When Darrell Brogdon started hosting "The Retro Cocktail Hour" on Kansas Public Radio in 1995, he had no idea he'd still be broadcasting the show.
"At the time we started it, in the mid-'90s, the space age bachelor pad thing was happening," Brogdon says. "We had a sense that style of music would have a compatible appeal to the jazz programming at the station."
But the show is still going strong, and it's celebrating the 500th broadcast with a party and concert tonight at Liberty Hall, 644 Mass. It starts at 8 p.m., and tickets are $25 floor seats or $20 for the balcony.
Featured will be Waitiki, a seven-piece exotica band with members spread out from Hawaii to Boston.
"As you might expect, there aren't too many exotica bands out there," Brogdon says. "They really know the music inside and out, and have a lot of reverence to the bands of the tiki sounds of the '50s."
Liberty Hall will be decorated like a 50s tiki bar, and specially crafted cocktails will be part of the experience at the cash bar.
Brogdon says he's looking forward to seeing fans of "The Retro Cocktail Hour" in one place.
"I've talked to local people who are coming, and we've got people flying in for the concert from around the country," Brogdon says. You can't hear this sort of thing just anywhere."