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Bonzo Bash confirms drummers for California Music Fest – Tichy/Sutton Productions with Ludwig-Musser Drums and Percussion as main sponsor! Jan. 2015 – Santa Ana, CA.

After much-hyped speculation, Tichy/Sutton Productions is pleased to announce the first round of artists who will be participating in the inaugural California Music Fest at the Observatory in Santa Ana, CA in January 2015.  For three nights, some of music’s most prolific artists will come together and pay tribute to their heroes for a legendary weekend of music and madness.

With Bonzo Bash creator Brian Tichy newly endorsed by Ludwig-Musser Drums and Percussion, the legendary Ludwig is revealed as the main sponsor of the 2015 Bonzo Bash!

Led Zeppelin’s John Henry “Bonzo” Bonham is consistently regarded as the #1 drummer in rock. Bonham played Ludwig drums his whole career and his name is synonymous with Ludwig. Having Ludwig sponsor Bonzo Bash gives an added authenticity to the celebration! Tichy / Sutton Productions is very excited to have the two entities come together, all in the name of John Bonham!

Producers Brian Tichy and Joe Sutton have been creating unique celebration concerts for the past several years, and have now combined them into one weekend of music and madness to coincide with NAMM January 22, 23 & 24, 2015.

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015 kicks off with Bonzo Bash. This was the first of these shows that Tichy & Sutton have produced, with the first one taking place in April 2010, on the 30th anniversary of Bonham’s passing.  They have since taken the show to both coasts, with California Music Fest 2015 sure to be the mightiest one yet. The show highlights the industry’s top drummers playing their favorite Led Zeppelin tunes. Tichy/Sutton have taken this Bonzo Bash one epic step further by including all 4 Ludwig drum kits Bonham used throughout his career with Led Zeppelin.  Each drummer will be accompanied by house band The Moby Dicks.

The following artists have been confirmed to participate in this year’s Bonzo Bash:

  • Kenny Aronoff (John Mellencamp / John Fogerty / Smashing Pumpkins)
  • Charlie Benante (Anthrax)
  • Joe Franco (Good Rats / Twisted Sister)
  • John Hummel (Lady Gaga)
  • Brandon Kachel (Barbarian Overlords)
  • Corky Laing (Mountain / Bonzo Bash Legend Award Recipient)
  • Dave Lombardo (Slayer / Philm)
  • Robert Mason (Warrant)
  • Stephen Perkins (Jane’s Addiction)
  • Mike Portnoy (The Winery Dogs / Dream Theater)
  • Gregg Potter (The Buddy Rich Band)
  • Dizzy Reed (Guns N’ Roses / The Dead Daisies / Hookers & Blow)
  • Bobby Rondinelli (Rainbow / Black Sabbath)
  • Matt Starr (Ace Frehley / Mr. Big)
  • Todd Sucherman (Styx)
  • Jason Sutter (Marilyn Manson / Foreigner / Chris Cornell)
  • Mike Terrana (Rage / Yngwie Malmsteen / Tony Macalpine)
  • Brian Tichy (Whitesnake / Foreigner / Ozzy Osbourne / Billy Idol)
  • Franklin Vanderbilt (Lenny Kravitz / Stevie Wonder / Chaka Khan)
  • Phil X (The Drills / Bon Jovi)

The Moby Dicks are: Michael Devin (Whitesnake), Stephen LeBlanc (Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Exp.), Brian Tichy (Whitesnake / Foreigner / Ozzy Osbourne / Billy Idol), Chas West (Bonham), Brent Woods (Vince Neil / Sebastian Bach).

Friday January 23rd, 2015 the madness continues with Randy Rhoads Remembered, a celebration of the brilliant and original Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Randy Rhoads. Tichy and Sutton created this event in 2013 after agreeing Randy Rhoads surely deserved recognition for his musical impact. They are both huge fans of Rhoads’, and Tichy himself played with Ozzy Osbourne. Randy’s brother Kelle performs and his sister Kathy Rhoads, shares her stories making this a very touching and personal experience for all involved.

The following artists have been confirmed as participants in Randy Rhoads Remembered:

  • Kathy Rhoads D’Argenzio
  • Michael Devin (Whitesnake)
  • Dave Ellefson (Megadeth)
  • Gus G (Ozzy Osbourne / Firewind)
  • Joel Hoekstra (Whitesnake / Night Ranger)
  • Nik Kai (Kemical Kill)
  • Stephen LeBlanc (Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Exp.)
  • Kiko Louriero (Angra)
  • Marzi Montazeri (Philip H. Alselmo & The Illegals / Marzi Montazeri’s Heavy As Texas)
  • Mike Orlando (Adrenaline Mob / Tred)
  • Mitch Perry (Cher / Edgar Winter)
  • Kelle Rhoads
  • Rowan Robertson (Dio / DC4)
  • Janet Robin (Student of Randy Rhoads / Lindsey Buckingham)
  • Rudy Sarzo (Ozzy Osbourne / Quiet Riot / Whitesnake / Queensryche)
  • Jeff Scott Soto (Journey / Talisman)
  • Alex Skolnick (Testament / Alex Skolnick Trio)
  • Phil Soussan (Ozzy Osbourne / Ronnie James Dio / Billy Idol)
  • Brian Tichy (Whitesnake / Foreigner / Ozzy Osbourne / Billy Idol)
  • Chas West (Bonham)
  • Brent Woods (Student of Randy Rhoads / Vince Neil / Sebastian Bach)
  • Phil X (The Drills / Bon Jovi)
  • Roy Z (Halford / Bruce Dickinson / Tribe of Gypsies / Glenn Hughes)

In addition to this lineup, there will be some very specials guests – some will be announced and some won’t, so stay tuned!

Rounding off the weekend is the 2nd installment of Entwistle/Moon: The Ox & The Loon, a salute to The Who’s John Entwistle and Keith Moon. Tichy and Sutton first put this show on in April of this year at House of Blues on Sunset Blvd, Hollywood, and it was met with rave reviews. This show features renowned bassists and drummers getting together to celebrate rock’s mightiest rhythm section. This will be the 3rd and final show of California Music Fest taking place on Saturday, January 24th, 2015.

The following artists have been confirmed for Entwistle/Moon: The Ox & The Loon:

  • Kenny Aronoff (John Mellencamp / John Fogerty / Smashing Pumpkins)
  • Veronica Bellino (Jeff Beck)
  • Phil Chen (Rod Stewart / The Doors)
  • Michael Devin (Whitesnake / JBLZE)
  • Corky Laing (Mountain)
  • Dave LaRue (Joe Satriani / Steve Morse / Flying Colors)
  • Stephen LeBlanc (JBLZE)
  • Dave Lombardo (Slayer / Philm)
  • James LoMenzo (BLS / White Lion / Megadeth)
  • Robert Mason (Warrant)
  • Sean McNabb (Don Felder / Sons of Anarchy)
  • Marco Mendoza (The Dead Daisies / Thin Lizzy / Whitesnake)
  • John Moyer (Disturbed / Adrenaline Mob)
  • Marty O’Brien (Lita Ford)
  • Stephen Perkins (Jane’s Addiction)
  • Mitch Perry (Cher / Edgar Winter)
  • dUg Pinnick (KXM / King’s X)
  • Mike Portnoy (The Winery Dogs / Dream Theater)
  • Joseph Pusateri (John Entwistle Band)
  • Joe Retta (Sweet / Heaven & Earth)
  • Rowan Robertson (DIO / DC4)
  • Van Romaine (Steve Morse / Enrique Iglesias)
  • Phil Soussan (Ozzy Osbourne)
  • Matt Starr (Ace Frehley / Mr. Big)
  • Brian Tichy (Whitesnake / Foreigner / Ozzy Osbourne / Billy Idol)
  • Chas West (Bonham)
  • Brent Woods (Vince Neil / Sebastian Bach)

More artists for ALL shows will be announced soon, so keep an eye out!

Tickets available now!

California Music Fest Three Day Pass:


Individual show tickets available at: Bonzo Bash:  1.22.2015 – www.ticketweb.com/t3/sale/SaleEventDetail?dispatch=loadSelectionData&eventId=5420725&pl=observatory

Randy Rhoads Remembered:  1.23.2015 – www.ticketweb.com/t3/sale/SaleEventDetail?dispatch=loadSelectionData&eventId=5420625&pl=observatory

Entwistle / Moon: The Ox & The Loon: 1.24.2015 – www.ticketweb.com/t3/sale/SaleEventDetail?dispatch=loadSelectionData&eventId=5420715&pl=observatory

Limited VIP packages available at www.Californiamusicfest.com

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