Lawrence, KS – 11/01/08: WAITIKI + Retro Cocktail Hour

WAITIKI Meets The Retro Cocktail Hour!
Saturday, Nov. 1 at 8 PM • Presented by Kansas Public Radio

Liberty Hall – 642 Massachusetts St., Lawrence, KS
Balcony Tickets at
Reserved Table Seating now SOLD OUT!

Updated Oct. 9, 2008

The All-Star WAITIKI Septet: Classic Exotica for the Modern Listener


WAITIKI, the Boston-based modern exotica band, will be performing live in Lawrence, KS for a special show hosted by Kansas Public Radio‘s Retro Cocktail Hour, in celebration of the program’s 500th broadcast!

It’ll be an exotic, once-in-a-lifetime South Pacific sound adventure like no other, featuring classic music by Martin Denny, Arthur Lyman, Les Baxter, and others, plus original tunes by the band. Besides the unforgettable music, there’ll be a full service tiki bar (serving drink recipes by Jeff “Beachbum” Berry and Kern Mattei from the Official WAITIKI Drink Menu) and a dance floor, so come early and party all night!

The Lawrence, KS performance marks the American debut of the new WAITIKI Septet, the same band that made its European debut at the Wassermusik Festival in Berlin, Germany, this past July. Modeled after the classic live exotica groups of Martin Denny, Arthur Lyman, Augie Colon, and others, the WAITIKI Septet plays original arrangements of tiki tunes that made the genre famous—and is the only group of today to perform in the true exotica tradition.

Unique to the Septet (and unlike many other exotica bands), hip dance grooves and improvisation play significant parts in the group’s collaborative musicianship, and its all-star lineup of musicians make its show an unbelievable presentation of talent, artistry, and sonic delights.


WAITIKI has twice won the “Exotica Album of the Year” Award presented by the Music Foundation of Hawaii and has been featured at numerous festivals, including Tiki Oasis (San Diego, CA), Hukilau (Fort Lauderdale, FL), North East Tiki Tour (Boston, MA), the Hawaii International Jazz Festival (Honolulu, HI) , Wassermusik (Berlin, Germany), and the Festival de Mexico (Mexico City, Mexico).

The Septet’s members are: Tim Mayer (flutes, saxes), Helen Liu (violin), Zaccai Curtis (piano), Jim Benoit (vibraphone), Lopaka Colon (percussion & bird calls), Abe Lagrimas (drum kit), Randy Wong (bass & bandleader).


“Waitiki is one of the most original and talented bands working in Exotica music today . . . they create an Exotica hybrid that is well-crafted and wickedly infectious.”
—Jeff Chenault (Tiki Magazine, Summer 2008)


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