KPR’s ‘Retro Cocktail Hour’ will celebrate 25 years with a concert featuring The Waitiki 7

LAWRENCE – Kansas Public Radio’s “Retro Cocktail Hour” celebrates 25 years of the program being “shaken, not stirred.” Join host Darrell Brogdon and KPR staff for a concert featuring the Waitiki 7 at 8 p.m. on April 30 at Liberty Hall.

The group will travel from Hawaii, Mexico, Boston and Los Angeles to perform. The concert will feature a number of never-before-lived tracks, including music by Les Baxter, Martin Denny and Arthur Lyman.

“Retro Cocktail Hour,” a weekly two-hour portion of “incredibly weird music,” includes everything from lounge music to tiki tunes to catchy 60s and 70s soundtracks. The show has listeners around the world whole, from Bosnia to Japan.

General admission tickets are available through Ticketmaster at or through the Liberty Hall box office. Tickets are $30 and a small service charge may be added to the order. On the night of the show, tickets will be sold at the door (if available) and can be purchased with cash or by credit card.

Event sponsors are Dr. Stephen Chronister, Healing Smiles of Topeka; Dave Baldwin and Jill Shelley; Tom Harper, of Stephens Real Estate; and the town of Lawrence.

KPR, 20-time winner of KAB’s Station of the Year, licensed to the University of Kansas, broadcasts on 91.5 FM and 96.1 FM (KPR2) in Lawrence, 89.7 FM in Emporia, 91.3 FM in Olsburg-Junction City, 89.9 FM in Atchison, 90.3 FM in Chanute, and 99.5 FM and 97.9 FM (KPR2) in Manhattan. KPR can be heard online at, and KPR2, a news programming stream, which can be heard on an HD receiver or on the KPR website.

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