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Venice Current: ‘Music Box Microstage’ Brings Big Sounds to Venice

Venice Current - Music Box Microstage Brings Big Sounds to Venice - Radio Venice

VENICE- On Friday evenings around sunset, Billy Stobo parks his work truck in front of 32 Windward Avenue. He unloads a large wooden box from his trailer and starts setting up a sound system. By 7 p.m., as the boardwalk starts to quiet down, a crowd will gather to hear various performers step up into the box to provide a night of free music.

The Music Box Microstage, as Stobo calls it, began around two years ago when Stobo, a carpenter by day, cleaned out his tool cabinet.

“I was moving it,” the Redondo Beach native said of the seven-by-four-foot wooden enclosure, “and I was like, ‘This is pretty big. I can stand in here…and my guitar fits, too’.”

Stobo outfitted the box with a small PA system plus lights and began experimenting with locations for his portable show. He started near the beach, then near Zelda’s Corner on Westminster. Stobo then partnered with Radio Venice, a weekly live music show webcasting from Ocean Front Walk. Last summer, he moved the show in front of Only In Venice Vintage clothing store on Windward at the invitation of its owner, Petey Pete.

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Venice Paparazzi: Come party this Sunday, Sept. 23 with Radio Venice as they celebrate 3 years of live broadcasting

Let’s celebrate 3 years of Radio Venice and our local musicians!
Radio Venice is a weekly webcast, streaming live from Breakwater Studios in Venice, California. Founded by Michael Jost, Rae Stanton and Roy Edwards in the summer of 2015, their mission is to showcase the unique blend of music that passes through Venice Beach and bring the magical sound of Breakwater Studios to a worldwide audience. This is like no other radio station … this is Radio Venice. For more info:

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The Taos News: Venice Beach meets Taos

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By Ariana Kramer / Read the full article here »

There’s nothing like the lapping sounds of ocean waves, the smell of salty breezes, the cry of seagulls.

And, there’s nothing like the Venice Beach Boardwalk. Operated by the Department of Recreation and Parks of the City of Los Angeles, the boardwalk stretches over two miles along sandy beach, and is visited by 28,000 to 30,000 people a day.

But, that’s not the half of it. The Venice Beach Boardwalk is a place where free spirits thrive, artists commingle and creativity is sparked.

Street performers, skateboarders, tattoo artists and musicians galore populate the boardwalk day and most of the night. This weekend, Venice Beach meets Taos at the second annual Field Trippin’ Fest that brings musicians and artists from both communities together. It all happens Saturday (Sept. 1) from 2 to 11 p.m. at the Taos Mesa Brewing Mothership, 20 ABC Mesa Road, off U.S. 64 west.

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Blogtown: Radio Venice – A True Venice Treasure

by CJ Gronner / original article posted on Blogtown »

I finally got to sit in on a Radio Venice session last weekend, when my friend Lacey Kay Cowden was making her Radio Venice debut, and I decided to tag along.

Radio Venice has been up and running since 2015, showcasing the very best music that Venice, California has to offer. Each Sunday at 4:20 p.m. (PST, of course), Radio Venice broadcasts live from their location in the Venice Suites hotel right on the Boardwalk.

Hosted by Michael Jost and Tonan Ruiz, the radio broadcast was founded by Jost, Rae Stanton, and Roy Edwards in the home location of Breakwater Studios. It’s a tiny little beach apartment, with not a lot of room for an audience (I sat squeezed in on the end of the bed while I watched), but that’s o.k., because the show is available to listen to and watch worldwide live on the web. Where it looks and sounds great, and you can almost hear the seagulls flying by out the windows.

Taking a look at the Radio Venice website shows a who’s who of Venice and International artists that have played here for their broadcast, and the good new for you if you’re just hearing about this gem of an entertainment site, is that they’re all archived for you to go down the rabbit hole into, and watch them all. And there’s a lot, so get comfy.

After Lacey played her set (beautifully), next up was Jost and his friend, Rick Boston, who comprise the acoustic guitar duo, Los Pochos. Wow. Their intricate playing was kind of a mix of classical and flamenco guitar, and utterly gorgeous.

Our friends were hosting a nacho party (!) while we were there, so we had to race out when there was a lull in the music, causing us to miss the sets from Erinn Williams (bummed because she plays electric guitar while singing opera!), and Lovemando … but we were able to watch them later on the site – as are you. And you’ll dig it, for sure.

The great news is that TONIGHT you have a chance to see some of this music live again! Jost is playing at the new music venue at Pacific Resident Theater from 7-9 p.m., and then you can head on over to The Townhouse/Del Monte Speakeasy to catch Lacey Cowden and friends at her weekly Tuesday excellent residency, starting at 9 p.m. – so you can do it all! On foot or bike from each other! Venice is awesome. And so is Radio Venice. Tune in every Sunday to get your Venice music fix!

Tune in, turn on, drop IN!

by CJ Gronner / original article posted on Blogtown »

Meet Michael Jost, Rae Stanton and Tonan Ruiz of in Venice

Featured on Voyage LA Magazine | December 11, 2017

Today we’d like to introduce you to Michael Jost, Rae Stanton and Tonan Ruiz.

Michael, Rae and Tonan, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today. was founded 2 years ago.

First show in September 2015. Live weekly webcast out of Breakwater Studios in Venice, Ca. (every Sunday 4:20pm PST).  Founded by musician & producer Michael Jost.

Mission to promote & share the fantastic & unique music & talent that is local to Venice/Los Angeles + feature traveling musicians from all over the world that come through Venice or LA.

Promoting love, peace & understanding through music, since EVERYBODY understands the language of music! All music played on the show is played Live! Highlighting what Venice is really about. (Music & Art). To fight gentrification…to keep this very special studio alive…

Today, more than 80 shows in the 7th Season of Radio Venice…more than a hundred artists featured on Radio Venice…working on our own record label… (Breakwater Records) Branching out worldwide…more shows…Radio Venice on the road… Hosted by Michael Jost, Co Host by Venice original Surfer / Skateboarder Tonan Ruiz and produced by Michael Jost & Rae Stanton.

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