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Billy Stobo

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.

Billy Stobo on Radio Venice

Radio Venice S14.E08 – June 28, 2020
Radio Venice S13.E11 – March 29, 2020
Radio Venice S10.E03 – January 27, 2019
Radio Venice S09.E11 – November 18, 2018
Radio Venice S08.E09 – May 20, 2018
Radio Venice S06.E07 – September 10, 2017
Radio Venice S06.E02 – July 2, 2017
Radio Venice S05.E05 – April 9, 2017
Radio Venice 1 Year Anniversary Show – September 25, 2016
Radio Venice #17 – January 31, 2016
Radio Venice #14 with Spiel – January 10, 2016
Radio Venice #1 – September 20, 2015

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Michael Jost

Born in Dreieich, just outside of Frankfurt Germany, guitarist Michael Jost (pronounced ‘yoast’), found his way to the bohemian Venice Beach boardwalk, in Los Angeles California, where he now lives and makes music.

Owing to Michael’s unique European heritage, his rigorous classical training, and his 21st Century American experience, you can hear something very different in his passionate, Spanish-style guitar. Michael’s travel companion is Miss Lucy, a Flamenca guitar built by Tomas Delgado of Candelas Guitars. She has a strong character, with a warm and beautiful sound.

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Desi Ramone

Desi Ramone is a far cry from your typical singer-songwriter act. Standing at 6.2 and decked out in classic western wear, he plays his Gibson J-100 through Marshall Acoustic Amp, unleashing a unique live performance that blends the sounds of Surf, Bo Diddley, Hooker Blues Power Pop and Honky Tonk. He has one purpose – to make you dance. “I only play three styles – Johnny Cash, Johnny Ramone and Johnny B Goode.”

Born just North of Modesto CA, Desi grew up listening to Honky Tonk on forgotten jukeboxes, Mexican Folk and Classic 50’s on am radio then later English New Wave and LA Punk on late night Berkley College Radio. After spending some time in NYC , Desi has called Southern California his home for quite some time now.

As a drummer, Desi worked in various Surf and Rockabilly bands around LA area, before moving over to acoustic guitar, playing rhythm guitar in a variety of Bluegrass and Country bands. Then on 12/31/12 (the anniversary of country music legend Hank Williams death) Desi decides it is time to front his own project, which led to the release of “Waiting”.

“I wanted to honor Hank Williams by playing my songs the way I want to play em” Ramone Says.

Desi has been featured on radio station, KXLU 88.5FM, www.radiovenice.tv and Internet Show, LAartstream.com. He has also appeared live on the Venice Pop-Up Open Mic Night on Wednesday nights. He frequently plays/busk on Abbott Kinney and Windward Circle where he sets up PA, amp, fog machine with stage lighting and a flying saucer looking platform to stand on just to make it official. “I figure more people will see me and remember me doin my act on the street than in a club”. His single “Red and Yellow Roses”, featuring the great Chris Lawrence on pedal steel and was mixed by Marty Rifkin available on www.cdbaby.com.

News Flash! Desi Ramone has just released his latest recording “Rockin’ Robin”. With deep roots in rockabilly, blues and country music, Ramone has reshaped the 1958 Bobby Day classic into a unique sound somewhere between Link Wray and The Cramps with a great rocking beat that makes you want to get up and jump around the room. Recorded at (our very own) Breakwater Studios, Desi surrounded himself with some of the best talent in southern California including producer, Christopher Hazard, engineer Michael Jost and mixed by multi-talented Marty Rifkin. Available on CD Baby … follow the link in the box below.

For bookings and other info contact Desi at desi@desiramone.com.

Desi Ramone on Radio Venice

Radio Venice S14.E04 – May 31, 2020
Radio Venice S11.E10 – July 7, 2019
Radio Venice Season 9 Finale – December 2, 2018
Radio Venice S05.E11 – May 21, 2017
Radio Venice S03.E05 – June 5, 2016

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Diego Garcia

Diego has been writing and singing for over 20 years and now performs in two bands. He is the lead singer of local indie band Stage 11, who have released “Moments Like These” their third studio record in July 2017. New music coming in 2020 as Stage 11 reaches their 11th year. You can keep up with the band at Stage11Music.com.

Diego is also part of a duo with the band High Noon Whiskey and are in the works to record their first album in the near future.

Diego, Best Male Vocal winner at the Hollywood Music in Media Awards 2016, can also be seen at his residency, every first Tuesday of the month at Sonny McLeans in Santa Monica, and solo around the L.A. area performing original music and supporting the Indie Music scene.

Diego Garcia on Radio Venice

Radio Venice S14.E02 – May 17, 2020
Radio Venice S13.E02 – January 19, 2020
Radio Venice S10.E05 with Mercury Sound Club – February 10, 2019
Radio Venice S09.E08 – October 28, 2018
Radio Venice S07.E07 – January 21, 2018
Radio Venice S06.E06 – July 30, 2017
Radio Venice S04.E10 – November 20, 2016
Radio Venice 1 Year Anniversary Show – September 25, 2016
Radio Venice #20 – February 21, 2016
Radio Venice #11 – November 29, 2015 with Stage 11
Radio Venice #7 – November 1, 2015 with High Noon Whiskey
Radio Venice #2 – September 27, 2015

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Vinnie Caggiano

Vinnie Caggiano, a Venice Resident for 10 years, is originally from New York City and has performed as a guitar soloist; with bands of almost every variety from African to Blues to Jazz to Country; and as accompanist for local singer-songwriters. He has also logged thousands of hours in recording sessions with various artists. more Vinnie Caggiano »

Suzy Williams

Suzy Williams, deemed by LA Weekly as “LA’s Diva Deluxe”, has played venues from Carnegie Hall to the Canary Islands with Van Dyke Parks, Buster Poindexter, Marc Shaiman, Nicholas Ray, and the Pilobolus dance troupe, among others.

Bette Midler, Horace Silver, Roosevelt Sykes, Ann Magnuson, Eubie Blake, Odetta, and Hadda Brooks have praised her passionate singing and vibrant energy. Her original songs will leave you laughing, sobbing, or both.

Let’s Pull Together and Stand Apart by Suzy Williams and Brad Kay

Suzy Williams on Radio Venice

Radio Venice S13.E13 – April 12, 2020
Radio Venice S13.E08 – March 8, 2020
Radio Venice S11.E11 – July 14, 2019
Radio Venice S11.E06 – June 9, 2019
Radio Venice Season 9 Finale – December 2, 2018
Radio Venice S09.E09 – November 4, 2018
Radio Venice 100th Episode – May 6, 2018
Radio Venice 2 Year Anniversary S06.E08 – September 24, 2017
Radio Venice S05.E04 – April 2, 2017
Radio Venice S04.E10 – November 20, 2016
Radio Venice 1 Year Anniversary Show – September 25, 2016
Radio Venice S03.E06 – June 12, 2016
Radio Venice S03.E02 – May 15, 2016
Radio Venice #23 – March 13, 2016
Radio Venice #11 – November 29, 2015
Radio Venice #4 – October 11, 2015

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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.

Sunny War on Radio Venice

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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Golden Buddha

It’s a long story …

They are the originators of the Mantra-Rock sound of the 90’s which has now infused itself into the consciousness of the new millennia.

With Teo Castro on Guitar and Vocals, Billy Stobo on Drums, and Jeffrey Dimmick on Bass, Golden Buddha becomes a mixture of ancient tones and modern sounds, interwoven with funky tribal rhythms and a hard biting edge.

  • The pulsating grooves of the bass are sensual and erotic.
  • The unrelenting drums are thunderous and melodic.
  • The soaring guitars and mystic vocals are penetrating and chaotic.

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The Venice Philharmonic Orchestra

The Venice Philharmonic Orchestra current lineup consists of Michael Jost on electric guitar, Hailey Demian on bass, Andy Kravitz on drums and Barry Conley on the OutofControl-atron.

The first use of ‘philharmonic’ was in London in 1813. An organisation was founded called the Philharmonic Society. The word ‘philharmonic’ translates to ‘music lover’. The sources I’ve found say this was taken from the French ‘philharmonoque’, but I think it is more likely that the word was taken right from the Greek. Greek is much more fashionable than French – especially if you’re living in London in 1813.

The Venice Philharmonic Orchestra on Radio Venice

Radio Venice Season 11 Finale – July 28, 2019
Radio Venice 3 Year Anniversary Show – September 23, 2018
Radio Venice S06.E12 – October 2, 2017
Radio Venice S04.E01 – September 11, 2016
Radio Venice live from The Townhouse / S03.E10 – July 10, 2016
Radio Venice #26 – April 3, 2016

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