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.
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.
Bill Burnett is one of LA’s most respected singer-songwriters. He has written songs and special material for Bette Midler, Patti Lupone, Tim Curry, Dean Stevens, Pebbles Flintstone, Bamm Bamm Rubble and Casper the Friendly Ghost, to name but a few. Like everyone else, Bill was deeply inspired by the celestial songwriting of Leonard Cohen and is honored to be included in this special tribute radio broadcast.
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. more Suzy Williams»
Neil Allesee has a unique sound with roots in rock, alternative, jam, funk, and blues; he has developed a tasteful collection of originals.
Allesee has played over 1,000 gigs in the last 5 years and is recording his 3rd solo album currently. Allesee worked the Chicagoland area for over 10 years playing with several different acts. more Neil Allesee»
Franco Esile grew up in Newburyport, Massachusetts. In his late teens he moved into Boston and hired himself out as a bass player to local bands while taking writing courses at the Harvard Extension night school. He briefly attended the Berklee School of Music and studied privately under Charlie Benacos. He’s written and arranged for his own original bands and also written music for poetical theater, including Life After Motown–produced by Nobel Poet Laureate Derek Walcott and ran for five nights at the Boston University Playwrights Theatre, and Where The Red Road Runs, a Native American perspective of the European settlement of the Americas, which ran for six months in a Cambridge theater. more Franco Esile»