- Marina the Fire-Eating Mermaid will perform at Tiki Oasis, Aug. 18-21. (Photo courtesy Kari Hendler)
WHEN: Aug. 18-21
WHERE: Crowne Plaza Hotel, Hotel Circle (Mission Valley)
TICKETS: $10 and up
By Monica Garske
The summer soiree, to be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel August 19 to 21 (with a preview party August 18 at the Bali Hai restaurant) takes Hawaiian-shirted attendees back to the 1950s and '60s, when tropical cocktails flowed, and exotica music and come-hither pin-up girls set the scene.
The weekend of live music includes rockabilly and rock en español from Big Sandy with Los Straightjackets. And for a tiki tee-hee, check out the comedic flamenco of Marty Lush and His Latin Livers.
This year's theme is a toast to Latin music, which permeated pop culture in the 1960s, introducing Americans to everything from the Cha Cha and Latin Jazz to Herb Alpert and his Tijuana Brass. ? ?
A bevy of burlesque beauties will gyrate poolside, while a classic car show featuring 25 hot-rods heats up the hotel parking lot. There will also be ukulele jam sessions, live tiki carvings and a samba dance class.
Event founder Otto von Stroheim says the event's seminars include an "educational" tequila tasting and lessons in mixing-and consuming-rum cocktails.
"It's the ultimate gathering of the tiki community," he says.