Jason Lee & R.I.P. Tides @ PS Festival of Lights

Jason Lee and the R.I.P. Tides to play Tonga Hut float in Palm Springs Festival of Lights 12/6/2014

San Diego instrumental surf band and Dionysus Records recording artists Jason Lee and the R.I.P. Tides will deliver a high energy set of holiday inspired surf music while aboard the Tonga Hut’s tiki themed Xmas float – designed by artist Eric October with help from friends of Tonga Hut, at the annual Palm Springs Festival of Lights Parade. After the parade – Jason Lee and the R.I.P. Tides will play at Tonga Hut Palm Springs, with DJ Lee of Dionysus Records and LuxuiraMusic.com will be spinning before and after the live music.

Tonga Hut SignThe Festival of Lights Parade takes place the first weekend in December and has quickly become one of Palm Springs’ most beloved traditions, attracting over 80,000 people to downtown Palm Springs each year.

Shops and restaurants along the parade route on Palm Canyon Drive in Palm Springs will be open. The parade starts at 5:45pm.

The parade starts off at Ramon Rd at 5:45pm and follows Palm Canyon Drive through downtown Palm Springs to Tamarisk Rd.

Tonga Hut, located at 254 N Palm Canyon Dr. brings to Palm Springs a classic American mid-century Polynesian themed restaurant / bar in a tiki-modern setting, with full appetizer, dinner and cocktail menus.Tonga Hut Palm Springs is the offspring of the Tonga Hut North Hollywood, Opening its’ doors in 1958 during the heyday of tiki culture in Southern California, Tonga Hut is the oldest surviving tiki bar in Los Angeles.

Tonga Hut Palm Springs has been lovingly decorated by artist Tiki Diablo and Chase Marshall (Beauty Bar in L.A. and Cobra Lounge in NYC) with vintage items as well as contemporary contributions from many artists in the tiki community including Leroy Schmaltz from Oceanic Arts, Eric October, Bosko, Kirby, Nelson’s Tiki Hut and “Mad Dog” Mike Gilbert.

Tonga Hut’s menu offers classic Polynesian/Cantonese/American dishes, like you might have found at Don the Beachcomber on old Palm Canyon Drive in the Rat Pack era. The cocktail menu contains more than 40 drinks including classic cocktails, classic tiki drinks as well as numerous original drinks including some that are exclusive to the Palm Springs location.

Jason Lee and the R.I.P. Tides are a three-piece group who deliver a raw and edgy mix to the culture of instrumental surf music. The group has developed a dedicated fan base from local and national surf, skate and tiki sub-cultures. Guitarist Jason Lee writes and records original music for television networks such as A&E, Discovery, Spike and more, and also gives guitar lessons dedicated to the tones and technique of the 60’s via You Tube videos, and at the annual Tiki Oasis weekender.

Written by Dionysus Records