Category Archives: Musical Guests

Drew Dolan

Years on the road as a nomad eventually brought Drew Dolan to the realization of his purpose: to connect people through music. This approach has combined a genuine need for cathartic creation that simultaneously draws a thread to the listener. With story-telling lyrics that are delivered with a soulful voice that travels from silky smooth to as gritty as gravel, his “true stories” matched with his keyboard playing groove their way into the ears and hearts of whoever listens.

With a style that has a firm foundation in his Chicago roots, Drew Dolan draws influences from all over the map. With hints of Bill Withers, Leon Russell, Dr. John, Ray Charles, The Meters to name a few, he bridges the gap between yesteryear and present day.

Dolan was the former lead singer/writer of The Proof., who released an EP called “Bang Bang” (leading single “Happy Street”), enjoyed success online with features on Jam in the Van and Sofar Sounds and quickly attracted a Soundcloud following that reached over 200,000 spins in less than two years. The music found a home on terrestrial radio as well on esteemed stations such as KCRW (featured release on “Morning Becomes Eclectic”) and many other non-com/college stations across the country. After years of playing some of LA’s most renowned stages (The Troubadour, The Hotel Cafe, Harvelle’s, Mrs. Fish) the band recently decided to move in different directions.

He is currently writing, playing as a soloist and collaborating with a new cast of talented musicians. Whether playing solo or with his new project “The Council,” Dolan’s sonic offering is to be experienced and shared.

Stay tuned for new releases coming out at the end of 2017!

Drew Dolan on Radio Venice

Radio Venice S08.E13 – June 17, 2018
Radio Venice 2 Year Anniversary S06.E08 – September 24, 2017
Radio Venice #18 with The Proof. – February 7, 2016
Radio Venice #8 with The Proof. – November 8, 2015

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The TomiTom Sho

Bio modified from an article that was written by Laguna Beach Vibe
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Tom Licon’s special connection to his daughter Tomi, began at infancy. He could see in her eyes she was gifted, dynamic and a child with a sharp sense of humor. Tomi represents the third family collaboration and they perform every Saturday and every other Sunday at the coveted corner of Forest Ave and Coast Hwy in Laguna Beach.

At the ripe ol’ age of 12 Tomi has been playing half her life. Tom is an artist to his core. He schooled her on scales before chords and they’ve fine-tuned original songs like “Peanut Butter and Classical Jam”, “Simple Song” and “Broken String on PCH” as well as covers like “Low Budget” by The Kinks, “The Weight” by The Band and Johnny Horton’s spirited “Battle of New Orleans”. As the soloist, Tomi’s Spanish Requinto guitar strums a higher pitch than a traditional guitar and the small size instrument fits her to a T.

Tom compares their duo to a Mariachi Instrumentation of Classic Rock. Working so closely with your father isn’t always harmonious. Tomi’s main complaint is that her dad often repeats stuff, however his straightforward manner of speaking is always met with a laugh. For Tom, nothing brings more joy than harmonizing with someone that you love.

The TomiTom Sho on Radio Venice

Radio Venice S08.E13 – June 17, 2018

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Kate Isenberg

“Impeccable songwriting” — in the words of one reviewer — makes Los Angeles-based Kate Isenberg stand out from other girls (and guys) with guitars. With clear, soulful vocals and alternate-tuning guitar riffs that make unusual chords sound easy, Isenberg’s style of folk-pop is both sophisticated and accessible. Listeners gravitate to her songs for both the ear candy and the thought-provoking, storytelling lyrics.

Her first studio solo album, THE TIME COMES ON HUMMING TRACKS, was a finalist for the annual Indie Acoustic Project’s Best Female Singer-Songwriter Album. Her second studio album, GOLD RUSH TOWN, received college and commercial radio play around the U.S. and was an IAP finalist for Best Lyrics. The albums were co-produced by Isenberg with Jon Evans (bassist, Tori Amos) and feature guest performers such as accordionist/organist Julie Wolf (Indigo Girls, Ani DiFranco) and trumpeter Erik Jekabson (John Mayer).

In addition to being a songwriter, Isenberg is an animator. She has animated her own songs as well as those of other songwriters. She is now at work developing an animated series for television.

Kate Isenberg on Radio Venice

Radio Venice S08.E13 – June 17, 2018
Radio Venice S06.E06 – July 30, 2017

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Barry Conley

Barry Conley is a professional recording engineer, producer and musician. In his formative years, Barry studied electronic and experimental music composition with Earle Brown (cohort of John Cage) and Morton Subotnick.

Barry’s professional career started with an engineering position at Baby’O Recorders in Hollywood where he worked with George Harrison, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and The Red Hot Chili Peppers. Barry went on to work at Sunset Sound and Paramount Recording Studios with such artists as Miles Davis, B.B. King, Ike Turner, and The Stray Cats. more Barry Conley »

Michael Jost

Born in Dreieich, just outside of Frankfurt Germany, guitarist Michael Jost (pronounced ‘yoast’), found his way to the bohemian Venice Beach boardwalk, in Los Angeles California, where he now lives and makes music.

Owing to Michael’s unique European heritage, his rigorous classical training, and his 21st Century American experience, you can hear something very different in his passionate, Spanish-style guitar. Michael’s travel companion is Miss Lucy, a Flamenca guitar built by Tomas Delgado of Candelas Guitars. She has a strong character, with a warm and beautiful sound.

Michael has a unique sound. His music is a journey in time and space fueled by his passion for music and his instrument. His influences are very multicoloured and involve different styles, continents and time periods from Paco De Lucia and Stravinsky to Jimi Hendrix and Pink Floyd.

No two of Michael’s live performances are ever the same, drawing from his recent albums, Zeitlos and California Burning, as well as unreleased songs from his upcoming album, Concierto.

Zeitlos is a timeless and unique blend of acoustic, classical and flamenco styles, entwined with the sounds and soul of Venice, California. His earlier album, California Burning, is a psychedelic fusion of electric and acoustic guitar. more Michael Jost »

Lacey Kay Cowden

Ms. Lacey Kay Cowden was born just before midnight, on a sweltering Sunday in Lafayette, Louisiana. Her grandfather used to say, “A southerner has to have a little hell in their bones, to endure this kinda heat.” To hear her tell it, “There was nothing wilder, crazier or lovelier than my kin. All the stories, music, cooking and calamity that came from my upbringing has seeped into the deepest parts of me. When you know you’re cut from a cloth of extraordinary characters, tellers of tales, banterers, gamblers, music makers, and the biggest hearted folks, it was natural to set out and do exactly what I dreamed … and I dreamed in music. I wanted only to be a rambler, a lover, and a seeker of the gritty, shining places that inspire me to sing my own story.”

Cowden’s music is drenched in a southern brew, but she grew up to be a woman way out west. Every song and story reaches back through all the miles, over mountains and around coastal bends, back to her southern roots, but they carry the California breeze. Her lyrics traverse both unknown and familiar roads, her song, “Wild Wonder” is full of her admiration and appreciation for where she’s been … I was born in the world, wild and free, cut my teeth on the mountain and pulled by the rolling breeze. Nights lit by the fire flies. I was running through the dark, humming lullabies that rose like smoke from the sparks.

Los Angeles soon beckoned Cowden, where she fell in love with Venice, California. She took to life on a boat, guitar in one hand, vintage suitcase in the other, and soon enough, L.A. was looking like home. Love – and its songs – soon followed, and for Cowden, it’s all in the songs. She’ll sing, and you’ll hear that there’s no greater inspiration for her than love. Love for the mountains or the sea, a man or a woman, a stranger or a lifelong friend. They can love you, or they can break you in half … but that’s where the songs are.

In Venice, she met fellow musician/ producer, Matt Ellis, and soon discovered that they shared an affinity for boot tapping, knee slapping, folk/blues/roots music. Cowden and Ellis’s individual styles found a perfect bridging point, so they took to road and recorded Go Great Guns at Wave Lab Studios in Tucson, Arizona. The outcome was a heart-full, dusty 6 songs EP, including such signature Cowden songs as “Shotgun Lovin’”, “The Walking Song” and “Round and Round”.

Since then, Lacey has formed a band of amigos that includes Nick Luca (guitar), Jeff Smith (bass), and Dylan Grombacher (drums). They frequent the Southern California music scene and have an ongoing residency called “The Grand Ole Calamity” at Venice’s oldest bar/music venue, The Townhouse/Del Monte Speakeasy. The band is now gearing up to record their debut full- length album, followed by a late summer tour and a cavalcade of local L.A. shows. This is just the beginning of new adventures and the wildest of rides. Get on board!

Lacey Kay Cowden on Radio Venice

Radio Venice S08.E12 – June 10, 2018

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Erinn Williams

With a background in opera, Erinn Williams is known for her beautiful melodies and songs that have a delicate, breakable edge to them. Erinn has written and performed music for national commercials such as Virgin Mobile and Coca-Cola. She has written both opera and rock music for independent films such as Mad Song. She has sung opera and her original music around the word in industrial showcases for the Wella Corporation, Sebastian, Matrix, and TIGI Corporations. And she toured extensively with her own music around Europe for 4 years.

Erinn plays electric guitar with delay, and is usually accompanied by a violinist or another guitarist. The only word to describe the live performance is mesmerizing … Williams’ outstanding vocals, strong stage presence, and trademark deadpan humor add charm to a fantastic performance. more Erinn Williams »

lovemando

Previously, lovemando comprised one half of the eclectic folk duo, Ketchup Soup.

Now, he has a new project under his own name. Freshly committed to translate his pared down guitar riffs and broad-range vocals to new heights, he is looking for additional cohorts to breathe life into many new songs.

lovemando on Radio Venice

Radio Venice S08.E12 – June 10, 2018
Radio Venice S06.E10 – October 8, 2017
Radio Venice S05.E11 – May 21, 2017

Paracosmic

Paracosmic is a collaborative project of musicians from various parts of California and the United States. The band’s sound can be described as a funk-based improv flow, incorporating rock and blues with a keen taste for the psychedelic soundscape.

Forming through the deep seeded dreams of 4 individuals, Paracosmic began in 2015 in Los Angeles through mutual friends in the southern California music scene and festival circuits. Since then, the band has grown to a 6 piece and along with playing several staple venues in Los Angeles, are making their way onto Festival line-ups with their favorite artists.

So what does the name mean? Paracosmic is the adjective of the word Paracosm, which is a detailed, imaginary world. Within that concept the 6 musicians aim to take you on a very lucid yet imaginary funk voyage through your mind and reality simultaneously for a rockin good time!

Keep your ears peeled for PARACOSMIC.

Paracosmic on Radio Venice

Radio Venice S08.E11 – June 3, 2018

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