"Who are the Isotopes? Are they super sweet instrumental rock stars? Are they scientists performing an experiment gone haywire? Are they skirt-chasing sociopaths with no conscience or sense of right and wrong?
They’re the Isotopes, Rochester’s premier instrumental rock band! From traditional surf music first made famous by the likes of the Ventures and Dick Dale, to heavier rock riffs taken straight from the playbook of Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin, The Isotopes will take us on a journey through an array of genres at the Kick Off party!"
Hailing from Albany NY, The Jagaloons play guitar-driven, reverb-drenched, all-instrumental rock and roll. Taking cues from bands like Man or Astro-Man? and Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet, this trio takes the surf music of the 1960s and adds modern and eclectic influences, creating their own unique sound. The Jagaloons have performed all over the Northeast since 2015 and have released a couple of full length albums on UK-based Sharawaji Records.
Mark Malibu and The Wasagas
They are more fun than a barrel of monkeys! They are more explosive than a box of dynamite! They are Canada's original Surf Punks.
Existing originally from 1979-1982 these groovy teenagers lived far from the west coast but they mixed their 60s influences with their 80s attitude. They have released three FAB albums on UK’s Sharawaji Records which charted well around the globe. This year has been proclaimed the year of the 7” vinyl with 3 releases scheduled. A staple on the Canadian Garage/Rockabilly/Surf scene, there are many live shows coming to your town… Surfs Up !
9th Wave has been performing since 1995, from the northeast (NYC, Boston) as far south as Fort Lauderdale FL, and west to California. Regulars at every Instro Summit (music festival in NC), and Ohana Luau at the Lake (tiki festival in upstate NY), 9th Wave, from Storrs CT, plays a diverse combination of surf, exotica & hot rod music at regional music and tiki festivals, hot rod/motorcycle/custom car shows, cultural institutions, clubs, and more. With their unique and signature style, 9th Wave has recorded seven full-length CDs of original music. The 9th Wave sound is made up of Mike “Staccato” Rosado on lead surf guitar, Negative Ed on bass, Phred Rawles on drums, and Sandy Rosado on Farfisa organ, rhythm guitar, flute, piccolo, and saxophone. 9th Wave and the Rosados are also champions of East Coast Surf Music, and are the founders and directors of The North East Surf Music Alliance, the largest network of surf bands in the world.
WAITIKI, the only exotica band to hold the FDA credential Generally Recognized as Safe, spins back to Earth from the orbit of Okonkuluku. Their ship will bring the sounds of classic Martin Denny, Arthur Lyman, and your favorite originals. Chow down with some charred mammal flesh, rendezvous with the band, and enjoy the new sounds of exotica!
[dj]Swankenstein spins the choons that'll make ya swoon, the chracks that'll take ya back and the soundz that'll keep ya 'round. 'Round the Ohana pool that is! This sacred Fez-wearin' FOM member is a mainstay on the DJ stage at Ohana Luau at the Lake and will always surprise your ears with a themed set of great music and mayhem from his collection of genre-jumpin' 45s, LPs and more. Send in the monkeys!!
DJ Stately Wayne Manor & DJ Hardly Quinn
The Stately DJ Wayne Manor & DJ Hardly Quinn are a dynamic record-spinning duo infamous for blasting 60's garage & surf, 50's rockers and the occasional punk 45 from familiar places to exotic locales. They have appeared at the Tiki Oasis 2019 Car Show and made their debut at Ohana Luau at the Lake in 2021. The couple has notably DJ'd for Japanese bands like legendary girl group 220.127.116.11's as well as spookabilly combo Bobby's Bar whose frontman Noaya Kawakami has made a splash in Tiki circles for his lowbrow monster mashup artwork.
Over the course of the pandemic the duo has made ripples in the ever-swelling Upstate New York surf scene creating a crazy beach party atmosphere at the 3rd Annual Franklin Alley Luau for the Underwater Bosses and Ohana freshmen, The Jagaloons! Hoping to make bigger waves up and down the Hudson River, Wayne Manor & Hardly Quinn are ecstatic for their return to the exotic at Ohana 2022!
Brother Cleve began to study and resuscitate the classic cocktail after experiencing a "cocktail epiphany” in 1985, while touring the U.S. with Boston rockers The Del Fuegos. In 1988, he emerged as one of the original forces of the Cocktail Revival, serving up Golden Age classics, between tours, to a world trapped in Mudslides and Sex On The Beach (a decade later he was behind the bar of the influential B-Side Lounge). By 1994 he was traversing the globe as keyboard player with lounge music pioneers Combustible Edison (SubPop Records), a band which had a Campari sponsorship and whose fans were dubbed The Cocktail Nation (go watch the Tarantino-produced/directed “Four Rooms” to hear the bands exotic musical soundtrack).
During the last 25+ years, Cleve has built upon his original interest and has expanded into cocktail creation as well as bar management and consulting. Growing up in the 1960's/70's, Cleve was no stranger to the world of Polynesian or "Tiki" restaurants and libations. He spent 10 years creating tropical drinks while working as a bartender on a private estate in St Barths, French West Indies, and continues to create pour drinks, as well as DJ, at numerous Tiki festivals around the world.
DJ Shangri-La (Queens, NYC) is the hostess of the weekly radio program Maraschino Melodrama on WFMU alt-stream Sheena’s Jungle Room. And, on a monthly basis, she serves up the tunes at punk rock tiki bar, Otto’s Shrunken Head (LES, NYC). Sway your hips between sips as she spins a mix of Yé-yé, Exotica, Bossa Nova, Surf, and more. Please dance responsibly.
DJ Gaylord Fields
Gaylord has hosted a wildly eclectic radio program on Jersey City, NJ freeform station WFMU for 30 years, but as a live disc jockey he takes on a decidedly groovier persona. He has spun lounge/exotica/easy listening/bossa nova/go-go and more from coast to coast and overseas — and for the past few years at his beloved Ohana: Luau at the Lake. Gaylord is equally adept at ’60s soul, twist, surf, beat, and girl group sounds, and he would never turn down a ginger beer while he's on the turntables.
Hi-Tide Recordings is an international “Surf, Lounge & Exotic Sounds” record label and lifestyle brand based in Freehold, New Jersey, USA. Founders Vincent Minervino and Magdalena O’Connell tour the world as vinyl DJs and event curators, and produce their very own Hi-Tide “Holiday” series of music & cocktail weekenders.