Tiki Oasis 11 presents four days of legendary and contemporary Latin and Exotica Sounds including Dionysus Records related artists Big Sandy, Orchestra Superstring and Mark and The Escorts


Tiki Oasis 11
August 18-21, 2010
San Diego, CA

August 18: Tiki Oasis Meet and Mingle:
Bali Hai Restaurant
2230 Shelter Island Drive
San Diego, CA 92106

August 19 – 21: All event activity:
Crowne Plaza Hotel
2270 Hotel Circle North
San Diego, CA 92108

Event website:

This year’s Tiki Oasis theme: “South of the Border”
Exotica music – the cornerstone of Tiki – owes a lot to our brethren to the south – Mexico and Latin America. In fact Latin music has always been a rich part of American popular music from Cha Cha and Merengue to Mambo kings, Latin Jazz and Samba to Rock En Espanol. We feel North America’s embracing of Latin music piqued in the mid-1960s when the debonair, Latin-styled trumpet player Herb Alpert and his Tijuana Brass band challenged The Beatles on the Billboard charts*. It is Herb’s romanticized Mexico that we seek to celebrate this year at Tiki Oasis!

Tiki Oasis 11 features the legendary Jack “Mr. Bongo” Costanzo & His Latin All-Stars, East LA luminaries Mark and The Escorts, Orchestra Superstring featuring DJ Bonebrake from X, Frankie’s Baja Marimba Marimba Mania, Big Sandy with Los Straightjackets, Herb – a Tribute to Herb Alpert, Surfer Joe and his Boss Combo, Marty Lush and His Latin Livers, The Hula Girls and Creepxotica The event is MC’d by ukulele playing stand-up comedian King Kukulele. click here for complete entertainer list

Featured entertianers:

Jack “Mr. Bongo” Costanzo & His Latin All-Stars

Jack Costanzo is a composer, conductor and drummer, but is best known as a bongo player, hence the nicknamed “Mr. Bongo”. Throughout the 1940s, Costanzo worked with several Latin bands, including a revived version of the Lecuona Cuban Boys, Desi Arnaz, and Rene Touzet. He toured with Stan Kenton from 1947–48 and in the 1950s, and played with Nat King Cole from 1949 to 1953. He also played with the Billy May Orchestra, Peggy Lee, Danny Kaye, Perez Prado, Pete Rugolo, Judy Garland, Ray Anthony, Xavier Cugat, Frank Sinatra, and Tony Curtis. Costanzo visited Havana three times in the 1940s and learned to play Afro-Cuban rhythms on the bongos and congas. Many Hollywood stars studied bongos with him, including: Marlon Brando, Rita Moreno, Tony Curtis, Betty Grable, and Gary Cooper. He has appeared in film and television such as Elvis Presley’s “Harum Scarum” and the “Johnny Staccato” TV series

He retired until 1998 when he made a comeback and in 2001 recorded Back From Havana under the Ubiquity Records umbrella. This album featured the likes of Blue Note’s Guilbert Castellanos, Steve Firerobing and the Panamanian singer Marilu. In 2002 he released another album with the same cast called Scorching the skins, & also mention his two most recent CDs on Ubiquity/Cubop Records “Back From Havana” & “Scorching The Skins“. Jack is currently an active musician and a living legend of Latin/Afro-Cuban jazz.  www.spaceagepop.com/costanzo.htm, www.herencialatina.com/Costanzo/Costanzo/Jack_Costanzo.htm

A performance by  the original 1960s East LA luminaries, Mark & the Escorts

Mark & the Escorts formed in 1963 as a surf band. By 1964, the group had expanded their musical palette to include rock & roll, r&b and British invasion music. They became a significant part of the now legendary “Eastside Sound” boom which occurred in East Los Angeles in that period, sharing the bill with other local bands including Cannibal & the Headhunters, The Premiers, The Blendells, and Thee Midniters, who all had national hit records at the time.  In 1965, Mark & the Escorts recorded two singles on the GNP Crescendo label, Get Your Baby, the “A” side of their first recording, has been included on four different compilation CDs in recent years.  The band has also been featured or mentioned in many books on the music of the 60s.  In 1966, Mark & the Escorts ended when they changed their name to The Men From S.O.U.N.D.  The three core members of Mark & the Escorts, Mark Guerrero, Rick Rosas, and Ernie Hernandez, stayed together though out the 1960s, eventually recording an album of Mark Guerrero songs for A&M Records in the early 70s as members of a rock band called Tango.  Rick Rosas, went on to play with Joe Walsh for many years before becoming Neil Young’s bassist.  Mark Guerrero, went on to record as a solo artist for Capitol Records and for legendary record producer Lou Adler on Ode Records.  Mark’s songs have been recorded by artists such as Herb Alpert, Trini Lopez, Chan Romero, and his legendary late father Lalo Guerrero.  He continues to perform concerts with the Mark Guerrero Band and the reunited Mark & the Escorts.  Mark also hosts the popular Chicano music website www.markguerrero.com

Don Tiki

Don Tiki is set to provide the soundtrack for steamy romance and jungle love with a show that closes Tiki Oasis 2011 on Sunday, August 21. Don Tiki has performed at the fabled Kahiki in Colombus, OH, headlined a music festival in Berlin, played numerous shows in Las Vegas and of course, rule their very own Pagan kingdom of Honolulu. Their Tiki Oasis show marks Don Tiki’s first ever performance in California! Experience forbidden love as Don Tiki, fresh off their Hawaii Music Awards win for Album of the Year/Adult Contemporary, unleashes a passion party that will stimulate your senses and primal urges. Drawing inspiration from original exotica masters Marty, Arty and Les (Martin Denny, Arthur Lyman, Les Baxter,) Don Tiki boldly moves this evocative genre of music into the 21st century. www.dontiki.com


Orchestra Superstring

Orchestra Superstring plays instrumental music inspired by Afro-Cuban, Latin jazz, and the likes of Sun Ra and Cal Tjader. Composed of an eclectic nine-piece band of well known Los Angeles musicians led by DJ Bonebrake of X on vibes,  Orchestra Superstring blends infectious beats and fresh dance rhythms in original tunes written by its members and creates new interpretations of jazz standards. Their second album “Easy” was recently released by Dionysus Records. www.orchestrasuperstring.com


By way of Tijuana, we proudly present the groovy and spicy tribute to the powerhouse sound of Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass. Herb delivers the full glory of the Brass’ sophisticated style with an updated edge that is poised to capture a new generation while re-igniting the passion and utter hipness of a bygone era. Herb exudes the suave, groomed sound that catapulted the Tijuana Brass to the forefront of 60s pop culture. TJB charged the soul of America and the world with their crafty blend of fiery Latino rhythms, zany pop, and South-Of-The-Border temperament. Herb consists of an all-star 7-8 piece band with members from such luminous bands as Clubfoot Orchestra, grammy-winning Brave Combo, The Billy Nayer Show, Les Claypool, Casino Royale, Cirque du Soleil, Idiot Flesh, and so on and so forth. Since its inception in July ’96, Herb has performed with/for James Brown, Nancy Sinatra, Sergio Mendes, SF Symphony’s Black & White Ball, Francis Ford Coppola, SF Giants @ Candlestick (Monster) Park, Super Diamond, and many more! www.casinoroyalemusic.com/herb.html

Frankie’s Baja Marimba Mania

Frankie’s Baja Marimba Mania is the current solo project of Frank Marsico, former vibraphonist with The Martini Kings. This year’s performance will be a tribute to 60’s chartbusters: The Baja Marimba Band. This brand new unit, created specifically for Tiki Oasis 11, features Warren Giancaterino, former bassist for Sergio Mendes and Liv, percussionist for The Cold War Kids just back from their recent performance at Coachella. Frankie, as usual will be chopping wood on marimba and bending steel on the vibes along with a few other surprises.


Big Sandy with Los Straightjackets

No Habla Ingles? No problem! Lucha Libre clad guitar instrumental practitioners Los Straightjackets team up with rockabilly/roots belter Big Sandy to deliver vintage rock ‘n’ roll En Espanol, inspired by Mexico City’s great sixties garage and rockabilly madmen such as Los Teen Tops, Los Rockin’ Devils, Los Apson and many others, who took American hits and re-wrote the lyrics in Spanish and in the process completely changing the song — turning things like “Dizzy Miss Lizzy” into “El Microscopico Bikini!” Their Tiki Oasis set will also make a nod toward East LA and the great border rock of Freddy Fender. http://www.bigsandy.net  www.straitjackets.com

Written by Dionysus Records