Escape To Tiki Island!

Escape to Tiki Island, a slice of paradise in the newly renovated Yost Theater in beautiful downtown Santa Ana.

This 1912 vintage theater has seen many different uses in its 100+ years, but this tiki-flavored show will make it totally erupt!

Ambassador of Americana Charles Phoenix will share the large stage with the legendary Tikiyaki Orchestra and The Hula Girls band, making this a must-see event for tiki-philes in Southern California

Charles Phoenix is a showman, tour guide, food crafter, and author. He is known for his live comedy slide show performances, madcap Test Kitchen videos, “field trip” tours, and colorful coffee table books, all celebrating classic and kitschy American life and style. The immense Hi-Def screen at the Yost will showcase Charles' slides in a crisp and compelling way you will adore!

On TV, Charles has appeared as a judge on Food Network’s Cake Wars: Christmas. He’s also guested on Storage Wars, Jay Leno’s Garage, Conan, and Martha Stewart, and is often heard on NPR.

The Los Angeles Times says, “Call him the King of Retro,” and LA Weekly anointed him “the Kodachrome King” in 1998.


CHARLES’ slide show performances are supercharged, laugh-out-loud celebrations of retro American pop culture. Fans from coast to coast enjoy his spirited story telling, gracious wit and sharp eye for oddball detail. He covers a dizzying array of subjects and themes, projecting both vintage Kodachrome images and contemporary photos documenting his retro road trip discoveries. No two shows are ever the same.


The Tikiyaki Orchestra has been wowing audiences since 2008 with their own brand of Exotic Lounge music and unique, charismatic showmanship.

Not simply content to replicate the sound of classic Exotica such as Martin Denny and Arthur Lyman, this 6-piece orchestra (led by main composer Jim Bacchi) pulls many different musical food groups into the mix - Bachelor Pad Lounge, Crime Jazz, Surf, Spaghetti Western, Latin and Hawaiian music - to broaden the musical spectrum of what is known today as “Exotica”.

Their 4 albums.... “StereoExotique,” “Swingin’’ Sounds for the Jungle Jetset,” "Aloha, Baby!" and "Idol Worship and other Primitive Pleasures" prove that Exotica is not just background music for the swingin’ tikiphile, but you can actually hum along, due to catchy, concise and well crafted songwriting (something that was not always necessarily a main component of the original Exotica sound.)

The band has headlined many of the major Tiki Festivals in the US, including Tiki Oasis and Hukilau, always bringing with them an enthusiastic audience and top-notch showmanship.


The Hula Girls formed in 2008 and have been busy playing their self-described ‘hulabilly’ music all over Southern California. It’s up-tempo hapa haole, tiki and surf themed music, all filtered through the late 1950s and early 60s rockabilly and rock n’ roll sound.

The Hula Girls include Spike Marble on guitar and lead vocals, Shorty Poole on upright and electric basses, Gary Brandin on steel guitar, and Doug Sanborn on drums.

They are always accompanied by their hula-a-go-go dancers, Miss Haylee Holiday, Miss Ginger Watson and Miss Veronica Velvet!

The Hula Girls have played along side such modern rockabilly and surf legends as Dick Dale, The Ventures, Duane Eddie, X, The Knitters, Big Sandy and His Fly-Rite Boys, The Stray Cats' Lee Rocker and Slim Jim Phantom, Dave Alvin, Southern Culture on the Skids, Los Straitjackets, Wayne the Train Hancock, and Hot Rod Lincoln, among many others. The Hula Girls are the self-proclaimed Kings of Hulabilly!

It's all the stuff that you dig so much: Rockabilly and Surf in tiki-land.


Poster art @spikeandthecamera

Doors at 6:30, music starts at 8, all ages, parking ramp nearby.

09/08/2018 8:00 PM

Door Time: 6:30 PM

Other Showtimes

Escape to Tiki Island, a slice of paradise in the newly renovated Yost Theater in beautiful downtown Santa Ana.

This 1912 vintage theater has seen many different uses in its 100+ years, but this tiki-flavored show will make it totally erupt!

Ambassador of Americana Charles Phoenix will share the large stage with the legendary Tikiyaki Orchestra and The Hula Girls band, making this a must-see event for tiki-philes in Southern California


Charles Phoenix is a showman, tour guide, food crafter, and author. He is known for his live comedy slide show performances, madcap Test Kitchen videos, “field trip” tours, and colorful coffee table books, all celebrating classic and kitschy American life and style. The immense Hi-Def screen at the Yost will showcase Charles' slides in a crisp and compelling way you will adore!

On TV, Charles has appeared as a judge on Food Network’s Cake Wars: Christmas. He’s also guested on Storage Wars, Jay Leno’s Garage, Conan, and Martha Stewart, and is often heard on NPR.

The Los Angeles Times says, “Call him the King of Retro,” and LA Weekly anointed him “the Kodachrome King” in 1998.


CHARLES’ slide show performances are supercharged, laugh-out-loud celebrations of retro American pop culture. Fans from coast to coast enjoy his spirited story telling, gracious wit and sharp eye for oddball detail. He covers a dizzying array of subjects and themes, projecting both vintage Kodachrome images and contemporary photos documenting his retro road trip discoveries. No two shows are ever the same.


The Tikiyaki Orchestra has been wowing audiences since 2008 with their own brand of Exotic Lounge music and unique, charismatic showmanship.

Not simply content to replicate the sound of classic Exotica such as Martin Denny and Arthur Lyman, this 6-piece orchestra (led by main composer Jim Bacchi) pulls many different musical food groups into the mix - Bachelor Pad Lounge, Crime Jazz, Surf, Spaghetti Western, Latin and Hawaiian music - to broaden the musical spectrum of what is known today as “Exotica”.

Their 4 albums.... “StereoExotique,” “Swingin’’ Sounds for the Jungle Jetset,” "Aloha, Baby!" and "Idol Worship and other Primitive Pleasures" prove that Exotica is not just background music for the swingin’ tikiphile, but you can actually hum along, due to catchy, concise and well crafted songwriting (something that was not always necessarily a main component of the original Exotica sound.)

The band has headlined many of the major Tiki Festivals in the US, including Tiki Oasis and Hukilau, always bringing with them an enthusiastic audience and top-notch showmanship.



The Hula Girls formed in 2008 and have been busy playing their self-described ‘hulabilly’ music all over Southern California. It’s up-tempo hapa haole, tiki and surf themed music, all filtered through the late 1950s and early 60s rockabilly and rock n’ roll sound.

The Hula Girls include Spike Marble on guitar and lead vocals, Shorty Poole on upright and electric basses, Gary Brandin on steel guitar, and Doug Sanborn on drums.

They are always accompanied by their hula-a-go-go dancers, Miss Haylee Holiday, Miss Ginger Watson and Miss Veronica Velvet!

The Hula Girls have played along side such modern rockabilly and surf legends as Dick Dale, The Ventures, Duane Eddie, X, The Knitters, Big Sandy and His Fly-Rite Boys, The Stray Cats' Lee Rocker and Slim Jim Phantom, Dave Alvin, Southern Culture on the Skids, Los Straitjackets, Wayne the Train Hancock, and Hot Rod Lincoln, among many others. The Hula Girls are the self-proclaimed Kings of Hulabilly!

It's all the stuff that you dig so much: Rockabilly and Surf in tiki-land.

Poster art @spikeandthecamera

Doors at 6:30, music starts at 8, all ages, parking ramp nearby.

Escape to Tiki Island, a slice of paradise in the newly renovated Yost Theater in beautiful downtown Santa Ana.

This 1912 vintage theater has seen many different uses in its 100+ years, but this tiki-flavored show will make it totally erupt!

Ambassador of Americana Charles Phoenix will share the large stage with the legendary Tikiyaki Orchestra and The Hula Girls band, making this a must-see event for tiki-philes in Southern California

Charles Phoenix is a showman, tour guide, food crafter, and author. He is known for his live comedy slide show performances, madcap Test Kitchen videos, “field trip” tours, and colorful coffee table books, all celebrating classic and kitschy American life and style. The immense Hi-Def screen at the Yost will showcase Charles' slides in a crisp and compelling way you will adore!

On TV, Charles has appeared as a judge on Food Network’s Cake Wars: Christmas. He’s also guested on Storage Wars, Jay Leno’s Garage, Conan, and Martha Stewart, and is often heard on NPR.

The Los Angeles Times says, “Call him the King of Retro,” and LA Weekly anointed him “the Kodachrome King” in 1998.


CHARLES’ slide show performances are supercharged, laugh-out-loud celebrations of retro American pop culture. Fans from coast to coast enjoy his spirited story telling, gracious wit and sharp eye for oddball detail. He covers a dizzying array of subjects and themes, projecting both vintage Kodachrome images and contemporary photos documenting his retro road trip discoveries. No two shows are ever the same.


The Tikiyaki Orchestra has been wowing audiences since 2008 with their own brand of Exotic Lounge music and unique, charismatic showmanship.

Not simply content to replicate the sound of classic Exotica such as Martin Denny and Arthur Lyman, this 6-piece orchestra (led by main composer Jim Bacchi) pulls many different musical food groups into the mix - Bachelor Pad Lounge, Crime Jazz, Surf, Spaghetti Western, Latin and Hawaiian music - to broaden the musical spectrum of what is known today as “Exotica”.

Their 4 albums.... “StereoExotique,” “Swingin’’ Sounds for the Jungle Jetset,” "Aloha, Baby!" and "Idol Worship and other Primitive Pleasures" prove that Exotica is not just background music for the swingin’ tikiphile, but you can actually hum along, due to catchy, concise and well crafted songwriting (something that was not always necessarily a main component of the original Exotica sound.)

The band has headlined many of the major Tiki Festivals in the US, including Tiki Oasis and Hukilau, always bringing with them an enthusiastic audience and top-notch showmanship.


The Hula Girls formed in 2008 and have been busy playing their self-described ‘hulabilly’ music all over Southern California. It’s up-tempo hapa haole, tiki and surf themed music, all filtered through the late 1950s and early 60s rockabilly and rock n’ roll sound.

The Hula Girls include Spike Marble on guitar and lead vocals, Shorty Poole on upright and electric basses, Gary Brandin on steel guitar, and Doug Sanborn on drums.

They are always accompanied by their hula-a-go-go dancers, Miss Haylee Holiday, Miss Ginger Watson and Miss Veronica Velvet!

The Hula Girls have played along side such modern rockabilly and surf legends as Dick Dale, The Ventures, Duane Eddie, X, The Knitters, Big Sandy and His Fly-Rite Boys, The Stray Cats' Lee Rocker and Slim Jim Phantom, Dave Alvin, Southern Culture on the Skids, Los Straitjackets, Wayne the Train Hancock, and Hot Rod Lincoln, among many others. The Hula Girls are the self-proclaimed Kings of Hulabilly!

It's all the stuff that you dig so much: Rockabilly and Surf in tiki-land.


Poster art @spikeandthecamera

Doors at 6:30, music starts at 8, all ages, parking ramp nearby.