South Seas fantasies beckon with the neo-exotica group, Don Tiki. They draw inspiration from the original Mid-Century masters of the exotica sound, Martin Denny, Arthur Lyman and Les Baxter and bring their evocative music into the 21st Century. In fact, Martin Denny gave the band his seal of approval when he played on their 1997 debut album, The Forbidden Sounds of Don Tiki. Further deepening Don Tiki’s authenticity is its percussionist and bird caller, Lopaka Colon, son of Augie Colon, who had the same role in Denny’s band.
They have performed at the fabled tiki palace, The Kahiki in Colombus, OH, headlined Wassermusik, a summer music festival in Berlin, played Las Vegas several times, stole the show at Tiki Oasis `11 and, of course, rule the jungle kingdom of Honolulu, their home base. Don Tiki’s Hot Lava Holiday shows at the Doris Duke Theatre in Honolulu, Benaroya Hall in Seattle, and the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles had attendees simultaneously laughing and dancing in the aisles
When they appeared on Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations, he raved, “Tiki supergroup Don Tiki knows the world, the subculture of tiki…it really doesn’t get much better than this!”
Don Tiki is a creative collaboration of Lloyd “Fluid Floyd” Kandell and Kit “Perry Coma” Ebersbach. The band features Hawaii's top musicians with cumulative experience ranging from jazz fusion to world beat to the Honolulu Symphony to Waikiki Showrooms. Their music will transport you to an island paradise where sensual tropical fantasies still exist - especially after that third Mai Tai.
Kick back and soak up a little TLC…Tiki Lounge Culture with fresh new exotica. Don Tiki's exotic and danceable tiki-tunes are brimming with haunting melodies, pulsating Polynesian polyphonics, and sultry undulating rhythms.
Forgotten Valley of Nuku Hiva by Robb Hamel
Forbidden Sounds by Mark Ryden