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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”.

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Desi Ramone on Radio Venice

Radio Venice S17.E06 – June 20, 2021
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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Peter Demian

Acclaimed singer-songwriter-guitarist PETER DEMIAN (Street Smart) is an engaging musical raconteur and passionate, guitar-slinging performer.

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DLee

With no formal music education, DLee’s innate musical talent manifested itself, from a young age, as he began singing in the church choir. A love for bass playing ensued, aged ten, which organically led to creating tunes and writing lyrics.

Born in Beaumont, Texas, and with strong familial roots in the deep south, his exposure to the world of music was intense, from Gospel and high school jazz band to a home life filled with musical culture, encouraged by his family. DLee was able to hone his musical gifts for melody and lyrics, influenced by such greats as Otis Redding, Al Green, Stevie Wonder, Sam Cooke, Marvin Gaye and Curtis Mayfield.

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DLEE on Radio Venice

Radio Venice S17.E03 – May 30, 2021
Radio Venice S15.E04 – October 11, 2020
Radio Venice 100th Episode – May 6, 2018
Radio Venice S07.E02 – November 19, 2017
Radio Venice S05.E10 – May 14, 2017

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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.

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Sunny War on Radio Venice

Radio Venice Season 17 Premiere – May 16, 2021
Radio Venice S16.E11 – March 28, 2021
Radio Venice at Burning Man Day 5 – September 3, 2020
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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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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George Karpasitis

George Karpasitis is a Film Composer, Guitarist and Producer from the Mediterranean island of Cyprus, now residing in Los Angeles, California. He is best known for his lyrical Spanish guitar compositions, best demonstrated on his two solo releases, ‘Sounds of Mar Vista’ (2019), and ‘Breakwater’ (2020).

He is also the guitarist for soul/R’n’B group Federal Av, and regularly collaborates on productions with songwriters and instrumentalists. His music has appeared in films, video games, and podcasts. He has performed and recorded internationally, including Abbey Road Studios in London.

More recently, George has shifted his focus to songwriting, drawing influence from Bill Withers, Cat Stevens and The Beatles. He is currently recording a new album which will be released in 2021, starting with the upcoming single ‘Speaking of Love’.

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George Karpasitis on Radio Venice

Radio Venice S16.E05 – February 14, 2021
Radio Venice S15.E09 – November 22, 2020
Radio Venice S13.E11 – March 29, 2020
Radio Venice S13.E05 – February 16, 2020
Radio Venice S12.E09 – November 17, 2019
Radio Venice Season 10 Premiere – January 13, 2019
Radio Venice S09.E12 with Runson Willis – November 25, 2018
Radio Venice 100th Episode with Runson Willis and Tim Hui – May 6, 2018
Radio Venice S08.E02 with Runson Willis – April 1, 2018

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Sky Willie

Venice born and raised local legend Sky Willie … drummer of Piracy and acoustic punk rocker for life.

This is a true Venitian.

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Sky Willie on Radio Venice

Radio Venice S16.E04 – February 7, 2021
Radio Venice 100th Episode – May 6, 2018
Radio Venice S06.E09 – October 1, 2017
Radio Venice #23 – March 13, 2016
Radio Venice #16 – January 24, 2016

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Amberlin

Amberlin is a Long Beach-based singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist who artfully composes spacious soundscapes that she builds musically layer by layer. She has a vision of hope and a desire to use music to bring change to the world.

Amberlin’s love of music started early; she took violin lessons in third grade, before quitting and moving on to keyboard before giving that up. When she was twelve, she worked in the strawberry fields outside Seattle, Washington, where she worked for half a season and used the money she made there to buy her first guitar. Amberlin took lessons for a couple of months before giving them up when she moved to Atlanta, where she attended a high school with an arts program and focused on theatre. Amberlin played guitar on and off, but met up with a classmate who did spoken word poetry; they did some gigs where Amberlin played guitar and her classmate did her poetry. She eventually moved back to California where she picked up drums. She formed a band, singing and playing guitar and picking up bass. Amberlin now plays with an Afro-Latin band, Tropi Corillo, and often sings in other people’s bands.

Amberlin started writing in middle school and was a big fan of pop music, especially Michael Jackson and the Backstreet Boys. “Listening to pop music like the Backstreet Boys really helped me learn about the structure of a song: verse, melody, chorus,” she says. She was writing lyrics in middle school, though sometimes she wrote melodies and sometimes not. Amberlin says she first started writing music in high school. “My theater teacher was very encouraging; he thought my song “Homelessness” was an old Negro spiritual. My bandmate and I were talking about social issues back then. ”

She uses her platform to help people and to give a voice to the voiceless. “I fight because I have hope,” Amberlin says. “I think we are evolving as a society. People are starting to wake up to the inequities of society. What I would like to see are people in power held accountable for their actions. Once we come to terms with our role in it, we can improve it.”

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Amberlin on Radio Venice

Radio Venice Season 15 Finale – December 6, 2020
Radio Venice 100th Episode (as Bambi Feel Good) – May 6, 2018
Radio Venice S08.E02 (as Bambi Feel Good) – April 1, 2018

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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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