Thursday, May 9, 2013

Tiki Oasis Hulabilly in San Diego Aug. 15-18

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Tiki Oasis 13: Hulabilly
Thursday, August 15 - Sunday, August 18
San Diego, CA

Tiki Oasisthe original tiki weekender and the only event of its kind on the west coast is happening this summer in San Diego, California August 15-18, 2013. Each year, Tiki Oasis presents a themed four-day event with entertainment from live bands, DJs, burlesque dancers;  an art show and artist's alley, a marketplace with over 60 vendors, educational symposiums covering everything from mixology to music, book signings,
a car show and much, much more!

Last year, Tiki Oasis 12:  Exotic Espionage & Polynesian Pulp consisted of three scavenger hunts, 16 symposiums, 18 DJs, 20 bands, 40 dancers, 80 vendors with 3000 attendees and an undetermined number of room parties - expect more of the same fun his year!


Just as Tiki Style is a blend of Polynesian influences as interpreted through Americans' romanticized view of the South Seas, Hawaiian music has been sentimentalized and interpreted by American musicians. Like waves hitting the Pacific shores, America has experienced recurring ukulele crazes with a longing look toward the Hawaiian Sunset. In the 1940s and 50s Hawaiian Slack Key guitar and slide guitar seeped into Western music and permeated The Nashville Sound. American musicians used that sound to play their own versions of Hawaiian music classics such as "On the Beach at Waikiki", "Hula Blues", and "Ukulele Lady" and then form their own Westernized Hawaii sound blending Hawaiian music influences with American early rock n roll (Bop) to create the sound of Hulabilly. From Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys version of "Hawaiian War Chant" in 1946 To Elvis Presley's "Rock-A-Hula Baby" in the Grammy-nominated movie Blue Hawaii in 1961, Hulabilly was a popular music form on America's radio, television, and movies.
Tiki Oasis 13: Hulabilly features live sets from Southern Culture on the Skids, Big Sandy & The Fly Rite Boys (celebrating their 25th anniversary), Chris Sprague's 18 Wheelers with special guests Billy Wilson (steel) and Mitch Polzak (banjo), Acapulco Radio (Germany), The Hula Girls, The B Stars, Creepxotica, The Fishermen, Kim Tsoy, Jason Lee and the R.I.P. Tides, and more TBA.

DJs include Jay Strongman (UK), Lukino (Italy), Tanoa (Samoa) and more TBA

Steelin' Home- The Roots of Hulabilly with Haywire Duke

Join Haywire Duke for a look at Hawaii's influence on music from America's mainland. Steelin' Home will  trace a century of Hulabilly history, starting in a small village in Laie, on the windward side of Oahu, with stops in San Francisco, Chicago, all points east, Oklahoma and Texas, Los Angeles, Bakersfield, Memphis, Tucson and then back to Hawaii.  Duke will trace the history of the Hawaiian Steel Guitar, from its origin as a Spanish guitar, to an aluminum resonator, to an electrified lap steel instrument, to its eventual landing in Nashville as a pedal steel guitar.  Haywire Duke will share the rarified sounds that took America by storm, as it ran its course of cultural popularity as rural Hillbilly, Western Swing, Honky Tonk, Rockabilly Bop, the Nashville and Bakersfield Sounds and even Lounge and World music. You will be introduced to the colorful characters whose innovations individualized the music, from Joseph Kekuku to Speedy West, all seen from historical photos and archival footage and heard from original recordings, some over 80 years old.  Symposium attendees will learn about women who played Steel; the artists who created the fashions of Hulabilly; African-Americans and the Steel Guitar; an example or two of Surfabiilly; Hot Rods and Pickers meet the Steel Guitar, and see and hear rare Hulabilly records.  There will be an opportunity to slide a steel bar on a vintage Fender Lap Steel and fondle a 100 year old Hulabilly rooted Edison Diamond Disc.

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