The Mike Livingston Band’s All-American musical throwdown is a wild amalgam of country, soul and rock & roll, all emphatically put across with Livingston’s frantic 88 keys and authoritative vocals and the coolly propulsive rhythm section of drummer Adam Steinberg and bassist Ben Getting.
It’s a highly unlikely and deliciously volatile combination—down and dirty street-smart and sleek, after-hours stylish, it’s equal parts Deep Southern blue yodel and classic 70s Hollywood punk strut, a recipe for disaster that nonetheless functions perfectly, thanks to the lurid pedigree of the players.
Livingston, of course, is infamous for both his late 70s stint as lead guitarist for Masque-era punk originators the Mau Maus and his appearance in Richard Meltzer’s Vom movie before moving on to stints with his own powerhouse trio the Livingstons, a marvelous collaboration with 77 Skulls frontman’s the Billy Bones and the brilliant, resuscitated 66 Sunset Strip psych-pop sensations Yellow Payges.
Livingston returned to the piano first with The Livingston Band featuring Dave Provost a former musical compatriot in the Yellow Payges and Brian Irving and then later, Adam Steinberg gladly pitched in and in short order they drafted upright Bassist Ben Getting, The results were spectacular—a hard-driving, deep-grooving blast of honky tonk roadhouse boogie and savage punk & roll.
With a repertoire that includes original Livingston thrillers, exotic plunder from the rock & roll jungle (Cramps, Jerry Lee Lewis, Teddy Boy thug Crazy Cavan) and shrewdly sourced soul and bluegrass classics, the Mike Livingston Band’s— high-quality, low-down and thoroughly mad-dog sound rates them as one of the most exciting forces in 21st century nightclub wildlife.
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Radio Venice Season 11 Premiere – May 5, 2019
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Tal·i·a Keys noun
a genre crossing multi-instrumental musical force of performing art, bringing you her brand of Soul-Funk-Rock n’ Roll
This Salt Lake City “musical powerhouse” is known for sourcing energies largely compared to the bluesy rawness of Janis Joplin and the fire of Jimi Hendrix. Synergizing that old soul vibe with new school sounds, best described by Katie Bain as “blistering.” Having been “struck by her talent, stage presence and refreshing candor.” – Insomniac: 2014 Best of Electric Forest
Talia is currently focused on two main projects, Talia Keys & The Love, a heavy hitting five member band and Gemini Mind, a full electric solo live looping show that creates a big sound. In addition to performing, she writes, produces and records her original material, releasing four albums so far.
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Radio Venice Season 10 Finale – April 7, 2019