When: August 13 – 16, 2015
Time: Begins 7:30 am
Bali Hai Restaurant
2230 Shelter Island Drive
San Diego, CA (map)
Friday, Satuday, Sunday
The Crowne Plaza Hotel
2270 Hotel Circle North
San Diego, CA (map)
More info: Event website
Tiki Oasis Highlights
Tiki Oasis is not only an event but an experience! Experience a full weekend of live Exotica and classic Surf and Hulabilly tunes, burlesque, attend educational symposiums, peruse art, purchase the latest creations from local vendors and imbibe tropical cocktails poolside while Disc Jockeys from across the country provide a seamless soundtrack from spinning vintage vinyl.
This year at Tiki Oasis we are exploring the Hawaiian influence on American music. Part Americana, part Hawaiiana, Hulabilly is an American music style derived from the blending of Rockabilly and Haole Hawaiian music.
Just as Tiki Style is a blend of Polynesian influences as interpreted through Americans’ romanticised view of the South Seas, Hawaiian music has been sentimentalized and interpreted by American musicians.
Like waves hitting the Pacific shores, America experienced recurring ukulele crazes with a longing look toward the Hawaiian Sunset. Similarly in the 1930s, 40s 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 radios, televisions, and movies.
Tiki Oasis is the crossroads of the Tiki world. Craftsmen, artists, tinkerers, and traders haul their wares to the Oasis creating an Exotica emporium unmatched throughout the world. Many vendors create limited edition items specifically for TO13 weekend shoppers. Bring lots of cash as many vendors will not be able to process credit cards.