Venice Spring Fling

SATURDAY, MAY 30, 2015
11:00 A.M. - 7:30 P.M.

Full day of art, music, and dance, featuring top-tier local and international talent. Headlined by TRULIO DISGRACIAS (Fishbone bassist John Norwood Fisher and his band), DR. MADDVIBE & THE MISSIN' LINKS (Fishbone front man Angelo Moore and band), and with a 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! This, a samba parade, community outreach, hula hoops, and lots more-free for all, right in the heart of Venice!

VENICE, CA - May 13, 2015 – The annual Venice Spring Fling music and arts festival celebrates its fifth year of totally free music, art, and dance at the beach on Saturday, May 30, 2015, 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 Beach Music Fest, is and always has been free and open to the public, made possible by local and national businesses. The free music will continue at an after-show following the festival at Danny's Venice from 8:00 P.M. - 1:00 A.M.

This year's celebration is headlined by several bands of international fame. John Norwood Fisher and Angelo Moore, both of the influential band Fishbone, bring their bands Trulio Disgracias (Fisher) and Dr. Maddvibe & The Missin' Links (Moore) for some punk, ska, funk, and more on the Ocean Stage. Each band will perform a set, and the finale will include an all-star jam with members of both bands. Venice Spring Fling 5 is proud to host a special set by return guest Sixties legend Barry "The Fish" Melton, who will perform with an all-star band composed of Roy Blumenfeld of The Blues Project, David Aguilar and Brad Jenkins, who regularly perform with Big Brother and the Holding Company, Greg Douglass of The Steve Miller Band, and Tony Saunders of Merl Saunders and the Rainforest Band.

The performers in the full day of music and dance entertainment comprise a multi-genre array of seasoned and talented musicians and dancers. In addition to Trulio Disgracias, Dr. Maddvibe & The Missin' Links, and Barry Melton with Special Guests, Venice Spring Fling 5 is thrilled to welcome local ska/punk heroes Meet Me at the Pub, 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). The festival will also feature dance segments by troupes Ya Harissa Bellydance Theater and Samba Da Mudanca (Samba for Change). The latter will perform a show-opening parade down Ocean Front Walk (arriving at the festival site at 11 A.M.). The after-show at Danny's Venice will feature guitarist Vinnie Caggiano, acoustic duo Nate LaPointe and Craig Marshall (Cubensis), and multi-instrumentalist Milo Gonzalez (Insects Vs. Robots).

Venice Spring Fling 5 is proud to support the arts by hosting an art 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 Audrey McNamara-Garcia, ART by SKY, Brian Mylius, RaRa SuperStar, Kerma Boyum-Sarmiento, Todd Goodman, Alex Avila, Dave the Rainbow, and Elizabeth Keating.

Other special features of this year's celebration include Sambazon's mobile cafe (offering acai bowls, Amazon superfood juices, and smoothies for purchase), Humboldt county soil producer Royal Gold, and local performance artist (and fun-bringer!) Eclectic Hoops.

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."

In addition to celebrating year five for the Venice Spring Fling, Rosenberg looks forward to celebrating the tenth anniversary of the Venice Beach Music Fest, on Saturday, September 12, 2015, in the same location. Both festivals grew out of a desire to showcase music and art on a larger, more unified scale, and now include not only local up-and-coming talent, but nationally-known musicians who want to contribute to the communal vibe and creative spirit that the businesses and artists work together to keep alive. John Norwood Fisher of one of this year's headliners, Trulio Disgracias, says of his multiple-year participation in the festivals, "I love what the Venice Spring Fling and the Venice Beach Music Fest bring to the community. They provide a clearing for another level of togetherness for all of the community. It's important and I'm happy to see that the festival moves forward and grows. It represents something positive for all of Venice."

The free Venice Spring Fling 5 is made possible by generous donations from these local and national sponsors that continue to prove their dedication to arts preservation in our community: Venice Beach Suites & Hotel, Earrigation Mobile Recording Studios, Venice Boardwalk Association, The Sidewalk Cafe, Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps, Jody Maroni's Sausage Kingdom, Fresh Brothers, Volcano Tea House, Whole Foods Market Venice, Royal Gold Potting Soil, Maui and Sons Venice Beach, Bartels' Harley-Davidson, Venice Breeze Suites, Zelda's Corner, Animal House, Moses Jewelry, Meridian Database, Effective Realtors, Sambazon, Danny's Venice, and Venice Paparazzi.

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