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Light of Love Release Show at the Blue Whale - August 20, 2018


Thursday August 23rd @ the Blue Whale.

I'm excited to play music from my new album "Light of Love" which you can buy here.

Joining me will be:

Scott Seiver- drums, Josh Lopez- guitar, Adam Levy- Guitar, Matt Demerritt-saxophone and keyboards, Sam Barsh- keyboards, Gaby Moreno- guitar and voice, Mike Viola- voice, Kathleen Grace-voice

Light of Love Available now! - August 10, 2018

AVAILABLE NOW on Ropeadope

Bassist/Songwriter Kaveh Rastegar Melds
Influences From R&B, Hip-Hop, Jazz, Rock and Folk
for his Eclectic Solo Debut, Light of Love

Features an All-Star Cast Playing New Songs by the
Kneebody Bassist and Songwriter/Sideman for
John Legend, Sia, De La Soul, Bruno Mars and others

Album Features Chris Dave, Nicholas Payton,
Becca Stevens, Brandon Coleman, Dawn Richard,
and Jeff Babko, Among Others
Listen to Light of Love Now:
       Apple Music:
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"Kaveh is an exceptionally talented, versatile musician. We've played
together for years and he brings joy and musicality to every performance.
He's translated that energy to this beautiful collection of songs." -- John Legend

“My brother Kaveh provides us with his heart in every note he plays.
A true representative of quality music!” -- Posdnuos, De La Soul

"I am impressed by Kaveh I am intrigued by Kaveh he speaks and teaches
in Italian, he speaks Persian he is well read and has a love for cinema, there’s an
aire of mystery about Kaveh but who ever really and truly knows a person. So I
listen to his playing and I am moved. His bass playing can transverse the world of
The Rolling Stones to the pocket and groove of my favorite moments in the
glory days of hip hop. He plays this fucking typecast instrument with beauty
and grace. His songs are often disguised by levity but with further listening
you are able to mine many emotions and considerate craftsmanship.
Kaveh is fucking awesome." -- Meshell Ndegeocello

"Kaveh has changed the course of my musical journey. He's been able
to fluently read me as an artist and is capable of translating my exact thoughts.
Along with being an incredible musician, I've had the pleasure of getting to know
him as a person. An open spirit with nothing but genuine intention, Kaveh
has made an impact on me in ways that will follow me for the rest
of my life and career." -- Sabrina Claudio

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Those who have been paying close attention have realized by now that Kaveh Rastegar has been the secret weapon behind some of the most thrilling music of the last 20 years, across a wide spectrum of styles. 

As a bassist, Rastegar is best known as a founding member of the genre-blurring, GRAMMY® Award-nominated quintet Kneebody, though he’s also toured the world with superstars like John Legend (and also appeared as his fictional counterpart in the beloved musical La La Land), recorded with Shania Twain and Beck, served as musical director for singer/hitmaker Sia, and worked with R&B sensation Sabrina Claudio as both songwriter and co-producer. As a songwriter, he’s penned songs with and for heavy-hitters like Bruno Mars, Cee Lo Green, Meshell Ndegeocello, De La Soul and Ciara, among many others.

Now, with the release of Light of Love, Rastegar is intent on being a secret no more. On his debut album as a leader, the bassist and songwriter strides boldly into the spotlight with a set of songs that draw on every aspect of his wildly diverse résumé to create a wholly individual sound. Like its striking cover art, Light of Love is a collage – of influences, experiences, and collaborations – that merge to form a mosaic portrait of Rastegar’s talents and interests. Featuring an all-star line-up of gifted singers and musicians, the album (due out August 10 via Ropeadope) features songs as compelling as they are uncategorizable, fueled by entrancing grooves, unexpected twists and captivating storytelling.

Rastegar refers to Light of Love as a “family album,” bringing together a cast of longtime friends and collaborators to craft songs that unite jazz-club virtuosity with pop-chart soul. The roll call of singer-songwriters includes Amy Kuney (aka AMES), Becca Stevens, Gaby Moreno, Dawn Richard, David Garza, Mike Viola, and Rastegar himself, riding the waves of sound created by drummers Chris Dave (D’Angelo, Robert Glasper) and Scott Seiver (Tenacious D, Aimee Mann), trumpet great Nicholas Payton, keyboardists Brandon Coleman (Stevie Wonder, Kamasi Washington) and Jeff Babko (James Taylor, Martin Short), and guitarists Chris Bruce (Seal, Bettye Lavette) and Josh Lopez (Macy Gray, Black Eyed Peas). 

“This album is a long time coming,” says Rastegar. “I wanted to make something that bridges the gaps between all the different musical worlds that I find myself in -- music that feels really good and also uses all of these voices.”


Track Listing

01. "Bad Ideas"
02. "Cuento Ilogico" feat. Gaby Moreno
03. "Cat Woman" feat. Chris Dave
04. "Roll Call" feat. Mike Viola
05. "Tom Tom" feat. Chris Dave
06. "Light of Love" feat. David Garza
07. "As Long As You Love Me"
feat. Who's Wednesday
08. "Accidents Waiting to Happen" feat. Ames
09. "Long March" feat. Nicholas Payton
10. "Lavender" feat. Dawn Richard
11. "A Little Too Late" feat. Becca Stevens
12. "Luz Do Sol"

Kaveh Rastegar · Light of Love
Ropeadope · Release Date: August 10, 2018

Mike Viola, Larry Goldings, Kaveh Rastegar, Abe Rounds - September 8, 2016




Kaveh Rastegar - September 7, 2016

Kaveh Rastegar: bass, guitar, vocals

Chris Bruce: guitar, bass

Abe Rounds: drums

Sept. 10th @ 701 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, CA


De La debuts at #1 - September 5, 2016


In it's opening week "And The Anonymous Nobody" by De La Soul lands the #1 spot on the Billboard Rap Chart. It's also the #1 selling vinyl record for the week. 

De La Soul "And The Anonymous Nobody" - August 26, 2016

It's been years of love and it's labors. Finally De La Soul's latest album "And The Anonymous Nobody" is out and available. I co-wrote, played bass on 10 of the songs and co produced a couple of them. To be able to have been involved at all was an honor of my life. The album was a collaboration in the fullest sense. I hope everyone enjoys this work as much as I do.


Kaveh Rastegar at the Blue Whale - February 1, 2016


Kaveh Rastegar 
February 3rd 
at the blue whale. 
Kaveh Rastegar - bass, guitar, vocals 
Jeff Babko - synth bass, piano
Larry Goldings - organ, melodica
Barbara Gruska - drums, vocals
Amy Kuney - vocals
#kavehrastegar #butwheredoyoutakeme

Kaveh Rastegar 

February 3rd at the blue whale

Kaveh Rastegar - bass, guitar, vocals 

Jeff Babko - synth bass, piano

Larry Goldings - organ, melodica

Barbara Gruska - drums, vocals

Amy Kuney - vocals#kavehrastegar #butwheredoyoutakeme



Benji Hughes - January 20, 2016


I co wrote the song "Girls Love Shoes" from Benji's new album "Songs In the Key of Animals"

John Legend Under The Stars - December 15, 2015

I played bass on this single by John Legend that was released with Stella Artois. I love the song and it was fun to record the bass in my studio here in Highland Park. 


Kneedelus - November 27, 2015


Our Kneebody + Daedelus collaboration is out on Brainfeeder!!!

Ceelo Green - November 15, 2015


I co wrote two songs on Ceelo Green's latest album "Heart Blanche". The songs are "EST 1980s" and "Race Against Time". Ceelo is one of the most important voices of his generation. Such a pleasure to work with. I'm psyched about how these songs turned out. 

Kaveh Rastegar and Friends - July 20, 2015

Excited to be leading a dream band at my favorite LA venue.



This Was Amazing - July 12, 2015

Spending the day at North Sea Jazz Fest with my bass brother Christopher Thomas. I love this man and his music. We had this wonderful opportunity to share this moment with one of our absolute heroes, Mr. Ron Carter. 


Downbeat - July 4, 2015

Honored to be recognized among a list of fantastic bass players in the 65th annual Downbeat Magazine Critics Poll in the category of Rising Star for Electric Bass.



John Legend Summer Tour - June 17, 2015

I'm on the road throughout the UK, Europe and Beirut playing with mr. John Legend. 



Bass Player Magazine - May 15, 2015

I'm extremely honored to be featured in an article in Bass Player Magazine. Here's a link to the article.11179967_943810842328371_5596766359126159225_n_resized.jpg

Sia on SNL - January 18, 2015

I played bass with Sia on Saturday Night Live. Oh and Maddie Ziegler and Denna Thomson and the killer band. What the hell???


Winter Fest Kneebody Daedelus - January 13, 2015

Winter Jazz Fest is a great rowdy party that we got to see the beginning of and have had fun being a part of over the years. Kneebody played at LE Poisson Rouge with Daedelus. We recorded an album together that will be out this year. I love this collaboration and getting to revisit this music. We will be doing it moreeeeee. In the meantime here are two candid photos of us trying to get a press photo for the project....





John Legend - January 9, 2015

Back with John Legend . I spent two weeks rehearsing with a great band in Philly working on John's music. We played some shows in Texas leading up to and during New Years and then some more in Canada. This is a great group and John sounds fantastic as always. We're going to have some fun this year.



Here I am along with my bass rig I used with John after a concert in Niagara Falls. Thank you Aguilar for the love!


Here we are in NYC. That's John with the Rhythm section of me, Eugene Man Man Roberts (keys and MD) and Rashid Williams (drums)


Kaveh Rastegar and Friends. - November 5, 2014

Kaveh Rastegar and friends. Blue Whale. Gene Coye on drums, Jeff Babko on keyboards and me on bass, guitar and vocals. 




SIA HOLLYWOOD BOWL - October 25, 2014

It was really wonderful to prepare and perform with SIA at the Hollywood Bowl for the CBS Radio We Can Survive Concert. Here is a clip of us performing "Chandelier" from the crowd. 


Minnie Driver on Kelly and Michael - October 15, 2014

New York Trip. Minnie Driver and band are in New York playing Joe's Pub as well as TV and radio promotion for Minnie's album "Ask Me To Dance". Here's a shot from just having played the Kelly and Michael show. 



WITH MESHELL ON KCRW - October 15, 2014

I got to play with Meshell Ndegeocello and her band playing the song "Conviction" that I co-wrote. This was taped at KCRW's studio in Santa Monica. The band on this clip was Chris Bruce on guitar, Abe Rounds drums, Jebin Bruni keyboards and Meshell on vocals. Bob Clearmountain mixed.

Minnie Driver "Ask Me To Dance" - October 7, 2014

Minnie Driver's new album is out. It's called "Ask Me To Dance". She is lovely as are the songs and the band. It was a blast to record. I played on a lot of songs and Joe Karnes played bass on some others. 



Kneebody East Coast, Kimbra, Snarky Puppy, Murder Inn - September 30, 2014

Kneebody just finished a great run of shows on the east coast. We started in Philly at the World Cafe. Great first show there – we’ve been wanting to come to the World cafe for a long time. And Philly too. We all need to be there more. So we will be anyhow… Friday we made it to Le Poisson Rouge in NYC. This was a great night. Tiny Hazard opened. They sound fantastic. Then we performed a collaboration set with Kimbra. She is the real deal. Please check out her latest album “The Golden Echo”.




We headed to Boston after that with shows at the Bean Town Jazz Festival and then a set opening for Snarky Puppy at Berklee Performance Center. Snarky destroyed. Michael League is a fantastic bassist and good dude. I've been thinking about his bass playing ever since that night. It was great to see those guys and hear a band who plays so much like them play together. It’s our third time back to Boston in a year and it is feeling more and more like we have a home there and are building something special. We closed the tour out with a show at the Iron Horse in Northamton. Beautiful classic venue and we hope to come back soon! That night we stayed at a hotel in Hartford that should be called the Murder Inn. Creepy place but we pulled through. 

Now we're getting new music together and getting ready for a European Tour in November!



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