, Food & Wine, The Atlantic, GQ, Details, San Francisco Chronicle, USA Today, Today Show, and more. Martin trained as a bartender at Trader Vic's flagship San Francisco location and is a member of the United States Bartenders Guild. He is a tasting judge for international rum competitions, and has led seminars at Bourbon and Branch's Beverage Academy, Tales of the Cocktail, and Tiki Oasis.
For more info about Smuggler's Cove | smugglerscovesf.com
Wayne Curtis is the author of the book “And a Bottle of Rum: A History of the New World in Ten Cocktails,” a look at the long and ignoble history of America’s most reviled spirit. He’s also a contributing editor at The Atlantic magazine, where he writes a column about cocktails and culture, and he’s written about drink for many other publications, including Men’s Journal, Forbes Life, the New York Times, and Liquor.com. Additonally, Wayne is a contributing editor at Preservation (National Trust for Historic Preservation), and his essays and reported stories have appeared in the Smithsonian, Via, Canadian Geographic, American Archeology, Continental, American Scholar, and on the NPR radio show “This American Life.” He wrote Frommer’s guidebooks for five years, and in 2002 was named Lowell Thomas Travel Journalist of the Year.
Website | slowcocktails.com
Stephen Remsberg owns the world’s largest private rum collection. He’s been collecting for over 30 years, and has amassed over 1,000 different bottles of rum dating back as far as the 1880s. Many of those bottles were acquired while conducting field research on the origin and great variety of his favorite drink, the Planter's Punch. Stephen has been profiled in Tiki Magazine, Imbibe magazine, The New Orleans Times-Picayune, and Kingfish magazine. He’s lectured on rum and participated on rum judging panels and tropical drink competitions across the U.S. and the Caribbean; and he’s been quoted as an authority on rum by the New York Times and the BBC, among others. A recently retired attorney specializing in admiralty law, Stephen is a life-long Tikiphile who fell in love at first sight with Don The Beachcomber’s in Chicago back in the 1960s.
& Jody Daily
Kevin Kidney and Jody Daily are designers, writers, product creators, sculptors, animators, illustrators and bloggers. Their unique Southern California design partnership – Kevin & Jody Co. – specializes in "art varieties of all sorts". They most recently art directed a brand new parade for Disneyland called Soundsational, which just opened in the Anaheim, California park. For over 25 years Kevin and Jody have contributed designs to theme park shows and attractions, from Fantasmic! to the Pixar Play Parade. However, among Disney fans, they are best known for their highly-detailed collectibles and artwork celebrating the nostalgic past and graphic design of the Disney theme parks. Outside of Disney, both artists are avidly involved in the arts and culture, creating designs and graphics for the performing arts, concerts, museums, and radio. Their love for history has led them into the world of historic preservation and restoration around Southern California.
Website | kevinandjody.com
"Beautiful Girls That Live Like Fish!"
The Story of Aquarama, World Famous Mermaid Attraction Learn about one of the most amazing 1960s roadside attractions in mermaid history. Inspired by Florida's Weeki Wachee, the nearly forgotten Aquarama featured Aquamaids and Aqualads performing choreographed and costumed underwater acts including monster fights, gypsy dances, and a beautiful curvaceous bull sparring with a Spanish matador- an irresistible attraction for Lake of the Ozarks vacationers. Experience Aquarama and 1960s mermaid attractions through vintage photos and film and material gathered from interviews with numerous Aquamaids and Aqualads and the son of Aquarama's founders. Very special guest Marina the Fire Eating Mermaid will end the session with a Q & A and mermaid show-and-tell. Presented by Vintage Roadside
Vintage Roadside is a company dedicated to preserving the history of mom and pop roadside businesses of the 1930s - 1960s. Their t-shirts feature original advertising graphics of long gone roadside places while their fine art photography features roadside neon, painted signs, vintage architecture, and fiberglass giants captured on their extensive road trips across the country.
Website | vintageroadside.com
"Hawaii - Sailors, Sex and the Birth of Old School Tattoos"
From the first voyage of Capt. James Cook in 1769 to the brothels and bars of Hotel Street during the second World War, The Hawaiian Islands have been synonymous with the art of tattoo.This ancient practice of tribal tradition and family heritage was to become the indelible mark of shore leave for thousands of servicemen in the hands of dozens of tattooists working the Islands from the 1920s until present day.
This symposium covers the development of the "Old School" tattoo style through the words, photos and tattoo designs of some of the legendary names of tattooing.
Local whores, drunkard fights, dancing and debauchery all play a role in story of art, manhood and survival of the human spirit.Paul is the owner and head artist of Britishink Tattoos in Washington DC, he has researched the vast field of tattooing for the last decade and written articles for the tattoo industry as well as being featured in The Washington Post, The Japan Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Wall Street Journal and various tattoo related magazines. He has appeared on National Public Radio and WIYY Radio Baltimore and is the tattoo consultant to the District of Columbia Board of Cosmetology and expert witness to the District of Columbia Public Defenders Office
Website | britishinkdc.com
Harold Golen Gallery of Miami
The Harold Golen Gallery’s “Fine Art Tiki Show” returns to The Hukilau in 2011 and is thrilled to be a party of the events 10 year anniversary! Participating will be a collection of the finest artists in the Tiki community such as Bosko, Al Evans and Heather Watts just to name a few. The Hukilau presents this years featured artists Kevin Kidney and Jody Daily! Read more about Kevin and Jody, their Hukilau symposium and history HERE. Kevin and Jody will each create 3 original works of art that will be on display at the Harold Golen Gallery Art Show location and will be appearing for a special meet and great signing! (Check The Hukilau schedule for time and day) This is the 4th year that Harold Golen Gallery will curate his show with The Hukilau and it is an honor to work with him each year.
The Harold Golen Gallery, located in the Wynwood Art District Miami, Florida, exhibits artists from around the globe who work in the Pop Surreal style – it is the only gallery of its kind in Miami. Harold Golen has lived in Miami his entire life and has strived to bring his own view of pop culture to his home city. In 1996 Harold opened “Pop”, a South Beach retail icon that appealed to everyone from hipsters to celebrities. Harold combined not only the “hard to find” with every day “gotta haves” but was also a pioneer in bringing art, vintage objects and the odd all together in a one stop shop. Pop was open for 10 years, closing in 2006. At that time Harold sought out to create his gallery. He has brought many pop-surrealists to the East Coast for the first time and his featured shows for Art Basel are attended each year by a who’s who in the art community.
Website | haroldgolengallery.com
King Kukulele is Krazy!! He’s been the Master of Ceremonies at Hukilau since the beginning and is just as much a part of each year’s event as the Mai Kai itself. Incredibly talented and always hilarious, Denny Moynahan, whose stage name is King Kukulele, is a comedian, actor and ukuleleist with inexorable energy always seen wearing an Aloha shirt, straw hat, grass skirt and lei. He has performed his hapa haole and novelty songs for many events including, as stated above, Hukilau 2002 - 2006, Tiki Kiliki’s Tiki Torch Nights in Atlanta, James Teitelbaum’s Tabu Tiki Nights in Chicago, Exotica, Tiki Oasis and several other Tiki & Rockabilly weekenders all over the globe. As always, we welcome him back each year to keep us all laughing.
kingkukulele.com | myspace.com/kingkukulele
The Tikiyaki Orchestra
The Tikiyaki Orchestra returns to Hukilau, where, on only their third show, at Hukilau 2008, they wowed the audience with a their original brand of Exotic Lounge, complimented by the oh-so-exotic Marina The Fire Eating Mermaid performing a sultry, mesmerizing fire dance, and making the already overheated and sticky Ft Lauderdale air, even hotter.
Three years later, Tikiyaki is back, with a brand new album, “Aloha, Baby!” (their third), to bring their classic sound back to Hukilau. Since 2008, the band has been drawing big audiences in Southern California with their fun and unique show. The show stopping performance of Tikiyaki with Marina at the 2010 Tiki Oasis at the Bali Hai in San Diego, had over 1000 people in attendance, and was the highlight of the weekend, as the band have been busy amassing a loyal following around their hometown of Los Angeles and Southern California.
Fronted by boozed up lounge lizard Marty Lush, and led by “maestro” Jim Bacchi, The Tikiyaki Orchestra never fails to entertain....whether it’s upbeat bachelor pad lounge cheese, a moody, dark exotica number, a frenetic bongo beatdown, or a beat poet/William Shatner-esque reading of Kiss’ “Detroit Rock City” set to their original song “Bali Hai-Ball” (yes, they really do this) , the Tikiyaki Orchestra entertain, with a big 7 piece ensemble sound, catchy, well written songs, and top notch musicianship.
The new album “Aloha, Baby!” is set to release in May, and the band will be performing many of these songs for the first time. They will also be performing Saturday at The Mai Kai doing a more low key, lounge set, providing the perfect musical backdrop for your Polynesian Pop dinner and cocktail experience.
For more information | tikiyakiorchestra.com
Formed in a dark basement below a Witco outrigger in Tallahassee, FL The Intoxicators! have brought their special blend of classic surf, rockabilly, and pure guitar-driven instrumental rock to The Hukilau since 2005.
Besides The Hukilau, the band has graced the stages of Tiki bars and festivals around the Southeast, including Drive Invasion in Atlanta, Ga., the Mai-Kai in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Tiki Torch Nights at Trader Vic's in Atlanta.
Website | theintoxicators.com
Hailing from parts of eastern Spain, South of the Border and the Gulf Coast come GRINDER NOVA and his PITSTOP MARIACHI BAND, one of America's "Most Exciting Bands of the Year" qouteth the Texas Examiner. This nine piece band has titillated and wowed crowds from the Rio Grande, to SoHo, to the Sunshine State.
Using their blend of salsa y bossa with a bit of 60's freak beat thrown in, this fusion verde of brass laden rock and roll may cause bailando en fiercondo to any personas within earshot. The Highland Chronicle compares them to "James Bond meets Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass in a back alley brawl against mainstream commercial radio.. and they WON!"
Leading the stamped is Grinder Nova, a suave and demure stentor wielding a microphone, two button suit, cowboy boots and a guitarra. Ready to croon his laments for a love lost or pounce on the nearest chola during a song for a tango au-go-go dance off.
His 'el teniente uno' and right-hand idea man, Rico Havoc, goes blazing through melodies and solos as if they were one night stands en route to Oaxaca. He has earned the nick-name 'El Jefe' amongst his compadres. There is still the rumor about a solo he once played that is still wafting over the streets of Laredo.
The cast of cast outs and thieves that consist of the PITSTOP MARIACHI BAND must remain anonymous. They cover themselves with red jumpsuits adorn with Virgin de Guadelupe, mask 'la cabezas' with black bandanas, shield their 'el oculars' with aviator shades. Their identities may not be known, but their passion for wine, women and song cannot be denied.
1Consisting of trumpets, trombones, saxophones, a barista (yes a real live coffer maker that makes and sells Grinder Nova Coffee on stage!), accordion, guitarras, percussionist and drums, GRINDER NOVA and his PITSTOP MARIACHI BAND is best described by the Creative Loafing in Atlanta Ga as, "A sleazy, skeezy, South-of-the-Border rock and roll inferno, complete with horns, maracas and sinful dispositions."
Music Columnist - Rojo Gonzales
Formed in the winter of 1994, The Exotics, known for their incredibly tight sound, choreographed stage moves and custom band uniforms, began their career playing to capacity crowds since their very first show. After hitting every possible venue in the Milwaukee area, they became a regular act at Lee's Liquor Lounge in Minneapolis and many venues in Chicago. The Exotics were the featured act at a surf music showcase at 1997's SXSW in Austin, Texas. The band spent the rest of the 1990s touring the Midwest, the East Coast and Florida, largely due to the success of their 1996 release, “Go Go Guitars.” In 2005, the Exotics made a featured appearance on the long running public radio program, A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor and played at Chicago Exotica. In 2009, The Exotics released the “Lost Album,” their first in many years. This release prompted public demand for the out of print “Go Go Guitars” which has been re-issued and is now available again. In the summer of 2010, the boys embarked on their “California Tiki Tour,” playing the state's tiki hot spots including: Forbidden Island, Trader Vic's and Don The Beachcomber.
Facebook | The EXOTICS
Brian "Fisherman" Lease has been producing Tiki/ Exotica Entertainment for nearly 15 years. With his band Fisherman he plays Vibes, Xylophone, Marimba, Log Drum, Timbales and Birdcalls. The band's mix of Tiki, Latin Soul, Surf and originals is universally appealing for all ages!
In addition to playing festivals, parties, and weddings, Fisherman is a constant presence in Coney Island NY, and often performs with the best Burlesque dancers, sword swallowers, aerialists and gorillas.
Fisherman has released two albums, and has written music for film, live radio vaudeville, and modern music settings. Currently Fisherman produces a monthly Tiki party at Bar Nine in Manhatten, and plays the largest Xylophone in the world at Coney Island's Freak Bar Every Saturday.
The Fisherman return to The Hukilau for the first time since 2008!
Marina the Fire Eating Mermaid
Since 1987, Retro-Aquatic performer & stunt dancer Marina (AKA MeduSirena) Duran-Anderson has been well known for her highly dynamic and athletic performances. Marina's retro-pop style performances have certainly made her a favorite with tikiphile audiences. Her lifelong enthusiasm for the preservation of Retro-aquatic & Polynesian pop culture entertainment has lead to performances as a dancer at revered tiki temples such as the Hawaiian Inn at Daytona Beach and the Mai-Kai in Fort Lauderdale. She now continues to do her part in helping to preserve retro-style entertainment venues performing underwater as a mermaid and pearl diver at the Sheraton Fort Lauderdale Hotel (Yankee Clipper)'s famous Wreck Lounge and worldwide. Marina later began to teach this unique style of performance art to a small group of students, eventually becoming aquatic performers themselves (or "Aquaticats" as Marina calls 'em). The “MeduSirena Pod” was thus created, a group that currently continues to grow in number. It is Marina’s sincere wish to continue to help preserve aquatic shows and venues, to help influence new aquatic and retro- performers for future generations.
With additional training in theatre, martial arts, Japanese music, and ethnic dance styles ranging from Polynesian to Eastern, Marina demonstrates a very unique synthesis of dance, stunts and implements. These range from fire eating, fire poi spinning, dancing while balancing on swords, drums or glasses, performing on a bed of nails and even dancing barefoot on broken plates. Such diverse performances have led to many appearances internationally at numerous eclectic venues, ranging from television, film and theatre to high profile public & private venues and events. Marina is very exited to perform at her now 6th Hukilau appearance- and has a whole lot of surprises in store for all you Exoticats!!
Website | www.medusirena.com
DJ’s Lounge Laura Taylor & Drew Farmer
Drew Farmer and Lounge Laura Taylor are musicians, DJs, bon vivants, tikiphiles and vinyl junkies - in varying ratios.
Drew Farmer, a.k.a, DJ Ana-Lu, is a composer, arranger, and pianist for exotica combo Stolen Idols, favorites of the Hukilau in recent years. Performing authentic exotica with acoustic instruments, Stolen Idols will release their debut album in 2011.
DJ Lounge Laura Taylor has been the go-to go-go DJ at Hukilau since 2009. Since 2007, Lounge Laura has hosted Surface Noise, a weekly program on WMNF 88.5fm Community Radio in Tampa. Surface Noise airs Wednesdays 6-8pm EST, and can be heard beyond the Tampa Bay Area on www.wmnf.org.
Lounge Laura and Drew will spin a swank mix of rare exotica, Latin, Brasilian, jazz, now sound, lounge and soundtracks – the perfect blend for today’s swingin' lovers as they experience the moods, sounds, and vibrations that are THE HUKILAU!
DJ’s Jack Fetterman and Gina of the Jungle
New York City DJs Jack Fetterman and Gina of the Jungle aid Tiki Tipplers' barstool voyages to Shangri-la with their unique blend of Exotic Music.
Jack has been spinning Exotica and all manner of Space Age Bachelor Pad music since creating the In Hi-Fi party at the Manhattan club Bar d'O in 1996. His Quiet City: Radio in Hi-Fi show broadcast live from NYC until 2007. As a recording artist, Jack has re-arranged the music of Esquivel, Perez Prado, Les Baxter, Don Tiki, and the Waitiki 7.
Gina has been dj-ing and organizing cocktail parties since the mid-80s. Her specialties are quirky Latinesque Exotica and 60s-style Surf, classic cocktails, and Polynesian takes on comfort food. Her Chinese dumpling-inspired Lucky Tiki Sliders recently won the alternative category of Sutter Home Winery's Build a Better Burger contest.
In 2008 Jack and Gina formed their partnership, providing background music and classic/tiki food and cocktail programs to private parties, room crawls, night clubs, and other events. When they are not spinning music and handing out cocktails publicly, they are playing Exotica and sipping tiki drinks in the comfort of the Blue Lory Lounge, Gina's home tiki bar. http://www.bluelorylounge.com/