John Wicks
Drummer John Wicks gets keyboardist/film composer Steve Porcaro out of the studio and into the clubs with an incredible new group called 78 Nova. Proceeds to help New Orleans musicians.

78 Nova is an instrumental avante rock/jazz group consisting of some top touring and session players. They will be playing one set every Thursday in March except the 16th at the Unknown Theater in Los Angeles starting at 10 p.m. Proceeds will go to the New Orleans Musicians Relief Fund (www.nomrf.org).

Drummer John Wicks (Money Mark, Heather Porcaro, Skerik, Minnie Driver) recently assembled this group of his favorite local musicians including Steve Porcaro, who is a co-founder of the group Toto and a top session player and film composer. Wicks, who is a member of Steve's daughter Heather Porcaro's rhythm section approached her dad and much to his surprise was met with an enthusiastic "Yeah! I need to play out."

Rounding out the quintet is first call jazz and session trumpet player Phil Rodriguez, tenor saxophonist Joel Bowers, and bassist Zack Young of the band A.I. (Dreamworks).

The group will be playing original material by Porcaro and Rodriguez as well as their own interpretations of tunes by Bjork, Radiohead, Miles Davis, and drummer Matt Chamberlain.

The Unknown Theater Company is located at 1110 Seward Street Los Angeles, CA 90038, three blocks East of Highland, 50 feet North of Santa Monica Boulevard. Parking lot is 1 block North of Unknown Theater on the South East corner of Seward Street and Lexington Avenue. Parking is free. There is also ample street parking. For more info, call 323-466-7781.

Beer and wine is served at the bar. Cover charge is $3. Seating is limited so arrive early.

[Published on: 2/24/06]

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