The cultural phenomenon known as "exotica" has gained a tremendous amount of momentum over the last five years around the world. A retro-chic cocktail that combines: B-movie aesthetics, 60s garage rock, polynesian design, and period costumes - exotica has been embraced by ex-punk rockers, rockabilly heads and art school kids who wanna dance, drink and and get their mating ritual on.
The annual bacchanal known as The Hukilau is South Florida's exotica event. It's headquartered at the Bahia Mar Resort's Commodore Ballroom, where The Neanderthals, Los Straightjackets' guitarist Eddie Angel's Flintstone-garbed garage rock act, will be headlining the festival's main event tonight. $75 gets you a 2-day pass for tonight's show and tomorrow activities. $28 gets you into tonight's show, and if you need some exotica priming before the gig, Marina The Fire Eating Mermaid will be performing at the Wreck Bar on Fort Lauderdale Beach