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About Us

Rusted Roses band

The Rusted Roses was formed in 2015 by Ben Karmelich with Jennifer Barsky, Terry Mernin and Joel Probasco after jamming together at a party at Ben's house. The name Rusted Roses came from combining Neil Young's "Rust" sound to the Grateful Dead's "Roses" imagery. The band quickly moved on to finding more bands that fit our genre and style. 


We performed our first show on Oct 1, 2015 with Paul Bonnano on lead guitar. By our next show, Janet "Turtle" Ryan was added as a second vocalist. In 2016, Paul left the band, Terry moved from playing bass back to guitar and Tom Atkins then joined as our bassist. Vocalist Laura Daigle also played many shows with us often filling in for Janet or Jenn. Chris McKinney often joins us on keyboards.


Rusted Roses has played over 100 shows, has a repertoire of over 325 songs and has become a regular fixture at many venues and social events within the Los Angeles local jam band scene.  Rusted Roses continues to play most weekends and is constantly adding new songs to our repertoire. We recently played a "Mystery Album" in 2022 and plan to continue that tradition every year.

Rusted Roses has performed as an all Grateful Dead band, an all Phish band and as an all classic rock band, depending on our audience. Usually we play a lot of Dead & Phish while mixing in so much more from that genre.

Band Members

The Rusted Roses IPA

Did you know? 

Project Barley Brewery in Lomita, California has a beer named after us called Rusted Roses Red IPA!

 It's a favorite among locals and of course band members ;) 

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