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TIKI-INVASION, Mission Tiki Drive-In Theatre, 8/5
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From: sackatomato
Posted: 2006-08-06 5:32 pm   Permalink

p.s. i dig the classic monsters tattoos on the wahine's back. i'm sportin' frankenstein myself.

bangin' my slit gong drum until the cops come!

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Joined: Dec 17, 2004
Posts: 391
From: Ventura
Posted: 2006-08-07 09:04 am   Permalink

I really wished i could have stayed but it was fun running into the folks I did before i was off to a wedding.....
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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
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From: Tradewinds Apartments, Alameda, CA
Posted: 2006-08-07 4:59 pm   Permalink

I had a blast!! Big mahalos to the event organizers, to Mission Tiki Drive-In, and to Voodoo Rum for the free drinks - yes, free drinks! Also, mahalo to kick-the-reverb for the Reverb Crash, and to bigtikidude for the lawn chair, and to Inkylouise and Mrsmiley for sharing their "backyard" with us - they had an astroturf lawn, umbrella, tiki lights, lounge chairs, and a barbeque!

The crowd was a great mix of folks and I never saw anyone get in an argument or fight. There were tiki folks and hot rodders and rockabillies and mods and bikers and everyone got along. Amazing!

After I had a Reverb Crash at around 1:00 things really started getting fun. Once the Forbidden Island regulars and Hoiti Toities started arriving I brought out my Knockout Punch. We finished all 2 gallons worth by the time the movie started! MaiTai and Inkylouise got K.O.'d!

Davie Allan was terrific - the crowd was small but gave him great feedback which made him happy and his band (that looked like all original members) played a great rockin' set with plenty of instrumentals (I loved the Mancini tunes) and some well-chosen vocal numbers.

The Ghastly Ones put everything into high gear with their energetic set, a sexy go-go dancer, and their great spooky instrumentals and killer 60s punk tunes.

The Woggles were amazing as usual! They had us dancing right from the start and throughout their whole glorious set of stompin' garage R&B.

The Martini Kings played several short sets in between bands, which was a real nice break from the rock 'n roll action. They really have the classic exotica sound down. I have to say they are the best new exotica band I've seen, and I'm glad I finally got to see them.

There was so much variety to the music so most people got to hear at least 2 or 3 bands they liked.

Oh yeah, we saw a movie too - Cobra Woman!

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Joined: Aug 10, 2004
Posts: 9192
From: Anaheim,Ca.
Posted: 2006-08-07 10:34 pm   Permalink

Short review,
glad it wasn;t scorching hot like 1 or 2 weeks back. but it was still too hot for my taste. Next time would it be possible to do it in may or sept. the Middle of summer is just a bit unreasonable.
But I do know that it was the 50th anniversary.
Over all , the bands were great. I thought the sound guy was a bit heavy handed on the lows and highs on the EQ. would have been nice if it wasn't so curve heavy, and also bring down the volume just a tad. And this is comign froma guy who likes shows loud.
But it was over the top loud.
I really feel bad for all the vendors, who many said people were't buying much. I understand, but at the same time I think many that were there. Were for the event, and may not have the deep pockets of some So. Cal. Hoity toitys. I bought 1 cd from a band, and di a trade with chongolio for a hawaiian shirt.
When you have a all day event like that. things are bound to get off schedulle a bit. next time, maybe add extra time for between band set up. So Movies can start before 9:30 or 10 pm.
I was so tired and the 2nd movie( forgot the name-but it had the dude and the bugs) was so bad I was like ok Check Please, I'm outta here.
I was a bit bummed more people weren't there, but there was a good solid crowd of all types that The Jab mentioned.

But over all it was really great event, Hope they have more.
By the way great to see some at the HB pier the next Day.
Bongo Fury, Crazy Al, Mean Jean, come to mind, sorry if I missed any.
But was Bummed that The Jab, and Chongolio didn't make it. I know you guys had other plans or obligations. That's the problem with So. Cal. so much to do, so little time.


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Joined: Feb 01, 2005
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Posted: 2006-08-08 09:40 am   Permalink

The Missus and I had a good time.
Anyone else pay for VIP parking and have it turn out to have not mattered? I paid for it because we were getting there late in the afternoon and I was worried about being able to find good parking. Totally didn't matter. I didn't see a single person checking to see who parked where. Was there even a VIP section?
One other complaint-- it was easily dark by 8:30 or 9. Why didn't the movies start until after 10? I only got to stay for the first one-- Cobra Woman. It was totally great, but I was sort of hoping that the movies would have started earlier so I could have gotten in a double feature.
Two relatively minor negatives to an all-around great day! Everyone we saw/talked to was totally cool. We stopped and chatted with Doug (Swampfire) for a bit, and I bought his Mission Tiki Drive In print-- totally awesome! I was a little worried about getting there so late cause I figured I'd have missed out on the Tiki Diablo mug, but it turned out they didn't start selling 'em until like 7pm. I practically ran over to the booth to pick one up. Awesome!
And Cobra Woman! It was great! It was awful! It defies description! "Geev me dat cobra jool!" Awesome!

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Joined: Sep 01, 2002
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From: next stop Hulaville!
Posted: 2006-08-08 09:47 am   Permalink


On 2006-08-08 09:40, TikiJosh wrote:
complaint-- it was easily dark by 8:30 or 9. Why didn't the movies start until after 10?

Because thats when the bands finished. From what I understand the music went into over time. I was disappointed that we only stayed for half of Cobra woman, it just got to darned cold...Brrrrrr!

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Joined: Oct 02, 2002
Posts: 2765
From: The Coast of Kauai
Posted: 2006-08-08 11:58 am   Permalink

Totally fun!! I am very stoked I made it down. Whoppin' thanks to Teri and Vid for throwing a great party and all the bands and vendors who showed up for an entertaining day under the sun. For the most part it was really a unique get together with plenty of cool folks from different scenes, great music and fun movies. I got the shivers when all the old hot rods came rolling in first thing in the morning with thier motors thumpin' and all the enthusiast hootin' and hollerin' Also watchin' Cobra Women with the Rapa Nui peanut gallery narration was pretty damn funny. (Did Grog learn to talk on Cobra Island?) It's always a treat to hang out with all the old So Cal friends and see some of the Nor Cal peeps down in the Southlands, and it is always a pleasure meeting face to face the familiar names here on TC. Yeah, it was HOT and sales were on the slow side, but I am not going to complain. I had a booth that gave me a front row seat for the Martini Kings who played perfectly among Diablo's Handiwork under the awnings of the snack bar. I was also able to hear all the main stage bands perfectly from my booth. (BTD is right, It was pretty loud.)

Special thanks to everybody who traded and bought stuff from all the vendors. More thanks to JonPaul and Marie for helping man the booth. To BTD for snappin' some Ghastly One pics, the turkey sandwiches, water, chairs, boom box and the movie lounging area. More thanks to Kirby and Polly for bringing the beers and to Ran and Dale for the Reverb Crash. Mahalo also to Crazy Al for volunteering his extra tie downs when my pop up kept threatning to take to the skys and my other neighbor the Ice cream guy who gave out free ice cream at the end of the day.

I do regret not gettin' out of work mode and taking more pics and checkin' out more of the cars, bands and vendor's boothes. I also wish I could of spent more time just hangin' out and going over to HB on Sunday. But by the end of the day under the sun sizzlin', I was pretty crispy around the gills and already lamenting a long drive home to be back up north by Monday morning to work. Of course in retrospect there are a few things that should be sorted out for future events at Mission Tiki. But overall it was a blast and worth the trip and I got a surf in on my way through Ventura where I also spotted a few carved tikis near the underpass at the end of Main in Ventura.

I have a few pics over at
Barefoot Bloggin' for anybody interested in peekin'.



Stoke & Flow

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Joined: Aug 01, 2003
Posts: 461
From: Thrillville
Posted: 2006-08-08 3:51 pm   Permalink

I just sent out this field report in my Thrillville newsletter. It is pretty long but it sums up our trip if anyone cares. In short: a perfect summer vacation weekend. Here are a few shots for the word weary:
Aloha, Will

Hey Thrill Seeker...

The Tiki Goddess and I just returned from TIKI INVASION at the Mission Tiki
Drive-In http://www.missiontiki.com/, celebrating its 50th anniversary (as a
drive-in, it was only recently tiki-fied.) It was an all day bash of retro
music, classic cars and cheesey flicks. Tikis + B Movies = Will the Thrill is
so there, so we headed south in our purple PT Cruiser and had a blast. Here's
the retro rundown:

The Mission Tiki Drive-in is located in Montclair, a dusty oasis of strip
clubs (one called the "Tropical Lei"!), fast food joints, liqour stores,
pick-up trucks, churches and pawn shops. It's in the middle of what's known
as the Inland Empire (which happens to be the name/location of David Lynch's
latest film in progress, perfect choice). It's not a place I ever thought I'd
wind up, but we enjoyed a very relaxing visit. On the way we stopped in
nearby Rosemead to check out the BAHOOKA restaurant
http://www.geocities.com/bahookarestaurant/, an incredibly lush tiki time
capsule loaded with marine/nautical artifacts, fish tanks, blowfish, tikis,
sunken booths, and a distinctly dark '50s vintage atmosphere. I was totally
absorbed by the ambience. We were warned to steer clear of the food but the
drinks were pretty damn good. And the food looks like typical diner fare.
Definitely worth a stop if you're on the 10 towards Paml Springs or
something. And a cruise down Rosemead Blvd. will reveal Googie leftovers of a
bygone era like the Starlite Drive-In sign. Coolsville.

The biggest surprise of the entire trip was the Best Western PINE TREE MOTEL
in neighor burg Chino,
At $60 a night I was expecting a redneck crack whorehouse but instead was
treated to comfy, cozy, spacious accommodations inside a 60s Modern A-frame
Flinstone-rock piece of classic architecture. I definitely recommend staying
there next time you have to stop over in Chino. And right up the street is
HONOLULU HARRY'S, a new restaurant owned by real Hawaiians who really bring
an aloha spirit to what is basically a tiki Applebees. Very good food and
tropical drinks, lots of tiki statues and hula girl lamps, a glass waterfall
wall, island-inspired decor, and friendly service add up to a very nice
kick-back experience, surprisingly cool given the seemingly random location.
They also have live Hawaiian music on the weekends, and only play authentic
Hawaiian music over the sound system. Loved it - it really made our trip
even more special, while sticking to the whole tiki road trip theme.

The Mission Tiki itself is a marvel. Giant Easter Island heads, one of them
sunk in the earth, sculpted by famed tiki specialist TikiDiablo,
magnificently greet you at the entrance. The ticket booths are decked out
like bamboo huts. The concessions stand is likewise tiki-fyed though in a
more home-made way that is nonetheless charming. The food is good and cheap,
and the employees wear aloha shirts. Tiki torches light your way beginning at
dusk. The first night we saw "Miami Vice" (my third time, I love it as much
as the show, shoot me). It was my first drive-in experience since we went to
the final night of the Union City Drive-In in Monica's hometown and saw "I
Was a Teenage Frankenstein." The weather was just right - very Hawaiian, warm
with a cool breeze - and I really dug watching the other movies (like "Nacho
Libre") suspended in midair. These days you can hear all the movies (they
have four screens) since people set up outside their vehicles with boom
boxes. I can't imagine why this classic American tradition faded from the
mainstream into cult oblivion (along with jazz clubs, tiki bars, bowling
alleys and Democracy). The only explanation is the old simplistic standby:
people suck. But not these people. Tiki people. Good people.

The Tiki Invasion celebration was a very fun daylong social whirlwind and pop
cultural blowout. Lots of lounge/rockabilly/surf/garage pink bands, including
ever-popular MC King Kukulele, one of my favorite bands the Martini Kings,
fuzz guitar legends Davie Allan and the Arrows, and a troupe of real hula
dancers, plus lots of tiki vendors including the famous Bosko (from whom we
bought a carved hanging wall tiki), Fez-O-Rama, Crazy Al, Tiki Tony, Untamed
Highway and many more. Saw and made lots of friends. Again - tiki people=cool

My one gripe is they had about three bands too many, since the first movie on
the "VIP" screen, "Cobra Woman," a 40s Technicolor tropical pulp potboiler
starring lovely Latina B movie starlet Maria Montez, didn't get going till
around 10:30. And it was the first of a triple feature which also included
William Castle's last gimmick flick "Bug" and something from the 80s called
"Hard Ticket To Hawaii." Throw in a classic Tom & Jerry cartoon, old snack
ads and some ginchy vintage trailers for "Teenagers from Outer Space," "Yog,"
Destroy All Monsters," "Kid Galahad" and more and you got yourself the total
drive-in trip. Initially I was determined to do the full ride, since I drove
almost 400 miles for it. But there were projection issues - to be expected,
not a big deal, part of the deal - and an interminable 45 minute lull between
features with nothing on the screen, not even the old animated "Intermission"
clips. This painful process stretched out the projected time frame beyond
reasonable endurance (it was supposed to be all over by 3AM, which was
doable, even for a geezer like me.) I just sat there playing exotica on my
car stereo, waiting for the pictures to resume. By the time movie #2 finally
flickered onscreen (after one of the trailers burned up which was kinda cool)
it was around 2AM and I was beat. Monica was already asleep, just like in
Thrillville, only this time she came prepared and wore her PJs. I felt a
little cheated at the time since the movies were the main attraction for me,
but in retrospect, it was full, rich experience, no regrets, no major
complaints. I was just happy to be there. Mahalo for the memories.

I'll definitely be back to the Tiki Drive-In, and stay at the Pine Tree Motel
and have dinner at Honolulu Harry's. It's the perfect stopover for Northern
Californians on their way to Palm Springs or LA. Or it's a worth a trip just
in itself if you want some peace, quiet and old fashioned fun.
Dig it.

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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Jul 22, 2006
Posts: 211
From: Orange, Ca.
Posted: 2006-08-08 9:38 pm   Permalink

First off my wife and I had a great time! The Pink Pirates were excellent as well! But I also must agree the extra for VIP really didn't get you anything, and the bands running late was a bummer but truly enjoyed the music! Loved the Ghastly Ones!Cobra Woman was excellent, but sad to say we left when Bug melted (those in theater 1 know what I mean). But as I said great time and hope its an annual event! Here are some of our pics for those who missed it.

Ticket Booths

Guardians of the Mission Tiki

Have Shade Will Travel

Our New Bosko Piece

Name That Profile

And the Amazing Martini Kings


May your first child be a Moai child..

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Joined: Sep 01, 2002
Posts: 1676
From: next stop Hulaville!
Posted: 2006-08-09 09:04 am   Permalink

The place looked fabulous, Danny leaves his own undeniable mark on everything he touches! Quality, Quality, Quality! I can't pick out just one thing that was my favorite feature of the work done so far. But I "REALLY" loved the ticket booths though! I can't wait to see it all when it's completely finsihed! Great job Danny!

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Tiki Diablo
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Joined: Jun 24, 2002
Posts: 1916
From: socal
Posted: 2006-08-10 08:07 am   Permalink

THanks everyone for coming out to the event. We had a blast there and seeing everyone have a good time made my long hours worthwhile. We are not done jsut yet with the decor and have some nice plans laid out for the theatre. Thanks Dawn and gand.

Oh , I decorated the inside of the snack bar in three days just to give it a tiki look, but should be redoing it in an old-school tiki bar style .

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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Aug 01, 2003
Posts: 461
From: Thrillville
Posted: 2006-08-10 12:24 pm   Permalink

Hey Diablo, we met that Friday night when you were setting up, I didn't realize at the time this was your design baby. Major kudos. We'll definitely be back down, probably sometime next Spring, hopefully your fine work will be done by then. Meantime keep rockin'.

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Joined: Apr 03, 2002
Posts: 3193
From: Las Vegas, NV
Posted: 2006-08-11 10:03 pm   Permalink

we had a ZAZZ time and enjoyed checking out the place and having everyone hang out in "yard". Glad we went!
I'm the most thirstiesterest of all!
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If you like it, it is ZAZZ! If you don't it is RAZZ!

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Mai Tai
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Joined: Mar 21, 2004
Posts: 1437
From: Exotic Isle of Alameda
Posted: 2006-08-12 5:36 pm   Permalink


On 2006-08-08 21:38, Hinano_Paul wrote:
Name That Profile

According to The Muffs, that's none other than our very own Pineapple Larry!!!
"It's Mai Tai. It's out of this world." - Victor Jules Bergeron Jr.

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Al's tikis
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Joined: Mar 20, 2005
Posts: 34
From: Switzerland
Posted: 2006-08-20 1:38 pm   Permalink


Just back at home the last week i'm happy to post my pics
on the forum and i want to thank all the person presents
with whom I could discuss and i am sorry for my bad english...


see you.


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