Venice Spring Fling this Weekend: Live Music & Art Festival in Venice!
It’s time for the 5th Annual Venice Spring Fling Festival that brings live music and art to the beach! Live music with headlining bands: Trulio Disgracias, featuring bassist Norwood Fisher from Fishbone and Dr. Maddvibe & the Missin’ Links with Angelo Moore, Fishbone lead vocalist, frontman and rabble rouser! Best of all – it’s FREE and right here in the heart of Venice!
There is a host of more live music throughout the day, along with Venice artists displaying their latest for the public to see. This is located on the concrete area between the beach and Ocean Front Walk at Windward Ave. Just walk toward the beach and listen for the beats and look for the crowd. The finale will include an all-star jam with members of both bands.
More on the musical scoop: special set by ’60s legend Barry “The Fish” Melton (Country Joe and The Fish of Woodstock fame) with special guest lineup that includes members of Big Brother and the Holding Company and the Steve Miller Band!
Local ska/punk band Meet Me at the Pub, are back for their third year at the festival; reggae bands Krooked Treez and Jah Faith and the L.A. River Swim Team.
East L.A.’s Casa de Calacas, and the innovative local jazz musicians of the Azar Lawrence Quintet: saxophonist Azar Lawrence, trumpeter Nolan Shaheed (musical director for Marvin Gaye); drummer Marvin “Smitty” Smith (Steve Coleman’s Five Elements); bassist Henry Franklin (Roy Ayers); and pianist Theo Saunders (Pharoah Sanders).
Venice Spring Fling 5 supports the visual arts by hosting an art show that is free for selected showing their works include both local and internationally recognized artists Audrey McNamara-Garcia, ART by SKY, Brian Mylius, RaRa SuperStar, Kerma Boyum-Sarmiento, Todd Goodman, and Alex Avila.
The festival will also feature dance segments by troupes Ya Harissa Bellydance Theater and Samba Da Mudanca (Samba for Change). Samba Da Mudanca will perform a show-opening parade down Ocean Front Walk, arriving at the festival site at 11am, so get there early so you don’t miss a beat! Watch out for the foam party, hula hoop performances and more!
Producer Milton Rosenberg, in his tenth year of free festival production in the community, notes that this year’s Venice Spring Fling celebration is a special one. “I couldn’t be prouder of the level of talent we are able to offer the people of Venice this year at the Spring Fling. These musicians and artists are world-class, and we’re able to celebrate them right here in our backyard. This festival was inspired by the original intent of Abbot Kinney: for Venice as a place to celebrate music, art, dance, and life, right here at the Pacific Ocean. Venice Spring Fling 5 celebrates the creative spirit in all of us.”