The gang is back! Join is Saturday, September 31st for an unbelievable night of music! Led by singer/songwriter/producer Bernie Larsen, the gang also consists of Kevin McCormick, Eric Sullivan, Karl Hunter, Robert Rachelli, and Cassidy Linder.
Singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist and producer Bernie Larsen has lived a charmed musical life for many years. He has recorded, toured, and produced an elite handful of artists most of which are Grammy Award recipients including Melissa Etheridge, Jackson Browne, Rickie Lee Jones, Lucinda Williams, and Public Enemy. He also spent six years as an original member of David Lindley’s legendary band El Rayo-X. He worked as producer and composer of music for films like "Friends With Money" starring Jennifer Aniston, and "Elsewhere" featuring Oscar nominated actress Anna Kendrick, and the soundtrack will be released this year through Immediate Music. He has put his stain on remixes and singles for artists like Low’s Alan Sparhawk and KCRW favorite West Indian Girl.His new solo record “Downward Dub", comprises of songs that range from dark wave to dub reggae to the track “Take Me In”, a minor key lilting reggae feel featuring the late, great Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame inductee Ian “Mac” McLagan on keyboards, and Lucinda Williams’ rhythm section.
Producer, musician and songwriter Kevin McCormick, who plays bass on tour with Crosby, Stills & Nash, has also worked with Jackson Browne, Melissa Etheridge, Bonnie Raitt, and Stephen Stills, among many others.
Karl Hunter is a Southern California based multi-instrumentalist, Studio Musician, Clinician and Music Educator. He is best known for being the featured saxophone soloist with The contemporary, multi Platinum selling, Grammy nominated, swing band "Big Bad Voodoo Daddy", of which he has been a member for 21 years.
Eric Sullivan has had a professional music career since the age of 16 and studied at the New England Conservatory in Boston. He is the lead guitarist for Lissie and Radio Skies.
Robert Rachelli has made his name as one of Ventura County's best drummers, playing with an incredible amount of bands ranging from ska reggae, to jazz, to rock to blues.
Cassidy Linder is a professional improvisational tap dancer who brings percussive dynamics to the group, and a little feminine flare.
The show begins at 7:30, and there is a suggested donation of $25 at the door.
St. Patricks day is upon us again. This year I'll be celebrating at My favorite Jazz Club Squashed Grapes, in Ventura. Jimmy Calire will be joining me on B3 organ and R.J. Root on Guitar, Elias Vasquez on Drums and the phenomenal Jacob Scesney on Sax. this gig is going to be really fun.
On November 15 the Hans Ottsen Quartet returns to Ventura for a special House concert at The Ottsen residence. Ho4 is a very special project that is dedicated to the exploration of Odd meters and modern sensibilities. It's the most progressive project I've had the pleasure to be involved with. Ho4 features the dynamic Tyler Hamond on drums, the solid as a rock and highly inventive Danny Connell on Bass the direction and masterful compositions and guitar playing of Hans Ottsen and yours truly on Saxophone.
After a long overdue wait, Mari Martin is returning to California and will be playing at the Vine on November 14th. She returns with her amazing band that packed sleepy Ojai's wine hang back when it was Movino's. George Fridenthal on Piano, Maitland Ward on Guitar, Larry Perpoli on drums and your's truly on Saxophone. Iv'e been looking forward to this reunion for many a long year.