Category Archives: Musical Guests

Motsé

Born and raised in Chicago Illinois, Christopher Major of Motsé music is patient to his prospective, debut records long time coming. With two studio record trial and errors under his belt he feels the burn to sink the third. “Writing the best music I’ve got in my belt is my only objective as the songwriter.”

He handcrafts his songs to taylor fit, seeking inspiration from the greats of the past including Jim Croce, Jeff Buckley, Batman etc. With a hard right hand and an elastic voice, Christopher Major of Motsé is on thuh mooooove.

Motsé on Radio Venice

Radio Venice S10.E09 – March 10, 2019

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Paul Inman’s Delivery

Paul Inman’s Delivery is comprised of singer-songwriter-guitarist/pianist Paul Inman and current drummer Johnny Ray (occasionally Ron Pak) along with bassist Steve Seifert (occassionally Rick Smith), and keyboardist John Bird.

Born and raised near Detroit Michigan, Inman digested much from that locale’s sonic landscape before emigrating to Los Angeles where he absorbed the Americana/folk stylings of California’s most compelling artists (The Band, Tom Waits, The Heartbreakers, The Buffalo Springfield, Neil Young and Crazy Horse, Blood on The Tracks/Desire era Dylan, Van Morrison’s Hard Nose the Highway), blending them into a compelling Gothic-tinged folk/pop/rock delivery.

Touring both as a trio and as a solo acoustic guitar and piano act, Paul Inman’s Delivery have released 4 full-length CD’s of deftly performed gothic-tinged americana infused with folk and pop. Their latest, Songs Of The Broken Earth, further expands their sonic palette to incorporate blues and electronic stylings, while remaining embedded in the americana and roots rock genre.

They tour intermittently both in the U.S. and in Europe while continuing to record new material. They have shared stages with the likes of Marc Olsen and Victoria Williams (Creek Dippers), Gram Rabbit, Lucinda Williams, and The Jayhawks. They are looking to release a new CD later this year.

Paul Inman’s Delivery on Radio Venice

Radio Venice S10.E09 – March 10, 2019

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Ninja Academy

“An instrumental bass and drums fury.”

Ninja Academy is an instrumental rock duo consisting of Indo-Ninja on bass and Outdo-Ninja on drums. They have performed at almost every club in Los Angeles, including Spaceland, The Echo, Safari Sam’s, The Viper Room, The Roxy, and The Whiskey. In 2009 they completed two national tours. Notable past performances include a 5 week, sold out residency at the Silverlake Lounge; a sold out show opening for Rx Bandits at The Roxy; performing along side famous actors such as Tim Meadows, Andrew Daly and Matt Walsh at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in L.A.; performing with esteemed live painter/artist, Norton Wisdom; playing an acoustic set at a private party for Rickie Lee Jones’ birthday; and performing on the KTLA Morning Show at the Queen Mary. One of their most important shows was the farewell show for their martial artist, Donkey Punch at The Echo in Los Angeles. This show was sold out beyond capacity and filmed and recorded by Spaceland Productions. It is distributed and available for purchase internationally. Other notable artists they have opened for are: Mike Watt & The Secondmen, Nels Cline Singers, Banyan (with Stephen Perkins), and Donita Sparks (L7). In 2008, Ninja Academy was awarded the ‘Hear in L.A.’ prize for original composition, by the City of Los Angeles’ Department of Cultural Affairs and the Center for Cultural Innovation. Most recently, Ninja Academy was awarded a grant by the City of Pasadena Arts & Culture Commission and the Division of Cultural Affairs, to perform in Spring 2009’s ArtNight Pasadena. They were also included in Music Connection Magazine’s “Top 100 Unsigned Bands of 2009”. All these performances have gained Ninja Academy a loyal and large fan base, in addition to numerous “Go” mentions in the L.A. Weekly. As Indo-Ninja so eloquently puts it, “You never know when a Ninja is going to show up.”

Although Ninja Academy is mostly a bass and drums duo, there are many guest ninjas that join them on stage. Gongis Khan is their high-priestess who bangs on the Taiko drum and dances beautifully. Ninjamamalickum executes vocal destruction every time she steps up to the mic. There are many other occasional guests, varying from violin to guitar to martial artist. It may be interesting to note that Indo, Outdo and the two ladies are all of Asian decent and yes, they do dress like ninjas. Indo and Outdo are also in-demand musicians in their own right. Both of them have toured internationally (with separate groups) and both have appeared on national television programs like Late Night with David Letterman.

Ninja Academy has four releases under their belts; three studio albums (one of which has cover artwork by Chet Zar, Tool’s live video artist), and the above-mentioned live album. These CDs have been played on various radio stations (terrestrial and Internet) around the country, as well as having been licensed to MTV, Quicksilver and other productions.

Ninja Academy on Radio Venice

Radio Venice S10.E08 – March 3, 2019

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Tony Morrow

Troubadour, singer/songwriter, total street style, Tony Morrow (aka Rusty James) has been playing guitar for 30 years with an array of musical influences. Self taught like his father, Tony plays all original music. “Tell yer own or happy take on life” is how Tony feels.

Tony started out as a coffee house performer always playing rhythm and blues on electric. He made a four-song demo with Waif & Strays, a band he created and disbanded shortly after. Now playing solo, he has a second demo called Love, Life and Family, comprising of three acoustic style songs. His six song demo is available in person.

Tony Morrow on Radio Venice

Radio Venice S10.E08 – March 3, 2019
Radio Venice S07.E12 – February 25, 2018

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The Blood Moon Howlers

The Blood Moon Howlers are an American four-piece rock band formed in Los Angeles. Core members include guitarist/vocalist Matt Wayne, bassist/vocalist/keyboardist JuJu, drummer/percussionist Brandon Cooke and Evan Hatfield, saxophone/sitar/keys.

Featuring dual male and female lead vocals with whiskey drenched heavy swampy blues rock, flecks of smokey burlesque and psychedelic tendencies. The band formed in January of 2017 and since then has released 2 EPs and played venues all over Southern California.

They are currently recording an LP set to be released in the Spring of 2019 including an original song featured on the film “Sugar Babe”.

The Blood Moon Howlers on Radio Venice

Radio Venice S10.E08 – March 3, 2019
Radio Venice 3 Year Anniversary Show – September 23, 2018
Radio Venice S08.E11 – June 3, 2018

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Hailey Demian

Hailey Demian, Bass Guitarist, is a regular at Radio Venice, collaborating with a number of Radio Venice Alumni (mentioned below). He also writes his own solo music. He is a founding band member of Vorpium, with Milo Gonzalez and Richard Sherwood, and a founding member of Full Melt Reggae, with Alex Emami and Amit Gilad. He has collaborated with Michael Jost and the Venice Philharmonic Orchestra as well as with Peter Demian (Street Smart Music). more Hailey Demian »

The TomiTom Sho

Bio modified from an article that was written by Laguna Beach Vibe
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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

Radio Venice S10.E07 – February 24, 2019
Radio Venice S08.E13 – June 17, 2018

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Michael Gatto + Stellan Jones

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 »