The third annual "Curse of the Tiki" exotic variety show at Don the Beachcomber was another amazing and bizarre bash! A sold out crowd in Don the Beachcomber's Hidden Village witnessed sideshow acts, marionettes, a couple of costumed bands, magic, and a little burlesque tease!
All photos are by Sergio Garcia (unless otherwise noted)
The incredible 1960-built waterfall in Don the Beachcomber's Hidden Village and emcee, Dave Estala, prepping for the show.
The amazing marionette work of Rasputin's Marionettes!
Creature from the Black Lagoon
|photo by Spike|
All of Rasputin's Marionettes are hand made by Matt Scott. He honed his craft by working at the legendary Bob Baker theater in Los Angeles. What an incredibly weeeird and fun show!
After the marionettes, San Diego's Fink Bombs took the stage in Gilligan's Island costumes to play their brand of raw garage rock n roll.
They always wear those masks when they play, so it was kind of costume over costume action.
Pretty fun stuff!
Next up was GoGo Amy! A quick change artist, sideshow freak, fire eater, and contortionist, no one could take their eyes off of Amy.
She slid this tennis racket over her head and wiggled it all of the way down her body. Crazy.
Then, she swallowed this whole inflated balloon... Yeah. The whole thing.
And ate some fire.
After that, Dave brought a bunch of creatively dressed costume contest participants up on stage.
And the winners are......
After all of that, it was our turn! Our girls were dressed as sea sirens... And I thought all of us guys were going to be dolphins... but everyone wore shark costumes, but me. Sooo yeah.
Shorty and Haylee
When we finished our set, the incredible Christopher Wonder hit the stage. I sincerely think he concerned some of the crowd. He does a lot of funny, amazing, and horrifying tricks with his pet chicken and one-eyed dog.
He also pokes fun at a lot of traditional magic tricks... Like the stiff rope trick.
But whatever he does, there's always a lot of confetti!
Then things got serious...
And Dave announced Miss Veronica Velvet
She mesmerized the crowd with her sultry dance to our own exotica tune, "The Hidden Village".
And we closed out the show with a rousing version of our "Surfing with Von Franco".
Pictures are great, but if you want to see more of this show and more of Veronica's (ahem) performance, take a look at the recap film by our friends at Lost in Paradise!
I want to thank everyone who helped make this show such a success; all of the performers, James Comfort, Dave Estala, my band and dancers, DB Sound Visions, the costume contestants, Sergio for the photos, and of course Don the Beachcomber for giving us such a perfect venue for all of this weirdness!
I keep putting this thing on because it's the Halloween show that I would want to see. So as long as you all keep coming to it, I'll keep putting it on for all of us!
Watch the video here!