Bobbi Washechek
Kansas Public Radio

KPR’s 'Retro Cocktail Hour' will bring warm weather vibes with a concert by the Tiki Torches

Fri, 01/18/2019

LAWRENCE – Kansas Public Radio’s “Retro Cocktail Hour” will shake away the winter blues with a Kansas Tiki Week performance by the Tiki Torches at 8 p.m. Feb. 23 at Maceli’s in downtown Lawrence. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Escape to a warmer place this winter with the musical stylings of the Tiki Torches, a talented foursome from Dallas. The group will perform classics like Les Baxter’s “Quiet Village,” “Jungle Drums” and “Misirlou,” along with their own original tunes. Enjoy tiki-inspired cocktails and appetizers from Maceli’s while you sway to the Tiki Torches’ tunes.

They blend jazz, exotica, blues and surf sounds with some bossa nova, creating a unique fusion harkening back to the ’50s and ’60s tiki culture, making them the perfect performers to spotlight by KPR’s “Retro Cocktail Hour.”

Since 1995, Darrell Brogdon has hosted the “Retro Cocktail Hour,” which is actually two hours — a weekly serving of "incredibly strange music," including everything from lounge music to tiki tunes to swinging soundtracks from the '60s and '70s. The show has listeners all over the world, from Bosnia to Japan.

General admission tickets are available through Maceli’s website Tickets are $20, and a small service charge may be added to the order. The night of the show, tickets will be sold at the door (if available) and can be purchased with cash or a credit card.

Dr. Stephen Chronister of Healing Smiles of Topeka, Dave Baldwin and Jill Shelley, and Tom Harper, of Stephens Real Estate, are event co-sponsors.

KPR, a 17-time winner of the KAB’s Station of the Year, licensed to KU, broadcasts on 91.5 FM and 96.1 FM (KPR2) in Lawrence, 89.7 FM in Emporia, 91.3 FM in Olsburg-Junction City, 89.9 FM in Atchison, 90.3 FM in Chanute, and 99.5 FM and 97.9 FM (KPR2) in Manhattan. KPR can be heard online at, and KPR2, a news-talk programming stream, which can be heard on an HD receiver or on KPR’s website.

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