Venice Spring Fling

SATURDAY, MAY 21, 2016
11:00 A.M. - 7:30 P.M.

Free day of fun at the beach, headlined by Rock and Roll Hall-of-Famer Greg Douglass of the Steve Miller Band, and many more local and international musicians, dancers, and artists!

VENICE, CA – The annual Venice Spring Fling music and arts festival celebrates its sixth year of totally free entertainment at the beach onSaturday, May 21, 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 full day of art, music, dance, and literature features top-tier local and international talent, and is headlined by THE GREG DOUGLASS BAND. In 2015, guitarist Douglass was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for his tenure in The Steve Miller Band; Douglass co-wrote and played guitar on the smash hit, “Jungle Love.” He has also toured with Van Morrison, Hot Tuna, Peter Rowan, Eddie Money, Tom Fogerty, and Big Brother and the Holding Company.

The full day of musical talent includes Meet Me At The Pub, Rawhide, The Signal, Mother Jones, RedEye Redemption, and Slim Zwerling and The Yums. Also included on the Ocean Stage are a literary reading by poet Mark Lipman, and multiple sets of dance performances by Ya Harissa Bellydance Theater. Drum and dance ensembles Samba Da Mudança (Samba for Change) and Swing Brazil will perform a special set starting at 11 A.M.

Venice Spring Fling 6 is proud to host an art show that is free for select independent artists. This year’s lineup of visual artists includes David Hinnebusch, ART BY SKY, Brian Mylius, Pedro Cortes, Jr., Barbara Lavery, Joel Harris, Ra Ra SuperStar, and Christopher Ossorio.

Eclectic Hoops will be on site for play and sale, as well as an interactive community group art creation. Author Michael Klassen will be signing copies of his book, Hippie, Inc. Joel Harris and Mark Lipman will be signing their books as well (see details in artist bios below). The Venice Electric Light Parade, a group of bicycle enthusiasts who promote safe cycling at night through an artistic display of LED lights will ride away from the site at sundown to end the festival at 7:30 PM. Jami Cassady, daughter of Beat luminary Neal Cassady, will be hosting the Counter Culture Merchandise booth with memorabilia, pictures, and books celebrating the rich history of the Beat and the Sixties generations.

Producer Milton Rosenberg, in his eleventh year of free festival production in the community, says that “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 6 celebrates the creative spirit in all of us.”

The free Venice Spring Fling 6 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, 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, Maui and Sons Marina Del Rey, Bartels' Harley-Davidson, Venice Breeze Suites, Animal House, and David Kadison Web Development Services.

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This event is endorsed by the Venice Chamber of Commerce.

Artist Bios:

ART BY SKY: People from all over the world are drawn to SKY’s paintings and prints, with their vibrant colors and mesmerizing shapes and patterns. SKY has been a fixture on the Venice art scene for over fifteen years, and her paintings can be seen at locations all around town. From the artist: “I believe in a world of joy, peace, love, and good will to all beings. It is my hope and belief that this joy and love is transferred to all who see my paintings. May they touch the light in you.”

BARBARA LAVERY: As a native of Ireland and resident Californian, the experience of nature permeates her work. Barbara’s work is based on the memory of senses. She has worked as a set and costume designer at the Abbey Theater in Ireland, as an interactive agency executive in San Francisco, and is now a full-time artist living in Venice, California. All her works are mixed media – oil, watercolor, inks, chalk, graphite, and collage.

BRIAN MYLIUS: Brian Mylius’s paintings create a surrealistic pillow that brings to mind Magritte and Dali. Mylius himself can often be found working on his paintings in front of The Bordello on Westminster Avenue, where he is the resident artist. Mylius is one of the founders of the Westminster Arts Club, a monthly art show and musical performance theatre at Beyond Baroque.

CHRISTOPHER OSSORIO: Christopher Ossorio is an oil painter who experiments with color and texture, focusing on the blurred lines between the non-objective (abstraction) and objective (figurative, landscape) image.

DAVID HINNEBUSCH: David Hinnebusch is a "next- expressionistic" painter from Malibu with deep psychic roots in the bath of Venice Beach going back to the early-to-mid 1970s.

JOEL HARRIS: After several years of success in the art world, he sold everything he owned, and traveled to Peru where he lived in a native Shipibo community near Pucallpa on the edge of the Amazon. After this one-year break from painting, he returned to Venice. His landscapes reflect his experiences while traveling in Europe and South America. They express the stillness, presence, and peacefulness that he feels within. In 2008, when he became a father, he added small child-like houses, which make his paintings light-hearted, playful, and whimsical. Harris will also be signing copies of his memoir, Into the Amazon in Search of Truth.

MICHAEL KLASSEN: Author Michael Klassen is a university professor, business consultant, and the author of five books and over 40 articles. Recommended for the National Book Award in nonfiction, and beautifully illustrated with photographs by Herb Greene, Hippie Inc. is the outcome of an eight-year investigation into the commercial impact of approximately 800 members of the original group of Haight-Ashbury hippies. Dozens of interviews with hippie leaders, now in their seventies and eighties, revealed that between the fall of 1965 and the fall of 1967, thirty-five hippie leaders introduced forty innovative ideas and products that today are worth nearly a trillion dollars and employ millions of Americans. Former Merry Prankster and founder of the Whole Earth Catalog, Stewart Brand writes about the book: “It’s always lovely to see an untold interesting story gotten right. When most of America was suspicious of hippies, business people embraced us because we were honest and generous, and we embraced business right back.”

PEDRO CORTES, JR.: Pedro has lived on both the west and east coasts, and spent a year in Madrid, Spain. Through his travels in other countries, he has found many inspirations to be captured in the form of drawings.

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.


THE GREG DOUGLASS BAND: Greg Douglass began playing guitar 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 in San Francisco. Greg went on to play and write with Van Morrison, Hot Tuna, Peter Rowan, Eddie Money, Tom Fogerty, and The Steve Miller Band (he co-wrote the #1 hit, “Jungle Love”). His guitar playing has contributed to five platinum albums, denoting the sale of 13 million units. 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). After recently being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2015 with the Steve Miller Band, Douglass is back with his own band, which features Rose Cox on vocals and guitar, Hector Toro on drums and vocals, and Joe Hastings on bass and vocals.

YA HARISSA BELLYDANCE THEATER – Ya Harissa is one of the most exciting Middle Eastern dance companies in Southern California. Its repertory merges the ethnic and folkloric traditions of the Middle East and North Africa with a strong theatrical flair using traditional music, dramatic costumes, and distinctive choreographies. Directed by Amaya Mattei, and based in Venice with a company of 15 talented dancers, Ya Harissa transports its audiences to a distant time and place.

MEET ME AT THE PUB - Soon after Meet Me at the Pub formed in Venice in 1999, the trio of Jeremy Parker, Sully, and Jack soon built a rabid local fan base with the local surfers and skaters. Meet Me At The Pub is not just your average party band; Jeremy’s humorous lyrics and energetic stage antics keep audiences entertained and amused as well as dancing! Since their 2003 first release, Monday Night, Pub have toured the US, UK, and Japan. Their 2009 album, Tall Can Wednesday, 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!

RAWHIDE: Rawhide is rock and roll straight from the plains…of Southern California! Formed in Venice in 2015, Rawhide is Kevin T. Williams (The Untouchables, The Bonedaddys, The English Beat) on guitar and vocals, Mike “Sully” Sullivan (Meet Me at the Pub, The Boaters, The Brobots) on bass, and Bryan Panzeri (“The hardest working Craigslist drummer in LA”) on drums. This posse got together to light a fire and hit the musical trail. This power trio is the embodiment of spirit, sound, and soul. Rawhide is celebrating the release of their new EP, RAW! and the YouTube video for their first single, “Superman.”

THE SIGNAL: The Signal is a band of veteran ska-reggae-punk-rockers playing music with a socially conscious message. The music is a unique strain of alternative reggae rock with a lyrical fire that will move your mind and body. Moises Casillas has played for many West Side bands such as The Untouchables and Horny Toad, and has supported Venice bands like Meet Me at the Pub and Rated X.

MOTHER JONES: Mother Jones has long been established on the Americana and jam rock scenes in and around California and neighboring states. One of the LA Music Awards recipients for "Jam Band Artist of the Year," Mother Jones features a powerhouse of musicians and vocalists who write outstanding original songs and energetic, enticing musical jams. Mother Jones was founded by multi-instrumentalist Son Vo (former bassist of Freshly Baked) and guitarist Tony DiPiano in 2001. Their name is in honor of well-known activist Mary Harris. They released their first album, Life Is Illusion, in 2003, followed by Union and Better Days. Celebrating 15 years as one of L.A.'s premier Americana/Jam bands, Mother Jones is infused with a powerhouse lineup that features Vo, singer Halina Janusz, Marshall Thompson, Steve Janowski, Philip Clark, Chris Kirshbaum, and Jeremiah Roiko on lead guitar.

REDEYE REDEMPTION: RedEye Redemption’s mission is simple: Play honest, quality music people can groove to. The core consists of Mick Attardo (lead vocalist/guitarist), Bradley Lina (bass), and drummer Eric Ehlers, and their reggae/ska/rock fusion sound is enhanced by Rob Conrad on keyboards and saxophone, Johnny Seedborg on guitar and trombone, and DJ Quest9 on turntables. Following their debut EP entitled Sample This, which was independently written, produced, and recorded at their own studio in Long Beach, they released a music video and two new singles last year as a teaser for their first full length album, currently being completed and due out later this summer.

MARK LIPMAN: Poet and multi-media artist and activist Mark Lipman is the author of six books, most recently, Poetry for the Masses and Global Economic Amnesty. He was a recipient of the 2015 Joe Hill Labor Poetry Award, and was co-founder of the Berkeley Stop the War Coalition (USA), Agir Contre la Guerre (France), and Occupy Los Angeles. An outspoken critic of war, Mark uses poetry to connect communities to the greater social issues that affect all of our lives, while building consciousness through the spoken word. Currently, he is a member of POWER (People Organized for Westside Renewal), Occupy Venice, the Revolutionary Poets Brigade, and 100 Thousand Poets for Change.

SLIM ZWERLING & THE YUMS: Slim Zwerling & The Yums have crafted an original sound combining desert-noir rock, California Country, and Latin American rhythms. Their lyrics are influenced by the great North American songwriters Leonard Cohen, Kris Kristofferson, and Neil Young. Three native Angelinos comprise the power trio: Clinton Cameron (drums), Greg Hernandez (guitar), and Slim Zwerling (vocals, key bass, trumpet). These veterans of the Los Angeles music scene are a genuine sonic depiction of The City of Angels.

SAMBA DA MUDANCA (SAMBA FOR CHANGE)/SWING BRAZIL: The festival begins with a Samba drum and dance parade down Ocean Front Walk. Festival participants are encouraged to participate in the dancing, which culminates 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. This year, they are joined by Swing Brazil, a very special dance troupe, for an unforgettable costumed drum and dance extravaganza not to be missed!

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Venice Spring Fling 7, A Free Music and Arts Festival
Saturday, May 20, 2017, 11am - 7pm
Windward Plaza Park, between the boardwalk and the bike trail at the west end of Windward Avenue in Venice, CA, 90291
Free music and arts festival to kick off spring at the beach in sunny Venice, California!
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