Venice Beach Music Fest 2016. An Afternoon of Music and Art on Venice Beach


About the 2016 Music Fest 11

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Free Music and Arts Festival:
Venice Beach Music Fest 11
Saturday, August 27, 2016



Full day of music, dance, art, and literature, featuring top-tier local and international talent. Headlined by founding member of the Chambers Brothers WILLIE CHAMBERS and former member of Woodstock legends Country Joe and The Fish BARRY ’THE FISH’ MELTON AND FRIENDS

VENICE, CALIFORNIA - The annual Venice Beach Music Fest music and arts festival celebrates eleven years of totally free music, dance, art, and literature at the beach on Saturday, August 27, 2016, from 11:00 A.M. to 7:30 P.M. in Windward Plaza Park (1 Windward Avenue, between the boardwalk and the bike trail). The festival, sister to the Venice Spring Fling, is and always has been free and open to the public, made possible by local and national businesses.

The full day of entertainment features a multi-genre array of seasoned and talented performers. Venice Beach Music Fest 11 is thrilled to welcome headliners Willie Chambers, a founding member of the legendary rock/soul group The Chambers Brothers (’Time Has Come Today’), and Barry ’The Fish’ Melton, of Country Joe and the Fish fame (they performed the ’Feel-Like-I’m Fixin’-to-Die-Rag’ at Woodstock). Barry Melton will be accompanied by an all-star band composed of Peter Albin, Roy Blumenfeld, Lowell ’Banana’ Levinger, and Greg Douglass (Steve Miller Band). The festival also features performances by dance troupe Ya Harissa Bellydance Theater, local ska/punk heroes Meet Me at the Pub, Southern California’s premiere Grateful Dead cover band Cubensis, poet and live painter Ann Cohen, reggae band Jah Faith and the Royal Lineage, and folk troubadour James Booth. Drum and dance ensembles Samba Da Mudança (Samba for Change) will perform a show-opening parade down Ocean Front Walk, arriving at the festival site at 11 A.M.

Venice Beach Music Fest 11 is proud to support the arts by hosting an arts and literature show that is free for selected independent artists. This year’s lineup of visual artists showing their works include both local and internationally recognized artists Ra Ra Superstar, Luciano Mota, Elisa Garcia, Wing Yee-Lee, Jediloves, Audrey McNamara, Dunkees, Vanessa Y. Gonzalez, Debbie Pauketat, and more TBA. Other special features of this year’s celebration include kombucha tea sampling by Townshend’s Brew Dr. Kombucha and hoops for play and sale by Eclectic Hoops. The Venice Electric Light Parade, a group of bicycle enthusiasts who promote safe cycling at night through an artistic display of LED lights, will gather at the site at 7:30 P.M. for a night ride.

This free-to-the-public festival is provided to the community by the support and sponsorship of many local and national business, including The Sidewalk Cafe, Venice Beach Suites & Hotel, Venice Boardwalk Association, Volcano Tea House, Royal Gold Potting Soil, Maui and Sons MDR, Maui and Sons Venice Beach, Bartels’ Harley-Davidson, Dr. Bronner’s, Fresh Brothers, Townshend’s Brew Dr. Kombucha, Wyndham Vacation Ownership, Animal House, and Whole Foods Venice.

Producer Milton Rosenberg, in his eleventh year of free festival production in the community, notes that ’this festival continues its tradition of preserving the essential art forms in our community: music, dance, literature, visual arts, and street performance.’ Along with the Venice Spring Fling, the Venice Beach Music Fest seeks to preserve town founder Abbot Kinney’s original intention for Venice of America to be a place to experience arts and entertainment by the sea. Previous festivals have resulted in incredible live performances by Chuck Dukowski (Black Flag); John Norwood Fisher, Angelo Moore, and Walter Kibby (Fishbone); Tracii Guns (L.A. Guns); Matt Abts (Gov’t Mule); and Michael Hinton (Merl Saunders and the Rainforest Band).

Visit www.VeniceBeachMusicFest.com for additional information, and connect with the community at www.Facebook.com/VeniceBeachMusicFest . This event is endorsed by the Venice Chamber of Commerce.

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ARTISTS

Generic placeholder imageRa Ra SuperStar

RA RA SUPERSTAR: A local fixture in Venice for almost two decades, RaRa Superstar is one of the most energetic and engaging visual artists on the boardwalk. He began his career in New York, where he slept under the Brooklyn Bridge with a drum and a suitcase as he birthed himself as an artist and joined the arts community worldwide. Since then, RaRa has become a true international superstar, with his signature colorful style livening up residencies in Japan, Holland, Italy, Jamaica, Africa, New York City, Miami, and elsewhere around the globe, bringing joy and inspiration to all he meets.


Generic placeholder imageWingYee Lee
wingyeenoodledoodles.com
With years of experience and keen sense of illustration, design, and creation, utilizing multiple forms of media, WingYee Lee love to infuse her quirky sense of humor and style into her creations. As a graphic designer with a kid in heart, to find the love and joy of life is her passion. The goal is to share the vision through her art.


Generic placeholder imageAudrey McNamara
www.audreymcnamara.info
Born in Denver, Colorado in the summer of 1982, Audrey McNamara showed signs of a talent for art at a very young age. as a child, drawing was pure play for Audrey and she spent many hours up at her drawing table, tool in hand. during her teenage years the artist nonchalantly won school awards and baffled her instructors, but she cared little for school and, as soon as Audrey could leave the confines of formal education, she did. In 2003, Audrey had her first solo art exhibition at Mutiny Now Gallery in Denver. Many more shows were to follow as she tirelessly pursued her path up the ranks of showing her art in bookstores and coffeeshops, and doing menial jobs such as interior painting and technical sketches to pay the way. By the time Audrey was enrolling herself in Denver's Emily Griffith Institution of Vocation and Design, she was a working full time as a freelance artist. Her Education in fashion design helped mold the signature style Audrey's art carries today. at the dawn of 2009, Audrey moved to Los Angeles to expand her pool of opportunity. She, now, holds a curating position in Venice, California while she travels the United States with her art, doing, by majority, illustration, street vending and murals.


Generic placeholder imageJediloves
instagram.com/jediloves
Jediloves will be in the art show on August 27 at Venice Beach Music Fest 11! - I started drawing mandalas two years ago as a form of meditation, and it has become my passion, evolving into these intricate and detailed mandalas. I'm a self-taught artist who loves experimenting with different surfaces and materials. My favorite tools to work with are ink pens and watercolors. Born in Puerto Rico and raised in California, I have always had this fascination with Venice Beach. Its vibe and uniqueness aren't like any other beach in California. - instagram.com/jediloves


Generic placeholder imageDunkees
www.militonian.com
Many people travel through life with one goal and that is to find their true purpose on this planet. Everybody has one. Some are lucky to find it and some die never reaching their true potential. The story is usually the same: you get good at something but it never sticks and soon you find yourself starting something new. After a while you become a jack of many trades but a master at none. This too was my story until one day art became by life. I have been drawing since I was a little kid but because society tells you it's nearly impossible to make a living from art, it was never on my mind to become an artist. 20 years later my art is all over the world. I have a continually growing fan base that is inspired by my art and lifestyle. I draw because it's the reason I was born. I draw because when I do, nothing else exists. I draw because I love to see the expression on people's faces when they see my art for the first time. I see my work as innovative inkblots triggering the right parts of the brain to inspire positive thoughts. My art is a combination of my emotions, experiences, and God. Often times when I draw and I am in my "zone." I feel like a higher power is using me as a brush. My conscious mind is not part of the process but I believe anyone with a passion to draw can reach this state if they push themselves to strive for more. Create unique art that comes from within and is not a copy of anything else. I strive to not only create a pretty image, but to paint a detailed moving story. Each element has a meaning, each line has a purpose. Blink and you might miss something. When most people see my art, they almost always assume I must be under the influence of some heavy psychedelics. They are almost always surprised to find out that I have never tried and don't do any kind of drugs. As one of my major artistic influences Salvador Dali once said: "I don't do drugs. I am drugs." I am very lucky to have found my true calling. God willing, I will draw until the day I die and continue pushing my talent as far as I can to see what’s possible at the very far limit of imagination. - Daniel Militonian ( Dunkees )


Generic placeholder imageVanessa Y. Gonzalez
www.etsy.com/shop/QootBoutique
Vanessa Y. Gonzalez 2006 graduate in Art Education at California State University Northridge. Born and raised in Los Angeles County area I started my own business in selling unique paintings using acrylics called Henna on Canvas. A series of paintings using fabric tube paint drawing henna designs on colorful backgrounds, freehand. The aesthetic painting are a representation of the principles of art & design. I also create handmade hair accessories, Dreamcatcher charms, and jewelry.


Generic placeholder image Debbie Pauketat
www.threadloveandgraphite.com
I am an artist / illustrator, who loves learning how to make just about everything with my hands. I am lover of those things in life that are traditionally rejected by others. From my earliest memories I would find myself appreciating and being drawn to the imperfections of things and people, as if they were their own kind of perfection. My work often emphasizes these perceived flaws, and draws from them their own unique beauty.

In a world of mass-production and automation, I am driven to create by hand. As an artist I am constantly exploring my ability to create beyond the expected boundaries of art and craft. I have studied drawing, painting, sculpture, film, sewing, metalwork, jewelry, bookbinding, glasswork, musical instrument crafting, printmaking, as well as automotive principles and many diverse interests.


Generic placeholder image JESSiCA ALFiERi
jessicaalfieriart.com
Jessica Alfieri is a surrealist and fantasy artist. She currently showcases her art and face paints every Wednesday at Venice Beach Boardwalk. She loves the energy and diverse crowd that Venice brings. Her mission is to express her inspirations and values through all her artwork. Her art exposes creatures and worlds that only the imagination can travel to. She hopes that her art can inspire and encourage those who want to break free from traditional social structures that may be hindering their ability to live a life full of passion and authenticity. She strongly believes that together humanity can create a world of creativity, harmony, and peace the more we learn to be true to ourselves and honor all life with unconditional love.


Generic placeholder imageElisa Garcia
monaelisa.com
Born in Uruguay, Elisa demonstrated an affinity with the arts at an early age; from singing and dancing to drawing on her bedroom walls. Thanks to the artistic touch of her grandfather and her mother, Elisa learned different creative techniques and has delved into pencil portraits, acrylic and oil works, mixed mediums, and her most recent passion: watercolors. In her works she plays with different effects of watercolors and creates stunning and strong contrasts using color, soft and hard lines, filled and empty space. Elisa guides the paint across the paper, but ultimately watercolors have a life of their own and the effects can be mesmerizing. New to the L.A. scene, Elisa has already showcased at the 2016 Venice Art Crawl.


Generic placeholder imageRa Ra SuperStar

- Internationally Known - Japan - Holland - LA - Italy - NYC - Miami - Jamaica - Africa and if u really want to know about me read on : Most people want to know how I started to paint . Since its such a big part of my life . Well I was in New York trying to find my self I was sleeping on the Brooklyn Bridge with my drum and my suitcase and I met an artist. His name was Pep. I spent 7 nights on the bridge, people would come and bring me food and drinks and all kind of kind gestures .Even the people who sold fruits and cakes in manhattan 3 times a week saw me living on the bridge and they all gave me free food wouldn let me pay I would drum all day and only leave the bridge to eat and use the restroom. I got to know the joggers, tourist and the people who comute every morning and would see me still sleep with my drum in my arms on the bench it was hard but I birth myself and in my darkest moment Pep showed up and offered me a night at his house to rest and eat so I went. I was amazed from the moment I walked in his house he painted on all the walls and there was nudes hanging on the walls everywhere and he lived with his agent who sells his art to his buddys he works with on Wall Steet. It was a flash and I wanted to be an artist from that moment well I called a friend to wire me money for a bus ticket then I went to Detroit and I hit the lottery and me and my daughter bought art supplies and painted my first picture together. Hometown: venice beach california Country: United States Occupation: international art superstar, Ra Ra has been selling Art on venice beach for 14 years.


Generic placeholder imageJoel Harris Art
www.facebook.com/joelharrisart
After several years of success in the art world, I had the opportunity to take a transformative journey. I sold everything I owned, and traveled to Peru where I lived in a native Shipibo community near Pucallpa on the edge of the Amazon. After this 1-year break from painting, it was time to head back to America, where I currently live In Venice, CA. My landscapes reflect my experience while traveling in Europe and South America. They express the stillness, presence, and peacefulness that I feel within. In 2008, when I became a father, I added small child-like houses, making my paintings light-hearted, playful, and whimsical. They help me reconnect with my own inner-child. My most recent body of work is a shift to painting from a deeper level of subconscious, unspoken inspiration and I enjoy sharing this with others. I have just published a memoir, which is a personal narrative of my search for Truth. I see a new world emerging from its dream of fear and separation, and I am excited to share my discoveries with others. New Memoir: Into The Amazon In Search Of Truth http://www.amazon.com/Into-Amazon-Search-Truth-Harris/dp/1523657839 Facebook: Joel Harris Art https://www.facebook.com/joelharrisart


Generic placeholder imageArtist Organization: Immortal Pop

Artist's Names: Jimmortal, Righteous Amusement Designs, Nature's Lane Photography, Ellen Norden.

Immortal Pop is a group of artists and photographers from all over the southern California area. Ran by Jimmortal, Immortal Pop aims to showcase creative beings and get their talents out to the world. We were excited to be a part of last year's VBMF 10, and look forward to continuing this year. Venice Beach has been a second home to many of our artists, having a permanent display within our own beaches. www.immortalpop.com


Generic placeholder imageRainbow On A Mission
www.rainbowonamission.com
Rainbow On A Mission has set out on a journey of sharing color and joy wherever I may travel. I enjoy creating handmade articles with love, and sharing that love with others. I am on a mission to create shareable art which can be passed on or shown to bring a smile to many more faces. I enjoy creating colorful clothing and tapestries which turn heads with rainbows and Day-Glo. Expanding from tie dye and spray paint, I began experimenting with marbling. Marbled art allows for infinite interpretations of colors and patterns. It allows for surreal interpretations and combinations of colors. An abstraction of the flows and ripples that are left by our path.


Performers

Generic placeholder imageWillie Chambers

WILLIE CHAMBERS - True to the spirit of “Time Has Come Today” (The Chambers Brothers’ perennially popular 1968 song that launched the four-sibling vocal ensemble to global superstardom), Willie Chambers continues to bring timeless energy and innovation, whether he’s playing rock-and-roll or the Mississippi gospel music that first inspired him and his siblings to write, record, and perform. In the years before The Chambers Brothers achieved household-name status—which came via a string of Big Apple appearances circa 1965 where they were introduced by Bob Dylan—they were a Southern church born-and-bred group that, like their West Coast contemporaries Sly and the Family Stone, shattered racial and musical divides to forge an incendiary fusion of soul, funk, gospel, blues, and rock. With his brother Joe, Willie Chambers co-wrote “Time Has Come Today,” an 11-minute psychedelic soul epic that has become a hallmark of the era and has been used on over 100 film and TV soundtracks, including Oliver Stone’s The Doors, Spike Lee’s Crooklyn, and Girl, Interrupted. The Chambers Brother’s additional global smashes “People Get Ready,” “Can’t Turn You Loose,” and “Love, Peace and Happiness,” remain classics today. Armed with the love, peace, and happiness he carries in his heart, Willie Chambers will continue his magnetic performances to do his part to convey the message to the world that we can live together as one. Venice Beach Music Fest 11 is proud to host Willie Chambers on the Ocean Stage again in 2016!


Generic placeholder imageBarry The Fish Melton with Banana, Peter Albin, Roy Blumenfeld and Greg Douglass

Barry “The Fish” Melton with Special Guests – Venice Beach Music Fest 11 is proud to welcome back Barry “The Fish” Melton (of Country Joe and the Fish) featuring: Banana, Roy Blumenfeld (Blues Project), Greg Douglass (The Steve Miller Band, Van Morrison), Peter Albin, and Greg Douglass:

Barry “The Fish” Melton - In 1965, Melton and “Country Joe” MacDonald began playing music at Berkeley protests against the Vietnam War. Soon they were recording and touring as Country Joe and the Fish, performing at the ballrooms of San Francisco in the psychedelic music scene, and by 1969 had performed their classic antiwar anthem, “I-Feel-Like-I’m-Fixin’ to Die Rag,” at the Woodstock and Monterey Pop festivals. Since then, Melton has had an active career as both a musician and lawyer! He played guitar and sang in The Dinosaurs, a band of ’60s veterans that included Peter Albin of Big Brother and the Holding Company, John Cipollina of Quicksilver Messenger Service, Spencer Dryden of Jefferson Airplane, Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter, David LaFlamme of It's a Beautiful Day, Jerry Miller of Moby Grape, and the incomparable Merl Saunders on keyboards. Melton, a veteran of the Venice Spring Fling, is a longtime fan of Venice. “I remember going there as a kid to see the King of the Beat Generation, ‘Big Daddy’ Nord,” says Melton. “Venice was the center of the counterculture in the late ’50s and early ’60s, and it has maintained a continuing counterculture tradition. I am delighted to be playing the Spring Fling!”

Roy Blumenfeld - Original member of the Blues Project in 1966 performing regularly in New York. Over the years, Roy has played with Chuck Berry, John Lee Hooker, Paul Butterfield, Elvin Bishop, and Carlos Santana to name a few.

Greg Douglass started playing in 1968 and his band, Country Weather, shared the stage with Sly & The Family Stone, Santana, and others at the Fillmore and the Avalon Ballrooms. Greg went on to play and write with Van Morrison, Hot Tuna, The Steve Miller Band (co-wrote the #1 song “Jungle Love”), Peter Rowan, Eddie Money, Tom Fogerty. Currently Greg tours with the Greg Douglass Band, The Monsters of Classic Rock, Deva Premal, and The Former Members, members of Country Joe & The Fish and the Blues Project.

Banana: Lowell Levinger, aka “Banana,” is a founding member of The Youngbloods, and the original “Hippie From Olema.” Since the Youngbloods disbanded in 1973, Banana has recorded five solo albums with sterling songs that delve into the roots that formed his musical landscape. From down-n-dirty blues to rollicking good times, Banana presents a varied palette of colorful stories paired with irresistible melodies and rhythms. His vocals deliver sincerity, warmth, and humor, and are solidly supported by engaging instrumental arrangements. Banana utilizes many gems from his collection of vintage acoustic instruments to fully accentuate his style. He has recorded and toured with many musicians over the years, including Mimi Farina and Zero (with Steve Kimock and John Cippolina).


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Very excited to have Cubensis returning to the Ocean Stage on August 26, 2017.


Generic placeholder imageCubensis
http://www.cubensis.com/
Since 1987, Los Angeles-based band CUBENSIS has carried the torch in celebration of one of America’s most beloved touring bands, the Grateful Dead. CUBENSIS brings the Grateful Dead concert experience back to life. Drawing from all eras of the Dead, the band performs full sets of Grateful Dead and Jerry Garcia Band classics that retain all the spontaneous exploratory jamming for which the bands were renown. However, the music produced is uniquely Cubensis. The group has been acclaimed for giving new life to the Grateful Dead’s material, bringing in new styles, new innovations, and new jam band enthusiasts, while at the same time remaining loyal to the original music and the original fans.


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MEET ME AT THE PUB - Soon after Meet Me at the Pub formed in Venice in 1999, the trio of Jeremy, Sully, and Jack soon built a rabid local fan base with the local surfers and skaters, throwing off-the-wall parties at their weekly shows at the Malibu Inn. But Meet Me At The Pub is not just your average party band; Jeremy’s satiric-but-real lyrics and energetic stage antics keep audiences entertained, amused, and dancing! In 2003, the band released their first major album, Monday Night, and with help from SurfRock Int., the band released their first Japan Import in 2006. They have toured the US, UK, and Japan, performing over 1500 shows in the past twelve years. The band’s third album, Tall Can Wednesday (2009), was produced by Lewis Richards (Slightly Stoopid, Sublime). Pub embodies the true sound and spirit of the Southern California style—a mixture of reggae, ska, punk, and melodic rock (with the occasional odd waltz thrown in just for fun). Meet Me At The Pub has shared the stage with Toots & The Maytals, Eek-a-Mouse, Fishbone, The Untouchables, Horny Toad, and many others. Any time Pub plays, it's a party, and everyone’s invited! Welcome back to festival veterans Meet Me at the Pub!


Generic placeholder imageJah Faith and The Royal Lineage Band

Jah Faith and The Royal Lineage Band was founded by Jah Faith in 2001 and featured the new and rising reggae talent in Los Angeles and enjoyed local success opening for major reggae acts passing through the area. After a short hiatus, the Royal Lineage has been reformed by Jah Faith, once again utilizing the great pool of local reggae talent. They have recently shared the stage with major reggae acts such as The Meditations and Mykal Rose as well packing local venues such as La Cita in downtown LA. The Royal Lineage Band is ready to reclaim its place in the local reggae scene.


Generic placeholder imageAnn Cohen

Ann Cohen will be reading from the San Francisco Oracle in honor of ALLEN COHEN: The summer of 1966 people began to attend a series of meetings to discuss starting a newspaper. These poets’, artists envisioned a revolution of love and peace starting in the Haight and engulfing the whole planet. The San Francisco Oracle emerged. The papers theme of reference was based on: Visions, Quests and solutions. The San Francisco Oracle was the street paper that originated with a dream from Allen Cohen. “One morning in the late spring of 1966 I dreamt that I was flying around the world,. When I looked down, I saw people reading a newspaper with rainbow printed on it – Paris at the Eiffel Tower, in Moscow at Red Square, on Broadway in New York, at the Great Wall of China – everywhere. A rainbow newspaper!” With the help of the community The San Francisco Oracle became a reality. Looking at the Oracle could be a sort of occult trance experience communicated across the dimensions of space and time, through the tabloid medium, from one explorer of inner worlds to another. The Oracle distribution was as far west as New Zealand, India and Vietnam (The Oracle received Vietnamese marijuana from soldiers in return) and as far east as Prague and Moscow hidden in the bottom of boxes of second-hand clothing. An Oracle meeting included everyone- editorial and art staff, secretaries, circulation and business people, invited guests and anyone who happened in the door. We felt that if the flow brought a person then, they were meant to be there. Therefore they were allowed to vote on what ever issue was being decided. We thought of these guests and drop-ins as representatives of the rest of the world. The Oracle talked about taking care of ones body and ones planet. These Oracle beliefs have proven to be necessary to continue life on this planet. Ann will be reading from the Oracle in honor of Allen Coehn and the BEAT generation who provided a foundation that the Venice Beach Music Fest has continued to build upon with our free annual celebrations of the arts.


Generic placeholder imageYa Harissa Bellydance Theater

Ya Harissa Bellydance Theatre has confirmed 2 performances on Aug 27 2016 at Venice Beach Music Fest 11 - This Venice-based dance company performs a mix of different styles from traditional to cabaret. The ladies of Ya Harissa are veterans of the Venice Beach Music Fest and are welcomed back for several more intriguing dance sets in front of the Ocean Stage.


Generic placeholder imageJames Booth

James is the founder and lead guitarist of the psychedelic band The Spirtles. His mind was opened by the Pranksters when he was in high school, and his life has been forever influenced by this culture. James is honored to be part of this festival. Photo used with permission by Don Aters.


Generic placeholder imageSamba Da Mudanca

Samba Da Mudança (Samba for Change) – The festival begins with Samba drum and dance. Festival participants are encouraged to participate in the dancing in front of the stage. “Mudança” is Portuguese for “Change”! Samba da Mudança performs throughout California, at L.A. venues like the Hollywood Bowl and Club Nokia, and anywhere the group can help raise awareness for positive, environmental, and progressive events. Come share and celebrate group drumming and dancing in a fun and supportive environment—come Samba for positive change in the world! Venice Beach Music Fest 11 welcomes back Samba da Mudanca for another fun performance.


About the 2016 Music Fest 11

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Free Music and Arts Festival:
Venice Beach Music Fest 11
Saturday, August 27, 2016



Full day of music, dance, art, and literature, featuring top-tier local and international talent. Headlined by founding member of the Chambers Brothers WILLIE CHAMBERS and former member of Woodstock legends Country Joe and The Fish BARRY ’THE FISH’ MELTON AND FRIENDS

VENICE, CALIFORNIA - The annual Venice Beach Music Fest music and arts festival celebrates eleven years of totally free music, dance, art, and literature at the beach on Saturday, August 27, 2016, from 11:00 A.M. to 7:30 P.M. in Windward Plaza Park (1 Windward Avenue, between the boardwalk and the bike trail). The festival, sister to the Venice Spring Fling, is and always has been free and open to the public, made possible by local and national businesses.

The full day of entertainment features a multi-genre array of seasoned and talented performers. Venice Beach Music Fest 11 is thrilled to welcome headliners Willie Chambers, a founding member of the legendary rock/soul group The Chambers Brothers (’Time Has Come Today’), and Barry ’The Fish’ Melton, of Country Joe and the Fish fame (they performed the ’Feel-Like-I’m Fixin’-to-Die-Rag’ at Woodstock). Barry Melton will be accompanied by an all-star band composed of Peter Albin, Roy Blumenfeld, Lowell ’Banana’ Levinger, and Greg Douglass (Steve Miller Band). The festival also features performances by dance troupe Ya Harissa Bellydance Theater, local ska/punk heroes Meet Me at the Pub, Southern California’s premiere Grateful Dead cover band Cubensis, poet and live painter Ann Cohen, reggae band Jah Faith and the Royal Lineage, and folk troubadour James Booth. Drum and dance ensembles Samba Da Mudança (Samba for Change) will perform a show-opening parade down Ocean Front Walk, arriving at the festival site at 11 A.M.

Venice Beach Music Fest 11 is proud to support the arts by hosting an arts and literature show that is free for selected independent artists. This year’s lineup of visual artists showing their works include both local and internationally recognized artists Ra Ra Superstar, Luciano Mota, Elisa Garcia, Wing Yee-Lee, Jediloves, Audrey McNamara, Dunkees, Vanessa Y. Gonzalez, Debbie Pauketat, and more TBA. Other special features of this year’s celebration include kombucha tea sampling by Townshend’s Brew Dr. Kombucha and hoops for play and sale by Eclectic Hoops. The Venice Electric Light Parade, a group of bicycle enthusiasts who promote safe cycling at night through an artistic display of LED lights, will gather at the site at 7:30 P.M. for a night ride.

This free-to-the-public festival is provided to the community by the support and sponsorship of many local and national business, including The Sidewalk Cafe, Venice Beach Suites & Hotel, Venice Boardwalk Association, Volcano Tea House, Royal Gold Potting Soil, Maui and Sons MDR, Maui and Sons Venice Beach, Bartels’ Harley-Davidson, Dr. Bronner’s, Fresh Brothers, Townshend’s Brew Dr. Kombucha, Wyndham Vacation Ownership, Animal House, and Whole Foods Venice.

Producer Milton Rosenberg, in his eleventh year of free festival production in the community, notes that ’this festival continues its tradition of preserving the essential art forms in our community: music, dance, literature, visual arts, and street performance.’ Along with the Venice Spring Fling, the Venice Beach Music Fest seeks to preserve town founder Abbot Kinney’s original intention for Venice of America to be a place to experience arts and entertainment by the sea. Previous festivals have resulted in incredible live performances by Chuck Dukowski (Black Flag); John Norwood Fisher, Angelo Moore, and Walter Kibby (Fishbone); Tracii Guns (L.A. Guns); Matt Abts (Gov’t Mule); and Michael Hinton (Merl Saunders and the Rainforest Band).

Visit www.VeniceBeachMusicFest.com for additional information, and connect with the community at www.Facebook.com/VeniceBeachMusicFest . This event is endorsed by the Venice Chamber of Commerce.

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About the 2016 Music Fest 11