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CHARLES PHOENIX AT VIVA LAS VEGAS
Big Retro Slide Shows

Orleans Hotel Showroom
4500 W Tropicana Ave
Las Vegas, NV


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


 

 

CHARLES PHOENIX: LAS VEGASLAND
Live Comedy Retro Slide Show Performance Celebrating Sin City in the 50s & 60s!

Liberace Mansion
4982 Shirley Street
Las Vegas, NV 89119


Be prepared for your local loving spirit to soar, Ambassador of Americana, Charles Phoenix is celebrating vintage Vegas, at the Liberace Mansion. With his keen expertise, unbridled enthusiasm, and eagle-eye for oddball detail, Charles shares…Read More


 

 

CHARLES PHOENIX: SAN FERNANDO VALLEYLAND
Live Comedy Performance Celebrating the World’s Most Famous Valley

Valley Relics Museum
7900 Balboa Blvd #C3
Van Nuys, CA 91406


Surrounded by the electrifying collection pop culture treasures of Valley Relics Museum, Ambassador of Americana Charles Phoenix roasts and toasts the iconic San Fernando Valley. With his rousing enthusiasm, gracious wit and keen eye for…Read More


 

 

CHARLES PHOENIX: CATALINALAND
Live Retro Slide Show Performance Celebrating SoCal's Enchanted Island!

Avalon Casino Theatre
1 Casino Way
Avalon, CA 90704


Catalina Island Museum presents ... Ambassador of Americana, Charles Phoenix, at the iconic Casino's spectacular 1929 Art Deco movie palace. Be prepared for your Catalina loving' spirit to SOAR when Charles sweeps us away on…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