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Retro Cocktail Hour
Weekends at 7pm

Kansas Public Radio's Retro Cocktail Hour is our weekly nod to the Space Age Pop revival. Here you'll find vintage recordings from the dawn of the Hi-Fi Era - imaginative, light-hearted (and sometimes light-headed) pop stylings designed to underscore everything from the backyard barbecue to the high-tech bachelor pad. Darrell Brogdon serves up two hours of incredibly strange music on Kansas Public Radio, so grab a cocktail shaker and join us for the Retro Cocktail Hour.

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  • This week on The Retro Cocktail Hour, we'll hear Buddy Collette's Swinging Shepherds, Mr. Bongo live at the Garden of Allah in Hollywood and the Watusi Trumpets of Claus Ogerman. Also, the new exotic sounds of Mark Riddle and Exotik-a-Go-Go.
  • We have bongo players galore on this week's Retro Cocktail Hour, including Chaino, Chocolaté and Jack "Bongo" Burger! Also, you'll hear the exotic sounds of Augie Colon, 101 Strings, Creepxotica and, all the way from Spain, L'Exotighost.
  • On this week's Retro Cocktail Hour, we'll hear new music by Mr. Moai and the Tikiheads and Skip Heller's Voodoo 5. Also, Martin Denny with strings on Hypnotique, a budget label classic on Jazz Heat, Bongo Beat, plus percussionist Ray Barretto's Seňor 007.
  • This week's Retro Cocktail Hour serves up the exotic sounds of Skip Heller's Voodoo 5, Ixtahuele, The Hula Girls and The Markko Polo Adventurers. Also, you'll hear tunes by Esquivel and his Orchestra, Astrud Gilberto and Cal Tjader's Modern Mambo Quintet.
  • This week's Retro Cocktail Hour features the swinging sounds of the Cha Cha Boys, Skip Heller's Voodoo 5, the Voodoo Organist, the Hollywood Film Noirchestra and more!
  • This week's Retro Cocktail Hour is our Spring 2024 fundraising show. Help keep shows like The Retro Cocktail Hour on the air by making your pledge now by calling 888-577-5268 or online at https://kansaspublicradio.org.
  • This week's Retro Cocktail Hour celebrates the life and and music of Henry Mancini for the 100th anniversary of his birth. We'll hear all your favorite Mancini themes from TV and movies, with Peter Gunn, Mr. Lucky, Breakfast at Tiffany's, Charade, Experiment in Terror and more, plus Mancini interpreted by other artists, including Frank Sinatra, Sarah Vaughan, Jet Set Sweden, the Intergalactic Contemporary Ensemble, etc.
  • There's some "let's go shopping" music on this week's Retro Cocktail Hour, along with the jungle drums of Xavier Cugat; the National Youth Jazz Orchestra plays Mancini; and jungle jazz for the Original Swinger, plus tunes by Julie London, the Trombones Inc. and the George Shearing Quintet.
  • This week's Retro Cocktail Hour features a tune inspired by our Underground Martini Bunker, performed by Lawrence's own With a Twist. Also - Mr. Ho's Orchestrotica with the sights and sounds of Esquivel, Les Baxter's Jungle Jazz and the New Rhythm Orchestra of Cuba!
  • There's jazz for the urban jungle and mid-century mad pads on this week's Retro Cocktail Hour, plus a bongo party with Les Baxter, the exotic sounds of the Out-islanders and Bob Romeo's Jungle Sextet.