Fear not, greaser guys and gals. After a three-year absence, Revenge of the Tiki IV will be in full swing Saturday at Kreepy Tiki Lounge, with plenty of grub, hot rods, and a more guitar action than is proper to experience in one day.
Promoter Rob Stannard and Kreepy Tiki Tattoo owner Jackson Valiente started the festival in 2009 at the space when it was known as the Monterey Club. They noticed something missing in the Fort Lauderdale vintage scene. "There wasn't a lot of it going on down here with the car culture and the bands, so we wanted to put it all together: live music, people vending vintage things, and vintage cars," Stannard says.
Monterey closed in 2011, and since the spot reopened as the Kreepy Tiki Lounge in January 2014, Stannard has been jonesing to resurrect this massive bash. And, of course, to celebrate properly with Kreepy Tiki's new full liquor bar.
For those who need their dose of burlesque, South Florida performer Morgan LaRue and her troupe, the Shimmy Shake Revue, will perform a titillating routine at 10:45 p.m. and 1:15 a.m. on the outside stage. There will also be a pinup contest sponsored by Retro Red's Beauty Shop, so ladies, dress in your '50s best to be considered. After you're done looking pretty, you can stuff your face with food from Rock and Roll Ribs, available all day.
Twenty-six musical acts are on the bill this year, playing everything from punk and heavy metal to roots country and Americana. Country musician and headliner Wayne "The Train" Hancock will be making his fourth appearance at the festival.
Lake Worth bluegrass rock band Jangle Leg is debuting at the festival this year. It's been making waves and garnering fans in South Florida venues. Jangle Leg formed as a five-piece in June 2014 after lead singer Chuck Callaway and banjo player Felix Maldonado performed for a few months as a two-piece, the Janglin' Duo.
"I've got a lot of sounds in my head and only so many limbs," Callaway says. "So I gathered some friends, new and old, and it's all coming together more than I could have dreamed."
Bass player Marvin Ray Hawkins will also be fronting another funk-psychedelic band, Koffin Varnish, at the festival.
Jangle Leg's music video for "Rock Bottom" came out in December, and its Halfway There EP is due to be released at the end of February.
"Most of us are all on punk roots that are all mature and got over our teenaged angst, so now we're playing a different style of music, different stories to tell," Callaway says. "But we've still got that punk backbone to us."
Lara and the Ark-Tones
Black Cat Attack (Canada)
Los Bastardos Magnificos
Gator Nate Augustus
Suburban Swamp Kids
Cuban Pete and the Hialeah Hooligans
Zero To The Left
Gold Dust Lounge
After The War
Boise Bob and His Backyard Band
Revenge of the Tiki IV at the Kreepy Tiki Lounge, noon to 3 a.m. Saturday, January 24, at 2606 S. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale. $20 presale, $25 day of show. Presale tickets are available through Event Brite. Visit Facebook event page.