Peter Demian with STREET SMART VENICE BEACH
It was the day after the horrendous murder by a deranged man. Only the day before this guy was driving into the people on Venice beach. He was drunk and before he was through he had without a gun killed an Italian tourist on her honeymoon and injured 11 others.
I headed past the village of reporters sent to cover the day after story but I was looking for something more. Something to say Venice beach would be OK and live on reflective, wiser but undeterred. As I made my say to the physical heart and soul of Venice Beach which is the park area by Windward Ave, I heard the a band that made me listen. It was the Venice Beach band Street Smart inspiring the Ocean Front Walk with Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen.
Street Smart is lead with power and conviction by Peter Demian on guitar and vocal and features the world-class talent of world-famous Venice Beach street musician Nathan on the piano and Louie Garcia on drums.
Peter Demian hails from Canada and has been playing on Venice Beach for 25 years. On a good day he will bring in somewhere in the neighborhood of of 60 to 80 dollars. In Ontario Canada when he first started out he played with Paul Shaffer now on the Letterman show and opened for many of the great pop bands of the 60’s and seventies such as the Who and others. He moved to the US living and playing in Detroit and Canada for a time before settling in Venice Beach and playing for visitors from all over the world.
Street Smart was aided by local pianist Nathan. Nathan is considered by many who know him to be a virtuoso possible genius who has been playing since early childhood and freely mixes classical jazz and rock almost simultaneously. He has played in many bands and done many gigs including a tour with the 60’s psychedelic rock band Iron Butterfly well known for their hit “In A Godda Da Vida”
Mr Demian’s contact info is his cell phone