Category Archives: Musical Guests

Lizz Vega

Lizz Vega is a self-taught singer/songwriter from Los Angeles. A late bloomer when it comes to being a musician for she has only been creating music for two years. But her blues/RnB/soul fusion style of music will take you on a dive into what it means to connect to yourself and to others with the power of music.

Lizz Vega on Radio Venice

Radio Venice S07.E02 – November 19, 2017

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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 »

DLEE

With no formal music education, DLee’s innate musical talent manifested itself, from a young age, as he began singing in the church choir. A love for bass playing ensued, aged ten, which organically led to creating tunes and writing lyrics.

Born in Beaumont, Texas, and with strong familial roots in the deep south, his exposure to the world of music was intense, from Gospel and high school jazz band to a home life filled with musical culture, encouraged by his family. DLee was able to hone his musical gifts for melody and lyrics, influenced by such greats as Otis Redding, Al Green, Stevie Wonder, Sam Cooke, Marvin Gaye and Curtis Mayfield.

Self-taught in various instruments, he continually developed his own unique sound, while concurrently excelling in basketball at Loyola Marymount University, which took him professionally to Europe. There, a major modeling agency also scouted his look, and launched a successful modeling career, appearing in over hundred national commercials, affording him time to further hone his craft, in his first love, music. Guitar in hand, along the way, his prolific flair for singing/songwriting became recognized by the industry.

Dedicated and passionate, DLee was able to establish himself as a fulltime musician/producer, working with the likes of Macy Gray, Kim Hill, Monk, Medusa, Keaton Simons. DLee has also collaborated with Leon Ware ( Marvin Gaye ‘I want you’) and James Gadson, written lyrics and shared vocals with Adrian Younge and Will Hart of The Delfonics, and composed music for film and TV commercials. Screen work has included musical supervision and composition for Cassidy Way, The Road to Redemption, A Scanner Darkly and The Making of 300 the movie.

Together with actor/singer Gary Dourdan as Sugar Free the Band, DLee has toured the US, the West Indies, France, Morocco and Dubai, including a number of charity performances. The album ‘Soul Revival’ was DLee’s first episode as a solo artist, featuring ten songs that are a pure expression of his heart and soul. Currently, DLee is putting the finishing touches on his follow-up album – release date to be advised.

DLEE on Radio Venice

Radio Venice S07.E02 – November 19, 2017
Radio Venice S05.E10 – May 14, 2017

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Main photo by Ana Pettus

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 »

Maestro Aloke Dasgupta

Maestro Aloke Dasgupta is among the most outstanding and original sitar players in the North Indian classical style. With his mature style and compositions all his own and traditional music what he learn from great maestros, he draws the memory back nostalgically to the past greats of sitar, while at the same time revealing an awareness of contemporary, international movements, such as Jazz, new-age and world music.

After studying with his late uncle Binoy Dasgupta starting at the age of eleven, he became a student of Pundit Jogesh Bannerjee, Professor Shiba Prasad Chakraborty, Smt.Kalyani Roy and finally the renowned master Late Ustad Ali Akbar Khan. more Maestro Aloke Dasgupta »

Will Overman

“If you haven’t heard Will Overman… just wait. You will.” Huffington Post

“A unique, trademark voice, Will’s is one you recognize and gravitate to.” No Depression

Will Overman’s incomparable voice — he made it through two levels of NBC’s “The Voice” — is at once melodic as it is relentless, as refreshingly unique as it is familiar and evocative.

Overman’s music — call it Americana, a mix of folk, country, rock, and pop — is as energetic as it is passionate. It can be haunting and evocative yet sincere, sweet.

Whether performing solo or with a full band, Overman is a poet, reminiscent of a young Bruce Springsteen, (think “Nebraska”) or Bob Dylan. He’s a folksinger and a rocker (think “Born to Run”), whether performing solo or fronting a talented group of musicians swinging from flawless riffs to intoxicating beats.

And while his music is rooted deeply in the South, it transcends genres and convention, blending essential elements of rock, folk, and country, wrapped in a thin varnish of pop sensibility, to create a concoction reminiscent of Ryan Adams, Josh Ritter, with the softness of James Taylor.

In 2017, Overman found himself at a crossroads, both literally and figuratively, professionally and personally. He said farewell to the band that has borne his name over the past several years and embarked on his first solo project since 2013.

“Crossroads,” his upcoming EP produced by Rockfish Music, is without a doubt his most self-reflective work yet. He recently submitted one of the singles, “Decatur”, to NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert. “Crossroads” is slated for a December 7th release.

Will Overman on Radio Venice

Radio Venice S07.E01 – November 12, 2017

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The Elegant Strangers

The Elegant Strangers formed spontaneously at the Westminster Corridor of Venice, CA. This is an area where some of the most gifted artists and musicians come to grab a cup of coffee and some conversation. The band is a bit of a mutation of the erstwhile Venice Roasters, keeping up their tradition of “roasting” (putting an upbeat, two-step tempo) to classic pop and rock music. more The Elegant Strangers »