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?

Sleepwalk

Favorite quarantine activity?

Facebook

Favorite comfort food?

Mac and cheese tuna casserole

Favorite instrument …

Guitar

… 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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PayPal.me/nicolebrophymusic

Nicole Brophy on Radio Venice

Radio Venice S16.E11 – March 28, 2021

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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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with Marie-Clo

Who or what inspires you?

Nature

Why do you love Radio Venice?

Such a wonderful initiative; artists from all over gathering to play.

Favorite song right now?

Bedroom by Litany

Favorite album right now?

VelkomBak by Gypsy Kumbia Orchestra

Latest hobby you picked up?

Depression. Just kidding. Knitting.

Last thing you read?

The Botany of Desire by Michael Pollan

Best breakup song?

Anything Patrick Watson

Best makeout song?

Woman Is A Word by Empress Of

Favorite quarantine activity?

Dancing as if I’m at a party with humans.

Favorite comfort food?

Chips immediately followed by chocolate. Then chips again.

Favorite instrument …

Keyboard

… and does it have a name?

Synthy Cindy

Marie-Clo

with Dead Rock West

Who or what inspires you?

The Ocean

Why do you love Radio Venice?

We LOVE Radio Venice because Radio Venice loves to be inspired. Michael & Rae love music & we love them.

Favorite song right now?

Ain’t No Mountain High Enough

Favorite album right now?

This May be the Last Time – The Staples Singers

Latest hobby you picked up?

Cooking!

Last thing you read?

Seth Speaks – Jane Roberts

Best breakup song?

Turn! Turn! Turn! – The Byrds

Best makeout song?

Fade Into You – Mazzy Star

Favorite quarantine activity?

Walking

Favorite comfort food?

Soup

Favorite instrument …

Piano

Dead Rock West

Kena

Kena is a powerful female producer and musician duo based in Los Angeles.

Multi instrumentalists Adrienne “AeB” Byrne and Luna Achiary unite forces to create dynamic sets, rooted in deep house, electro pop and world music.

By combining synthesizers, flutes, handpans, guitars, drum machines, mbira, winds and vocal psychedelic loops, Kena is on a quest to enchant the world, filling the gap between human and the machine.

Their sensual, soulful blend can remind of Rufus du Sol, Bjork, Bonobo and Radiohead.

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PayPal.me/kenasounds
Venmo: @kenasounds

KENA on Radio Venice

Radio Venice S16.E10 – March 21, 2021
Radio Venice at Burning Man Day 1 – August 30, 2020
Radio Venice S13.E15 – April 26, 2020
Radio Venice S12.E07 – November 3, 2019
Radio Venice S09.E11 – November 18, 2018

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… live with love from Venice (and beyond!)