Category Archives: Musical Guests

Rob Mullins

Producer Rob Mullins is a Westside local in Los Angeles. Hailing from Ontario, California, he became a professional drummer at age 12 performing at Chaffey High School in Ontario with his first band “The Changing Times” in 1971. He joined “The Barons” a touring big band as the drummer the same year doing 70 shows a year while doing his 6th grade homework on a tour bus.

Childhood tragedies included a car accident where Rob was put on crutches for two years. Mullins was forced to switch to piano where he learned the instrument from his mother Ellen Mullins-a professional church pianist.

Forced to relocate to Denver, CO during middle school, Mullins met Joe Anderies and Jack Fredericksen who shaped his future leading to his music theory studies with John Coltrane’s and Miles Davis’ music theory teacher George Russell.

After spending a summer in New York City with George Russell, Mullins took George’s advice and dropped out of college and began making his albums. His fifth album “Soulscape” earned a Grammy nomination while simultaneously putting Denver on the map as a bona fide jazz town via PBS Radio.

Mullins quickly found his way back to Los Angeles in 1986 when he relocated to Marina Del Rey, CA.

The “Only in Venice” album is the 32nd album of this multi-decade and multi-genre producer and he will be recording more music into the future beginning in August 2017 with virtuoso cellist and composer Jeness Johnson.

Mullins currently works out of Big Surprise Studios in Encino, CA where has been on staff as a top Grammy associated producer since 2007.

Rob Mullins on Radio Venice

Radio Venice S06.E04 – July 16, 2017

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Stanley Behrens

Stanley “The Baron” Behrens was born and raised in the Bronx, N.Y. started playing harmonica at the age of five. Stanley went to high school on Long Island. He played music with a blue eyed soul band back in the mid 60’s. Stanley was drafted into the US Army in May of 1967 and spent 2 years on active duty playing his harmonica during Vietnam era. Stationed at Fort Bragg NC Stanley played in a blues rock band 6 nights a week. more Stanley Behrens »

Rachel Sorsa

Rachel Sorsa is originally from Detroit and has lived in Austin and Atlanta before moving to Venice 11 years ago. She is an award-winning actress, singer and songwriter, and animal owner/lover/activist.

She earned a dual Bachelors degree from The University of Michigan in theatre and drama and music, from the schools of Literature, Science and the Arts and The School of Music. Sorsa then went on to earn her Masters degree in theatre (theory) from Michigan State University and a three-year Doctoral program in theatre history and criticism at The University of Texas-Austin. After her graduate studies and teaching appointments, she moved to Atlanta (her grandfather and mother’s original birthplace) and began performing in the regional theatre. She performed in over 20 productions in her 4½ years there.

In 2006, she moved to Venice continuing her success as a stage actress, most notably as the title role in the world premiere musical adaptation of Euripides’ HELEN at The Getty Villa, and as EMPRESS in Beijing, China in the world premiere musical CINNAMON GIRL with Chinese composer superstar, Nathan Wang. She has earned LA Weekly Theatre Awards, Stage Scene Awards and the LA Drama Critics Circle Award, and has made her foray into film and television with roles in BLUES FOR WILLADEAN with Octavia Spencer, Dale Dickey and Beth Grant; and HALLOWEEN PARTY among others.

In 2008, she formed Rachel Sorsa Band, including prominent members of the LA and world jazz community; Gus Duffy, drums; Serge Kasimoff, piano; Andy Allen, bass; and Preston Gould, trumpet. They have performed steadily on the jazz circuit throughout the years holding residencies at Danny’s Venice (7 years), world famous The Baked Potato and the prominent, yet short-lived RG Club in Venice. RSB released their debut album, SISU, last year. Comprised of five of Rachel’s originals and five arrangements, SISU has garnered rave reviews and radio play. She has worked as a session singer at Big Surprise Music and Pico Studios.

Rachel will be returning to Altanta this winter for 6 weeks to perform as Rosemary Clooney in the two-person musical TENDERLY: THE ROSEMARY CLOONEY STORY at the renowned Georgia Ensemble Theatre and Conservatory. She is managed by Robin McWilliams at MadCatch Entertainment.

Rachel Sorsa on Radio Venice

Radio Venice S06.E04 – July 16, 2017

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Britton + Ming from Righteous Heirs

Both hailing from the South, Britton Sparkman (Birmingham, AL) and Ming Loo (Silver Spring, Maryland) grew up with music all around. In the summer of 2013, while working at a Tech company, they met and began making music together. Constantly looking for a fuller sound they continued to look for the perfect band.

In 2015 they, along with fellow musicians Jason Lamagna & Richard Maya, formed the Rock outfit, Righteous Heirs. Blending the styles of Southern Rock, Hard Rock, 90’s Alternative, and Americana, or Hard Rock Americana for short, they began recording and released their first EP, 1.

As of the beginning of 2017, Righteous Heirs have been continually recording out of their Studio in Simi Valley and releasing tunes via Bandcamp, and almost every digital outlet you can think of. Keep your eyes and ears open, as their is much more Rock to come!

Righteous Heirs on Radio Venice

Radio Venice S06.E04 (Britton + Ming) – July 16, 2017

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Ouiwey Collins

Ouiwey Collins, son of the Legendary Bootsy Collins, has unmistaken creative ability to bring “edge” and “flare” to anything he touches. His exemplary skill set has been expounded upon through collaborative projects with his father, Bootsy Collins. A roster of icons Ouiwey Collins has joined forces with range from George Clinton, Parliament, Billy Ray Cyrus, D.O.C., DPB, Snoop Dogg, Club Nouveau, The Machine Pro., D-Cat Music, Howard Hewitt, The Jimmy Hendrix Family Album, Zapp, Midnight Star, Shirley Murdock, Kocaine, The Dogg Pound, The Jacksons, Lady Miss Kier, and many others.

In addition to Ouiwey’s eclectic collaborative roster he has also channeled his creativity into the following projects: lead vocals for the game Donkey Conga, theme song for New Jack’s Backyard Wrestling, music for Digimon: The Movie, vocals for various Japanese Anime, Too Cold Scorpio WWE ECW wrestler: The Album, Cincinnati Bengals theme song, The Record Producer Reality Show: Bradley Spalter. In 2006 Ouiwey partnered up with David Brooks (DPB) to work with a youth event known as the Basement. Over a 3 year time frame Ouiwey mentored, trained and supported staff in the aspects of media and music with a concentration in video production, music production, web design, and graphic design. He also produced a reality show which aired on CW locally. In 3 years the demand for the Basement program grew from 400 to 8000 due to the efforts of Ouiwey & DPB. These Basement sessions were conducted weekly on Tuesday’s in an effort to consistently server the population. Following the Basement project Ouiwey went to Japan for 3 years and performed 6 nights a week with his band in live houses. After completing his North American tour he returned to the United States at which point in time he started travelling with his father on tour from 2011-2015. In 2016 Ouiwey Collins shifted his focus to work on his album and resume working with his band.

Ouiwey is currently in the process of working on his album and has connected with Marilyn Gill Executive producer at BET. Patricia Collins, Bootsy Collins, and Ouiwey have been approached to be featured in a Reality show which is currently in the final stages of the contract phase. The designated film crew will follow Ouiwey Collins and the Funksquad on their journey.

This is The FunkSquad!

Beautiful You

Wonder Woman

SOB

Ouiwey Collins on Radio Venice

Radio Venice S06.E04 – July 16, 2017

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Hailey Demian

Hailey Demian, Bass Guitarist, is a regular at Radio Venice, collaborating with a number of Radio Venice Alumni (mentioned below). He also writes his own solo music. He is a founding band member of Vorpium and a founding member of Full Melt Reggae. He has collaborated with Cristina Vane, Michael Jost and the Venice Philharmonic Orchestra as well as with Peter Demian (Street Smart Music). He is also the Bass Guitarist for Matt James Band. more Hailey Demian »

Michael Jost

Michael’s music is a journey in time and space fueled by his passion for music and his instrument. His main instrument is the guitar, embracing all the different colors and emotions. Michael’s influences are very multicolored & involve different styles, continents and time periods.

Live or in the studio … expect to be surprised. more Michael Jost »

Kid Caviar

Kid Caviar is a multi-instrumentalist, composer and lyricist from Santa Monica, California. He lived on Oahu’s North Shore from 2010 to 2013 and frequently rides the train between California and Arizona busking along the way. His song “Where we are” is a summer anthem and ode to his beach culture roots.

Chris “Kid Caviar” Abbott, acoustic folk rock artist has been touring with bands since the 90s with such acts as Horny Toad, the Blue Kind and Skatemaster Tate. Playing venues from Bangkok to the UK, Mexico City, Rio and across the United States.

Aside from that, he’s been pursuing a solo acoustic act that’s been seeping through the cracks throughout the years. Last year he played 40 open mics throughout the states of California, Arizona and Hawaii. Although he began in such hallowed venues as the Crooked Bar, 14 Below and the Cows End on Venice Pier. Playing for coffee patrons who are not there to see him and just want free wi-fi to write their scripts, provided a thick skin.

Some of his favorite spots on his open mic tour were Oak Creek Brewery in Sedona Az, Tiny Town in Forestville Ca, and Jerry’s Pizza Haleiwa Hi.

He’s known as the Vagabond Son, the Couch Gypsy and the Crosstie Walker. Check him out on a corner near you.

Kid Caviar on Radio Venice

Radio Venice S06.E03 – July 9, 2017

Elio Banzer

11-year-old Elio Banzer is a native to LA. He’s growing up in Switzerland where his family moved 8 years ago. He took up playing drums at the age of 3½. He won the National Swiss Drum Contest in Lucerne twice.

Last fall he jammed with Bernard Allison, son of blues legend Luther Allison, at the Blues and Rock Night in Thusis, Switzerland.

Elio Banzer on Radio Venice

Radio Venice S06.E03 – July 9, 2017

Milo Gonzalez

Milo Gonzalez is a guitarist and contortionist from Venice Beach, California. Being a self-taught classical and flamenco style guitarist, and the step-child of the legendary punk rock bass player Chuck Dukowski of Black Flag, Gonzalez’s music derives influence as much from guitar masters such as Paco De Lucia, Vicente Amigo, Andres Segovia, and Leo Brouwer, as it does from modern day heavy rock/metal, and psychedelic music, such as Black Sabbath, Jimi Hendrix, Radiohead, and The Mars Volta. more Milo Gonzalez »