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.

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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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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.

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April King

Born in 1967 in LeHigh Acres, Florida, grew up as one of the “Little Ones” in a family with six kids. Her career began as a baby singing the gear-changes of the car motor as the King Family tooled up and down the Southeastern seaboard.

April enjoyed an awesome vocal/musical education at the youth performing arts school.

Finding no room for herself in classical music, she went to NYC. Dropped by Germany for a visit, got stuck. That was in ’92, and she’s been there ever since.

April met Matthias in 2000. Started playing the Blues. Travelled a bunch of places, played everywhere. Married, got two kids. More you don`t need to know, cause anything else she says will probably be made up!

April King on Radio Venice

Radio Venice S16.E12 as King Baumgardt – April 4, 2021

with Greg Cruz

Who or what inspires you?

My mother

Why do you love Radio Venice?

It is a Venice original

Favorite song right now?

Man in Black

Favorite album right now?

Lynyrd Skynyrd Greatest Hits

Latest hobby you picked up?

Social media promotions

Last thing you read?

Louis Lamour

Best breakup song?

Nothing Compares to You

Best makeout song?


Favorite quarantine activity?


Favorite comfort food?

Mac and cheese tuna casserole

Favorite instrument …


… and does it have a name?

Little Rosie

Sunny War

It’s no secret that great art comes from the margins. From those who are either pushed to create from inner forces, or who create to show they deserve to be recognized. Los Angeles based street singer, guitarist, and roots music revolutionary Sunny War has always been an outsider, always felt the drive to define her place in the world through music and songwriting.

As a young black girl growing up in Nashville, she searched for her own roots, looking first to the blues she heard from her mother’s boyfriend, and learning from a local guitarist. Moving to Los Angeles in her teens, she searched for herself in the LA punk scene, playing house shows with FIDLAR, and shoplifting DVDs from big box stores to trade at Amoeba Records for 80s punk albums. But here too she found herself on the outside, working to bridge her foundation in country blues and American roots guitar traditions with the punk scene she called home. She first made her name with this work, bringing a wickedly virtuosic touch on the fingerstyle guitar that sprang from her own self-discoveries on the instrument. But her restless spirit, a byproduct of growing up semi-nomadic with a single mother, led her to Venice Beach, California, where she’s been grinding the pavement for some years now, making a name for her prodigious guitar work and incisive songwriting, which touches on everything from police violence to alcoholism to love found and lost.

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PayPal: sunnysward@gmail.com
Venmo: @sunnywar

Sunny War on Radio Venice

Radio Venice S16.E11 – March 28, 2021
Radio Venice at Burning Man Day 5 – September 3, 2020
Radio Venice S13.E11 – March 29, 2020
Radio Venice 150th Episode – July 28, 2019
Radio Venice S11.E05 – June 2, 2019
Radio Venice S09.E11 – November 18, 2018
Radio Venice 100th Episode – May 6, 2018
Radio Venice S06.E13 – October 29, 2017 with Anus Kings
Radio Venice live at Timewarp – May 28, 2017
Radio Venice S05.E04 – April 2, 2017
Radio Venice S04.E08 – October 30, 2016
Radio Venice #23 – March 13, 2016
Radio Venice #6 – October 25, 2015

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Nicole Brophy

If you’re looking for a hefty injection of guts and soul, Brophy’s your woman. She’s a woman’s woman and a man’s woman in one. Sassy, sexy and with (quite a lot) to say. She’ll keep up with the best of them, both musically and with her characteristic ability to make herself heard. Nicole Brophy has a voice and style compared to the likes of PJ Harvey, Lucinda Williams & La Roux. ​Stylistically it fits somewhere between gritty rock, hoedowns and moody, bluesy numbers, all brought together by a raw charismatic rockin’ earthy voice and boundless energy.

‘Empty Tin’ is the much anticipated first single release from Nicole Brophy’s latest album. With natural onstage charisma, bangin’ guitar skills and come-hither-smokey vocals it’s not hard to understand why she was kidnapped by Kate Miller Heidke’s band for a few years!

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Nicole Brophy on Radio Venice

Radio Venice S16.E11 – March 28, 2021

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