Venice Spring Fling
Trulio Disgracias and Dr Madd Vibe & Missin Links from Fishbone

Trulio Disgracias and Dr Madd Vibe & Missin Links of Fishbone have confirmed performances for May 30, 2015 Venice Spring Fling 5!

ANGELO MOORE PRESENTS DR MADDVIBE & THE MISSIN'LINKS featuring Angelo Moore (Fishbone) Dr.Madd Vibe and The Missin' Links is Angelo Moore's latest addition to his network of solo projects. Since 2011, after successfully raising $25,000 on Kickstarter to support the release of his new Album "The Angelo Show" in 2012, Angelo has been traveling non-stop nationally and internationally in support of the release while simultaneously touring with Fishbone. As the recordings were produced,arranged and preformed entirely by Angelo, the links were created to showcase Angelo as a multi-instrumentalist.

Check out the video teaser for the single "Optimistic Yes"......

Featuring his many talents on vocals, saxophone, theremin , keyboards and drums, Angelo then assembled a group of musicians to be as diverse as the songs styles as they move from punk, ska,country, hardcore,traditional r&b to soul and hip hop.

Aroyn Davis - Guitarist, Bassist, Drummer, Vocalist - A multi-instrumentalist and producer from South Central, Los Angeles, Aryon has toured with Brazilian and reggae acts throughout South America and nationally with R & B/Pop artist such as Aloe Blacc, Jhene Aiko, N'Dea Davenport , Angie Stone and former original Fishbone keyboardist,Chris Dowd.

Princess Frank - Drums, Guitarist, Vocalist - A leader in his own right,_princessFrank comes out of the East LA music/ perfomance art scene. He is one of the co-founders of Killsonic,a 24 piece avant garde/punk marching band along with his one man band,"Masterslave" as well as a drummer for various klezmer/punk bands such as AK and Her Kalashnikovs, Dorian Wood, Holland Greco, Marisa Gomez and the Ghosts of Echo Park, Josie Cotton, Hidden and most recently lead singer for a new project by Wayne Kramer(MC5). website:


“I don’t know wut’cha gonna do, but Trulio Disgracias is gonna get into you”

The motivational peaking of dance floor freedom—propelled by the infectious bass-lines, driving drums, tasteful keyboards, fever pitch horn lines and outlandish vocal absurdities— whether rapped or sung and always accompanied by wicked guitar rhythms and searing solos, Trulio Disgracious is an "Arkestra" led by Norwood Fisher, of Fishbone infamy.

This music has a name: “Nutt*Meg Music." The lineage started with Esquerita and Sunra, traveled through Zappa's Mothers of Invention and Parliament Funkadelic and ended up in Norwood's Sack.

A concept that all of the funky forefathers and muthaz, funk so hard and long, that a big ‘ol NUTT was busted: Trulio Disgracias, the band of up to 20 people, sometimes more, is the NUTT that funk produced.

There’s a long list of participants in the history of Trulio Disgracias, beginning in 1986, as a way for Norwood to get he and his friends into an Adrian Sherwood and Tackhead show. Norwood just figured, since most of his friends asking if he could help get them in were musicians, he’d simply create a band to open the show with everyone in the band. Funny enough, it worked.

In 1987, the band solidified into a 27 piece collective and would basically stay at that number until 1997. The band has toured extensively, all be it intermittently, throughout it’s 27 year history. Starting on the West Coast and spreading on through The Rockies, Trulio Disgracious culminated into a nation wide tour in 1997 with NUTTSTALK 97'.

Some of the funkateers that toured with Trulio Disgracious: John Frusciante, Bob Forrest, Keith Morris, Weapon Of Choice, The Skelotones, The Street Walking Cheetahs, Dirty Walt and The Columbus Sanitation's, the original nasty rapper, Blowfly, SNOT and much, much more.

2007’s, "Nuttin’s Gonna Git’choo If U Don’t Look Out", is Trulio Disgracias' lone released recording. Made available by Nuttsactor 5 Reekordingz, the release was filled with performances by an amazing amalgamation of musician, big and small.

Meanwhile, Norwood is currently working his NUTT off to release the forthcoming double LP Download entitled: "The Mystic Portals Of Nuttnes…N-ter The U-nutted Nations.” The recordings boast a total of 76 musicians, from all regions of the musical stratosphere. 12 songs and it clocks in at 2 hours worth of music.
Barry THE FISH Melton with Special Guests

Barry “The Fish” Melton with Special Guests – Venice Spring Fling 5 is proud to welcome back Barry “The Fish” Melton (of Country Joe and the Fish) featuring David Aguilar, Roy Blumenfeld (Blues Project), Greg Douglass (The Steve Miller Band, Van Morrison), Tony Saunders (Merl Saunders and the Rainforest Band), and Brad Jenkins:

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!”

David Aguilar is an accomplished rhythm & blues/slide guitarist, he will be playing his own brand of soulful Americana. David performed with the late harmonica virtuoso Norton Buffalo and his wife Lisa Flores for 9+ years as part of the Norton Buffalo and Friends trio. David has most recently performed with Big Brother and the Holding Company, Barry ‘The Fish’ Melton Band, Lester Chambers Band, and The Why Band. He has also shared the stage with the likes of Bo Diddley , David and Linda LaFlamme (It’s A Beautiful Day), Bonnie Raitt, Roy Rogers, Maria Muldaur, Roy Blumenfeld (Blues Project), Rich Kirch (John Lee Hooker), Cliff Hugo (Ray Charles), Harvey Mandel, Doobie Brothers, Jackson Brown and others.

David has been featured on many recordings and most recently played on Lester Chamber’s latest recording ‘Lester’s Time has Come’ released last year. David was also recognized as Sonoma Treasure Artist of the Year 2013 for his musical talents and community contributions in the city of Sonoma. Don’t miss out on this rare opportunity to see one of the North Bay’s Best Known Unknowns!

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.

Tony Saunders is the bassist who can play all styles of music. Growing up around his Dad, the legendary Merl Saunders, Tony learned to play with Jerry Garcia one day and Johnny Mathis the next. Tony graduated from the Conservatory of Music in San Francisco and has received two Emmy Awards, one for the PBS children's special Soul Is, a project he worked on with his father. Tony has composed for television, film, and theatre, and has produced many albums out of his own studio. His charitable efforts include work with Seva Foundation, the Rex Foundation, the Haight-Ashbury Free Clinic, and the Rainforest Action Network. Tony’s solo CD, "Romancing The Bass," remains on charts throughout the world.

Brad Jenkins began studying and playing music at a young age in Canada. He is a versatile saxophone and flute player, who has recently played with legends such as Lester Chambers (The Chambers Brothers), Big Brother and the Holding Company, Barry “The Fish” Melton, Jerry Miller (Moby Grape), David LaFlamme (It's A Beautiful Day), Laurence Juber (Wings), Gary Duncan (Quicksilver), Les Dudek (Allman Brothers), and many more. Brad developed his unique, soulful style while touring the country with several bands during the ’70s and ’80s. In the ’90s, he went back to school as a Music Major, studying classical, jazz, pop, and blues. He is currently involved in efforts to keep music in schools, as well as offering private lessons in his Miranda, California, studio. He is currently playing with Lester Chambers’s and Barry (The Fish) Melton’s bands, as well as EZ Money, a Humboldt County band.
Meet Me At The Pub

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!
The FuDogs

The FuDogs are a 6-Piece Ska/Reggae band from Los Angeles, CA. Having started out playing covers from bands like The Specials, Bob Marley & The Wailers, The Paragons, The Skatalites, Elvis Costello and more, they've crafted the sound of their original material in the spirit and vibe of the masters. Featuring Dave Cassell on lead vocals and guitar, Brian Floyd on tenor sax, Josh Nohle on trumpet, Fernanda Starling on bass, Jason Powell on keys and Mike "Sully" Sullivan on drums. The FuDogs have performed at many of LA's best venues including The Roxy Theatre, Key Club, The Viper Room, St. Rocke and Rusty's Surf Ranch to name a few. Occasional guest stars with the band have included Jerry Miller and Kevin T. Williams of famed LA ska band The Untouchables. They are one of LA's premiere ska bands and you can expect to hear a lot about The FuDogs in the years to come! Dave Cassell - Lead Vocals/Guitar Fernanda Starling - Bass Sully - Drums Brian Floyd - Tenor Sax Josh Nohle - Trumpet/Vocals Jason Powell - Keys/Vocals FuDogs are filling in for Meet Me at the Pub on May 31 due to a family emergency.
Krooked Treez: The Southern California based Reggae Hip-Hop Rock Kingpins Krooked Treez have been named “Breakout Artist of The Year” by the genre’s fans, which was held by the reggae-rock leading magazine, The Pier. They’ve quickly gaining momentum of an ever-growing fan-base, as their debut CD "Higher Place" released in mid 2013.

The band rocked three full houses at House of Blues on Sunset Strip, and rode the buzz of a successful 2013 appearance on the 311 Cruise, performing with acts like 311, Less Than Jake, Rebelution and comedian Tom Green. They also headlined at the 2013 U.S. Grand Prix Kick-Off Party to the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix, as well as had their first international performance in the Black Sea at Russia's famed Kubana Festival for an audience of nearly 200,000, sharing the stage with System of a Down, Misfits and Wutang. In 2014, Krooked Treez came out with a bang, taking to main-stage at the California Roots Music and Arts Festival, SouthPark Music Festival, Shoreline Jam, Summer Meltdown, Unity Festival, Arizona Music Festival and again at the Kubana Festival in Russia, all with mixed with major acts as 311, Dirty Heads, Matisyahu, Slightly Stoopid, Korn, Collie Buddz, Ziggy and Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, Steel Pulse, Pepper, System of Down, WuTang, Katchafire, SOJA and Iration. Krooked Treez can be best described as a hybrid fusion of Red Hot Chili Peppers meets Cypress Hill on an island oasis.
Ya Harissa Bellydance Theater

Ya Harissa Bellydance Theatre - 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.
The Azar Lawrence Quintet



Azar Lawrence grew up during an era of prolificacy and transcendence in Jazz music that to this day has stood the test of time. He's composed, produced and performed with acclaimed jazz luminary McCoy Tyner for over five years and Elvin Jones for many years. While very young Azar began playing with many jazz legends and at such an early age his first professional gigs abroad (at age seventeen) was with Clarke Terry and Muddy Waters.

In high school Azar played with the Dorsey High School Jazz Workshop where he became friends and shared many musical ideas with pianist and his mentor Herbert Baker. Azar also performed in high school with the Horace Tapscott Arkestra where he met and became close friends with Reggie Golson; the late son of Benny Golson. Reggie and the Golson family became very instrumental in Azar's musical journey in Jazz.

After high school at the age of 19, Azar played with George Cables, Candy Finch, Larry Gales, and Woody Shaw at a regular gig at a Los Angeles club on 54th St. Soon he would perform with Ike & Tina Turner, the Watts 103rd St. Band, and War. At age 20 Azar was introduced to Elvin Jones (at the 'Lighthouse') by his docent Reggie Golson. Within a week of meeting Elvin, Azar would leave Los Angeles for New York to become a member of Jones' band 'Jazz Machine.'

After a few years with Jones he then became a member of McCoy Tyner’s group. After five years with McCoy Tyner, Azar rejoined Elvin Jones for a while, and during that time he recorded with Roberta Flack. Over the years Miles Davis would attend Azar's New York concerts when he was with McCoy Tyner; and, as well as when he was with Elvin. Miles approached Azar about joining his group. Azar’s first concert with Miles was in Washington DC and soon after they performed and recorded Dark Magus (1974) live at Carnegie Hall in New York.

Like his contemporaries Herbie Hancock and Charles Lloyd, Lawrence forayed into pop music, recording with Earth Wind & Fire, Frank Zappa and Busta Rhymes. During the eighties he wrote and performed for Earth Wind Fire, on their highly acclaimed release Powerlight. He collaborated with Earth Wind & Fire’s leader Maurice White. His credits are numerous from early on one being the highly acclaimed Grammy award winning album; Marvin Gaye’s, Hear My Dear.

Azar has been a force since he graduated from high school, releasing several albums of his own before the age of twenty-five; Bridge Into the New Age, People Moving People, and Summer Solstice, Shadow Dancing and People Moving.
In recent years he released Legacy and Music of John Coltrane, Speak The Word and Prayer For My Ancestors, and The Seeker; recorded live at the Jazz Standard, New York, NY was released on Sunnyside Records, 2014.

Recent productions Azar can be heard on are 'The Cookers, Cast The First Stone' - 2011 and 'Platinum' The Headhunters -2011. Hitting hard live and in recorded music these days Azar has written new compositions as a follow up to his 2010 release, (that received several Best of' 2010's) 'Mystic Journey.' His co-production of his latest CD with Seth Abramson, Grammy Winner and Artistic Director for the Jazz Standard in New York The Seeker was on the ballot for a 2014 Grammy nomination consideration.

Since the early 2000's, the consummate artist has returned full force to his post-Bob Jazz roots. Lawrence's distinctive sound embodies a deep spirituality, which can be heard on Tyner's "Walk Spirit, Talk Spirit", and his own numerous recordings on Prestige. His current Oeuvre doesn't miss a beat, with shows that sparkle with virtuosity, and vivid ideas and textures. To the discerning listener, Lawrence's depth can only be attributed to one who has 'been there'. And 'there' he most definitely was.

AZAR LAWRENCE 'Lawrence has been compared to John Coltrane his whole working life, but he is not a replica. He plays Coltrane's instruments but not his licks and patterns. Even Lawrence's sound is a variant. On soprano saxophone he is somewhat more rounded, and has slightly more vibrato on tenor. What he shares with Coltrane is an intensity of passion that overwhelms everything in its path.

The Seeker hits like a sledgehammer from the opening track, 'Gandhi.' Lawrence writes elemental declamatory anthems that serve as launchpads. Their titles convey his understanding of music as a spiritual quest: 'Spirit Night,' 'The Seeker,' 'Venus Rising.' For all his fervor, there is logic and clarity in his onslaught of ideas. When he reenters for a second solo, like on 'Gandhi,' he can jolt you out of your chair.' Thomas Conrad, Jazz Times - September 2014 'The Seeker is a jaw-dropping joy: great musicians, great compositions and flavor that pays homage to John Coltrane while carving its own driving path. Azar Lawrence flashes soul-filled, spiritual tenor and soprano chops with a brand of fire that's riveting and timeless. For those not familiar with Lawrence, get hip now.' Frank Alkyer - Downbeat Magazine, July 2014 NOLAN SHAHEED Nolan Shaheed is a high energy, highly experienced trumpeter and sound engineer. Not only can Nolan run the mile at world record pace, but he can blow your socks off with his expert trumpeting. Nolan contributed trumpet parts on 3 tracks of "The Secret of Christmas" and provided his studio and engineering services for the recording of all our horn, vibraphone, and choral tracks.

Nolan was born in Pasadena, CA and has been one of LA's top studio musicians since 1974. He is in great demand in the Jazz scene and was the musical director for Marvin Gaye , Lead Trumpet with Count Basie Orchestra, and worked with numerous other artists such as Natalie Cole, Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross, Phil Collins, and Anita Baker. He has also performed and toured with: Eddie Harris, Teddy Edwards, Duke Ellington Orchestra, Lionel Hampton Orchestra, Jeannie & Jimmy Cheatham, Francisco Aquabea. Nolan has been one He currently owns a recording studio and is a music producer.

MARVIN 'SMITTY' SMITH Featured on more than 45 albums, additional performances and recordings augmented with Terence Blanchard and Donald Harrison, Ray Brown and Phineas Newborn, George Shearing, Bobby Watson, Hamiet Bluiett, Branford Marsalis, David Murray, Emily Remler, Peter Leicht, Kevin Eubanks, Donald Byrd, Monty Alexander, Diane Reeves, Michel Camilo, and Grover Washington Jr. Currently he's a member of Steve Coleman's Five Elements, and The Dave Holland Quartet. Smitty conducts seminars and clinics for students in jazz workshops, both in the United States and Europe; and is currently on staff of jazz program at the Banff Centre of Fine Arts, Canada, and Drummers Collective, New York City. Smitty has been Downbeat Critics' Poll winner for Talent Deserving Wider Recognition, 1985 through 1987, and 1989. Smitty performed on the Soundtrack of filmaker Spike Lee's "School Daze", appeared in Sonny Rollins' music video "Saxophone Colossus", and a member of Sting's "Nothing Like the Sun" South American tour, 1987. Regarded as a well rounded musician with the ability to play all styles, Marvin "Smitty" Smith is a blossoming composer and arranger, and his success has earned him two albums as a bandleader. As a versatile drummer, there seems to be nothing be cannot do. It's been said that he is the "John Coltrane of the drums.

HENRY FRANKLIN Henry Frankliln was with Roy Ayers & wrote and recorded Grazin In the Grass with Hugh Masakela. Henry also published a method book for all bass players entitled, Bassically Yours. There are more than 100 albums on which Henry appears, many under his leadership. They include: The Skipper and The Skipper at Home (Black Jazz label), Three Card Molly, Bassic Instincts, The Hunter, Bass Encounters (Resurgent Music label), Colemanology, Ears Wide Open, Three Worlds, A Musical Tribute to Gene Harris featuring Three More Sounds, and more.

THEO SAUNDERS A native New Yorker, has lived in California since 1985, but his musical career remains international in scope. Saunders' musical odyssey has taken him to four continents and more than twenty countries.Growing up in NYC, he played with Pharoah Sanders in the 1960s, and in 1971 (at age 24), at the Village Vanguard with the likes of Jimmy Garrison and Jack DeJohnette in a group led by guitarist Sonny Greenwich.

Appearing on more than 40 recordings as a sideman, he has accompanied everyone from Sonny Fortune and Charles Lloyd to Freddie Hubbard and Ray Mantilla, and has six recordings as a leader.
Jah Faith and The L.A. River Swim Team

JAH FAITH AND THE L.A. RIVER SWIM TEAM – Jah Faith has come to be known as one of Los Angeles’ most notable reggae performers. His hit, “Bun a One” can be heard at reggae clubs all over the city, and especially at his residency at the internationally celebrated Dub Club. In his home country of Trinidad and Tobago, Jah Faith began singing at a young age, taking voice lessons from his mentor Aldwyn Albino. In high school, his bands included The Alley Cats and The Belmont Boys. After becoming influenced by the Rastafarian movement, he joined the The 12 Tribes of Israel as a singer, and in a few years, was performing in Trinidad with Courtney Melody, Ninjaman, Shinehead, Cutty Ranks, and other notables. In 1989, he opened for Aswad at the National Stadium. By the early ’90s, he moved to the U.S., where he lived and performed in New York with The 12 Tribes, and upon landing in Los Angeles in 2001, he formed the bands Royal Lineage, The Family Tree Band, and Access Granted. A local fixture in Venice, he continues to perform with most bands in the L.A. reggae scene, continuing to enjoy his Dub Club Wednesday night residency. Jah Faith joins with The L.A. River Swim Team for a set at Venice Spring Fling 5. Bringing in a tide of surf, punk rock, and reggae, the L.A. River Swim Team is a trio from the South Bay composed of Tony Diaz on guitar and vocals, Norman Ramirez on bass, and John Tayra on Drums. LARST has played numerous venues in Hollywood and have also supported their namesake in events such as the L.A. River Bike Ride and The Los Angeles Marathon.
Casa De Calacas

Originating in EAST LOS ANGELES in 2005, CASA DE CALACAS is composed of a fresh and talented young group of men; guitarist and front man Luis Ignacio Mora, bassist, keyboardist, conga player, and singer Carlos Mora, singer, trumpet player Phillip Sanabria, drummer Abraham Fuerte, lead guitarist Greg Hernandez, and saxophonist Gustavo Flores.

All band members contribute their personalized brand that is always evident in the final product. In their one and a half year experience, their maturity and professionalism has proven evident, and has won over sell-out crowds in such venues as the Temple Bar in Santa Monica, the Viper Room in Hollywood and the House of Blues on Sunset.

Their high-energy performances never fail to fuel and motivate their audience to get up and join in the celebration. From babies in the womb to teenage angst punks, college freshmen to middle-aged couples, and baby boomers to senior citizens, a Casa De Calacas show serves as a spiritual experience with the band serving as Shaman and the crowd as the tribe in search of healing. CASA DE CALACAS intend to spread their love of music and introduce the masses to their brand of "Cultura Musical" for the world to hear.
Samba Da Mudança (Samba for Change) – The festival begins with a samba drum and dance parade down Ocean Front Walk and onto the festival site, and 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 Spring Fling 5 welcomes back Samba da Mudanca for another fun performance.

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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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