Hukilau artist profile: The Martian Denny Orchestra

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The Hukilau is the largest Polynesian Pop festival on the U.S. East Coast. It will be held April 19-22 in Fort Lauderdale at several beachside hotels plus the legendary Mai-Kai restaurant.

The Martian Denny Orchestra

Guitar slinger Eddie Angel will be making his third appearance at The Hukilau in the past four years, but for the third time he’ll have a different band in tow. Having earlier performed with Los Straitjackets and The Neanderthals, the Nashville-based Angel returns with a new, out-of-this-world crew.

The Martian Denny Orchestra blends surf, spy and space sounds is quickly becoming an underground sensation in Music City. As expected from a Nashville group, the band’s members are some of the best in the business. Joining Angel are: guitarist Bob Irwin, owner of record label Sundazed Music and member of New York’s Pluto Walkers; bassist Dave Roe, who has played with everyone from Johnny Cash to John Mellencamp; multi-instrumentalist Jim Hoke (steel guitar, saxophone, flute, etc.), who has showed off his versatility with NRBQ, Toby Keith and others; and drummer Jimmy Lester, formerly of Los Straitjackets and currently with roots rocker Webb Wilder.

The band’s new album, Crossfire, is scheduled to be released during The Hukilau on April 21, National Record Store Day.

The Martian Denny Orchestra

In the band’s bio, Irwin promises a live show featuring “dead-on, reverential treatment of instro classics by Duane Eddy, the Ventures, the Rockin’ Rebels and Santo & Johnny.” Also on hand at The Hukilau is burlesque star Angie Pontani, who is sure to join the band on stage with her classic dance moves.

The Martian Denny Orchestra will be headlining The Hukilau’s Friday night main event at the Bahia Cabana Beach Resort on Fort Lauderdale Beach. The poolside party will run from 7 to 11 p.m. and also feature emcee King Kukulele and live musical performances by Exotik-A-GoGo, and Dan Cunningham as Elvis, plus DJs Jack Fetterman and Gina of the Jungle. Tickets are $27 for the Friday night event, but you can pick up an all-access pass for $170 that gets you into all of the events over the course of the four-day festival. Click here to buy tickets now.

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The Martian Denny Orchestra on Facebook | Bahia Cabana Beach Resort

About Hurricane Hayward

A professional journalist and Florida resident for more than 30 years, Jim "Hurricane" Hayward shares his obsession with Polynesian Pop and other retro styles on his blog, The Atomic Grog. Jim's roots in mid-century and reto culture go back to his childhood in the 1960s, when he tagged along with his parents to Tiki restaurants and his father's custom car shows. His experience in journalism, mixology, and more than 20 years as an independent concert promoter make him a jack-of-all-trades in the South Florida scene. A graduate of the University of Florida's College of Journalism and Communications, Jim is a longtime web producer for The Palm Beach Post. In his spare time, he has promoted hundreds of rock, punk, and indie concerts under the Slammie Productions name since the early 1990s. In 2011, he launched The Atomic Grog to extensively cover events, music, art, cocktails, and culture with a retro slant. Jim earned his nickname by virtue of both his dangerous exotic drinks and his longtime position producing The Post's tropical weather website.
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