Michael Gatto is a 15 year old Songwriter and Vocalist originally from Venice California. He is best known for his work as lead Guitarist of Behind The Rows, The Venice Demons and Orpheus. Michael’s big break came when he performed on Radio Venice.TV which has made him an instant global sensation. Other notable appearances were at The World Famous Mint, The Troubadour, Time Warp Records, Pablos House and The Grandview Market in Mar Vista.
He is currently studying at the Soundlife Music Academy and inspired by such greats as Black Sabbath, Fugazi, The Misfits, and Jimi Hendrix. Michael has had the honor to jam with Perry Ferrel of Janes Addiction, Sid of Slipknot and The Ambassador of Soul-Ellis Hall. On his free time Michael volunteers at a preschool in Inglewood CA where he plays guitar and sings with the young students. He is also the Founder of the Pacific Palisades Open Mic for kids held several times a year and has composed the score for two short films.
If you miss any of his shows don’t worry you can often catch him busking on Venice Beach where he has had multiple violation warnings from Neighbors and Authorities for being too loud. Hey … but thats punk isn’t it?
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 street perform as much as they can on the US West Coast between Laguna Beach and Santa Barbara.
At the ripe ol’ age of 15 Tomi has been playing over half her life. Tom is an artist to his core having studied both art and music in college. He schooled her on scales before chords and they’ve fine-tuned original songs like “Peanut Butter and Classical Jam”, “Simple Song” and “Her Butt” as well as covers like “Low Budget” by The Kinks, “The Weight” by The Band and “White Rabbit” by Jefferson Airplane. 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 Multi Genre, striving to have something for everyone and remain unique in a cookie cutter world. 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.
DETOURE is a young Southern California power trio, founded in 2014 by childhood friends Sam Edelman (16, drums) Niko Nicholas (15, vocals, lead guitar), and Jersey Sullivan (14, bass). Nodding to their classic hard rock and 90s grunge ancestors, DETOURE loves to play live and has had the opportunity to do so in some of the most iconic clubs on both coasts. They’ve been honored to open for such legendary bands as Missing Persons and The Alarm, as well as Steven Adler from Guns N’ Roses. These guys play hard-hitting rock n’ roll with a fresh, 21st century sound, and is currently recording their first EP with producer Brent Woods (Sebastian Bach, Vince Neil, Chevy Metal).