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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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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 Thursday night at The Auld Fella, Culver City, and solo around the L.A. area performing original music and supporting the Indie Music scene.

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Venmo: @DiegoGarcia1125

Diego Garcia on Radio Venice

Radio Venice Season 17 Finale – August 8, 2021
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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Jeremy Parker

Jeremy Parker born in Upland California July 16 1975 grew up playing music and singing in church. His father was a pastor that led the worship on Sunday’s so Jeremy would often play guitar or drums and sing along with the church worship band. At age 14 he joined a Christian death metal band call Revelator. At age 16 he played in a high school party band called Entente.

He got a track n field scholarship pole vaulting at a Baptist College in Lynchburg VA called Liberty. Jeremy was a surf punk from Southern California and didn’t realize what he was getting into, so after being submerged in this ultra right wing culture he formed a counter culture punk band called Liberty Noise. They played all of the “forbidden” underground parties at Liberty that would’ve gotten everyone there expelled. Those were the best parties and it fueled a rebellious side of Jeremy just wanted to have fun and play music.

After 2 years in Virginia, Parker moved back to California and attended USC and then Cal Poly Pomona where he formed a 10 piece Ska band called “Skeeball”.

After college Jeremy met his life long friend Mike Sullivan (Sully) who together along with Jack Carlos formed the popular band “Meet Me at the Pub” in 1999. They would go on to travel the world and played shows from England to Japan and every backyard party in Venice Beach they could find.

It was in Venice after college that Jeremy found his voice and his sound. In 2016 Jeremy was made “King of Venice” at the annual Neptune festival in Venice Beach, a great honor given to one person every year who has made a positive impact in the Venice community.

He’s performed solo shows in England and Sweden and ran the popular “Acoustic Tuesday” night at the Venice Whaler.

In 2018 Jeremy moved to West Chester PA to work on television as a chef on QVC. He married Shannon McKernan in October 2020 who he met on a party bus at a Meet Me at the Pub show in 2016. She’s a local a Venice girl but claims she had never heard of Jeremy before they met which Jeremy finds hard to believe. Parker still has an apartment in Venice though he primarily presides on the east coast.

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In lieu of direct tips, Jeremy asks that you donate to Radio Venice instead (thanks Jeremy!)

Jeremy Parker on Radio Venice

Radio Venice S17.E05 – June 13, 2021
Radio Venice S13.E07 – March 1, 2020
Radio Venice S07.E03 – November 26, 2017
Radio Venice S05.E03 – February 26, 2017
Radio Venice S03.E03 – May 22, 2016
Radio Venice #13 – December 12, 2015
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.

In his solo work he employs guitar looping through which he creates real-time backing tracks which he jams on.

Vinnie is a music writer as well, with a degree in Music Composition. He teaches guitar locally in Venice from beginners to advanced guitarists specializing in Music Theory.

He is currently in the band The Blue Kind.

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Vinnie Caggiano on Radio Venice

Radio Venice S15.E10 – November 29, 2020
Radio Venice S13.E14 – April 19, 2020
Radio Venice 100th Episode – May 6, 2018
Radio Venice #15 – January 17, 2016
Radio Venice #5 – October 18, 2015
Radio Venice #2 – September 27, 2015

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Matt DeMerritt

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