Life is a beach….party with a purpose!
This group of entertainers and musicians have been around for over 40 years. Constantly evolving musically and offering audiences of all ages an eye and ear full of entertainment. In the early 1970’s they were a group of college friends playing music at frat parties and school dances. As they became popular they branched out into the nightclub scene and earned a reputation that landed them into the Nevada showrooms and venues around the USA and in many countries. It wasn’t all about the music of he 50’s and 60’s, it was about putting on a show that was engaging and current with the times and places that their audiences loved. Of course it had to be danceable, it had to be visual, it had to be filled with sing along moments and it had to be memorable. As we approach the 20’s (2020) the band has once more redefined themselves and the music that speaks to several generations. Of course, we mean the music that is categorized as Tropical Rock, Surf and Soul music. Time to meet Ronnie Riptide and The Tuna Tones…….Featuring The Kowabunga Brass !
Before we proceed, I know you’re asking…….so what does “Kowabunga” mean? The Urban Dictionary defines it as, “great, not beatnik, not hippy, not Swahili, but an early sixties California Surfer term. A corrupted version of the Hawaiian term “Kupaianaho” which means “fantastic” and any other synonym of “wonderful” you care to choose”. It goes on to say, “the word probably entered greater American consciousness through the surfer movement of the period. Some people say it came from Chief Thunderthud on the Howdy Doody Show in the fifties. You know……kowabunga Buffalo Bob!!”
Where ever the word originated, Bop-A-Dip Entertainment has adopted the word and has named their fantastic Brass Horn Section….The Kowabunga Brass!
The original band concept has always had shows that were directed to specific musical genres, times and musical styles. The music of The Fifties is where it started and progressed to The Psychedelic 60’s, to the “Surf Era and The California Sound”, to Country Western and what affectionately was called “ The Hee Haw” era. Each of these genres yielded a new band with new costumes, new comedy, new music and new entertainment. So now you understand…..Bop-A-Dips is musical entertainment and Ronnie Riptide and the Tunatones, featuring The Kowabunga Brass is their newest incarnation of The Bop-A-Dip musical entertainment concept and experience. That spirit, energy and excitement of the first edition of The Bop-A-Dips has been kept alive for over 40 years, dedicated to great music and making good the promise of Danny and The Juniors…”Rock and Roll Is Here To Stay……..It Will Never Die”!
Witness the show, experience the energy and you’ll be among those that can say, “I Bopped Till I Dropped”.