Category Archives: Musical Guests

Kurt McMahan – King Corduroy

Kurt McMahan made his way to Los Angeles from Austin, TX by-way-of Montgomery, AL. Stirring up all the Southern flavors of Soul Music with the troubadour tradition of storytelling and a cosmic message. Take the Swamp Sound of Muscle Shoals, the Soul of Stax and electric blues of Texas; then mix in a dab of that Country twang and you get: Cosmic Southern Soul.

King Corduroy on Radio Venice

Radio Venice S05.E01 – February 12, 2017

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Franco Esile

Franco Esile grew up in Newburyport, Massachusetts. In his late teens he moved into Boston and hired himself out as a bass player to local bands while taking writing courses at the Harvard Extension night school. He briefly attended the Berklee School of Music and studied privately under Charlie Benacos. He’s written and arranged for his own original bands and also written music for poetical theater, including Life After Motown–produced by Nobel Poet Laureate Derek Walcott and ran for five nights at the Boston University Playwrights Theatre, and Where The Red Road Runs, a Native American perspective of the European settlement of the Americas, which ran for six months in a Cambridge theater. more Franco Esile »

Insects Vs. Robots

Venice Beach California’s Insects Vs. Robots have been carving out an experimental and boundary-less musical vision since 2008. Known for their live shows and unique visual universe, Insects Vs. Robots have released 4 albums with a brand new studio album titled “TheyllKillyYaa” newly released in October of 2016 by Henhouse Studios in Venice Beach, California.

Insects Vs. Robots recently performed at SXSW, the annual Farm Aid concert, and the 27th annual Bridge School Benefit as well as touring throughout the United States. Insects Vs. Robots have shared the stage with Neil Young, Jack White, Tinariwen and and many others …

IVR IS:
Milo Gonzalez
Tony Peluso
Micah Nelson
Jeff Smith
Nikita Sorokin

Insects Vs. Robots on Radio Venice

Radio Venice S04.E08 – October 30, 2016

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The Zmed Brothers

If The Everly Brothers, The Smothers Brothers, Ween, and Tenacious D all had a two headed baby it would be The Zmed Brothers.

The Zmed Brothers, Dylan and Zachary, are a mandolin and guitar playing, close harmony singing, brother duo that plays both covers and originals. They echo the traditional sensibilities of acts like Simon and Garfunkel and The Everly Brothers while bringing in their own sense of modern aesthetic.

The Bird Dogs, one of their current projects, bring a genuine and youthful Everly Brothers experience to the stage. The Zmed Brothers celebrate the genetic intimacy so ever present in the harmonies created by Don and Phil. When the guitar became electric, the Everly Brothers bridged the gap between Country and Rock n Roll. With countless hits and classics, the Everly Brothers inspired bands like The Beatles, Simon and Garfunkel, The Kinks, Buddy Holly, and many groups that utilize the blend of two part harmony. Their career spanned three decades and continue to influence artists around the world.

The Zmed Brothers are also know for the earlier project The Janks, an LA local blues/folk/rock band.

The Zmed Brothers on Radio Venice

Radio Venice S04.E08 – October 30, 2016

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Stage 11

STAGE 11 is an up-and-coming L.A. based melodic rock band that has been conquering West Coast venues with a fresh yet familiar sound that will have you singing along the first time you hear them. Composed of Diego Garcia (Lead Vocals/Electric Guitar/Acoustic Guitar/Percussion/Harmonica) Dustin Arth (Acoustic Guitar/Electric Guitar), Evan Michael Hart (Drums/Percussion/Backing Vocals/Mallets), Billy Ray Dyer (Bass) and Matthew Fennelly (Lead Guitar), five unique musicians who came together by chance but complement one another with great simplicity.

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Lullahis with Gracie

Lullahis with Gracie is a moniker for recent reflections by singer/songwriter, musician, and performer, Grace Joo. Consisting of enchanting vocal harmonies, guitar strums and pickin’, effects pedals, and a lifetime of love and loss in lyrics lent from one soul to the next, each performance serves to evoke an emotive and unifying human experience. With an extensive background in classical ballet and modern dance, Grace has continually reserved her passions exploring the performing arts. Whether it’s from choreographing to jazz and the music of Björk, working on repertoire with a modern dance company heavily soaked with Arvo Pärt and Meredith Monk compositions, letting loose to drum n’ bass and funk records, or heartaches with Patsy Cline, Grace’s unique style and uncanny sound is inspired by a broad creative spectrum that encompasses the essence of both past and future, nostalgia and novelty. more Lullahis with Gracie »

Slim Zwerling and The Yums

Slim has recorded and played with an impressive roster of music mavericks. His own music combines his experience as a sideman with his taste for finely crafted music, from reggae to country. With the aid of his band they seamlessly blend their diverse influences into a hard to define style of music, garnished with East Los Angeles sensibility. more Slim Zwerling and The Yums »

Kristina Olsen

Kristina Olsen is one of the most entertaining and compelling performers on the international acoustic circuit. A superb multi-instrumentalist (acoustic guitar, steel-body slide guitar, saxophone, concertina, banjo, mandolin and piano) as well as an award-winning songwriter with a big bluesy voice, Kristina has audiences around the world coming back for more. Her mix of powerful songs ranging from sassy bottleneck blues to lilting ballads to swing jazz to raunch and roll (as well as her hilarious storytelling) makes for a diverse and satisfying musical experience, on stage, on disc and in book.

Born in San Francisco and raised in Haight-Ashbury during the 1960’s, Kristina’s approach to music and life was formed by that environment of vital cultural expression, social activism and diverse musical influences. She now calls Venice Beach, Los Angeles home but rarely sees it from touring ten months a year.

With eleven recordings under her belt (four on the Philo/Rounder label), and an enhanced eBook with music, (They Paid Us in Tub Time), 2014 sees the release of ‘Chemistry’ a live in studio recording with guitar wizard Pete Snell. Pete toured the United States and Europe for over five years with Lyle Lovett and His Large Band, and has played with such artists as Annie Lennox, T Bone Burnett, Macy Gray, Ricki Lee Jones, Bonnie Raitt, Bruce Hornsby, Lou Reed, and many others.

Olsen’s songs have been covered by such respected artists as; Eric Bibb, Fairport Convention, Maddy Prior, Mary Coughlan and Mollie O’Brien. Olsen has also worked as a session musician on numerous artist’s albums including playing the hammered dulcimer on Michelle Shocked’s album ‘Short Sharp Shocked’ on PolyGram and touring as Mary Coughlan’s guitarist in 2005. Her song “In Your Darkened Room” was used in the film “We’ll Always Have Dingle”, a documentary about an Irish Film Festival.  Olsen has performed as a multi-instrumentalist in plays for the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles’ Music Center. Olsen won the Kerrville Song writing award her song for battered women, ‘I’m Keeping This Life of Mine’

Olsen is the modern day troubadour, touring up to ten months a year. She regularly tours to Australia, Scotland, England, New Zealand, Canada and the USA. In more exotic locations, she has performed concerts in, Bangladesh, Norfolk Island, New Caledonia and once caught a snow-mobile drawn sled over a frozen lake to a concert in Aleknagik, Alaska. Olsen has been part of a songwriters’ group for over three decades and has taught songwriting, slide guitar and dance for musicians at adult music camps from Alaska to NYC to the UK to Australia for over a twenty years. Olsen is a frequent contributor to Acoustic Guitar magazine, writing articles on guitar and performance technique.

Kristina Olsen on Radio Venice

Radio Venice S04.E02 – September 18, 2016

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