He never misses a note. With over 10 years of experience with the guitar combined with his extensive performing and touring record, Runson Willis is finally ready to embark on his solo career. The Los Angeles based artist, calls on his idols, Isaac Hayes, Aretha Franklin, Willie Guthrie and Willie Nelson as constant reminder of the level of greatness he is working toward. With roots in the deep south, you can hear the soul in every lyric he sings and note he plays.
Runson is geared up and ready to bring his music to the world! From his own words:
“this guitar is noisy, beat up and it may have a lot of scratches on it. But it’s true, it’s lasted a long time and it hasn’t gone anywhere. And I think it’s like me.”
Taking his name from the main character of Flannery O’Connor’s Wise Blood, Mr. Motes creates musical landscapes that aim to challenge norms. Landscapes that are unquestionably Christ-haunted. He is Ohio-born, Nashville-raised, and currently resides in Los Angeles, California. His songs are about divorce, parenthood, corporate jobs, student debt, and just what-the-fuck this is all supposed to mean for someone who’s only 28 years old.
Mr. Motes is heavily influenced by Radiohead, Grizzly Bear, and Jeff Buckley. He weaves odd time signatures with Biblical and mythological imagery but does so with a certain amount of grace and sincerity that makes it all relatable. At the end of the day, if you’re dancing while also questioning your perceived reality, then Mr. Motes is happy.
Jonathan “Juanito” Pascual is acclaimed as one of the top flamenco guitarists on the international music scene. NPR has called him “one of the hottest flamenco guitarists in recent years” and Boston Globe describes him as a “flamenco phenom”. more Juanito Pascual»
Kid Caviar is a multi-instrumentalist, composer and lyricist from Santa Monica, California. He lived on Oahu’s North Shore from 2010 to 2013 and frequently rides the train between California and Arizona busking along the way. His song “Where we are” is a summer anthem and ode to his beach culture roots.
Chris “Kid Caviar” Abbott, acoustic folk rock artist has been touring with bands since the 90s with such acts as Horny Toad, the Blue Kind and Skatemaster Tate. Playing venues from Bangkok to the UK, Mexico City, Rio and across the United States.
Aside from that, he’s been pursuing a solo acoustic act that’s been seeping through the cracks throughout the years. Last year he played 40 open mics throughout the states of California, Arizona and Hawaii. Although he began in such hallowed venues as the Crooked Bar, 14 Below and the Cows End on Venice Pier. Playing for coffee patrons who are not there to see him and just want free wi-fi to write their scripts, provided a thick skin.
Some of his favorite spots on his open mic tour were Oak Creek Brewery in Sedona Az, Tiny Town in Forestville Ca, and Jerry’s Pizza Haleiwa Hi.
He’s known as the Vagabond Son, the Couch Gypsy and the Crosstie Walker. Check him out on a corner near you.
Jason is “the rock” in the band Oleander Falls and the glue that holds them all together. He is an exceptional musician, being trained at Musician’s Institue in Hollywood, specializing in bass guitar. He can add some great vocal harmonies just in the right spots. And apparently he can play a mean wood block!