Tom Licon’s special connection to his daughter Tomi, began at infancy. He could see in her eyes she was gifted, dynamic and a child with a sharp sense of humor. Tomi represents the third family collaboration and they perform every Saturday and every other Sunday at the coveted corner of Forest Ave and Coast Hwy in Laguna Beach.
At the ripe ol’ age of 14 Tomi has been playing over half her life. Tom is an artist to his core. He schooled her on scales before chords and they’ve fine-tuned original songs like “Peanut Butter and Classical Jam”, “Simple Song” and “Broken String on PCH” as well as covers like “Low Budget” by The Kinks, “The Weight” by The Band and Johnny Horton’s spirited “Battle of New Orleans”. As the soloist, Tomi’s Spanish Requinto guitar strums a higher pitch than a traditional guitar and the small size instrument fits her to a T.
Tom compares their duo to a Mariachi Instrumentation of Classic Rock. Working so closely with your father isn’t always harmonious. Tomi’s main complaint is that her dad often repeats stuff, however his straightforward manner of speaking is always met with a laugh. For Tom, nothing brings more joy than harmonizing with someone that you love.
Michael Gatto is a 11 year old guitar player and vocalist originally from Venice California. He is best known for his work as lead Guitarist of The Venice Demons, Phoenix the Cat and Orpheus. Michael’s big break came when he performed on Michael Jost’s Radio Venice.TV which has made him an instant global sensation. Other notable appearances were at Canyon Elementary’s Annual Talent Show, Time Warp Records, Venice Rising and The Grandview Market in Mar Vista.
Michael is currently studying at the Green Brooms Academy of Music in Santa Monica and inspired by such greats as Ozzy Osbourne, Slash, Green Day, Metallica and Jimi Hendrix. If you miss any of his shows don’t worry you can often catch him at open mic night or busking on Venice Beach where his solo performances will leave you breathless. more Michael Gatto + Stellan Jones»
DETOURE is a young Southern California power trio, founded in 2014 by childhood friends Sam Edelman (16, drums) Niko Nicholas (15, vocals, lead guitar), and Jersey Sullivan (14, bass). Nodding to their classic hard rock and 90s grunge ancestors, DETOURE loves to play live and has had the opportunity to do so in some of the most iconic clubs on both coasts. They’ve been honored to open for such legendary bands as Missing Persons and The Alarm, as well as Steven Adler from Guns N’ Roses. These guys play hard-hitting rock n’ roll with a fresh, 21st century sound, and is currently recording their first EP with producer Brent Woods (Sebastian Bach, Vince Neil, Chevy Metal).