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Tiki Shaker
Grand Member (6 years)  

Joined: Jun 28, 2008
Posts: 706
From: Menifee, CA
Posted: 2010-08-19 3:44 pm   Permalink

Just a heads up for everyone in Socal. Thomas Yearsley, the bandleader and steel guitarist for Exotiki was hit by a train on Monday, in an attempt to save his dog Swango's life. Many of you have seen him play at Bamboo Ben's Nooner 2 years ago and at the benefit for Marie and Don the Beachcomber this year. Some of you may also know him from his old rockabilly band, the Paladins.

Luckily he is doing well.

Here is the news story.

http://www.10news.com/news/24680411/detail.html

Sorry for the loss of Swango Thomas. Get well soon!


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thejab
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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
Posts: 2986
From: Tradewinds Apartments, Alameda, CA
Posted: 2010-08-19 3:54 pm   Permalink

He didn't have health insurance so a fund was set up to help if you can:

http://helpthomas.com/

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Tiki Shaker
Grand Member (6 years)  

Joined: Jun 28, 2008
Posts: 706
From: Menifee, CA
Posted: 2010-08-19 4:19 pm   Permalink

Thanks for posting that TheJab. I knew one was supposed to be set up somewhere but I didn't know where.

 
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Dartin Menny
Tiki Socialite

Joined: Aug 29, 2008
Posts: 222
From: Garbage Grove, CA
Posted: 2010-08-21 09:49 am   Permalink

TikiShaker and thejab, thanks for posting the info!

I tried to log on here Tues. and post the news about my dear friend, but the site was down (?)... all I got was blank, white screen page.

Thomas is doing better. Heartbroken about the loss of Swango (R.I.P. pup!), but when I talked with him last he was in good spirits. So glad he's ok!

It would be cool to see more support on here. Thomas has been into tiki culture since before his days with The Pals (over 30 years) and has always tried to keep a hand in creating beautiful music to float away to mentally via tiki/exotica vibes.

Exotiki is scheduled to play a benefit on Sept. 19th at the Redwood Bar in Los Angeles.

Again, please support a true hero and legend.
www.helpthomas.com

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lucas vigor
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Joined: May 12, 2004
Posts: 3985
From: SOCAL
Posted: 2010-08-22 11:40 pm   Permalink

Exotiki is one of the raddest bands around. I hope this unfortunate occurance does not sideline the band for too long! Yearsley, Kevin Stewart and their boys have a super professional mix of Hawiian, western swing, gypsy jazz, all painted with an "exotica" brush. You got to see it to believe it! Last time, they came all the way up from SD to play at the "mariepalooza" event, and just KILLED!

 
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tikiyaki
Grand Member (7 years)  

Joined: May 18, 2004
Posts: 2708
From: The Exotic Port of REDONDO BEACH, CA
Posted: 2010-08-23 7:11 pm   Permalink

Wow....how does one get hit by a train and survive ?

Glad to hear he's ok, and sorry to hear about his pup.

Do we need to do another fundraiser ?


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4WDtiki
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Joined: Aug 03, 2004
Posts: 1863
From: Omao, Kauai
Posted: 2010-08-23 8:18 pm   Permalink

Here's one fundraiser show, Sept 10 in Oceanside: http://www.facebook.com/friends/?id=100001196751547&view=everyone#!/event.php?eid=128536847192134&ref=mf

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Dartin Menny
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Joined: Aug 29, 2008
Posts: 222
From: Garbage Grove, CA
Posted: 2010-08-24 08:00 am   Permalink

Lucas, thanks man!

Jim, good question! Trains are quite dangerous! Thomas is a little beat up, but doing good. I visited him yesterday before he went back to his doctors. He's mainly heartbroken about losing his pup. He's in very high spirits!

As 4wdtiki posted, there's a benefit going on in Oceanside on the 10th.

Exotiki will also be playing the Redwood Bar on Sept. 19th. All of the door will go to Thomas to help with his medical expenses. (as noted earlier, he does not have insurance and needs much help).

Any other benefit would be amazingly appreciated!


 
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lucas vigor
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From: SOCAL
Posted: 2010-08-24 08:58 am   Permalink

I am going to try super hard to go to the Redwood show...Dartin, can you post a reminder in tiki events when it's around the corner?
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Dartin Menny
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Joined: Aug 29, 2008
Posts: 222
From: Garbage Grove, CA
Posted: 2010-08-24 10:57 am   Permalink

Fo' sho'

 
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bigtikidude
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Joined: Aug 10, 2004
Posts: 8892
From: Anaheim,Ca.
Posted: 2010-08-31 12:29 pm   Permalink

bump


 
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Atomic Wedgie
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Joined: Jul 19, 2010
Posts: 21
From: Dullsville
Posted: 2010-08-31 1:34 pm   Permalink

Holy ShiiTE!! Sorry to hear about the dog, but glad to hear Tom is doing well.

 
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Vince Martini
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Joined: May 02, 2010
Posts: 277
From: Iki Pohaku, Arkansas
Posted: 2010-08-31 3:42 pm   Permalink

I was very much expecting to read a thread that was going to be an obituary. It is sad he lost his dog. I love my animals (dogs, cats, wife) very much. But, this thread has a happy ending because he lives! here is to a speedy recovery and as a musician, you can bet I am going to hit the link and make a contribution...starting right now!

 
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Dartin Menny
Tiki Socialite

Joined: Aug 29, 2008
Posts: 222
From: Garbage Grove, CA
Posted: 2010-09-06 12:34 pm   Permalink

September 19th - 8pm

Redwood Bar in Los Angeles

Thomas Yearsley Benefit show

Line-Up:

The Blasters w/Dave Alvin
Candye Kane
Karling Abbeygate
Exotiki


...... Hope you can come out and support!




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bigtikidude
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Joined: Aug 10, 2004
Posts: 8892
From: Anaheim,Ca.
Posted: 2010-09-07 2:00 pm   Permalink

very cool,
I will be there for sure.

Jeff(btd)



 
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