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ESCAPE TO TIKI ISLAND!
One Night – Three Acts: Live Exotica Music & Charles Phoenix Alohaland, Tikiayki Orchestra, and The Hula Girls ... presented by Stellar Shows

Yost Theater
307 N Spurgeon St.
Santa Ana, CA


Prepare to swept away by a typhoon of tiki sounds an style on this very special one night only experience of island style tunes, vintage Hawaiiana, and dancing girls at the historic Yost Theater in…Read More


 

 

FINS, FLAIR & FUTURISM
Live Comedy Slide Show Performance & Car Show Celebrating Space Age Auto Styling

Automobile Driving Museum
610 Lairport St.
El Segundo, CA


Be prepared for your classic car lovin’ spirit to soar when Charles Phoenix, launches the wondrous world of mid-century motoring into the stratosphere With his keen expertise, unbridled enthusiasm and eagle eye for detail, Charles…Read More


 

 

ADDICTED TO AMERICANA
Live Comedy Retro Travelogue Slide Show Celebrating Classic and Kitschy American Life and Style!

Haugh Performing Arts Center
Glendora, CA


With his keen expertise, unbridled enthusiasm and eagle eye for oddball detail, Ambassador of Americana, Charles Phoenix, launches retro pop culture into the stratosphere! Prepare for your national pride to swell when Charles shares the…Read More


 

 

PALM SPRINGS BUS TOUR
Presented by Modernism Week

501 S Palm Canyon Dr
Palm Springs, CA


Retro pop culture humorist and Addicted to Americana author, Charles Phoenix leads a spirited adventure atop a double-decker, open-air bus highlighting exterior views of spectacular midcentury modern estates and neighborhoods, commercial and civic buildings, and…Read More


 

SLIDE OF THE WEEK

Wigwam Drive By - Rialto, CA 1957

 

Cement tepee-shaped motel rooms seen from a rolled-down driver’s side window glisten in the rain-soaked sky blue blacktop. This is not any ‘ol motel. Oh no! Wigwam Village is Southern California’s most precious and famous Route 66 landmark.

Built in 1950, it was the last in the chain of eight Wigwam Motels. Miraculously this and two of the other locations, Cave Creek, Kentucky, and Holbrook, Arizona, are still standing in all their Americana glory for us to cherish (and stay in) today.

Thanks in part to the Disney movie “Cars” they are enjoying a well deserved revival in popularity. What have we all been waiting for? They’re adorable!!!

In the ‘70s I can remember driving past the Rialto Wigwam Motel when the slogan beneath the sign said “Do it in a Tepee!”

A few years ago I spent my first night in a wigwam in Holbrook, Arizona. I walked in my room, um wigwam, and immediately felt an unexplainable mystical magical force field of pure Americana energy like I’d never experienced before (and no, I hadn’t been smokin’ anything!) There is something powerful about standing, sitting, showering and laying down inside one these icons of the Americana roadside.

You haven’t really lived the Americana dream until you too have spent a night in a wigwam. Whatever you “Do in a Tepee,” do something! Your imagination will be inspired and your spirit will soar!

Here’s to all Wigwam Motels and YOU!

Charles Phoenix
April 5, 2011
Los Angeles, CA