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The Bahooka is closing their doors March 10th
congawa
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From: Long Beach, CA
Posted: 2013-03-10 1:05 pm   Permalink

Tangaroa-Ru, I relate to what your mother said about the Luau and Kelbos. My wife and I began dating as a result of a gig my brother and friends' lounge band played in Kelbo's Coco Bowl Room in December 1991, so there is always something special in my heart for that place. However, though the building is still in operation as a bikini bar, I can't bring myself to visit it and have the original memories diminished. Though it sounds like Bahooka's next incarnation will be closer to the original than Kelbo's is, it may still be a hard choice as to whether or not to see the update. However, if indeed Rufus and his pals are still going to be there, that might be an incentive to visit an old friend.

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congawa
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Posted: 2013-03-10 1:12 pm   Permalink

Actually, if you want to see video footage of Kelbo's (maybe this should be in a Kelbo's thread), here is a wedding Lovingkindness played (my brother is the keyboard player you see at the beginning) in September 1991 in the Coco Bowl room. (I should correct myself, as the December 1991 gig where my future wife and I "met"--though we had met before--was in the front bar area.)

(Sorry if anyone's musical sensibilities are damaged...Monte Vista & Lovingkindness was an intentionally warped group, who started in 1985 and predated the craze of more "authentic" lounge music that occured in the 1990s, and directly or indirectly contributed to the Tiki scene.)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ldV99KsdVKE
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Tangaroa-Ru
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From: Surf's Up, Los Angeles!
Posted: 2013-03-10 1:12 pm   Permalink

I've actually been to Kelbo's, since it became a strip club. Of course, I was hoping to find some remnants of what had been, amongst the bedazzled thongs. Sadly, all gone, BUT the structure remains, and, because of that, it would be very easy to make it into a fantastic Tiki temple once again, should the opportunity ever arise. I did talk to the owners about, at least, serving a drink at their bar in memory of what had gone on before. Of course, that ungodly blue beverage in the giant plastic clamshell. Come on! That goes really well with bow-chicka-bow-bow! But, they just laughed and offered me a job.

 
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Tangaroa-Ru
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Posted: 2013-03-10 1:20 pm   Permalink

Wow, Congawa. That's one heck of a band. I applaud the flinging oneself on the floor in mock agony. Perfect for a wedding celebration. No musical sensibilities damaged here. Thanks for sharing. Too bad we can't see more of the Kelbo's decor in your video. But, that really wasn't a place you wanted to have the lights turned up, right? I didn't get to go there until the 80's (when I was old enough to be in a bar), but I'm sure it was a lot better back when my parents went. Still, I loved it. And I still love that structure with the lookout tower. As I said, an easy conversion back, should it ever come up for sale again. Get your imaginations revved up, folks.

 
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robtikiti
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From: Monterey Park, CA
Posted: 2013-03-10 2:01 pm   Permalink

Apologies for the cross-post from the events thread, but thought everyone might be interested.

For those in the Los Angeles area who were planning on going to Bahooka tonight, Tonga Hut just posted this on their Facebook page:

"Tribute to the legendary Bahooka tonight, beginning at 4.
Toast at 6, wherever you are.
Serving the 'Ruffus' created by our own Marie King, garnished with a carrot stick!"


 
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RandNoel
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Joined: Mar 10, 2013
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From: Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Posted: 2013-03-10 3:02 pm   Permalink

Bahooka Tiki Restaurant 1967-2013 RIP Video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=tW-CX6yGUBo

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Atomic Tiki Punk
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From: Costa Misery
Posted: 2013-03-10 4:48 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2013-03-10 07:06, Big Kahuna wrote:
Tangaroa-Ru, well said!
ATP, don't you ever sleep!?



Just got back from the gig at Don the Beachcomber, Rick
then you throw that extra hour on for daylight savings time and the night is half gone!
Nancy & I will be having that drink with you tonight in honor of the Bahooka!


 
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Hakalugi
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Posted: 2013-03-10 4:51 pm   Permalink



Photo courtesy of John English


 
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tikijackskeleton
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From: Los Angeles
Posted: 2013-03-15 04:49 am   Permalink

So... not to, you know, search the body before it's even cold, or anything. But has anyone heard anything about the potential interior item auction?

The only thing I heard was that it was potentially going to be on the 17th. Being two days away, you would imagine that there would be some news about it?


 
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tikigreg
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Joined: Mar 24, 2002
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From: ClubTiki
Posted: 2013-03-15 07:48 am   Permalink

From their Facebook page:

"We are selling the rest of the small stuff ( Parrots, floats, glasses, ect.) Saturday and Sunday 11-4. March 16th and 17th. Cash only. Will let you know about bigger items soon! Thanks!"


 
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tikilongbeach
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Posted: 2013-03-16 09:55 am   Permalink

This was just posted on Bahooka's Facebook page minutes ago.

"Evidently the sale this weekend has been cancelled by the family member that was doing it. Sorry everyone. I have no control of it."
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bigbrotiki
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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
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From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2013-03-16 10:31 am   Permalink

Ow man...there's gonna be a lot of pissed-off people standing in that parking lot this morning!

 
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LostIsland
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Posted: 2013-03-16 10:39 am   Permalink

Wow! Bad form...

 
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tikijackskeleton
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Joined: Dec 30, 2012
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From: Los Angeles
Posted: 2013-03-16 1:22 pm   Permalink

yeah, that wasn't cool to cancel at last minute like that. I'd hate to be someone traveling from far. Even my commute from the 10/710 was annoying to find nothing.

 
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Coco Joe
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From: Los Angeles
Posted: 2013-04-19 2:49 pm   Permalink

it's for sale again!?!

http://www.lamag.com/citythink/askchris/2013/04/19/tiki-paradise-bahooka-for-saleagain

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