Halina Janusz is a performer, songwriter, children’s music specialist, and recording artist who grew up in the Southern California folk music scene. While she is most well known as a vocalist, singing everything from Rock and Blues to Country, Folk, Funk, Pop and R&B, Halina also plays several instruments including banjo and guitar.
Her father, Mike Janusz, was a well-known Folk singer and songwriter in Los Angeles during the 60’s and 70’s, performing regularly at clubs like the iconic Ash Grove on Melrose and McCabe’s guitar shop in Santa Monica, and also at memorable festivals like the Monterey Folk festival.
Halina began performing and recording in the 1990s, and has worked with several well-known projects in the Los Angeles live music scene for the past 25 years- including original bands Good Dog Nigel, Absolutely Free, and Mother Jones. All three bands generated industry attention, but it was Mother Jones, a Jam Rock project, that brought national and international radio air-play and write-ups for the band in publications like Relix magazine and on Jambase.com.
Along the way Halina has also worked with several acoustic side projects, Like Sugar Mountain, and The Wild Honeys, two all female ensembles that she co-founded with some of LA’s most unique and talented women artists. While continuing to embrace creative endeavors with Mother Jones Band, Halina also sings with the successful Jerry Garcia tribute project, Jerry’s Middle Finger or “JMF”. They have been packing venues all along the west coast and in Arizona, and are just beginning to tour nationally.
With everything being put on hold for the foreseeable future, Halina continues to write, record, and live stream her music, including a children’s music broadcast from her “Halina Sings” Facebook page every Friday at 11am, from her family’s home in Auburn, CA.
Drumdala is an audio-visual performance group specializing in a fusion of tribal, modern dance, and cinematic styles. It is based around a unique instrument designed by Richard Sherwood called The Drumdala – mandala of drums. This instrument is a blend of acoustic and tonal electronic drums which can loop and layer a vast array of sounds.
The design inspiration for the instrument comes from the Taiko drumming tradition, early electronic drummers, DJ culture, and visionary instrument inventor William Close. Richard has performed around the world with Mr. Close’s Earthharp Collective for the past 15 years. The drumdala is an evolution of Mr. Close’s drumcloud with the latest electronic looping technology.
Richard’s playing style comes from many places including African, Indian, Japanese, and Middle Eastern drumming traditions, modern dance music, and good old rock ‘n’ roll.
Son Vo is a diverse songwriter with a unique life story that’s helped shape his path into becoming a versatile musician. Also a singer, multi-instrumentalist, arranger, mixer and producer, he’s been writing music for over 30 years.
Growing up listening to all types of music, his writing style reflects just that: blues, rock, country, Americana, acoustic instrumentals, Latin jazz, reggae, 60’s pop and more can be heard in his many releases.
He’s also the bandleader of the Americana rock jam band, Mother Jones, a unit of top notch musicians who’ve released 3 albums and performed extensively 15+ years. Son’s also performed in many bands as a bassist throughout the last 20+ years in Los Angeles, playing all types of music.
Son continuously records and releases music at his home recording studio, so check back often for more music.
Utah Funk is a multi instrumentalist from Philadelphia Pennsylvania who uses his vast array of styles and sounds to captivate people who like all genres of music. The sound is reminiscent of psychedelic sounds from the 60’s and 70’s mixed with new age indie alternative tastes such as Mac Demarco and yellow days.
Jaraneh Nova is an American born songwriter, vocalist, multi-instrumentalist based in Ojai, CA. She has been called the Voice from the Ancestral Well, drawing inspiration from her Native American roots, bringing the essence of Traditional Native American Music and infuses it with modern sound.
Inspired by the pioneers of song and sound. Her artistic journey weaves original music and native heritage into medicine stories that heal and transform. Her lyrics are powerfully born from prayerful states and channeled from ancestral helpers.
Performing live for over 20,000 people, her live show is a beautiful tapestry woven with live loops of ambient sounds, native flutes, guitars, vocals, and prayers.
This can be transcendence.
This is a musical spiritual quest and homecoming for us all.
Festival audiences at Lucidity, Coachella, Cosmic Carnival, Love Fest, Inlakesh and more, have joined in the trance-like native ambient folk-tronic experience. The beautiful vibes and ancestral energies she brings, lift the spirit and connect the heart to our sacred mother earth.
Jaraneh Nova is a life long musician with her roots in Opera, Jazz and the Classics. Her first band, Blues Crusher was a successful experiment in Psychedelic Blues Rock. Her next project, Big Bone Lick (named after the famous Mammoth burial site in Kentucky) created a fresh Tribal-tronic sound. Next, she began her solo project: Red Road Medicine Show, an evening of live-looping and indigenous wisdom teachings. She is currently working on her first major album release: Emergence. Please visit her Patreon page to join her growing tribe and to support her in raising funds to record this seminal release in 2020.
Regis Jr plays bass for the band Mercy Jones. In his downtime, he’s a singer/songwriter. Wait, did he get that backwards? Regis Jr is writing about himself in the third person. He’s never met a guitar he didn’t like. He’s got music in the Roger Corman film Carnosaur – about some T-Rexes who take over the world. He’s stoked to be playing for you on Radio Venice.
Based out of Nashville, Tennessee, Cristina Vane is taking the town by storm with her unique blend of blues and folk. Originally from Europe, she draws from such a great host of influences that it is impossible to compare her music to any one artist. That being said, she draws decisively from country blues, delta blues, and American folk music, creating her own flavor of the blues. Whether on the Venice boardwalk busking by the beach or on a stage in Mississippi, her signature resonator bottleneck playing and powerful vocals are unmistakable and unforgettable.
Before falling in love with the blues, Cristina spent her childhood and adolescence studying classical voice, music theory, piano and flute, ever consumed by music. She has love for many kinds of music, ranging from baroque classical to punk and metal. This theme continues throughout her career today; while she predominantly plays slide guitar, she employs fingerpicking, acoustic, electric guitar techniques, as well as clawhammer banjo playing.
Cristina had been performing in the Southern California area for nearly four years when she embarked on a 5 month tour, summer of 2018. While Cristina spent summers gigging in both New York and London previous to her move to Venice, she had never traveled the United States extensively and found her tour to be a personal and musical success. Her effervescent and edgy personality make for entrancing live performances, which she has honed with hours of practice playing in venues across the country as well as busking for the public on Venice Beach for several years. It is safe to say Cristina lives through music, it saturates her life and is, for her, a necessary vehicle for expression.
Born from the tradition of bringing good stories to music, Brother Billy’s first release “Don’t Fall Asleep on the Tracks” has conjured up spirits of the past with tales of jilted love, pointed historical commentary, and folks having raucous good time.
With the evocative puberty anthem “Red Ribbon” to the cynical retort of “Your Grand Design” he gets right to the sweet, the sad, and the naughty.
His Hopeless Choir is a revolving door of many talented musicians that give a little to help a lot in lifting up the spirit of his oh-so-spirited music.
From the snow-capped mountains of Oklahoma to the pale-painted deserts of Louisiana – from the coal-firing cost of California to the sweeping serenity of New York City – everyone could use the kind of smile that comes from spending a little time with Brother Billy.
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 14 Tomi has been playing over 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.