Light the Tiki torches and fire up your engines! The fourth annual Hot Rod Hula Hop is roaring into Columbus, Ohio, on Aug. 8-9 for a weekend celebration of Polynesian Pop and Cruise-in car culture. Presented by the Fraternal Order of Moai, Hot Rod Hula Hop “has become one of the Midwest’s most anticipated Tiki-themed events,” according to Tiki Magazine. Festivities at Largo’s Tavern include an authentic Hawaiian luau; a kustom and vintage pre-1970 hot rod show; live surf, exotica and rockabilly bands; burlesque performances; and an outdoor marketplace featuring Tiki carvers, artists and vendors.
Largo’s Tavern, the Columbus area’s only pirate-themed bar, plays host on Friday, Aug. 8, to the “Feast of the Tiki Gods.” The Feast is 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. Tickets are $25 and include an all-you-can-eat buffet. Tickets are available at the Hot Rod Hula Hop web site. Last year’s Feast sold out, so get your tickets before they’re all gone.
The Hot Rod Hula Hop IV “Main Event” on Saturday, Aug. 9, at Largo’s is a full day of fun that starts at 10 a.m. 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 Hot Rod Hula Hop IV commemorative Tiki mug is by PopTiki of Colorado. The evening concert features monster surf-rock band Go Tsunami, Chicago lounge lizards The Cocktail Preachers, West Virginia rockabilly trio The Heptanes, Boston exotica combo Waitiki and Detroit psychobilly blasters The Koffin Kats. The entertainment also includes Barnyard Burlesque and the classic sideshow act Lucky the Pain-Proof Man. Tickets for the evening show are $20 at the Hot Rod Hula Hop web site or at the door.
Largo’s Tavern is located at 6159 E. Glick Road in Powell, across the bridge from the Columbus Zoo. For tickets or more information, visit www.hotrodhulahop.com.