WELCOME TO THE SHOW
My name is Steve Owens and I meet a lot of people; sometime in my travels, sometimes in my own home town. Several times (quite by accident), I have stumbled into what I consider to be fascinating stories. So after way too many got away, I decided to start recording them. Some of these conversations will be fascinating ONLY to me. Some will be fascinating to you too. In the end, I guess this podcast is just an excuse for me to get to travel, meet, and talk to more people. So if you are so inclined…
Walk with me, down Fascination Street!
Take a walk with me down Fascination Street as I get to know Sevier Crespo. Sevier is an actor as well as a film & television producer. In this episode, we chat about being born in Puerto Rico, growing up in Dallas and what led to his moving to Los Angeles. He shares with us his dream to become a professional baseball player; and what if felt like when he found and fell in love with acting, and what attracted him to producing. I can’t help but ask Sevier to explain all of the different types of producers; and he explains them all! Finally, we chat about some of his more recent projects: like the recent film ‘Karen’, starring Taryn Manning, and how much he enjoyed filming in Atlanta.
Follow Sevier on social media:
FB: Sevier Crespo
Website: Seviercrespo.com / PeanutGalleryGroup.com
Sir Daniel Winn
Take a walk with me down Fascination Street as I get to know Sir Daniel Winn. Daniel is a fine-artist, curator, and philanthropist. Because of his philanthropic work. Daniel was honored with the title of “Knight: in 2018. In this episode, we chat about his harrowing experience coming to America, living homeless on the streets AFTER medical school, realizing his passion for artistry, and eventually becoming a world-renowned fine artist and using his position to help those less fortunate. We discuss his contribution to the Asian World Film Awards; where he designed and crafted the award statuettes, and his personal philosophies with regard to universal truth and the impact of the kindness of strangers to one another. OBVIOUSLY, I ask how, why, and who knighted him!
Daniel has TWO galleries in Beverly Hills and one in Vietnam.
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Take a walk with me down Fascination Street as I get to know Phil Varone. Phil is the drummer for the bands Saigon Kick and Panic Boom. In this episode, we chat about Saigon Kick and Phil let’s me play their massive 1992 hit “Love Is On The Way”. He tells us a little bit about his time with Skid Row and Vince Neil. Then we discuss his stint on the reality show ‘Sex Rehab With Dr. Drew’, and OF COURSE I ask him about his December 2010 cover & centerfold appearance for Playgirl magazine. Finally, we talk about his new band Panic Boom, and he let’s me play their new single “Revolution”; before we close out talking about his upcoming documentary “Thirty Years A Drummer.
Follow Phil on social media:
FB: Phil Varone
Website: PhilVarone.com / 30yearsadrummer.com
Courtney Warner Shrem
Take a walk with me down Fascination Street as I get to know Courtney Warner Shrem. Courtney is an advocate for crypto currencies and an actress in the new film Ask Me To Dance. In this episode, we chat about her previous career as a hip hop dancer, and why she made the move to acting. We discuss her new film Ask Me To Dance, which stars previous guests Gabriel Jarret, Jesse Kove, and Tom Malloy. She tells us how much fun it was to be on set, and how this experience made her and her husband (Charlie Shrem) want to get into the world of producing. Of course we discuss crypto currency, Bitcoin, and some of the infinite possibilities associated with this new wave of block chain technology. Look for Ask Me To Dance everywhere you watch movies!
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FB: Courtney Marie Shrem
Tom Malloy Returns!
Take a walk with me down Fascination Street as I get to know even more about Tom Malloy. Tom is a writer, producer, actor, and now director. Having produced over a dozen films, Tom finally decided to direct one! In this episode, we chat about why he decided to finally take that next step, and how that made him want to type cast himself as a director. He tells us all about his new film Ask Me To Dance; which he wrote, starred, produced, and directed. It also stars previous guests Gabriel Jarret & Jesse Kove; as well as the enigmatic Joyce DeWitt!. Tom shares stories from the set, and even gives us some glimpses into some fun he had on other sets…. like when he got to dance with Betty White in a film! Tom explains what a producer is and what a producer does (because I am always confused about that); and finally, he explains a little about crypto currency and how it is making it’s way into financing productions in film and television.
Keep your eyes out for his new film: Ask Me To Dance!
Follow Tom on social media:
FB: Tom Malloy
Take a walk with me down Fascination Street as I get to know Dusty Grant.
Dusty is a musician in Kansas who is quickly making a name for himself in and around the music scene; not just locally, but regionally, and even nationally. In this episode we chat about why he moved from the Omaha area to the Wichita area, and what got him into music. We discuss some of the pitfalls associated with the music business, and he stresses the importance of being prepared for when an opportunity presents itself. Because of his tireless dedication and persistence; Dusty has had a phenomenal past year and a half or so. He has opened for some giant national acts like: Danielle Nicole, Daughtry, Candlebox, Blacktop Mojo, and more. He even had a couple of songs make Stange Currency’s top 10 list of local releases om NPR affiliate KMUW. Dusty lets me play one of those songs, and I think you will understand why it made the list, and why his star is rising.
Follow Dusty on social media:
FB: Dusty Grant
YouTube: Dusty Grant
Steven O’Reilly Returns!
Take a walk with me down Fascination Street as I catch up with previous guest Steven O’Reilly in his return appearance. In this episode, we chat about how it’s going since he moved from Louisville, Kentucky to Tampa Bay, Florida a little over a year ago. He tells us about the status of his podcast: The Bar Star Podcast, his new band: Soul Circus Cowboys, and all about this new adventure his wife and he are about to embark on. Steven and I chatted for well over two hours, so it was really hard to get down to a reasonable length episode. We do play one of Soul Circus Cowboys’ songs, and I think you’re gonna dig it!
Follow Steven on social media:
FB: Steven O’Reilly
Follow Soul Circus Cowboys on social media:
FB: Soul Circus Cowboys
Take a walk down Fascination Street as I get to know Richard Stanley.
Richard was convicted of robbing thirteen banks in southern California in the early 2000’s. Known as ‘The Skinny Bandit’; Richard learned most of what he needed to know from a television show called The FBI Files. He used the show as a sort of ‘how to’ video series of what NOT to do. In this episode, we chat about what about growing up in Otay, Ca. would make him want to rob banks, and what made him think he could get away with it. He takes us step by step through the events of his very first bank robbery. We talk about how he got caught, and a little about his time in prison. Then we cover what some of his jobs were after prison, and why he decided to write the ‘Up On Game’ series of books. There are two in the series so far: ‘Up On Game: From Robbing Banks To Stacking Bitcoin’ and the sequel; “Up On Game: When I Ruled The World’.
Previous guest Mike Dawson reads the audiobook versions of both books, which are available everywhere fine books & audiobooks are sold. We also touch briefly on his crypto trading and the world he is building in the metaverse on Decentraland.org. This was a very fascinating and engaging conversation. We didn’t even really cover the second book, which was written after some statutes of limitations expired. If I had to guess, I would say that Richard will return for a second episode!
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Metaverse: Decentraland.org Coordinates: 59 -139
Jason Ritter RETURNS!
THIS IS PART OF MY RAISING DION SEASON 2 WEEK-LONG PODCASTING EVENT
Take a walk with me down Fascination Street as I get to know even more about Jason Ritter.
Jason is a third generation actor who has more than a hundred acting credits, and counting. In this episode we chat about a fairly recent short form documentary about his father (John Ritter) that aired on ABC, called ‘Superstar: John Ritter’. Then we get caught up with what it’s like to be a dad, and how Jason and his family endured Covid. Finally; we discuss all things Raising Dion season 2 (no spoilers). Raising Dion season 2 is out now on Netflix. Revisit season 1 and then forge right ahead into season 2. This is a great family friendly show with excitement and plot twists.
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FB: Jason Ritter
THIS IS PART OF MY RAISING DION SEASON 2 WEEK-LONG PODCASTING EVENT
Take a walk with me down Fascination Street as I get to know actor Ja’Siah Young.
Ja’Siah is a ten-year-old actor who stars in the hit Netflix show Raising Dion (now in it’s second season). In this episode, Ja’Siah and I chat about what made him want to become an actor, what he wants to be when he grows up, and what it feels like to be the lead character of a show at such a young age. He tells us how he spent his time during Covid, and how he likes to spend his time when he isn’t working. This episode is part of my week long special podcast event focusing on the release of Season 2 of Raising Dion. Make sure you catch all 5 episodes in the series!
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Follow Ja’Siah on social media:
FB: Ja’Siah Young
and his YouTube channel: Ja’Siah Young