Hot Rod Hula Hop IV is just around the corner!


The infamous Hot Rod Hula Hop, a tiki-tinged trip to the exotic islands of kustom kulture, is back in two weeks for another dose of high octane hawaiiana. Tiki Magazine says the Hop "has become one of the Midwest's most anticipated Tiki-themed events," and who are we to argue? Festivities at Largo's Tavern will include an authentic Hawaiian luau; a kustom and vintage pre-1970 hot rod show; live music; burlesque performances; a silent auction of rare and one-of-a-kind items; and an outdoor marketplace featuring Tiki carvers, artists and vendors.

The Hop begins Friday night with the "Feast of the Tiki Gods" which has sold out again this year. No one can resist a tropical luau with live entertainment by Hawaiian Music Award-winning exotica band WAITIKI, Hawaiian-born guitarist Francis Llacuna, renowned ukulele player Pablus from the Crazed Mugs, traditional hula dancing by Leilani, and the Columbus rockabilly band Vegas 66.

The fun continues on Saturday, August 9, at Largo's Tavern starting with a car show featuring kustom and vintage pre-1970 hot rods. The marketplace offers antiques and artists, food by Chef Dime and music by professional DJs including Surfabilly Freakout and Java from Bachelor Pad Radio. The evening concert features monster surf-rock band Go! Tsunami, Chicago lounge lizards The Cocktail Preachers, West Virginia rockabilly trio The Heptanes, a second appearance by WAITIKI, and Detroit psychobilly blasters The Koffin Kats.

The Barnyard Burlesque Girls return to the Hop with an all new act to add some spice to the evening show. And be sure to look for the classic sideshow act: Lucky the Pain-Proof Man. Tickets for the evening show are still on sale at the Hot Rod Hula Hop web site ( or at the door.

And we may have a few surprises courtesy of our sponsors...

We'll see you there,

— Tagata Maori Rogorogo

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