with Balam Garcia

Who or what inspires you?

People with heart

Why do you love Radio Venice?

The community that it brings together

Favorite song right now?

“I Want You” by Marvin Gaye

Favorite album right now?

“Illmatic” by Nas

Latest hobby you picked up?

Growing food

Last thing you read?

“To You We Shall Return” by Joseph M. Marshall III

Best breakup song?

“Babe I’m Gonna Leave You” by Led Zeppelin

Best makeout song?

“One Mo’Gin” by D’Angelo

Favorite quarantine activity?

Making music

Favorite comfort food?

Pollo con Mole Poblano (chicken with black mole made in a style specific to the Puebla region of Mexico)

Favorite instrument …

My 2004 Sunburst American Fender Stratocaster

… and does it have a name?

Katana, cause it cuts straight to the heart

Balam Garcia

with Jollee

Who or what inspires you?

Bowie and a good coffee in the morning

Why do you love Radio Venice?

We love anything supporting live music

Favorite song right now?

Don’t Stop Me Now – Queen

Favorite album right now?

The Soundtrack to Scott Pilgram vs the World

Latest hobby you picked up?

Scuba diving

Last thing you read?

Sapiens

Best breakup song?

I Touch Myself – Divinyls

Best makeout song?

Anything Barry White

Favorite quarantine activity?

Watching True Crime and eating tacos

Favorite comfort food?

Bacon and eggs, hash browns … oh yes

Favorite instrument …

Cowbell

… and does it have a name?

Mr Walken

Jollee

with The Aliens That Ate Hollywood

Who or what inspires you?

Black holes

Why do you love Radio Venice?

We love Radio Venice because they introduce us to new abductees

Favorite song right now?

“Cosmik Debris” by Frank Zappa

Favorite album right now?

“Probe You Night and Day” by The Uranus Kings … and Queens

Latest hobby you picked up?

Perfecting the Vulcan Mind Meld technique

Last thing you read?

The operational manual for The Venus Probe

Best breakup song?

“Take it Out Before You Go Go” by You Know Who

Best makeout song?

“Licking Your Tonsils” by The Flying Saucers

Favorite quarantine activity?

Abducting and mutilating cows

Favorite comfort food?

Barbecued celebrities

Favorite instrument …

The Venus Probe

… and does it have a name?

Slick Willy

The Aliens That Ate Hollywood

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.

Virtual Tips for Drew Dolan
Venmo: @drewdolan84

Drew Dolan on Radio Venice

Radio Venice S16.E12 – April 4, 2021
Radio Venice 3 Year Anniversary Show – September 23, 2018
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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Drew Dolan Q+A with Radio Venice

King Baumgardt

King Baumgardt is coming up on it’s 20th anniversary, more or less, who’s counting. They said they never could decide on a band name, but it was always clear that both their names had to be included. They make their home in Frankfurt, Germany. Frankfurt, not known for it’s great support of their local musicians, loves these two as their own sons and daughters.

Matthias Baumgardt, born and raised in Frankfurt’s East End, formed his first band at 14 and the neighbors looked on and grew up with him as he moulded Frankfurt’s live music scene until it fit him like a glove. He brought Rock, Rock‘n Roll and Blues to us and made them accessible, touchable, danceable and live-able! Music – as a way of life.

In 2000, April King wandered into the short-lived, but legendary Blues and Beyond in Frankfurt. At the end of the evening, Matthias asked her where she’d been all this time. Her answer was, “Waiting for you to finally show up, I guess”. April brings with her an authenticity and an unstoppable voice, she has been compared to everything from stardust to cinderblocks, you have to decide for yourself.

King Baumgardt is in the studio right now! Setting down the psychedelic stuff. It’s not clear, when this is all over, where we will be playing the big stuff. The people we pay our royalties to are sucking us dry and every time the city gentrifies a neighborhood we loose another Honky-Tonk to play in, now in the Corona aftermath, most of our venues won’t even open up again.

King Baumgardt on Radio Venice

Radio Venice S16.E12 – April 4, 2021

Vinnie Caggiano + Matt DeMerritt

Vinnie Caggiano and Matt DeMerritt have played music together in a number of performance and recording scenarios from duets to full band work with the Venice Roasters and the Elegant Strangers.

They’ve performed at many local Venice venues and hope to continue that tradition as the years move on.

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Matt DeMerritt

Vinnie Caggiano

Vinnie Caggiano + Matt DeMerritt on Radio Venice

Radio Venice S16.E12 – April 4, 2021
Radio Venice 100th Episode – May 6, 2018
Radio Venice #2 – September 27, 2015

with Vinnie Caggiano

Who or what inspires you?

Bach, Beatles and Boardwalk (The Venice Beach Boardwalk, that is.)

Why do you love Radio Venice?

Radio Venice is an example of just how cool and tight our little community truly is.

Favorite song right now?

I have a new favorite every week but a couple of days ago I revisited She Blinded Me With Science by Thomas Dolby so that’s this week’s fave.

Favorite album right now?

It’s the same favorite album I’ve had for years: Revolver, the Beatles.

Latest hobby you picked up?

Practicing a little known martial art called Shing Yi.

Last thing you read?

I recently read a question that asked me, “What’s the latest hobby you picked up?”

Best breakup song?

For No One, (again, Beatles)

Best makeout song?

Sexual Healing by Marvin Gaye

Favorite quarantine activity?

Playing on the Second Life virtual world.

Favorite comfort food?

Breakfast Burritos

Favorite instrument …

My Anderson Drop Top with the Switcheroo pickup system

… and does it have a name?

Audrey Hepburn, but just Audrey for short.

Vinnie Caggiano

… live with love from Venice (and beyond!)