Band of the Week: Lounge Diggaz



Welcome to Orlando Weekly's "Band of the Week." Every week, we highlight one of our favorite local bands. This week, we're pleased to bring you Lounge Diggaz.

Lounge Diggaz are playing Lil Indies on Oct. 9.

Just the facts:

Who's in the band?
The current line-up is Johnny Diggz on keys/vocals, Jack Demarco on guitar, Ken Gustafson on accordion and Mark Carter on Vocals. Occasionally Matt Jackson decides to show up and blow on his harp.

When did the band form?
Around 2005, the first incarnation was Los Diggaz. Carlos DeSoto and Johnny Diggz started performing at the Red Fox Lounge in Winter Park. Over the next several years the duo performed around Orlando. The group re-emerged as Lounge Diggaz in 2010 with Johnny Diggz, Ken Gusafuson and Gregg Hejja and continues to have an ever-changing band with a focus on lounge versions of cover tunes, improv comedy and guest performers.

Currently available releases:
We are primarily a cover band so we don't typically release our own tracks. But you can find us on YouTube under Lounge Diggaz or Johnny Diggz.


Describe your sound in five words:
Sing-a-long fun, clapping.

Five questions:

What has been your most memorable show so far?
We opened for Appetite for Destruction (Guns 'N Roses cover band) and their lead singer liked our cover of the **Greatest American Hero** theme song.

Which local band is your favorite one to play a show with?
Love playing with Eugene Snowden ... his energy is infectious.

What description gets used for your band that you would most
like to correct people on? Why?
My motto is that if the bartenders are happy.... If we do that, then I never worry about what people say.

What’s your favorite thing about being an Orlando band? What's your least favorite? Why?
Will Walker is the best and worst thing about Orlando. I wish there were more like him.

Any big news to share?
We just got booked to play Burning Man for our seventh year!

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