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VPO

The Venice Philharmonic Orchestra current lineup consists of Michael Jost on electric guitar, Hailey Demian on bass, Andy Kravitz on drums and Barry Conley on the OutofControl-atron.

The first use of ‘philharmonic’ was in London in 1813. An organisation was founded called the Philharmonic Society. The word ‘philharmonic’ translates to ‘music lover’. The sources I’ve found say this was taken from the French ‘philharmonoque’, but I think it is more likely that the word was taken right from the Greek. Greek is much more fashionable than French – especially if you’re living in London in 1813.

The Venice Philharmonic Orchestra on Radio Venice

Radio Venice S06.E12 – October 2, 2017
Radio Venice S04.E01 – September 11, 2016
Radio Venice live from The Townhouse / S03.E10 – July 10, 2016
Radio Venice #26 – April 3, 2016

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Golden Buddha

It’s a long story …

They are the originators of the Mantra-Rock sound of the 90’s which has now infused itself into the consciousness of the new millennia.

With Teo Castro on Guitar and Vocals, Billy Stobo on Drums, and Jeffrey Dimmick on Bass, Golden Buddha becomes a mixture of ancient tones and modern sounds, interwoven with funky tribal rhythms and a hard biting edge.

  • The pulsating grooves of the bass are sensual and erotic.
  • The unrelenting drums are thunderous and melodic.
  • The soaring guitars and mystic vocals are penetrating and chaotic.

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Sunny War

“…her right thumb plunks the bass part while her forefinger upstrokes notes and chords, leaving the other three fingers unused. A banjo technique, it’s also used by acoustic blues guitarists. Her fingers are long and strong – Robert Johnson hands – in jarring contrast to the waif they’re attached to. The walking bass line sounds like a hammer striking piano keys in perfect meter, while the fills are dynamic flurries – like cluster bombs. I haven’t heard a young guitarist this dexterous and ass-kicking in eons.” – Michael Simmons, L.A Weekly

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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 »

Mark Steggell

Mark Steggell is a singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who leads The Potential Suitors, a punk rock blues-based band in Venice Beach, CA.

You can catch Mark and his band playing local shows in Venice Beach, Culver City, Santa Monica, and various other community-based events.

Mark Steggell on Radio Venice

Radio Venice S08.E17 – July 15, 2018
Radio Venice S07.E01 – November 12, 2017

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Desi Ramone

First and foremost, Desi Ramone is a performance artist. Yes, he writes and sings his original songs but a far cry from the normal humdrum singer/songwriter act.

Standing at 6ft 2 in classic western wear, Desi mixes up his 45 set like a toss salad. Covers and originals to the beats of Surf, Bo Diddly, Hooker Blues, Folk, Powerpop, Honky Tonk. It’s played all on his Gibson Acoustic through Fender Deluxe amp with one purpose … to get you dancing.

Lately he’s been rocking weekly at the Venice Open Mic Night at Larry’s.

“I only play three styles … Johnny Cash, Johnny Ramone and Johnny B Goode” is how he describes his talent. From Modesto CA, via New York City, and now sunny So Cal, he has sat behind the drum set in many trios, then moved to rhythm guitar in bluegrass and country bands as a hired gun. It was on 12/31/12, the 60th anniversary of Hank Williams Sr’s death, Desi Ramone decided, in honor of Hank Sr, “I will do my own songs the way I wanna play em.”

In March 2017 Desi released his single “Red And Yellow Roses” available to buy today on cdbaby (see link below). By year’s end there will be two more singles … a Blasters tune “Little Honey” and another power poppy original “You are gonna be a big queen one day”.

Desi Ramone on Radio Venice

Radio Venice S05.E11 – May 21, 2017
Radio Venice S03.E05 – June 5, 2016

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Brother Billy Stobo

Born from the tradition of bringing good stories to music, Brother Billy’s first release “Don’t Fall Asleep on the Tracks” has conjured up spirits of the past with tales of jilted love, pointed historical commentary, and folks having raucous good time.

With the evocative puberty anthem “Red Ribbon” to the cynical retort of “Your Grand Design” he gets right to the sweet, the sad, and the naughty.

His Hopeless Choir is a revolving door of many talented musicians that give a little to help a lot in lifting up the spirit of his oh-so-spirited music.

From the snow-capped mountains of Oklahoma to the pale-painted deserts of Louisiana – from the coal-firing cost of California to the sweeping serenity of New York City – everyone could use the kind of smile that comes from spending a little time with Brother Billy.

Brother Billy on Radio Venice

Radio Venice S08.E09 – May 20, 2018
Radio Venice S06.E07 – September 10, 2017
Radio Venice S06.E02 – July 2, 2017
Radio Venice S05.E05 – April 9, 2017
Radio Venice 1 Year Anniversary Show – September 25, 2016
Radio Venice #17 – January 31, 2016
Radio Venice #14 with Spiel – January 10, 2016
Radio Venice #1 – September 20, 2015

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Joey Maramba

Joey Maramba is a bass player, songwriter from Los Angeles most known for his work with John Cale of the Velvet Underground and Rickie Lee Jones and has appeared on Letterman, Jay Leno, Conan O’Brien, and Fallon. He has opened for Mike Watt and Nels Cline with an instrumental avant garde group called Ninja Academy. more Joey Maramba »