Innocent Bystanders

Steve Berenson: Drums | Steve Semeraro: Guitar (electric), Vocals | Jessica LaFave: Saxophone | Ben Nieberg: Guitar (acoustic), Vocals | Kath Rogers: Vocals | Donny Samporna: Bass guitar | Kaimi Wenger: Keyboards, Organ, Vocals

Genre: Alternative, Covers | Standards, Funk, Rock

RIYL: The Temptations, Warren Zevon, Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, the Roots, Otis Redding, Frank Sinatra, Wilson Picket, Jackie Wilson, Steve Cropper, Buck-O-Nine, Talking Heads

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Inception: San Diego, 2012

Ex-Band Members: Eric Lane, Bass guitar, Saxophone Chris Saunders, Guitar (acoustic), Guitar (electric), Vocals Jeff Slattery, Bass guitar, Percussion, Vocals

Influences: The Rolling Stones, the Beatles, Otis Redding, Van Morrison, Warren Zevon, Bruce Springsteen, Wilson Picket, Jackie Wilson, Steve Cropper, the Roots


Based in Kensington and Mission Hills, funk-soul-alt-rock band Innocent Bystanders was named after a line in Warren Zevon's "Lawyers, Guns & Money," one of the first songs they learned. The group was founded in 2012 by musicians who played regularly in various bands in high school and college, who got together to form a band to play fundraising events for a local law school.

They perform a wide-range of rock and soul, focused on the music of the 1960s and 1970s. Their four song Attractive Nuisance EP of original music was recorded at Singing Serpent Studios in Kensington and released in November 2017.

Guitarist Chris Saunders, who was also a journalist, passed away in September 2017.



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