Tiki Oasis tickets go on sale tonight, so I was reminiscing about the event last year, my first year attending.
I’ve attended and performed at Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekend with Los Shimmy Shakers, and had a blast as I love retro culture. But, there’s something about Rockabilly culture, depending on where you are, that can be a little “too-cool-for-school” for my taste.
This is something that I found to be wonderfully UNTRUE about the Tiki scene. My boyfriend and I went to Tiki Oasis 2014 (the theme was Beatniks) and were simply tickled by how colorful, friendly, kitschy and fun all the tiki kids were! There is, of course, a Rockabilly contingent there (duh, and it’s great) but there’s something about the Rockabilly folks with a Tiki leaning that keeps them from taking it too seriously or being too snooty. There’s the hard-core, tried and true culture FANATICS of course….but there’s just something about Tiki that made it feel so open and friendly. I got to do the Pinup Photo Safari and go-go dance and had such a blast meeting everyone.
The bands were fantastic (El Vez!! The Lampshades!!), the burlesque was scintillating (Bunny Pistol! Jessabel Thunder!), the Devilettes were groove-tastic, the room parties were outta control and the market place was a treasure trove. We were totally smitten.
So, it’s just been decided that we will be going back again this year, and I couldn’t be more excited! The theme this year is SPACE, and the gent and I are gearing up to bring our retro-space A-Game
I can’t wait for August to roll around for another tiki-tastic year, and with even more friends coming!
Love Tiki? Love Mai Tais, great folks, fab music and a good time? Come to Tiki Oasis!