Lazurus III is JT (Drums), Joie Bennet (Bass), and Phil Felicia (Guitar and Vocals). JT and Phil
first met in early 2019. Each had been out of the scene for quite a while having put down their
instruments for a well-needed break, but around the same time they both began to get the urge
to play again and connected through an ad for a tribute band. After just a couple rehearsals that
band began falling apart, but JT proposed an idea to Phil, "Hey, I know a bass player named
Joie. How about starting an original project?" On that day Lazurus III was born.
After relocating to Los Angeles from Upstate NY in the late 80's Phil spent several years playing
the LA circuit. Tired of the LA scene, Phil moved to Seattle in 1992, played in a couple bands
there, but ultimately moved a few hours south to Portland, OR. In the Portland area Phil has
played with the bands SMC Cartage Co, Element 115 and Fractal Thought and is happy to have
now found a home in Lazarus III.
JT, aka James Trash, began his music career on the east coast but migrated westward to Los
Angeles in the early 90s. For two and half decades JT played around the greater Los Angeles
area and recorded original music with multiple bands including Punchbox, Lexington Devils,
MyZuko and Broken Ocean. But LA is that special kind of place that can wear on your soul, and
ultimately he decided on a new start in Portland. In addition to sitting in the drum chair of
Lazarus III, JT is also a founding member of the RiverRock Orchestra, which re-imagines iconic
songs from the 70s, 80s & 90s by combining a small brass and string orchestra with a hard
hitting rock rhythm section.
Joie has worked with multiple Portland, OR area music projects over the years, including
StumpRanch, an original project out of Vancouver Washington and bluegrass meets
psychedelic rock group Ancient Alchemy. Joie has also joined forces with JT in the RiverRock
Orchestra and brings the “thunder” of his electric bass sound to acoustic brass and string
instruments. Joie joins JT & Phil in Lazarus III bringing with him punky/psychedelic rock energy
from influences like: Radiohead, Them Crooked Vultures, and The Melvins.
Lazarus III... Reborn, and ready to ROCK!