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.
Virtual Tips for Sunny War
Sunny War on Radio Venice
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
Saturday, September 1, 2018 | Taos Mesa Brewing Mothership
This Labor Day Weekend we are heading back to the Mesa for the 2nd Annual Field Trippin’ Fest in Taos, New Mexico!
The high energy vibe of Venice Beach boardwalk meets the high altitude vibration of Taos, NM. Field Trippin’ Fest is a musical “mash-up”; building a bridge between two unique artistic communities to create an all-day “full throttle” experience of transformative music and art for all ages!
Featured Artists and Musicians
- Sunny War – just announced!
- Michael Jost
- Golden Buddha – just announced!
- The Blood Moon Howlers
- Billy Stobo
- Cristina Vane
- Bittersweet Highway – just announced!
- Los Pochos
- Aaron Gilmartin
- High Frequency Loft
and more to be announced!
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Taos Mesa Brewing Mothership
Where to Stay
Hotel Luna Mystica
Brought to you by
RADIO VENICE 100TH EPISODE S08.E07 MUSICAL GUESTS
- Petey Pete
- Suzy Williams with Michael Jost
- Greg Cruz
- Vinnie Caggiano with Matt DeMerritt
- Witucky Derby
- Mark Steggell
- Desi Ramone
- Sky Willie
- Milo Gonzalez
- Bambi Feel Good
- Peter Demian
- Sunny War
- Runson Willis with George Karpasitis and Tim Hui
- Diego Garcia
- Los Pochos
- Joey Maramba
- Jewpanese Brothers
- Golden Buddha
Anus Kings has been a musical duo since 2006. They love Bad Brains, The Minutemen, Primus and Gillian Welch. The name is supposedly from a Butthole Surfers song. They have performed with bands such as Blackbird Raum, FIDLAR, Cool Moms, Big Sexy, The Shrine, The Chuck Dukowski Sextet, Basement, Hermit Thrushes, [Post-Foetus], and This Bike Is a Pipe Bomb. They are based out of Los Angeles.
In late 2013, Anus Kings wrote and recorded the album “Red, White and Blue” in Miami as Sunny War Band, released in 2015. Nino Moreno joins them live on drums. Their third full length album is “Days of Rain”.
Anus Kings is:
Sydney Ward: Guitar/Vocals
Brian Rodriguez: Bass
Anus Kings on Radio Venice
Radio Venice S06.E13 – October 29, 2017