The Bodleys cover an eclectic variety of blues, country, folk, and rock songs from Johnny Cash to the Doobie Brothers to Tom Petty to R.E.M. to Sublime. Our set list is heavy on the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s, but an occasional contemporary tune seasons the mix. We are suited to venues and events that desire both good music and an atmosphere for conversation.
Our full, five-man acoustic contingent is comprised of lead guitar/mandolin, electric bass, rhythm guitar, fiddle/ukulele, and percussion. We perform capably as a trio, a quartet, or a quintet.
We generally perform in Los Angeles and Orange Counties; however, we have repeatedly traveled as far as Mammoth Lakes, CA to perform.
We often have The Bodleys come play at our brewery and are never disappointed! Blues, country, folk, rock...they do it all. We always have a great time with them, they are super professional and very passionate about their music. They are always our first suggestion when people are looking for a band!
For many years we have followed the Bodleys. Whenever they played at street fairs, pubs or breweries, we tried to attend because we enjoy their music. We always told them that they should play at our 50th anniversary and August 17, 2018 was the date. We met with John their scheduler and since we knew the music they played so well, we only had 2 requests. We wanted to know if they could play Neil Diamond's "Sweet Caroline" a family party favorite and "Happy Together" by the Turtles, which was "our song". The songs were not part of their repertoire, but they learned them just for us. I will always remember watching all 8 of our grandchildren dancing together with their cousins and almost everyone else in the room. So good, so good, so good!
The Bodleys are versatile musicians, they are easy to work with and they are wonderful men! We have them booked for our 75th.
We hired The Bodleys to perform for a fundraising event at a home of one of our donors. The sound was perfect. They created the perfect ambience for the night and our guests really enjoyed having them. The music was a great mix. They were a great hire!
The Bodleys (and their "musical friends") have provided entertainment for my family's Flag Day celebrations for three years, and we have never been disappointed. These musicians clearly enjoy what they do, and the variety and quality of their renditions of the songs that I grew up with are spot-on. I recommend them without reservation for any backyard party.
It has been almost two years since our last party but I have seen this group at various events since then, and they regularly surprise me with great new songs.
Price Range: Contact for rates
Gig Length: 120 - 240 minutes
What to Expect
The Bodleys are blessed with three virtuoso soloists: guitarist Max Komine, fiddler Asher St. Pierre, and guitarist Mat Summers. Summers and St. Pierre often provide our audiences "ear candy" in call-and-response leads - trading riffs on many of the songs in The Bodleys eclectic repertoire. Komine is a highly technical player, and his practiced and refined solos capture all the nuance of the original players' guitar work.
Each player in The Bodleys is also a vocalist, and lead vocals by each player are featured in our typical set lists (see set list). Harmony vocals round out our sound.
In our four years as a going concern, we have performed at venues ranging from micro-breweries to gastro pubs to wine bars to mountain lodges. As the ensemble’s classic blues, country, folk, and rock set list seems to mark the decades pretty well, The Bodleys have played more than a few 50th birthday and anniversary celebrations. Consequently, we have been open to playing backyard parties or rented halls.
The Bodleys, an acoustic ensemble, had a rather organic genesis: all five members are currently involved or have been associated with the folk choir at Saint Barnabas Parish in the historic California Heights area of Long Beach.
Rhythm guitarist/Vocalist Wasyl Bodnar sang his four children to sleep with lullaby-esque renditions of James Taylor’s “Sweet Baby James” in the years before he joined the choir as a vocalist and occasional guitarist.
Lead/Rhythm guitarist/Bassist/Vocalist Max Komine, a tenured St. Barnabas choir mate, sat in with various Saint Billy Bodley duo and trio incarnations for all of 2017. The veteran gigging multi-instrumentalist joined the ensemble as a full-fledged band mate in November, 2017. His lead vocals, six and 12-string guitars, bass, and his phenomenal sense of harmony and professionalism have added layers of sophistication to many SBB, and now, Bodleys gigs.
Fiddler/Vocalist Asher St. Pierre, the only classically-trained member of the ensemble, joined the choir as a minor, but he soon started to make a major contribution. St. Pierre, a notable beer and mead connoisseur, considers the appellation “Fiddler” as a high compliment.
Percussionist/Vocalist John Stradley was a longtime vocalist with the choir until Fred Lobato, one of the musicians, commented, “You have a good sense of rhythm – you ought to look into getting some congas.” Stradley eventually did look into said congas, but his wife and daughter delighted him by purchasing them as a surprise birthday gift before he could buy them himself.
Lead guitarist/Vocalist Mat Summers has been a member of the parish choir since time began. A virtuoso guitarist, drummer, composer, recording engineer, stalwart Anaheim Ducks fan, and all-around great guy, Summers is also a veteran gigging musician of two duos and eight bands from the 70s to the 2000s including, most recently, Los Barnabas Boys, a longtime Bixby Knolls’ First Friday favorite.
Bodnar and Stradley put together a set list and made their debut at the now-gone-but-not-forgotten Factory Gastrobar in Bixby Knolls, Long Beach during the First Friday event in October of 2014. They were filling in for their friends, Los Barnabas Boys, who were unable to play their longstanding monthly gig because of multiple schedule conflicts. A good time was had by all, and the trio, now joined by Asher St. Pierre, decided to rehearse regularly, to add new material, and to seek opportunities to play eclectic sets of blues, country, folk, and rock tunes in a variety of smaller venues. Mat Summers sat in on the band’s first wine bar gig, and all agreed that he should join the ensemble as frequently as possible. Summers joined Saint Billy Bodley permanently in June, 2015.
Far more known and in demand than it was at its humble beginning as a First Friday fill-in act at the gone-but-not-forgotten Factory gastrobar in Bixby Knolls in October, 2014, the ensemble initially “Billy Bodley,” and later, “Saint Billy Bodley,” and currently, “The Bodleys” garnered 16 bookings in 2015, 27 in 2016, 26 in 2017, and, thus far, 30 in 2018. The acoustic ensemble has performed primarily in the greater Long Beach area, but it has appeared annually in the environs of Mammoth Lakes and at the Mt. Baldy Resort’s Top of the Notch Restaurant in the San Gabriel Mountains.
Meeting the demands of such performance schedules more frequently necessitated drawing upon the talents of musical friends to sit in with the ensemble as soloists. Komine has been the go-to, on-call soloist for the ensemble since early December, 2016. A multi-instrumentalist, Komine has added a bass line to SBB on select occasions when available space allowed for a quintet, most notably at September’s Craft Beer LB Fest at Rancho Los Cerritos and October’s Grand Opening festivities of The Merchant: Coffee|Bread|Provisions in Bixby Knolls. Komine joined the ensemble as a permanent utility player in November, 2017.
It seems the ensemble's sound and vibe is conducive to the burgeoning southern (and central) California micro-brewery, gastrobar/gastropub, and wine bar juggernaut. Aside from its debut performance at the Factory Gastrobar, The Bodleys in its various incarnations has performed frequently at Bixby Knolls’ Willmore Wine Bar and Dutch’s Brewhouse, at Ten Mile Brewing Company in Signal Hill, at Black Doubt Brewing Company and East Side Bake Shop of Mammoth Lakes, at Rouleur Brewing Company in Carlsbad, and at the Mt. Baldy Resort’s “Moonlight Hikes” and “Battle of the Brews/Sunday Session” events. Additionally, The Bodleys performed for the VIP early entry patrons of the Craft Beer LB Fest in 2017.
The ensemble’s original enigmatic name was both a bit of whimsy and an amalgamation of its charter members’ names: Asher Saint Pierre, Billy Traber, Wasyl Bodnar, and John Stradley. The ensemble truly needed a new name with the quick exit of Traber and the eventual additions of first Summers and later Komine. This led to a spirited and contentious debate on potential band names: “Saint “Butch” Bodley,” “The Strads,” “Switched at Birth,” “The Hymnknots,” “The Pink Straddlac,” “The Cool Guys & Also John,” “Ashkom Sumbodley and the Lime-Lighters, “”The Piekomers,” and many, many other ribald (and downright gross) monikers were floated, but the ensemble has, it seems, settled upon “The Bodleys,” an appellation close enough to the original to not be too problematic.
Past Booked Events
|February 01, 2020 • 6:00pm - 9:00pm||SteelCraft-Bellflower, Bellflower, CA|
|December 06, 2019 • 6:30pm - 9:30pm||SteelCraft-Bellflower, Bellflower, CA|
|November 02, 2019 • 6:00pm - 9:00pm||SteelCraft - Bellflower, Bellflower, CA|
|October 26, 2019 • 6:00pm - 9:00pm||SteelCraft - LB, Long Beach, CA|
|October 19, 2019 • 3:30pm - 6:30pm||Ten Mile Brewing Company, Signal Hill, CA|
|October 19, 2019 • 11:00am - 1:00pm||VA Medical Center, Long Beach, CA|
|September 21, 2019 • 6:00pm - 9:00pm||SteelCraft - LB, Bixby Knolls, Long Beach|
|September 01, 2019 • 6:00pm - 9:00pm||Black Doubt Brewing Company, Mammoth Lakes, CA|
|August 31, 2019 • 6:00pm - 9:00pm||East Side Bake Shop, Mammoth Lakes, CA|
|August 24, 2019 • 6:00pm - 9:00pm||SteelCraft Bellflower, Bellflower, CA|
|August 17, 2019 • 7:00pm - 10:00pm||Willmore Wine Bar, Bixby Knolls, Long Beach, CA|
|August 03, 2019 • 6:00pm - 9:00pm||SteelCraft - LB, Bixby Knolls, Long Beach, CA|
|June 30, 2019 • 1:00pm - 4:00pm||SteelCraft - LB, Bixby Knolls, Long Beach, CA|
|June 13, 2019 • 6:00pm - 9:00pm||SteelCraft - Bellflower, Bellflower, CA|
|June 08, 2019 • 7:00pm - 10:00pm||Dutch’s Brewhouse, Bixby Knolls, Long Beach, CA|
|May 26, 2019 • 6:00pm - 9:00pm||Black Doubt Brewing Company, Mammoth Lakes, CA|
|May 25, 2019 • 6:00pm - 9:00pm||East Side Bake Shop, Mammoth Lakes, CA|
|May 18, 2019 • 7:00pm - 10:00pm||Moonlight Hike/BBQ, Mt. Baldy Resort, CA|
|April 27, 2019 • 7:30pm - 10:30pm||Dutch's Brewhouse, Bixby Knolls, Long Beach, CA|
|March 30, 2019 • 5:30pm - 9:00pm||SteelCraft - LB, Bixby Knolls, Long Beach, CA|
|March 16, 2019 • 7:00pm - 10:00pm||Willmore Wine Bar, Bixby Knolls, Long Beach, CA|
|February 21, 2019 • 8:00pm - 10:00pm||Long Beach Beer Lab, Wrigley, Long Beach, CA|
Losing My Religion (R.E.M)
Wildflowers (Tom Petty)
Into the Mystic (Van Morrison)
Angel from Montgomery (John Prine)
Who'll Stop the Rain (Creedence Clearwater Revival)
Heart of Gold (Neil Young)
Sitting, Waiting, Wishing (Jack Johnson)
Get Together (The Youngbloods)
Wicked Game (Chris Isaak)
Black Water (The Doobie Brothers)
Locomotive Breath (Jethro Tull)
It Stoned Me (Van Morrison)
Lola (The Kinks)
Midnight Rider / Norwegian Wood (The Allman Brothers Band/The Beatles)
Born on a Bayou (Creedence Clearwater Revival)
Lodi (Creedence Clearwater Revival)
Me & Julio Down by the Schoolyard (Paul Simon)
Fast as You (Dwight Yoakam)
Domino (Van Morrison)
Help (The Beatles)
Walk Out the Door (Stick Figure)
For What It's Worth (Buffalo Springfield)
Listen to Her Heart (Tom Petty)
Folsom Prison Blues (Johnny Cash)
What I Got (Sublime)
Up on Cripple Creek (The Band)
Mary Jane's Last Dance (Tom Petty)
Middle of Nowhere (Hot Hot Heat)
Running Down a Dream (Tom Petty)
Influences & Inspiration
With our combined ages of more than 250 years, we have all heard our fair share of great music. Four of our players grew up in the 1960s and 1970s, and the soundtrack of those two decades was replete with iconic acts: The Beatles, The Who, The Rolling Stones, The Byrds, The Eagles, Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young, James Taylor, Bob Dylan and countless other acts.
Our youngest player grew up in the 1980s and 1990s, so his inspirations are slightly different, yet he retains a palpable appreciation of the music of his elders.
Each of our players shares his particular influences:
John Stradley - If one grew up in the Stradley household, he was a fan of The Who. If fact, my first concert in 1976 was The Who at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA. My late elder brother was a rabid Who fan, and he graciously allowed me to tag along. As I matured, I retained that appreciation, but my tastes grew to include just about every genre and many dozens of artists and bands.
We typically require an area of roughly 10' x 12' for our set-up. A single duplex outlet is sufficient for our power needs.