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We are the POD’s

“THE POLITICS OF DANCING”

A 6 piece, full range, full on !!! DANCE BAND.

This band is full of seasoned pro’s with years of touring behind them. We play dance numbers from 70’s , 80’s , 90’s , to present day and we perform them in their purest form the way they were recorded. 

These are major Dance hits and The POD’s put on a show like non other. 

We want to bring the show to the West Coast like non ever seen ,Come Dance to the POD’s


Band Members

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Lead Vocals

Jez Blacker

Joyce Michaels


Guitar

Ray Pannell


Bass 

Michael Lomas


Keys

George Friedenthal


Drums

Donzell Davis

Dance Party

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Despite sharing many of the same interests and pastimes. We all are inspired to perform music that will get your guests on their feet and dancing. Tell your friends and let’s see California Dance and Party like ‘NEVER BEFORE’

Band Members

Jez Blacker

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Our British front man JEZ BLACKER, Hails from England where he fronted the showband ‘RUMBLEFISH’. Rumblefish played many large venues, festivals and events in and around London, England and France for 15 years Headlining some of the biggest balls in Europe such as the Royal Hunt Ball, Royal artillery and high profile gigs such as Shoeless Joes, . Callaghans, Planet Hollywood, Walkabouts and many many more.

Jez has lived 14 years in California and the Santa Ynez Valley and became an American Citizen back in 2017. He started and fronted The Molly Ringwald Project 6 years ago with his dear friend Rob Cantrel but left the band nearly a year and a half ago due to Family and work commitments. Throughout all of this he has kept his beloved duo partnership ODDLEY STRAIGHT together for 9 years and plays many local Breweries and vineyards etc bringing an assortment of soft rock , harmonies and guitars to venues throughout Santa Barbara county

He has now gathered a group of seasoned Musicians and is ready to bring dance and rock to the west coast of California like never seen before !!!

Joyce Michaels

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Joyce Michaels our amazing multi-talented lead and backing vocalist grew up in Utah moving to California at the ripe old age of 18 bringing her soulful influences like Aretha Franklin with her. Joyce studied the art of vocal technique and performance in a whole new way and has been leading frontwoman with the band Livewire for the past 18 years.

Joyce has spent years singing and recording original music recording music for songwriters and honing her skills in many bands.

She is passionate and excited to be in a band with some of the best musicians on the west coast. Joyce brings the very essence of “Dance Party” to “The Politics Of Dancing”

George Friedenthal

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George Friedenthal Pianist/Keyboardist/Vocalist/Composer

Originally trained as a classical pianist (at the Juilliard School in New York, as well as private instruction with pianist/conductor Jens Nygaard), George found more of a musical home in the worlds of jazz, blues, rhythm and blues and other forms of contemporary and popular music. He has worked with such artists as Mary Wilson (of the Supremes), Kenny Loggins, Jim Messina, Alan Parsons,, Rosemary Butler, Bonnie Bramlett, Bill Watrous, Bob Mintzer, Clark Terry, Maria Schneider, Gerald Wilson, Luis Munoz, Kimberly Ford and many others.

He has performed in venues from nightclubs and jazz clubs, to the concert stage, international music and jazz festivals, as well as national TV and radio appearances.

Also active in the studio and as a composer, he can currently be heard in a number of groups including the Monday Madness Jazz Big Band, the Rosemary Butler Band, Afro-jazz fusion group, Native Vibe, A Celebration of Joni Mitchell with Kimberly Ford, and a variety of other groups.

Michael Lomas

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Michael Lomas has worked with such artists as Mary Wilson of the Supremes, PBS artist Benise, Jim Messina, Ben E.king, Giovanni, and Producers such as Malcolm Cecil ( Stevie Wonder), Phil Da Costa (Seal), with TV credits such as The Tonight Show, Good Morning America, PBS.


Ray Pannell

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Ray is a dynamic virtuoso guitar player and recognized as such throughout the music industry. He enjoys all genres of guitar.

He has worked in the studio with Steve Lukather of the band TOTO, with Lamont Dozier of Holland, Frank Stallone on the soundtrack to  Stayin Alive and Rocky III.

Ray has performed on the Johnny Carson Show, Arsenio Hall Show, Jay Leno, The Today Show,  and was a member of the  Mary Wilson Band of the Supremes, touring world performing in concert, including the White House for the millennium, and still plays with Mary today.

Donzell Davis

Drummer, Composer, and Producer

Donzell Davis trained under the tutelage of Dr. Harold Bray Jr. at

Drummer, Composer, and Producer


Donzell Davis trained under the tutelage of Dr. Harold Bray Jr. at Chicago Vocational High

School. Donzell excelled in music theory, trombone, and percussion. Growing up in Chicago, he played a wide range of music, R&B, Classical, Rock, Funk, Blues, Pop and Jazz. Donzell toured with the Emotions after high school in 1976. Some of the groups that he toured with include the following: The Commodores, Teddy Pendergrass, Frankie Beverly and Maze, the Brothers

Johnson, and many others.

He has worked with such artist as Leroy Hutson, Eric Benet, The Emotions, Barry White, Gospel

legend Jessy Dixon, Kenny Loggins, The Four Tops, Mary Wilson of the Supremes, and the

legendary Jose Feliciano extensively. Donzell has performed with several orchestras in many

venues worldwide such as Sarajevo Philharmonic Orchestra in Bosnia. He is also active in the studio as a drummer, composer/producer.

Donzell has recorded music with artist such as: Maurice White of Earth, Wind and Fire, the

Emotions, Mary Wilson of the Supremes, Jessy Dixon, and Leroy Hutson among others. TV

credits: The Tonight Show featuring Jay Leno, Good Morning America, and more.

Upcoming Shows

The Politics of Dancing

 

06/15/2019

Standing Sun Winery

7pm - 10pm

Buellton

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06/15/2019

Standing Sun Winery

 The Politics Of Dancing California's best dance band debut. Come dance. 


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7pm - 10pm

Buellton

06/21/2019

Maverick Saloon

8pm - 11pm

Santa Ynez

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06/21/2019

Maverick Saloon

Santa Barbara County's number one dance band. Come see Jez Blacker and the Pods.


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8pm - 11pm

Santa Ynez

07/12/2019

Soho Restaurant & Music Club

9pm - 12pm

Santa Barbara

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07/12/2019

Soho Restaurant & Music Club

Dance with us Santa Barbara . Enjoy the sounds of THE PODs , and enjoy great food and drinks hosted by Jez Blacker.

9pm - 12pm

Santa Barbara

07/26/2019

Cottonwood Winery

6pm - 9pm

Santa Maria, CA

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07/26/2019

Cottonwood Winery

Big Stage Dance Party 


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6pm - 9pm

Santa Maria, CA

08/24/2019

Fig Mountain Brewing Co.

7pm - 10pm

Santa Barbara

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08/24/2019

Fig Mountain Brewing Co.

The Politics of Dancing (pro band) is coming to the Fig!!!
You want to be there
Dance music from the 70's to todqay!!

7pm - 10pm

Santa Barbara

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