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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
Michael Gatto is a 11 year old guitar player and vocalist originally from Venice California. He is best known for his work as lead Guitarist of The Venice Demons, Phoenix the Cat and Orpheus. Michael’s big break came when he performed on Michael Jost’s Radio Venice.TV which has made him an instant global sensation. Other notable appearances were at Canyon Elementary’s Annual Talent Show, Time Warp Records, Venice Rising and The Grandview Market in Mar Vista.
Michael is currently studying at the Green Brooms Academy of Music in Santa Monica and inspired by such greats as Ozzy Osbourne, Slash, Green Day, Metallica and Jimi Hendrix. If you miss any of his shows don’t worry you can often catch him at open mic night or busking on Venice Beach where his solo performances will leave you breathless. more Michael Gatto + Stellan Jones
DETOURE is a young Southern California power trio, founded in 2014 by childhood friends Sam Edelman (16, drums) Niko Nicholas (15, vocals, lead guitar), and Jersey Sullivan (14, bass). Nodding to their classic hard rock and 90s grunge ancestors, DETOURE loves to play live and has had the opportunity to do so in some of the most iconic clubs on both coasts. They’ve been honored to open for such legendary bands as Missing Persons and The Alarm, as well as Steven Adler from Guns N’ Roses. These guys play hard-hitting rock n’ roll with a fresh, 21st century sound, and is currently recording their first EP with producer Brent Woods (Sebastian Bach, Vince Neil, Chevy Metal).
Detoure on Radio Venice
Radio Venice S10.E07 – February 24, 2019
Over the course of his career, singer/songwriter and Americana artist Tom Freund has released more than a dozen records, collaborated with legends such as Elvis Costello and Jackson Browne, pulled a half-decade stint on bass for alt-country pioneers The Silos, and has shared bills with everyone from Matthew Sweet to Guided by Voices. Freund’s intimate, heartfelt new solo album, East of Lincoln, chronicles a personal journey along the path from self doubt to enlightenment. “Time to take the wheel and turn this thing around / Time to make a deal and see what’s going down,” he affirms on “Runaround.” Freund takes his time and lets these new songs simmer, and that—along with memorable guest spots from longtime friend and collaborator Ben Harper and an all-star cast of session players—is a big part of record’s charm.
Quietly reveling in its unhurried pace, East of Lincoln sticks in the mind long after listening. Within the record’s framework, Freund tackles progress, hope, and the corporatization of his beloved Venice Beach, which he captures as a bittersweet vortex of vanishing beauty and possibility. “I know I’m no saint, but I know when something is good and when it ain’t,” he sings on the title track, mourning Venice’s fading allure while basking in its once-electric atmosphere. The album dances on the edge of a stark duality: the sun-drenched SoCal beach town’s demise and Freund’s own eventual growth arc. “Better start swimming toward the shore,” he urges on “Abandoning the Ship.”
Tom Freund on Radio Venice
Indi and The Vegas are a British pop/rock band formed in 2009 by Indi Forde, Joe Cripps and Matt Singleton. The 3 met in high school as avid musicians with similar music tastes, citing Queen, Michael Jackson and the Chilli Peppers as major influences in their choice in pursuing music as a career.
Their first EP, titled ‘Fair Fight’ was self released in 2011, and a follow up, self titled album in 2014. Tracks from the album were picked up by BBC Introducing and played on air, securing the band sets at many shows and festivals throughout the UK, and gaining House Band status at The Hermitage, Hitchin.
In October 2015 the band embarked on a trip to the US, playing such prestigious LA venues as The Whisky A Go-Go, The Federal and The Viper Lounge to great reception.
On a later trip to LA, 2016, they met Zaro Vega, an up and coming producer/artist and an ideal partner to develop their sound and tracks to international level quality.
Their first official single ‘Didn’t Catch Your Name’ was released in January 2019. Produced by Zaro Vega.
Indi and The Vegas on Radio Venice
Music has always been my passion. I’ve been playing since I was four or five years old. I started by playing the recorder then the harmonica and found myself drawn to church organs but rarely was given the opportunity to play one, and none ever materialized under the Christmas tree. Thanks a lot Santa!
One day I found a guitar that my mom had left behind and by the time I was thirteen I bought my first electric guitar. Soon after I formed my first band with three other kids from school, we called it Black Light Blues. It was fun while it lasted but when I turned fifteen I dropped everything I was doing, including the band and just played when I felt like it.
Without knowing why or how, my inspiration slowly drifted and started sounding more and more like classical music. I started playing on the Venice boardwalk and the first day I made, well … five bucks. That didn’t sound like much but it certainly was enough for a meal. I kept doing it each weekend and gradually made more and more each time. Eventually I took my act to Santa Monica’s 3rd street promenade. Although it wasn’t half as fun as Venice, there I found a very appreciative crowd. I eventually got to work and recorded my first CD. It took me three years but I did it!
Ever since I’ve been doing more professional work such as studio sessions, short movie soundtracks, private events and small concerts as a solo act and with other artists.
XAN on Radio Venice
Mercury Sound Club is a confederation of some of Los Angeles’ most talented songwriters and performers. The artists have performed far and wide and are continually releasing new material. They are committed to pushing their own and each other’s music.
Mercury Sound Club on Radio Venice
Radio Venice S10.E05 – February 10, 2019