Concerts & Clubs / Christmas, even here, where Mauna Kea is the only place you can find a white Kalikimaka, is still unavoidable. But that just makes Don Tiki’s 2nd Annual Hot Lava Holiday Show all the more necessary. You might not think to put a tiki show in the same breath as anything related to Jesus, what with its suggestion of pagan gods and wooden statues, but that’s what makes the show so ripe. If you want something different, rowdy, a little raunchy (but still keiki-safe) and punchy, look no further than Lloyd Kandell and company’s anti-pageant/variety show.
Kandell, the self-described “congenial host” says Don Tiki is “the greatest living act you could possibly see today for your entertainment value!” before laughing and giving a straight answer. “Don Tiki? It’s a collaboration of stellar Hawaiian musicians that come together to bring [out] the exotica jungly jazzy sounds of Martin Denny and Arthur Lyman.”
Exotica, the name given to a style of music that started in the late ‘50s when people fantasized about the Polynesian wiles of the 50th state, is also the namesake of Martin’s genre-defining mid-century album. But Kandell says it’s nothing racy. “People associate exotica music to pole dancing, but is Don Tiki kid-friendly? Oh yeah; we’re not 2 Live Crew.”
The group–eight musicians, four singers and two dancers–will introduce tracks from their newest EP, Don Tiki’s Hot Lava Holiday Songs. If the show sells out, which it did last year, consider the album a consolation. It’s available on iTunes or through their website.