El Radio Fantastique Live at 19 Broadway July 18
Story by Elisa Forsgren
Photos and video provided by El Radio Fantastique
West Marin cabaret rock troupe, El Radio Fantastique provides creative, inventive music that accompanies a highly entertaining theatrical show.
The eight member revue outfitted in interesting steam punk costumes maneuver throughout the show performance with over two dozen instruments including accordions, theremins and whistles led by glockenspiel and giant marching drums pounded on by a man dressed in a suit wearing bunny ears.
Yeah, they got me with the bunny ears.
A fan remarked on their definition of the troupe, “You get Frank Sinatra and Louis Prima who meet for the first time, drop acid and start a band… that’s El Radio Fantastique.”
Be sure to catch their upcoming show at 19 Broadway in Fairfax, California this Friday, July 18, 2014 – you can thank me later.
Buy your tickets now this will be a sold out show… and what a show it will be… what are you waiting for go to http://www.19broadway.com for ticket information.
Led by creator, charismatic singer, songwriter, dumpster-diver and one-time gravedigger,Giovanni Dimorente, El Radio Fantastique is a rock troupe of talented and electrifying musician performers from the small farming community of Point Reyes Station, West Marin County, California.
“El Radio Fantastique started from a personal family narrative handed down to me and told with great conviction by my great-uncles and great-grandfather,” says DiMorente. “The mere re-telling of their first-hand experiences with it would put them in great psychological turmoil.”
The family narratives chronicle the chaos brought about by an old radio that once it was found and played it would reportedly possess and haunt its listeners.” As if through some auditory telekinesis, this radio would play the most beautiful music from the past, present and future, yet over time it would slowly and methodically drive the listener mad,” says DiMorente.
Years later, upon serving as pallbearer for the same relatives’ funerals, the young DiMorente took to frequent isolation in the woods. A lonely teen having a predisposition for daytime hallucinations and heavily influenced by a forties crooner father and punk rock, he started to feel the sinister coaxing of faint transmissions bleeding through from his dream world.
“In later years, the radio legend became much more benevolent and controllable,” says DiMorente. “When I finally got to the point where I could take the reins of the story and direct it, I started a band based on the tale.”
The overarching musical influences for the group derive from DiMorente’s coveted record collection scavenged from abandoned tenements in New Orleans and a lifetime of dumpsters. El Radio Fantastique comprise a unique menagerie of sights, sounds and musical styles. Indeed the vibration emitted from this group defies all genres as much as an archaic knob would turn on an antique radio.
El Radio Fantastique is known to put on bewitching and alluring shows with steamy theatricality. Consistent with DiMorente’s folklore, witnesses have remarked that the band’s players appear to be charmed and somewhat possessed, inspiring a visceral and enchanted concert experience.
El Radio Fantastique Band
Giovanni DiMorente: vocals, accordion, cello, flute, guitar, piano, percussion, theremin
Collin Schlitt: vocals, upright bass, guitar, percussion
Robin Livingston: vocals, piano, organ, glockenspiel, percussion
Sharon Drake: vocals, violin, viola, glockenspiel, junk percussion
Loyal Tarbet: clarinet, alto sax, Latin percussion, jaw harp
Gene Fisher: drums, junk percussion, vocals
Jade Ismail: trombone, percussion, whistle
Patrick Byers: baritone sax, flute, percussion, whistle
17 and 19 Broadway Boulevard, Fairfax, CA 94930