Unlit for 25 years, Tucson’s oldest tiki bar will join forces with Flam Chen, Tucson’s renown fire performance group, to make the grand relighting of the Kon Tiki’s signature tiki torches a truly scorching affair. The evening festivities will include a relighting ceremony by Flam Chen, accompanied by local drumming troupe The Disillusionists, a dinner show with The Tikiyaki Orchestra, the muscial stylings of Tucson’s own Shrimp Chaperone and the hypnotic rhythms and hula-hooping gyrations of Las Vegas’ Thee Swank Bastards.
Drink specials, and special drinks, start at five, when there will also be the opportunity to visit the vending booths of Tiki Artists Doug Horne, Ken Ruzic and Eric October and Hawaiian Shirt specialists The Hana Shirt Company.
The Tikiyaki Orchestra will perform a dinner show at 8 pm, with their unique combination of exotica, traditional Hawaiian, lounge, surf, spy and cocktail genres. Make dinner reservations and get there early.
Tiki enthusiasts from every terrain won’t want to miss the limited edition tiki mugs created specially for the event, designed by Velvet Glass and sculpted by master mug maker Dave ‘Squid’ Cohen.
Admission to all performances is $12 in advance, $15 at the door. Tickets purchased before March 31st will include a free Kon Tiki shot glass. For out of town travelers, the Viscount Suites (4855 E. Broadway, 520.527.9666) is offering a Relight the Night special of $125 per night.
The Kon Tiki is one of the last remaining, operational tiki temples from American's mid-century tiki past. The interior is almost completely original from the opening day — including, what some tiki historians call, the largest collection of Milan Guanko tikis, still in situ, in the world. The collection is about to get bigger as two more recently discovered Milan Guanko tikis, original to the Kon Tiki, will be returned to their proper place and unveiled for Relight the Night.
We have many local and California artists that have donated items for our charity raffle, proceeds from which will benefit Hope Animal Shelter, Tucson’s only no kill dog and cat shelter.
Produced by the Kon Tiki and local mosaic artists Velvet Glass, this cultural event illuminates the future while reigniting a beloved piece of Tucson history.