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.
Michael has a unique sound. His music is a journey in time and space fueled by his passion for music and his instrument. His influences are very multicoloured and involve different styles, continents and time periods from Paco De Lucia and Stravinsky to Jimi Hendrix and Pink Floyd.
No two of Michael’s live performances are ever the same, drawing from his recent albums, Zeitlos and California Burning, as well as unreleased songs from his upcoming album, Concierto.
Zeitlos is a timeless and unique blend of acoustic, classical and flamenco styles, entwined with the sounds and soul of Venice, California. His earlier album, California Burning, is a psychedelic fusion of electric and acoustic guitar.
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
Let’s pull together and stand apart
Let’s sanitize our own shopping cart
Let’s do our huggin’ just from the heart
Let’s pull together and stand – – – – Apart.
We’ve gotta flatten this doggone curve
Six feet of distance takes some reserve
Call up your buddy, now THAT will serve –
We’ve gotta flatten the dog – – – – gone curve.
[spoken] Virtual virtue … is the
order of the [sung] DAY…
Let’s do our face time here on face-book –
Instagram, Marco Polo, Skype – OK?
[Brad:] OHHH – KAAYYY!!
[Suzy]: Show solidarity to Hospital Staff,
Knockin’ themselves out on our behalf – THEN
When this is over, we’ll live to laugh!
Let’s pull together and stand —
Then we’ll resume what we planned –
THAT will be so frickin’ GRAND! [triplets]
Let’s pull together and STAND – – – Apart!
Based in Los Angeles since 1997, Matt DeMerritt plays sax, flute, keys, percussion and melodica and has devoted his career to an exploration of music within many styles and mediums. In addition to composing and playing his own music he has been a busy session and backup musician touring with the likes of Macy Gray, De La Soul, Talib Kweli, Rakim, Ghostface Killah, Brother Ali, Redman, Pharoahe Monch, Dakah Hip Hop Orchestra, Orgone, Breakestra, Brazzaville, and Allen Stone. Continue reading Matt DeMerritt→
Barry Conley is a professional recording engineer, producer and musician. In his formative years, Barry studied electronic and experimental music composition with Earle Brown (cohort of John Cage) and Morton Subotnick.
Barry’s professional career started with an engineering position at Baby’O Recorders in Hollywood where he worked with George Harrison, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and The Red Hot Chili Peppers. Barry went on to work at Sunset Sound and Paramount Recording Studios with such artists as Miles Davis, B.B. King, Ike Turner, and The Stray Cats.
Barry Conley’s band “The Aliens That Ate Hollywood” was featured on The Desert Sessions volume 6 “Black Anvil Ego” record put out by Josh Homme (Queens of The Stone Age).
While waiting for the members of Cypress Hill to arrive at a recording session for their “Stoned Raiders” record, Barry invented and devised a portable joystick/photo optically controlled analog synthesizer/effects processor named the “OutofControl-atron”. Seven years in the making and played on many records including Black Label Society’s “Mafia”.
Barry currently plays in several combos including Liquid Owsley, Splotch, Spiel, and The Aliens. Barry has been known to do solo “abductions”, sometimes known as “sonic colonics”, with his various Buchla synthesizers and the OutofControl-atron.
Barry currently owns Outer Space, a recording studio in Venice, California where he has recently worked with Luicidal and Robert Trujillo (Metallica).
Barry Conley on Radio Venice
Barry and his Outofcontrol-atron have become a regular feature on the couch of Radio Venice … click here to see all the archived shows
DEAN is Isaac Irvin (guitar/vocals), Michael Jost (bass) and Kevin Witucki (drums).
Following the 2015 solo EP release, primary songwriter and guitarist Isaac Irvin didn’t give fans any time to lament instead he hit the ground running with his new project DEAN, a harder-edged continuation of his work. Since then Isaac has proven himself quite the frontman, impressing audiences around LA with rollicking performances of tunes like “Walk Away” and “Alive”. He throws in a few classic numbers like “Silverlake” and “holding on to you” for good measure, ensuring fans both old and new get to rock out to their favorite jams.
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.
We are working with a high-quality production team to create our 6 track EP “Moments Like These,” and need your help to finish it. In return, we are offering a lot of great perks, including a signed copy of the finished album, a limited edition album art poster, and even a private backyard concert for the high-rollers. Even a donation of $5 is much appreciated, as it will help us get closer to our goal of sharing our music with the world.
– Stage 11