The Wanna Be-52s perform at Tiki Kon, 2017. Photo credit: Kamala Kingsley

Performers and Presenters

We're proud to present a stellar lineup of talent from the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Performers and presenters are displayed in alphabetical order.

Eve Bergeron

Eve's journey began at Trader Vic’s in London in 1997 before taking a position as assistant manager at Trader Vic’s in Dubai. 2000s, she participated in the opening of multiple Trader Vic’s properties around the world. She currently oversees product development for Trader Vic’s online store and handles marketing for Trader Vic’s Worldwide.

TALK // The Artist — Vic Bergeron

Martin Cate

San Francisco, CA

Martin Cate is a rum and exotic cocktail expert and the owner and creator of Smuggler’s Cove in San Francisco. Smuggler’s Cove features the largest rum selection in the United States and features cocktails from over three centuries of rum history. The Sunday Times of London called Smuggler’s Cove one of the 50 Greatest Bars on Earth.

Special // Rum Tasting with Martin Cate - "Caneworld!"

Kevin Crossman

Kevin Crossman is a blogger and cocktail enthusiast who's been on the Search for the Ultimate Mai Tai since 1998. He’s been a regular contributor to Exotica Moderne magazine, including feature articles, photographs, and cocktail recipes.

TALK // The (De)Evolution of the Hawaiian Mai Tai

Ding Dong Devils

Los Angeles, CA

The Ding Dong Devils create a wild hybrid musical cocktail by taking a base of Tiki, exotica and Polynesian pop, then mixing it with dashes of fuzzy 60’s garage rock, amped-up rockabilly, tremolo-laden surf, and even the greasy bump and grind music that was used to accompany burlesque performers. As a festive garnish, they add eccentric stereo arrangements of 50s and 60s hi-fi records, featuring instruments such as steel and baritone guitar, xylophone and ukelele.

Saturday Night Gala Show presented by Zaya Rum™

Craig "Colonel Tiki" Hermann

Portland, OR

Craig "Colonel Tiki" Hermann is a founding alumnus of Tiki Kon and has been involved in the Polynesian Pop Revival since the turn of the Millennium. His recipes have been included in Jeff "Beachbum" Berry's "Remixed," "Mixology" magazine, as well as being featured at Thatch Tiki bar, Forbidden Island, Teardrop Lounge's "Tiki Tuesday," and on the Tiki Kon Home Bar Tour. Craig is also involved in tiki art, home bar décor and construction, lighting, and effects.

TALK // Tiki Drinks Demystified: Ratios, Archetypes, and Flavor Combinations

David "Dr. Skipper" Marley

David “Dr. Skipper” Marley is a former Disneyland Jungle Cruise Skipper and currently teaches history at California State University, Fullerton. He is the creator of the first ever college class on the History of Disneyland. His books, Skipper Stories: True Tales from Disneyland’s Jungle Cruise, and its brand new sequel, More Skipper Stories, are the first oral histories of a Disneyland attraction.

TALK // Walt Disney Discovers Tiki

MeduSirena Marina

Ft. Lauderdale, FL

MeduSirena is a multi-talented performer who is happiest in the water. She's been a free diver, figure swimmer, aquatic performer and showgirl since 1984, using the underwater medium to create a unique liquid-space discipline. Featured with and without finned "swim tails," Marina blends her disciplines of belly dance, burlesque, stunt/fire dancing, Exotica, and traditional Polynesian dance, doing her best to preserve this unique style of mid-century pop culture entertainment.

SPECIAL // Fabulous Fun Fitness Class with MeduSirena

Damien Montanile

Anaheim, CA

If there ever was a passionate person with lifelong pursuit to learn all that life has to offer, Damien fits that description whole-heartedly.

TALK // Scripted Deceptions: Theme Park Quality Special Effects for Your Personal Paradise

Paradise of Samoa Polynesian Dance Troupe

Salem, Oregon

Paradise of Samoa Polynesian Dance Troupe is a non-profit school of dance located in Salem, Oregon, specializing in original Samoan, Tongan, Fijian, Maori, Hawaiian and Tahitian dances. The troupe is the vision of Tuaopepe Tasi Keener, a Samoan dancer born and raised in the Independent State of Samoa. Ms. Keener moved to Oregon in 1999 and became active with the small Samoan community in and around Salem, Oregon.

Kon-Tiki Luau Dinner and Show

Margo "Rocket Betty" Scott

Durham, North Carolina

Artist, Margo Scott aka Rocket Betty, designs and creates beautifully handcrafted aloha wear that captures the mid-century vibe while remaining fresh and modern. Her Sandwich Isles style jackets, hostess dresses, and cabana sets can be seen around the globe at many tiki bars and events. With a tropical soul, love of vintage, degree in costume design, and 30 years of professional experience, she has found her passion and loves sharing it with others.

TALK // Alfred Shaheen - Iconic Hawaiian Textiles

The Starella Sisters

Portland, OR

A vintage troupe of glamour girls that reference a glamorous bygone era when the silver screen overflowed with dancing darlings. The Starella Sisters will be performing dance numbers during the Saturday Night Gala Show.

Saturday Night Gala Show presented by Zaya Rum™

Surfer Joe

Livorno, Italy

The International Surf Music Ambassador

Surfer Joe has been involved in the surf music scene since the middle of the ‘90s, building up his name worldwide as musician and organiser of events. By currently playing more than a hundred concerts a year around the world, Surfer Joe is the most active artist in modern surf music. He has participated in most surf related events and he is mentioned or interviewed in books and movies.

Friday Surf & Turf Show presented by Just Rum

Tiki Lindy

"Tiki Lindy" started cooking when she was only 6 years old, where she grew up in the South. Always exhibiting passion for quality and exploration of culture through food, her career and interests led her to the San Francisco bay area. She earned her way through college, earning her Doctor of Pharmacy degree, with a variety of jobs, including running her own catering company and bartending. This led her to private events bartending and creating custom event cocktails for high end clientele, wh

TALK // There's No Rum in it? A Primer on the Unsung Spirits of Tiki

The Tikigraphs

Seattle, WA

Grab a Mai Tai and drink in the Exotica lounge of The Tikigraphs! Based in Seattle, The Tikigraphs carry-on the tradition of Exotica today with their multi-instrumental, mid-century inspired original tunes and covers.

Saturday Night Gala Show presented by Zaya Rum™

The Wanna Be-52s

Portland, OR

Back by popular demand, and finally in the full-length headline slot they deserve!

Portland’s best party band, The Wanna Be-52’s are a tribute to the B-52's specializing in earlier material and deeper cuts, but expanding all the time.

Friday Surf & Turf Show presented by Just Rum