Rockie Brown is a gifted singer songwriter from Las Vegas, and she’s a delight to have as my first guest after my lengthy summer break. She has a generous spirit, and a deep love of soul music. She tells me how she got into music, and the dues she paid to get to where she is now; the leader of 3 great bands.
Nonito Donaire is the most famous person I know, and yet I don't know much about him. He was so generous to take time out of his busy training schedule to talk to me about how he stays positive in a profession where people beat each other up for a living. I had no idea of just how philosophical he'd get, nor did I anticipate him being so comfortable right from the start of the interview. This is probably the closest my podcast will ever get to being a pep talk, and Nonito delivers it with love and kindness in his heart, and he keeps it real.
I've known Shaun for most of his solo career, and I'm so happy to share his story with you. From his humble beginnings in the deserts of Arizona and Nevada, to his years as a solo pianist in Japan, to his current life as a live remixer with his band, his life is never a dull moment. This episode is sponsored by www.roland.com
Paul Charles is a rarity in the music business. He's super talented and yet super humble. He's been all over the world playing music with blues bands as a drummer, and he has made a name for himself as a singer/frontman for his own Vegas show band. He's on his way towards becoming a huge name, and I feel very fortunate to have gotten an interview with him before he becomes an unreachable pop sensation. This episode is sponsored by www.houseofblues.com/lasvegas
Don Peat, AKA Donzo's Cosmos is a loop artist from Las Vegas who has perfected a cool technique for creating sonically pleasing loops during his live shows. In this episode he shares how he uses a Roland GR-55 guitar synthesizer to emulate acoustic and electric guitar sounds, as well as keyboard and bass sounds. He also demonstrates how he utilizes the many different recording modes of the RC-300 to create songs with multiple parts. This episode is sponsored by www.godinguitars.com www.rolandus.com www.bossus.com and www.electrovoice.com
When it comes to playing guitar, there are generally two ways to pick the instrument: a pick or your bare fingers. Using one's bare fingers is known as finger style, and today's guest Mike Johnson is a master of both styles. This episode is sponsored by K and K pickups, the industry leader in acoustic instrument amplification. kksound.com mikejohnson.vegas
Jon Celentano is a soulful multi-instrumentalist/vocalist from Las Vegas who has had a fascinating career performing in many different situations. In this episode he explains how his first band, Tripsitter went from playing a few Beach Boys cover songs to becoming the backing band for original Beach Boy Al Jardine. And if you don’t understand the significance of this, I give a short explanation of the Beach Boys’ impact on modern music. We also talk about our love of the movie Love And Mercy, and we geek out on biopics in general. This week’s episode is sponsored by Culinary Dropout at the Hard Rock Hotel. www.hardrockhotel.com www.joncelentanomusic.com
Daniel Park is gifted singer/songwriter/violinist who also happens to be a bad ass live loop artist. He shares his story of how he got into looping and plays a couple tunes in the studio live as well. Co-host and loop artist Just Alliance shares his story too, and I share my story of how I discovered live looping back in 2002 at a Replicator concert. This episode is sponsored by www.loopinglive.com and www.tcelectronic.com
Lady Reiko and Art Duran have been on quest for the past 8 years to create a positive impact on the world. As musicians, they create and perform conscious reggae with their band, Lady Reiko And The Sin City Prophets. As activists, they are board members with the Las Vegas chapter of NORML and strive to help legalize Marijuana and educate people on it's benefits. As animal lovers, they showed my chihuahua lots of love as evidenced by the faint sound of Roxy's chew toy being squeaked frequently during the interview. This episode is sponsored by www.rolandus.com www.godinguitars.com and www.blackwingamps.com