August 26, 2018 – Dexter Story & Wondem Live @ Beat Tropíc – Ojai Rancho Inn, Ojai, CA

Dexter Story & Wondem band perform a live set at Beat Tropíc in Ojai on Sunday, August 26, 2018 along with Mark “DJ Frosty” McNeil of Dublab.

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Beat Tropíc
Co-presented by dublab

Sunday August 26th from 1-7pm, poolside at Ojai Rancho Inn *no cover*


w/ DJs Earthtones & John Ramar
& guest DJ Frosty

An afternoon of Ethiopian + East African
Jazz, Soul, Funk & Folk Rhythms

Commentary: What a pleasure it was performing the music of Dr. Mulatu Astatke and other Ethiopian luminaries live in such a peaceful setting. Much love and respect to the musicians Brandon, Carlos, Justin and Kibrom, Serge and his colleagues, Frosty, and everyone who came out. I don’t take your support for granted. Thank you. Ameseganelehu.

January 28, 2016 – Dexter Story & Wondem Live – Del Monte Speakeasy, Venice, CA

Dexter Story and Wondem band perform live in Venice at the Del Monte Speakeasy on Thursday, January 28, 2016. The repertoire will be music from the recently released Soundway Records album #Wondem.

Thursday, January 28

The band:

Drums: Te’Amir Sweeney
Percussion: Kahlil Cummings
Percussion: Carlos Niño
Bass: Brandon Eugene Owens
Guitar: Michael McTaggart
Keys: Mark de Clive-Lowe
Tenor Saxophone: Randal Fisher
Trumpet: Todd M. Simon
Vocals: Dustin Warren


Join us for a special 2016 Westside live performance at the Del Monte Speakeasy featuring music from the Soundway Records album inspired by East African sounds. With a special opening set by Ras G (The Afrikan Space Program / Brainfeeder)

Plus DJ sets by Mathieu “Mr. French” Schreyer (KCRW)

9pm / 21+ / $10

The Del Monte Speakeasy
@ The Townhouse
52 Windward Ave, Venice, CA 90291
*Celebrating Timkat and Aquarians worldwide

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June 20, 2015 – Grand Performances Presents Wattstax Revisited – Grand Performances, California Plaza, Los Angeles, CA

Co-producing and music-directing Wattstax: Revisited on Saturday, June 20, 2015 at Grand Performances.

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presented by grand performances

Produced by Dexter StoryJonathan Rudnick and Rocío Wyldeflower Contreras
(producers of Minnie Riperton, People Get Ready, Nina Simone and Gil Scott-Heron tributes)

Music Director: Dexter Story | Vocalists: Jimetta Rose, Nia Andrews, Kahdja Bonet, Anderson .Paak, N’Dambi, John Bigham, Godfrey at Large, Loren Oden and Chris Pierce | Percussion: Allakoi Peete | Drums: Ronald Bruner | Bass: Brandon Eugene Owens | Guitar: John Bigham | Keys: Brandon Coleman | Hammond B3 Organ: Kenneth Crouch | Tenor Saxophone: Kamasi Washington | Trombone: Elizabeth Lea | Trumpet: Christopher Gray | DJ: Jeremy Sole (KCRW) | Visuals: Steve Nalepa | MC: Jimetta Rose | Music Consultant & Guest of Honor: Mr. Reggie Andrews

Taking place on the 50th Anniversary of the historic South Central protest events which inspired the original festival, WATTSTAX ‘REVISITED’ revives the funk, soul, dancing, and comedic fun of the 1972 concert and 1973 documentary with a signature array of dynamic performers, musicians, striking visuals and very special guests.

Saturday, June 20, 2015 / 8pm / Free

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Grand Performances / California Plaza
350 S Grand Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90071

March 22, 2015 – Carlos Niño Presents The Cosmic Band Connection Live on Spaceways Radio Finale – KPFK 90.7 (Spaceways Radio)

Playing drum set with The Cosmic Band Connection in support of Carlos Niño’s last Spaceways Radio broadcast on 90.7 KPFK. The broadcast is 10p to 12a on Sunday, March 22, 2015.
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Spaceways Radio FINALE

Hour 1 – Live Performance by:
The Spaceways Radio / Cosmic Band Connection
and Yours Truly Percussion and Recitation of NamesHour 2 – DJ Set by: J.ROCC
10:00pm – Midnight PACIFIC

KPFK 90.7FM Los Angeles

Carlos Niño – KPFK Volunteer Programmer 1995 – 2015

This will mark 20 Years of Volunteer Programming at KPFK for me.
It’s been an incredible experience! I’m truly grateful for the extended
opportunity to grow and share on the air! So much wonderful Music
and LOVE! Wow! Thank you so much for the magical journey!

February 12, 2015 – Radio Afrique Presents Dexter Story and Wondem Live – Blue Whale, Little Tokyo, Los Angeles, CA

Performing music from the upcoming Soundway Recording inspired by Ethiopian, Somalian, Eritrean, Sudanese and Kenyan sounds, and featuring members of Ethio Cali and friends.
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Dexter Story & Wondem (Live)
Thursday, February 12, 2015
8pm | $15 | 21+ |
Blue Whale
123 Astronaut E S Onizuka Street
Little Tokyo Los Angeles

December 12, 2014 – Ethio Cali Plays Latin Africa Live (Reprise) – Figat7th, Downtown LA, CA

Playing guitar and keys with Ethio Cali live at Fig at 7th on Friday, December 12. The band will revisit the Latin African music we performed in November at the Blue Whale.
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Ethio Cali Plays Latin Africa Live (Reprise)
Todd M. Simon – Trumpet
Randal Fisher – Tenor Saxophone
Damon Aaron – Guitar
Brandon Eugen Owens – Bass Guitar
Te’Amir Sweeney – Drums
Richi Panta – Percussion
Dexter Story – Guitar, Keys
Sonny Abegaze – Curation

Friday, December 12, 2014
735 S Figueroa St
Los Angeles, California

Commentary: Figat7th is a wonderful place to play and I was grateful to Oscar and the curators for booking Ethio Cali. Once we started performing, I forgot we were in a mall. Please support Figat7th. They treated us well.

December 7, 2014 – Ethio Cali Plays Spiritual Jazz Live – Blue Whale, Little Tokyo, Downtown Los Angeles, CA

Playing drum set with Ethio Cali for the third and last in the Blue Whale 2014 residency on Sunday, December 7. Repertoire includes songs from icons Horace Parlan, Sun Ra and Ornette Coleman to Hugh Masekela, Segun Bucknor and Charles Mingus.

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Ethio Cali Plays Spiritual Jazz
Sunday, December 7, 2014
Blue Whale
Weller Court, 123 Astronaut E S Onizuka Street #301
Los Angeles, CA 90012
$15 | 21+

Todd Simon – Trumpet / Arranger / Bandleader
Kamasi Washington – Tenor Saxophone
Randal Fisher – Tenor Saxophone
Tracy Wannomae – Flute, Alto Saxophone
Mark de Clive-Lowe – Piano
Patrick Bailey – Guitar
Brandon Eugene Owens – Acoustic Bass
Dexter Story – Drums, Co-Arranger
Alan Lightner – Percussion
Te’Amir Sweeney – Percussion
Sonny Abegaze – Curation

Commentary: This is a late calendar entry but I want to stress how amazing this show was to play. Todd Simon masterfully arranged the bulk of the spiritual jazz repertoire and lifted our spirits.  The highlight for me was performing a challenging Charles Mingus tune.

October 5, 2014 – Ethio Cali Live – Blue Whale, Little Tokyo, Downtown Los Angeles, CA

Playing multiple instruments with Ethio Cali for the first of three monthly residency concerts at The Blue Whale on Sunday, October 5. The band will tackle music Latin-influenced music of Africa.

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We’re excited to be back playing in one of our favorite rooms in the city as we kick off our residency at the Blue Whale. On Sunday, October 5th, we’ll be highlighting the history and widespread influence of latin music on the African continent, more specifically, the ways in which clave-based Cuban music and New York Salsa led to the development of vibrant local scenes in countries like the Congo, Senegal, Benin, and Ethiopia.

Amara Toure, Gnonnas Pedro, El Rego, and Orchestra Baobab are some of the luminaries of this genre that we’ll be paying tribute to on this night.  we will also have some special guests featured in the rhythm and horn sections.


TODD SIMON – (trumpet, music director, arranging)
RANDAL FISHER – (saxophone)
DEXTER STORY – (guitar, keys, arranging)
DAMON AARON – (guitar)
ALAN LIGHTNER – (steel pan / percussion)
TE’AMIR YOHANNES SWEENEY – (drums, percussion)

 special guests:

JOSIEL PEREZ – (trumpet)
RICHI PANTA – (percussion)


$15 / 21+ / 8pm–12am

Blue Whale
123 Astronaut E S Onizuka Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 620-0908

October 4, 2014 – Ethio Cali Live @ Eagle Rock Music Festival – Eagle Rock

Playing multi-instruments with Ethio Cali live at this year’s Eagle Rock Music Festival. Headliners include Aloe Blacc, J.ROCC, Maya Jupiter, Quetzal, Jeremy Sole, Buyepongo and many more.

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Ethio Cali Live
Eagle Rock Music Festival
Saturday, October 4, 2014
Colorado Blvd. between Argus Dr. and Eagle Rock Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA

MUSIC VIDEO: Kelis Live “Acappella” Video by Brittany Brooks – 9:30 Club, Washington, DC

Check out drummer Brittany Brooks’ multi-GO-PRO video of Kelis’ “Acappella” live. This video was shot at the legendary 9:30 Club in Washington DC in June 2014.Screen-Shot-2014-07-07-at-2.12.32-PM1 The band features: Brittany Brooks – Drums, Go-Pro Production Eugene Owens – Bass Geoff “Double G” Gallegos – Baritone Saxophone Nia Andrews – Background Vocals Sean Billings – Trumpet Dexter Story – Keys, MD, Live Track Production (Bongos, Synth)

September 27, 2014 – DUBLAB ’15TH ANNIVERSARY’ CELEBRATION featuring Carlos Niño & Friends – Bedrock LA, Los Angeles, CA

Playing Farfisa and various synths with Carlos Niño & Friends band at’s 15th Anniversary Celebration on Saturday, September 27. The band features Paul Livingstone, Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, Farmer Dave Scher, Eugene Owens, Andres Renteria and Carlos Niño.

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Join us in celebrating dublab’s 15th anniversary at Bedrock.LA in Echo Park!

The party, happening exactly 15 years to the date and hour we started broadcasting, will feature live music performances, DJ sets, film projections, custom t-shirt screen-printing, food trucks and art installations

Andres Renteria
Arshia Haq
Austin H.
Carlos Niño & Friends: (featuring Paul Livingstone, Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, Farmer Dave Scher, Eugene Owens, Dexter Story, Andres Renteria…)
Contact Field Orchestra
DJ Lengua
Gifted and Blessed
Heidi Lawden
Jake Jenkins
Jenny NONO
Jimi Hey
Katie Byron
Low Limit
Metro Gnome (Butchy Fuego & Angel Deradoorian)
Money Mark
Mor Elian
Mystery Cave
Puro Instinct
Raga Meditation with Partho Sarothy (Sarod) & Paul Livingstone (Sitar)
Sana Shenai (Jimmy Tamborello & Nanny Cantaloupe)
Sarah Zoraya
Secret Circuit
Seven Davis Jr.
SFV Acid
SK Kakraba
Southern Soul Spinners
Suzanne Kraft
The Urxed

Visuals by Alex Pelly, Miko Revereza & Freegums

Live Screenprinting by HIT+RUN

Food by Mandoline Grill

Free before 6pm, $10 after.
Your donation benefits dublab’s non-profit music mission. Purchase

* BEDROCKTOBERFEST BONUS: Buy your tickets prior to September 20th and receive one complimentary pass to BEDROCKtoberfest per ticket purchased!

1623 Allesandro Street
Los Angeles, CA 90026

Ace Hotel
Boxed Water
El Condor
L.A. Record
Red Bull Music Academy Radio
Tito’s Vodka’s 15th Anniversary Celebration
featuring Carlos Niño & Friends