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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

King Kukulele Rocks The Golden Tiki

by Bea Taylor
Denny Moynahan AKA King Kukulele, is a comedian, actor and kukuleleist. King Kukulele & The Friki Tikis having recorded in Japan, Asia, England, Italy, Ireland, France, Holland, all around the country and tonight at The Golden Tiki

Heart broke Denny Moynaham, made a trip to Hawai where he learned and starting paying ukulele (Hawaiian steel guitar) back in California. According to Denny Moynahan, many people play ukulele as a therapy, for their happiness. "A little instrument like that is a good friend and when I play it, is not just only performance, I interact with the people, talk to the audience

Backpack traveling around Europe, he played for 5 months at  Mr. Pussy Cafe de Luxe, owned by Bono (U2) in Ireland. One night all of U2 and all of REM came in and watched him playing in Dublin and "it was very weird" he says. 

Denny Moynahan on The Golden Tiki and how he got to know about it. "Here we are at the Golden Tiki. I love the Golden Tiki bar. It's just like my style; really fun; lots of things to see; action; I like you know". "I feel like they got the greatest designer from Disney" "A lot of people ask me - how did you find out about The Golden Tiki? - I can tell you that one of the hottest designers and artist creator of tikis; he is a carver, he is a designer of tiki mugs; he built bars; he is Tiki Diablo. Everything he touches is golden. So when I heard he was designing The Golden Tiki I was exiting to find out more about it, you know..." "I've been in touch with the idea and the concept of some of the sparks of the creativity from the beginning, and I knew the grand opening of the Golden Tiki was coming up and I got a call from Branden Powers and the invitation was there and I just jumped on it. I'm really happy to be part of the grand opening" 

"This is one of the greatest opportunities for tiki is  to welcome people in to a different world. They walked off the street and they enter a world that is different than they seen outside of Las Vegas. It's almost like you are in Las Vegas, you are on the Strip passing by all the big resorts and you travel to this world. It's like going to Disneyland! They have all these different themed areas, you have the Headhunter Village here, the Mermaid Cove over there, a waterfall made up by sea shells fountains, Cap William Tobias Faulkner, the skeleton talker AKA WTF at the Pirates’ Lair". 

"When I interact with an audience, to give them a sort of a jolt and The Golden Tiki bar is a jolt, is fun, it's not like one serious motif, it's like all these things to see and more and there are layers. It's like an onion. Not really an onion. So many drink options, incredible drinks. The bar is definitively complete, everything you want to. The menu itself is beautiful." 
After this brief interview,wearing Hawaiian shirt, straw hat, ersatz grass skirt and lei he played, interacted with customers at The Golden Tiki bringing happiness and good vibrations for 2016.


The Golden Tiki

Twitter: @GoldenTikiVegas
3939 Spring Mountain Road
Las Vegas Chinatown

Monday, November 23, 2015

The Baron Of The Universe is taken over Las Vegas

by Bea Taylor

Las Vegas, the city I love
The Baron had a dream to move to the U.S. since he was a 16. "For some reason I always wanted to move to San Diego. However, When I was 21, I moved to England to perform and learn more skills on how to my make myself to be more versatile showman". 

He came to Las Vegas first time only two years ago to support his partner LouLou D’vil in Burlesque Hall of Fame where she was competing for the tittle of Miss Exotic World. She won. "Not that it was my first time in Las Vegas but in America" he says.

The Baron traveled a bit around the U.S. "a bit around to cities such as New Orleans, Los Angeles and Dallas, but the city that really took my heart was Las Vegas. This was the city I now had burning desire to come back to and move into. I wanted it so hard that two years later I'am now living here and making my dream come true". 

I asked The Baron about the difference in between Europe and USA in the field of performing arts and here is what he says about his experience.

"I have performed since 1998 in various different circuses, troupes and done tons of solo shows. Most of the shows I’ve been involved in have been rather theatrical and acting based. Most of the European based performers I know from my field of art are putting on theatrical acts". 

"When I first came to USA and started seeing American shows in the field of physical comedy and sideshow, I soon realized that they are standing in more traditional form of midway entertainment with less theatrics and more stunt based shows. I must say that I am very proud of my American brothers and sisters who are still keeping the flames of traditions burning hot". 

The Baron talks about his performance shows around the world. "As mentioned earlier, I have been performing for quite a long time. I have seen crowds of 10 people up to 20 000 people. I have performed from New Zealand to Singapore, from Seychelles to Iowa. I have been performing for the festival crowds of Glastonbury Festival to Prince of Saudi Arabia. I have been pushing sharp steel pins through my flesh and been hanged of the flesh hooks". 

"These days my shows are based in physical comedy with extreme stunts. My stage persona is ever so camp and dandy with healthy amount of roughness to it. I bend iron bars with my teeth, rip books in half, hammer large nails into my nasal cavity, tear steel chains apart and lift heavy weights with piercings and eyelids". The Baron has a current Guinness World Record for Heaviest Weight Lifted With Nipples 72 lbs. 

He  also host shows and events. "Only a few weeks a go I had a great honor to be hosting a gala at The Golden Tiki where in famous Carrot Tops shrunken head was revealed". We first met during The Golden Tiki's Mad Monster Party Weekend which he also hosted.

The Baron talks about his new production."Me and my partner LouLou D’vil are producing a club night called Mondo Sleaze. Mondo Sleaze is a 60’s-70’s GoGo style club influenced by the worlds of Russ Meyer and Quentin Tarantino. This is a club night for everybody to have fun and just let the daily worries to be forgotten".

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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Who is CFJ?

by CFJ

I'm a second generation Las Vegan and damn proud of it. And yes, people DO get born here... and NOT on the Black Jack table either.

My Grandfather moved to Las Vegas from Minnesota (Making me one of the few Vikings fans in Vegas) to work as a foreman on Hoover Damn. Growing up I LOVED all the amazing stories from the building of one of the projects that lifted this country out of the Great Depression. My FAVORITE all time story is when my Grandfather was in the hospital after pushing so hard as a foreman on the Flamingo, he had an appendicitis attack. Bugsy Siegel  himself went to 

visit him in the hospital the night of the famous grand opening of the Flamingo. My granddad was so taken aback that he said "what are you doing here during the grand opening"? Bugsy told him not to worry because the massive storm that hit Vegas that night left the place basically empty.

My Grandmother was the executive secretary for Moe Dalitz at the Desert Inn and was privy to A LOT of Mob secrets although she never divulged them to ANYONE. Dalitz was a member of the Detroit Mob in Vegas as well as Allard Roen, Irwin Molasky and Merv Adelson.  A funny story was when my Mother was in Sunrise Hospital after giving birth to me, the nurses were NOT very nice to her. Once she got flowers from Merv Adelson, the ENTIRE nursing staff waited on her hand and foot. You see, Dalitz, Roen, Molasky and Merv Adelson founded Sunrise Hospital.

He met my grandmother who had just moved to Nevada from Utah and they set their roots. Roots that were solid and they both lived the rest of their lives in Las Vegas. My father, as I, was born in Vegas and he too lived the majority of his life in Las Vegas. My Mother was born in Athens, Greece and after she won the Miss Greece pageant, she went to live in New York to work at the Ford Modelling Agency. Her dream was to be a dress designer so that lead her to Los Angeles. 

My Father was a starving actor in LA and that's where they met. After my sister was born they moved back to Las Vegas where I was born. While in Vegas, my Father had small parts in he few films that were shot in Vegas. He had 2 lines in the original Sinatra version of Oceans 11 and even later in life, he played a security guard in the De Niro film, Casino. During the 1970's, after my parents divorced, my Mother was an independent contractor for many Casinos and one of them was the Stardust. She designed and made all of the uniforms from the Carousels to the cages. And the person she dealt directly with was Frank "Lefty" Rosenthal (The person Robert De Niro plays in "Casino"). 

She always had nothing but nice things to say about the man and he always treated her with respect, was always a gentleman and trusted her opinion on what the uniforms should look like. A funny anecdote from that time was one day, a right hand man of Lefty came to my Mother and told her that Mr. Rosenthal would like her to take a package out tot the Valley. The Stardust was about to be raided by the FBI and they had a tip so they asked several trusted people to take some of the skimmed cash out of the Casino. My Mother not used to the ways of the Mob was scared and drove straight to my father to ask for advice. He told her to just do exactly as they instructed because "they" will be forever grateful. She did and was in good with the Jewish Mafia out of Chicago. She even worked for Steve Wynn. Although I moved away with my mother and sister when I was 13 years old, I always considered Vegas my home.

My father was a Reagan democrat. Remember those? Democrats that didn't blindly regurgitate the party line and voted for the best candidate? And since my parents divorced when I was 4, I was raised by my mother. She was born in Greece but had lived in the US since she was 21. Its been my experience that immigrants, especially from socialist style countries are more appreciative of the freedoms that a lot of Natural born Americans take for granted. And in some respects, a majority of them are conservative. So while my Mother's influence on me sent me in a conservative direction, it was my own investigations and studies into political policies as well as getting to the roots of successful as well as failed policies. 

Although I was late to getting into social media, I had written a blog post back in 2009 that went Viral. I was so sick and tired of people saying how horrible the eight years of Bush were I decided to do my own research on the actual cause of the 2008 crash and ensuing great recession. Now I won't bore you with the details, but if you google "Remember Jan. 3rd, 2007" you will find 10's of thousands of results. For my full version of the article including the related video, you can go here: I am a contributor on Wayne Dupree's news ninja site for some time now. And this moves us to the next chapter of my foray into citizen journalism. 

Stacy Rush who had been in on the ground floor of news ninja and who I had built a friendship with on Twitter, asked me if I was interested in having my own political talk show on the soon to be launched WAAR radio (We Are America Radio) another Dupree venture. Since I had had my own music show on the radio when I played Pro basketball in Europe, I jumped at the chance to get my thoughts out to an even broader audience. I started the ascend conservatism show on WAAR over a year and a half and truly Enjoy the opportunity to not only inform the listener on not only conservatism but also to expose the liberal lies like the one I exposed about liberal housing policies that dumped Americans into this never-ending recession. 

I also want to entertain the listener and that is why I created the Dateline segment that uses sound effects and famous quotes from politics to get my points across in a fun way. I also use the acronym for my airwave personality if you will of "CFJ". I do not use my real name because I want to focus the entire show to be Conservatism, and not me. I do all of this (articles/social media/radio) out of love for country and to try in my little way to help turn 
America back on the right path. Personal glory is last on my list for motivation for my promotion of the conservative cause, and that's why, even here on Vegas I will remain (semi) annonymouse as CFJ.

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Sunday, November 1, 2015

PIMP's, HO's & FIVE-0's Halloween Bash Party

by Bea Taylor

PIMPS, HO's, AND FIVE-0's Halloween Bash, sponsored by Shoot Las Vegas was a BLAST! 

This year Eric Brashear's Halloween party was attended by more than 300 of the coolest event professionals and entertainers in Las Vegas. 

The suggested, but not mandatory theme for this year was PIMPS, HO's, AND FIVE-0's but the party attendees took it very serious, you can see on the photos

There were an open bar, grilled steak and chicken, photo ops, and live performances. The party started at 9 pm and only finished next day in the morning. It was literally an over the top mind blowing party.

PIMPS, HO's, AND FIVE-0's was a coordinated  production by Stace Wagle, Brooks Thurman, Tommy Shockley, Rob Wansley, and Ladyj Hill and Stace Wagle provided the music and run it all night. Loved it!  Please click here for the photos.

Brooks Thurman performing at the PIMPS, HO's, AND FIVE-0's Halloween Bash Party

Eric Brashear about his Halloween party and his business

Stace Wagle performing at the PIMPS, HO's, AND FIVE-0's Halloween Bash Party

Please click here to see the photos

Friday, October 30, 2015

Mad Monster Party Weekend at The Golden Tiki

The Golden Tiki is starting the Halloween festivities on Oct. 29 and continuing through the weekend. Headliner and iconic Las Vegas comedian Carrot Top unveils his own likeness as a shrunken head on Oct. 29. 

The Mad Monster Party Weekend will be hosted by The Baron on Oct. 30 and 31. Win cash and freaky tiki prizes in a Halloween costume contest.

Deadbolt labels themselves as "The Scariest Band in the World” and features two bass players, who are called "The Wall of Thunder." 

Deadbolt's music combines Goth, surf rock, psychobilly and blues music which the band has called voodoobilly. With its unusual and offbeat lyrics, the band tours extensively and uses power tools setting off sparks of metal during their live shows. 

 The band has released 14 albums including  Creepy World (cassette only), Shrunken Head,  Tiki Man, Tijuana Hit Squad, Zulu Death Mask  and Voodoo Trucker.

 Click here to see the photos.

 The Golden Tiki - 3939 Spring Mountain Road,  Las Vegas, NV 89102  702-222-3196

 October 30-31, 9 p.m.-1 a.m.
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Sunday, October 25, 2015

DIRKHAUS. The Dirk Vermin's Beer

Dirk Vermin, TV guy, musician, tattoo artist, businessman, writer, producer and product endorser, etc., etc., launched his Dirk’s BEER this past Thursday.  

It was like a triathlon, launching his beer, hosting the three parties and finalizing the event with a performance by Dirk Vermin playing his guitar and singing his favorite songs—it was a GREAT performance!

Dirk, surrounded by close friends, his business partner, his crew and his girlfriend, Erica Lynn, launched his new brew by loudly announcing, “Dirk’s BEER DEBUTS TONIGHT!!!  BEER SO GOOD IT HURTS YOUR FEELINGS!  Join me at all or any of the bars below!  It’s gonna be a blast!!!”  And, INDEED, IT WAS!

The beer called Dirkhaus is brewed in collaboration with CraftHaus Brewery located right here in Henderson, and is available at the Double Down Saloon, Frankie’s Tiki Room and the RiRa Irish Pub (Mandalay Bay Place).

As Dirk shares on his website, “…I am currently not taking on ANY new clients until further notice as my many upcoming business ventures have taken precedence.”  

As we shared with you in September, in February 2016, Dirk is launching a new cigar brand called El Vermin Cigar while at the same time getting ready (early 2016) to start up his brand new band named, what else but, Dirk Vermin and The Hostile Talent which he describes as “ high-octane rock and roll."  

So, YES, we agree that DIRK IS REALLY, REALLY BUSY!!


Dirk playing performing at the Double Down Saloon: