Event

Venice Spring Fling 8, A Free Music and Arts Festival

Saturday, May 19, 2018, 11AM - 7:30PM

Free outdoor festival featuring music, art, and dance at world famous Venice Beach boardwalk. A full day of world-class musical and dance entertainment, a large art show, fun attractions, food, book signings, hula hoops, and more! Spend the day with us and also help support a local good cause as well by bringing canned foods for the Westside Food Bank.

Sponsors

Royal Gold Potting Soil

We appreciate the ongoing support of Royal Gold Potting Soil from Humboldt County. Coco based soils for all your gardening needs. They will have a booth at the festivals to answer questions about their products and caring for your garden. Visit website

Venice Beach Suites and Hotel

Venice Beach Suites & Hotel is the original birthplace of the festivals and amazing Ocean Views. Book your reservations now before they sell out for the festival weekends. Another cornerstone in our annual support. Visit website

Hinano Cafe

We appreciate the community support from Hinano Cafe!!! After Show on May 19! Visit website

Surfside

We appreciate the support of Surfside Venice and have been enjoying the live music they have been hosting. Check out the Open Mic Night and other local musicians in their cozy newly renovated facility! Visit website

Maui and Sons

We deeply appreciate the ongoing support of Maui And Sons MDR and Maui and Sons - Venice Beach for the Venice Spring Fling! Visit website

Fresh Brothers

"Fresh Thinking. Fresh Pizza" Visit website

The Sidewalk Cafe

We appreciate the ongoing support of The Sidewalk Cafe . Helping to enable the free celebrations of the arts and music in the park for the past 12 years!!! Great place to sit along the rail and watch the Venice boardwalk go by. Visit website

Marina Del Rey Marriott

We appreciate the support of the Marina del Rey Marriott for the free celebrations of the arts in Venice! Visit website

Skull and Roses Festival

We appreciate the support of the Skull & Roses 2 festival. Going to be great fun. Visit website

Samba Soul

Enjoy the elegance and joyful spirit of Rio’s Carnival through performances by the Samba Soul dance company and Escola de Samba as they brighten up the stage and get the party started with their colorful costumes, and exceptionally trained authentic samba techniques and infectious joyful spirit of Carnaval. Visit website

Free Venice BeachHead

We appreciate the ongoing support of the Free Venice BeachHead. Spreading the news in Venice since 1968. Look for our full color advertisement on the back page in May and come meet the staff at their booth at the festival. Visit website

Zelda’s Corner

Zelda’s Corner at Westminster and Speedway in Venice. Serving the neighborhood great Sandwiches and Mini - Donuts for more than a decade. Visit website

Volcano Tea House

We very much appreciate the support of Volcano Tea House. Please thank them for their support of free art celebrations. Buzzy boba tea specialist offering a variety of other drinks, plus a snack menu & late-night hours. Visit website

Diabolo

Appreciate the support of DIABOLO Beverages forVenice Spring Fling 8 - May 19, 2018. They will have a sampling booth at the festival. Sparkling Refreshment Redefined. Visit website

Our Participants

Cubensis

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.. Visit website

Barry Melton and the San Francisco Allstars

Barry Melton with Peter Albin, David Aguilar, Greg Douglass, and Roy Blumenfeld will be performing at Venice Spring Fling 8 - May 19, 2018!! Barry “The Fish” Melton with Special Guests - Proud to welcome back Barry “The Fish” Melton (of Country Joe and the Fish) featuring: David Aguilar (Big Brother and the Holding Company), Roy Blumenfeld (Blues Project), Greg Douglass (Steve Miller Band), and Peter Albin (Big Brother and the Holding Company)! Visit website

RedEye Redemption

RedEye Redemption is Mick Attardo (Singer | Songwriter | Guitarist), Robert Wheeler (Bass), Eric Ehlers(Drums), John Seedborb (Trombone), Robert Conrad (Keyboard , Organ), and Mike Belk (Saxophone). In an era dominated by prerecorded mixes and celebrity DJ’s, RedEye Redemption attempts to fill a musical gap left in current party music culture. By combining the “SoCal reggae” sound made popular by bands like Sublime and Slightly Stoopid, along with jazzy horn lines and professional DJ scratching. Visit website

Ya Harissa Belly Dance Theater

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 Spring Fling and are welcomed back for several more intriguing dance sets in front of the Ocean Stage. Visit website

Champa

Champa51, Venice’s own psychedelic dance rock band is getting back together to perform some of their psychedelic funk rock hits and to honor the 50th anniversary of 1968 as the Champa. They’ll be bringing their funky twist some of the great songs of that era. Visit website

Samba Soul

Samba Soul, Los Angeles’s first and only dance Escola de Samba is ready for Spring Carnival season in Southern California! While colorful costumes, exceptionally trained authentic samba techniques, and big smiles are what characterize them the most. Directed by the first Samba Queen USA, Gisella Ferreira. Visit website

Joy Rosenberg Band

Fresh from recording her debut album, My Own Religion, at Breakwater Studios in Venice, comes newcomer Joy Rosenberg with a set of original songs ranging from rock to funk and back again. Backing her for the Spring Fling performance are a band of local favorites that bring years of world-class experience to the Ocean Stage: guitarist Michael Jost, bassist Hailey Demian, and drummer Andy Kravitz. Visit website

Philip Goldberg

Philip Goldberg is an acclaimed author and public speaker whose numerous books include the award-winning American Veda: From Emerson and the Beatles to Yoga and Meditation, How Indian Spirituality Changed the West and his authoritative biography of Paramahansa Yogananda: The Life of Yogananda: The Story of the Yogi Who Became the First Modern Guru. He’ll speak on the power of the arts to transform people and society, focusing on music and the radical spiritual impact of the Beatles’ monumental journey to India in 1968.
He will be signing his books between 11 AM and 3 PM and giving a talk at 1:00 PM on May 19. Visit website

Blind Lemon Peel

Blind Lemon Peel is a completely unique blues amalgam. Add in some funk from James Brown and Johnny Guitar Watson, some country-fied blues from Elvin Bishop, the humor and vocal delivery of Rick Estrin, and, shall we say, the irreverence of Wynonie Harris, and you'll get a fairly good idea of what's going on. One thing is for sure—it's a stone party from the git-go! Visit website

James Berkowitz

James Berkowitz is a poet, writer, and producing artistic director for the Venice Art Crawl. Recent credits include “Edgar Allan Poet Journal # 3”, “San Francisco Peace and Hope” literary and art journals, anthologies ZZyZx WriterZ “Intersections”, “The Revolutionary Poets Brigade – Los Angeles”, “Men in the Company of Women”, and ”Los Angeles Poetry Society Features”. He is a human camera of observation and loves the magnificence of nature and its many settings as well as the pulse and stimulation of city streets. Visit website

Untitled Document

Sound Art's View Park High School Program band is “Untitled Document”. Please get ready to welcome these hard working High School Students to Venice for a Capstone performance from the school year. Visit website

William Brun

Local artist William Brun now in his 80's is a utopian painter. At first glance you might see Van Gogh or Post Cubism Picasso in his works; but William art is modern surrealism, painting his figurative tarot-like figures with bordering commentaries, yet this is not message art,,,, Allegorical stories one paint brush stroke at at a time. Visit website

Ann Cohen

Ann Cohen will be live painting the festival performers in 2018! Above are the images created at the Venice Spring Fling and Venice Beach Music Fest in 2017. We are honored to confirm Ann's participation again!!! Visit website

Audrey McNamara

Participant Text: Born in 1982, Audrey McNamara, she spent countless hours at her drawing table, tool in hand as a child. In 2005 Audrey obtained a vocational degree in Fashion Design/Garment Assembly at Emily Griffith Opportunity School in Denver. In 2008 it was suggested, to her, that she move to expand her field of opportunity in Los Angeles. With an education from Venice Beach in street vending, Audrey spent time in prominent cities all over the country, and in Latin America, showing and selling her work, and gaining notoriety doing predominantly fine art painting and book illustration. Audrey gives many thanks to her collectors and clients for so much support over the years! Visit website

Leslie and Gregory Lopez

Leslie and Gregory Lopez are often found out on the Venice Boardwalk selling their Art. We are excited they will be joining the art show on May 19 at Venice Spring Fling. Visit website

Shawn Waco

Shawn Waco is an artist and designer from Los Angeles. He is a world traveler and his work is based off the places he seeks out to fulfill his vision. Through photography, drawing, painting and viscosity etching, he captures and recreates places deeply hidden and forgotten. He finds beauty in urban decay and desolate abandoned towns. The imagery is based off travels through New Orleans, Detroit, New York, Los Angeles, Rio de Janeiro, Hong Kong, Mexico City, Portugal, and Venice Italy to name a few. Visit website

Gabby Tary

Gabby Tary is a Hungarian Artist located in Santa Monica, California. Gabby created a unique style of her own, combining classic impressionism with modern expressionism. Each artwork Gabby creates is a story told in color. Her work is an eclectic collection of paintings, drawings. Visit website

Virág Vida

Virág Vida is a Hungarian artist, based in Venice for a decade. They won many international prizes with their work and had individual art shows in Europe and attended group exhibitions. Virág illustrated 3 books and created a one line drawing style what I mix with aquarelle sometimes.Virág likse to make paintings and has a masters of art in addition to being a modern dance choreographer (trained on the Hungarian Dance Academy). Visit website

Violeta Moreno

This is the art of Violeta Moreno, a Santa Monica native who is noted for her bold use of harmonic color. Her mother was her first drawing teacher. Moreno's work involves impressionist self-portraits, flowers, geometrical mind escapes and figurative subjects centered on vivid hues and vibrant strokes. Visit website

Twisted Flamingo aka Cambria Art

Twisted Flamingo, Local southern California artist, Twisted Flamingo, or Cambria has been drawing and painting since she was five years old. Since then she has accomplished numerous awards and events for her creativity. Recently, she has been cast twice as a featured artist at the RAW Artists events in Hollywood and San Diego. Rembrandt's use of high contrast light is expressed in her paintings. Her realistic sureal imagery takes the viewer on a dream like journey. Visit website

Rainbow On A Mission

Rainbow On A Mission is a team, with a revolving cast of characters. Maria is the head of Rainbow On A Mission, supported by Don my beautiful and creative assistant! Others join from time to time to help a mission come to life. Marbling and Tie dye are best done as group projects and brings people together. Covering the Rainbow spectrum of colors in many of my designs is a goal. I let abstraction and chaos determine the way the colors play off of each other, dancing and mixing in ways not possible with human intention. Happy Accidents are commonplace, and teamwork is essential to the process. There are no mistakes, just different results than expected and new lessons to be learned. What is life without a surprise here and there? I enjoy creating handmade articles with love and sharing that love with others. This is the basis for my philosophy of shareable art - cards, envelopes, clothing, yardages of fabric, etc. I believe collaboration between artists is key to advancing not only the styles of art, but also widening the audience it can be shared with. Visit website

Vanessa Y. Gonzalez

Vanessa Y. Gonzalez enjoys all mediums of art and with her BA in Art Eduation she uses her skills and knowledge to create works of art that are appreciated for its asthetic value. Her online business Q-oot Boutique embraces variety in fashion accessories & artwork that aims to meet personal style and originality. We look forward to hosting Vanessa in the art show on May 19! Visit website

Event Schedule

11:00 AM

SoundArt LA Showcase Band

11:30 AM

James Berkowitz

12:00 PM

Blind Lemon Peel

01:00 PM

Joy Rosenberg Band

01:40 PM

Samba Soul

02:00 PM

Champa

02:40 PM

Ya Harissa Belly Dance Theater

03:00 PM

RedEye Redemption

04:00 PM

Barry Melton and the San Francisco Allstars

05:30 PM

Cubensis

Venue

Windward Plaza Park, between the boardwalk and the bike trail at the west end of Windward Avenue in Venice, CA, 90291

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