June 1, 2018 – Higher! The Psychedelic Soul and Genius of Sly and The Family Stone, 1966 – 1983 – Grand Performances, Los Angeles, CA

Dexter Story music-directs and co-produces Higher! The Psychedelic Soul and Genius of Sly and The Family Stone on Friday, June 1 at Grand Performances. The tribute features a who’s who of talent celebrating the timeless music classics from the expansive mind of Sylvester Stewart.


Commentary: Thank you to everyone who attended this show on June 1. I appreciate you very much. Sly’s songs are the most intensely beautiful I’ve ever arranged. They play themselves but are not to be underestimated. This is gospel, funk, blues, rock, soul, and folk at its finest. I am grateful.

December 31, 2017 – Grand Park and The Music Center Present Dexter Story All-Star Band Live @ #NYELA – Grand Park, Los Angeles, CA

Dexter Story music directs an all-star band for the New Year’s Eve festivities at Grand Park on Sunday, December 31.

Grand Park NYE LA 2018

What’s up Los Angeles? Dance your heart out and into 2018 with best friends, sweeties, friendly neighbors, and those cousins from out-of-town at the West Coast’s flagship New Year’s Eve celebration. Grand Park and The Music Center’s N.Y.E.L.A. is the place to dream together and welcome new beginnings with a countdown on City Hall, live musicfood, and photo booths in one big, beautiful, colorful Angeleno experience to remember! #NYELA


The event begins at 8pm on December 31, 2017 and ends at 1am on January 1, 2018.


Grand Park + The Music Center:
200 North Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, California 90012


This is a free event. There’s no cost to attend.

Watch Live!

Can’t make it to N.Y.E.L.A.? Watch the biggest New Years Eve celebration on the West Coast on Facebook Live starting at 8pm on New Years Eve. A six man camera crew 🎥 will be capturing the whole night leading up to the big countdown to 2018.

Watch the live countdown to 2018.

Commentary: I am grateful to Grand Park and The Music Center for allowing me to bring an all-star band to Grand Park for their New Year’s Eve festivities this year.

April 5, 2014 – Ethio Cali Cassette EP Release Party at The Blue Whale – Little Tokyo, Downtown LA, CA

Playing various instruments and providing arrangements on Saturday, April 5 with the Tigers. Ethio Cali is back at it again at The Blue Whale but this time on a coveted Saturday and celebrating the release of their first collection of music! The cassette features music from the 1/4″ reel-to-reel recordings of the highly-acclaimed 2013 residencies. Cassettes will be on sale for $5. DJs Son Zoo and Rani D preside over the turntables. Don’t miss this show!

EC Cassette Art Square 1
The band features:

Todd M. Simon – Trumpet / Leader
Sonny Abegaze – Curator / DJ
Te’Amir Sweeney – Drums / Percussion
Kamasi Washington – Tenor Saxophone
Damon Aaron – Guitar
Patrick Bailey – Bass Guitar
Alan Lightner – Steel Pan
Mark Cross – Keys
Steve Haney – Percussion
Randal Fisher – Tenor Saxophone
Dexter Story – Drums, Various Instruments

Ethio Cali
Cassette EP Release Party
Saturday, April 5, 2014
The Blue Whale
123 Astronaut E S Onizuka St #301
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 620-0908



November 1, 2013 – The Brotherhood Crusade’s 45th Anniversary Gala – Beverly Hilton Hotel, Beverly Hills, CA

Playing drum set Friday November 1 with music director Mark Cross’ band at the Brotherhood Crusade  45 Year Celebration honoring Mark Ridley-Thomas in Beverly Hills. Mark Cross’ band will be the preliminary entertainment at the start of the celebration.

Brotherhood Crusade

Funk Icons, Morris Day and the Time, will headline the Brotherhood Crusade’s annual gala this year on November 1, which marks the organization’s 45th anniversary. This year Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Chairman Mark Ridley- Thomas, will receive the Bremond Bakewell Award for “establishing new benchmarks for success and achievement,” according BC President/ CEO Charisse Bremond Weaver. Ridley- Thomas, an elected official for more than 20 years has forged beyond the ordinary leadership paradigm in his efforts to address the problems of underserved communities in Los Angeles, she said. “The country has marveled at his accomplishments as a preeminent civil rights leader and politician in the fight to provide affordable, quality healthcare to underserved individuals,” Bremond Weaver said in a statement released earlier this week. “He has also been at the forefront of the battle to open the new Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital.”

Ridley-Thomas won election to the Los Angeles City Council in 1991. In 2002, he began the first of two terms in the state Senate. In 2008, he was elected to the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, representing the Second District. As a city council member, Ridley-Thomas created the Empowerment Congress to give residents a voice in decision-making; he is considered the father of the Neighborhood Council movement. He is also a leader in the effort to add a transit station to the rail line that will travel along Crenshaw Boulevard to the airport, which will improve transportation and create tens of thousands of jobs.

“During his many years of service, Ridley-Thomas and the Brotherhood Crusade have stood on the same side of issues, as they fought to make life better for their constituents,” said a BC spokesperson. Said Ridley Thomas, “The Brotherhood Crusade’s role in bettering our community and improving lives is well-documented, and to be honored by such an organization leaves me with a sense of deep satisfaction.”

Meanwhile, BC officials gala attendees to gear up for a fun night as, “the man who put the ‘C’ in ‘cool’ will bring the funk and fun with oldies like, ‘What Time is it?’ and ‘Cool,’” they said.

Mark Cross Band
The Brotherhood Crusade 45th Anniversary Gala
Friday, November 1, 2013
Beverly Hilton Hotel
9876 Wilshire Blvd
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Phone:(310) 274-7777



October 19, 2013 – Events at One Colorado Presents Gaby Hernandez Live – One Colorado, Pasadena, CA

Playing drum set with Gaby Hernandez and her band on Saturday, October 19, 2013 at One Colorado, Pasadena. One Colorado is one city block bounded by Fair Oaks, Colorado Boulevard, DeLacey and Union Street in Old Pasadena.

GabyHernandez_1With a wide set of influences from opera to pop, folkloric to experimental, Gaby Hernandez’s style is best likened to a cross between Sade and Karen Carpenter.  Over the past ten years, singer-songwriter Hernandez has collaborated with some of LA’s own such as Mia Doi Todd, Emile Porée, Tre Hardson of Pharcyde and Turn on the Sunlight.  Hernandez is currently in production on her third full-length, Spirit Reflection

Saturday, October 19th
Gaby Hernandez featuring
Dexter Story on Drums
Mark Cross on Keyboards
Jose Rios on Guitar
and Kelsey Gonzalez on Bass,

One Colorado
One city block bounded by Fair Oaks, Colorado Boulevard, DeLacey and Union Street in Old Pasadena.
Pasadena, CA
Free / All Ages


June 14, 2013 – Ninja Twins and The Street Lights Live – On The Rocks Bar & Grill, Bakersfield, CA

Playing bass guitar with double sensation The Ninja Twins live on Friday, June 14 at On The Rocks Bar & Grill in Bakersfield.

As seen on So You Think You Can Dance and The Jay Leno Show, these guys are AMAZING!!! Super talented guys and very funny!! Its going to be a crazy packed night with tons of special performance from top local bands! Have to come and see for yourself! Music Director: Mark Cross

Check them out

Very talented & super funny and will be PACKED!!

Show starts at 9PM 21+ $10 cover
Call 661-327-7625 for reservations

On The Rock Bar & Grill
1517 18th Street
Bakersfield, CA 93301
(661) 327-7625