Jason Lee and I for an impromptu and unsanctioned jam session in front of Don's on the last night of existence.
Then, after sitting for hours, listening to some really great singers and some downright horrible singers do karaoke on the last night ever of Don the Beachcomber, my buddies convinced me to go get my guitar and amp out of my friend's car. They were saying, 'you can't let this place go out with karaoke. I knew that the GM was watching the door and would probably not let me play one last song in the building... I just didn't think it was fitting to let Dons end with some 'who-cares' karaoke performance. So I strapped up my guitar and plugged into my amp in the parking lot. My buddy, Andrew, let me in through the side door, and I walked quickly to the space I had played so many times before. I knew exactly where the outlets were and crouched down and waited the few seconds for my amp to warm up. I really wish I had brought a bigger louder amp with more reverb, but this little Fender Blues Jr was the most efficient for the scheme... I lit into a fast surf song and kept one eye on the GM and one eye on the crowd. The karaoke guy was pissed at me for stealing his big finale.
After, I kept hearing from people that it was a nice palate cleanser after so many Neil Diamond and Jimmy Buffet songs...
So the last song ever played at Don the Beachcomber was Miserlou... by me. You can see the video clip on our Instagram page @thehulagirls
Two chances to see The Hula Girls this weekend (4/12/18 and 4/13/18)!
...on Thursday at our second home, Pacific Seas, at Clifton's Republic in Downtown Los Angeles.
...and on Friday night in the Champagne Room at Harvell's with Viva Las Vegas' own Audrey Deluxe! We'll be providing the backing soundtrack to several lovely ladies as they perform burlesque. Gonna be a fun one!
Well, I guess since Don the Beachcomber events and the OC Weekly posted that the the place is closing, I can finally say my part. First of all, I'm sorry for all of the cryptic depressing posts... this is one of the hardest things that I've had to go through... losing a restaurant... I know, it sounds insane, but 8 years of performing there, well over 100 shows, a commercial filming, Monday night meet ups with Art and friends, two Hula Girls' Burlesque shows, four Curse of the Tiki Halloween Variety Shows, the Hot Rod Luau with Agent Orange, two Tiki Highways, more New Years Eves than I can recall, and so many days and nights with friends at the Tiki Marketplace, Birthdays, graduations, and even some wakes... it's gut wrenching to lose.
But from its ashes, will rise Don the Beachcomber in another venue. It won't be mired in the weight of such an immense space or a landlord who is constantly trying to get them out. I've known about this fate since we 'saved' it the last time around. I knew it was coming. It doesn't make it any easier... but this weekend is a celebration! A celebration of all of the times that we spent under that roof together. I sincerely hope that you will join us this Friday night for a proper Hula Girls' send off to our absolute favorite place. A place that The Hula Girls have called home since our first show in Oct of 2010.
Oh, and for the gods' sake, don't steal anything, it's all moving on to another location.
This weekend is gonna be a fun one!
Both nights of the Ohana Gathering are sold out!
I hope you got your tickets.
Posters are NOW AVAILABLE for pre-sale. Get one before they sell out too!! 18"x24" Digital print on 100 pound silk cover stock. Each poster is hand signed and numbered by the artist. Limited edition of only 100. Posters may be picked up at the show. *ENTER PROMO CODE "OHANA" TO PICK UP POSTER AT THE SHOW.* Sorry, no international shipping at this time.
Don the Beachcomber celebrates it's
Tenth Year in Sunset Beach! A special event, catered just for the tiki
community and fans of the Sam's Seafood building.
The Hula Girls have been
performing at Dons since 2010 and we are extremely happy to be headlining the
show on Friday night. We requested that our buddies, the Ding Dong Devils and
Outerwave join us as well. And we're really excited about performing with
Ukulena for the first time. In the Longboard Room, the Breakaways and a
Ventures tribute will be in the Longboard Room. We'll also have some extra
stuff in our show... we are bringing one of my favorite ladies from The Hula
Girls' Burlesque shows, Miss Madeline Sinclaire, back to perform with us! You
can still see those shows on youtube, here.
Look, I know that I say it a
lot... but you aren't going to want to miss this one. Seriously. I'm telling
you. Not even joking. I'm even coming the next night to watch our old friends, Jason
Lee and the RIP Tides with our former Hula-a-go-go-er Miss Judy Luck, perform.
This is going to be a big, sold out night in the Hidden Village. Tickets are on
sale now, at www.DontheBeachcomber.com
The Hula Girls just played our first show of the year at one of our favorite bars, Don the Beachcomber. We return to Don's, during the day, for Tiki Makeke on Jan 20th... But first, a show at the gorgeous Pacific Seas within Clifton's Replublic in downtown LA on the 18th.