Venice Spring Fling
Pato Banton And Now Generation
Originally hailing from London, international reggae star Pato Banton was raised in the music community and quickly rose to become a top-ranked MC in Birmingham. Starting in the mid-’80s, he released a slew of albums with his band, The Reggae Revolution, with whom he traveled the world. Over the years, he has collaborated with many artists, including members of Steel Pulse, UB40, and Sting. His 2000 album, Life Is a Miracle, was nominated for a Grammy for Best Reggae album. Banton’s most recent release is 2008’s Destination Paradise. His awareness of social issues and his strengthening spirituality led him to do outreach work with youth around the world. Banton’s concerts are experiences that are not to be forgotten—dance parties where Banton delivers a message that is food for the mind and soul. Banton dialogues with the crowd on a range of topics including current events and spiritual freedom while keeping the vibes upbeat and fun! Many have said that the positivity generated from the stage has changed their lives forever.
Lili Haydn
Lili Haydn - Rolling Stone called her music “fiery and virtuosic...” George Clinton called her "the Jimi Hendrix of the violin." Lili Haydn’s four critically acclaimed records have been a favorite on Public Radio, and featured in TV and film. She has collaborated with, and opened for everyone from Roger Waters, Herbie Hancock, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Sting, and George Clinton's P-Funk All Stars to name a few. Lili is also a film composer, with ten feature films and documentaries to her scoring credit, a Film Composing Fellowship to the prestigious Sundance Film Institute, and numerous collaborations with renowned composers Hans Zimmer, and Harry Gregson-Williams, among others. A humanitarian and activist, Lili also performs regularly for various human rights organizations, including Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, and the Global Security Institute (for whom she recently performed a concert at the UN). twitter: @lilihaydn

TRULIO DISGRACIAS - Trulio Disgracias is an 'Arkestra' led by John Norwood Fisher of Fishbone infamy. This music has a name: Nutt Meg Music, based on the concept that all of the funky forefathers and muthaz funked so hard and long, that a big 'ol NUTT was busted: the lineage started with Esquerita and Sunra, traveled through Zappa's Mothers of Invention, and Parliament Funkadelic, and ended up in Norwood's sack. Trulio Disgracias, the band of up to 20 people, sometimes more, is the NUTT that funk produced. 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-rapped or sung-is always accompanied by wicked guitar rhythms and searing solos. Starting in 1986 as a 20-piece collective, expanding and contracting throughout the years. Throughout its 27-year history, the band has toured intermittently but extensively. Some of the funkateers that have toured with Trulio Disgracias include John Frusciante (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Bob Forrest (Thelonious Monster), Keith Morris, Weapon of Choice, The Skelotones, The Street Walking Cheetahs, and Dirty Walt. Trulio Disgracias released Nuttin's Gonna Git'choo If U Don't Look Out in 2007, and is currently working on the forthcoming double LP download, 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.
Dr Madd Vibe and The Missing Links

DR. MADDVIBE & THE MISSIN' LINKS - Dr. Maddvibe and The Missin' Links is Angelo Moore (Fishbone)'s latest addition to his network of solo projects. While continuing to tour in his 30th year with the legendary band Fishbone, Moore has also been touring nationally and internationally in support of his 2012 independent album, The Angelo Show. True to his nature as a groundbreaking frontman vocalist, instrumentalist, and poet, all songs on the album were produced, arranged, and performed entirely by Moore, featuring his talents on vocals, saxophone, theremin, keyboards, and drums. He then assembled a group of musicians to perform a signature blend of gospedelic ska-punk/funk. The Missin' Links band features the multi-instrumentalist talents of Jeffrey Connor (bass, guitar, drums, and vocals), avant garde performance artist Princess Frank (drums, guitar, vocals), Christian Wunderlich (guitars and vocals), and Chezere Brathwaite (vocals).
Western State

WESTERN STATE - Western State is the latest project of the husband-and-wife musical team of percussionist Angel Roché, Jr. (Ziggy Marley, LOONER) and singer/composer Zoë Poledouris-Roché (LOONER, Bunyan and Babe). Hailing from disparate musical backgrounds—Zoë is a composer whose songs have been featured in the movies Starship Troopers and Cecil B. Demented; Angel toured internationally as a drummer for Dave Navarro and Ziggy Marley—the couple have been busy scoring several star-studded Hollywood movies and doing production work in their home studio. Taking a break from their band LOONER, they now join with bass player Eric Klerks (Magic Band, Mothers of Invention), guitarist Warren Peace (Casteneda), organist Rob Derba (Casteneda) to meld together poppy melodies with lounge-style grooves. Western State's song “Sunny Side” was recently featured in the full-length animated movie Bunyan and Babe (2017), starring John Goodman and Jeff Foxworthy.
Jah Faith and The Royal Lineage Band

Jah Faith and the Royal Lineage Band was founded by Jah Faith in 2001 and featured the new and rising reggae talent in Los Angeles. Originally from Trinidad and Tobago, Jah Faith is one of Los Angeles' most notable reggae performers, known for his hits “Bun a One” and “Friend for Life.” Royal Lineage has recently shared the stage with reggae legends such as The Meditations, The Wailing Souls, and Mykal Rose as well packing local venues such as La Cita and the world famous Dub Club. The Royal Lineage band is Jah Faith on vocals, Nick LaBran and Tony Diaz on guitar and vocals, Andrian Djoman on bass, Johnny Keys and Justin Quimpo on keyboards, and Renzo Garrido on drums. They are here to share good vibes and bring reggae to all reaches of the world!

Bridging the gap between poetry and music, FlowPoetry is a one-man reflection of the American experience in a spoken-word extravaganza! With over 1100 shows in the USA alongside musical acts and as a solo poet, FlowPoetry was honored as a finalist for the Minnesota Spoken Word Association "Urban Griot" International/National Performer of the year, alongside Leonard Cohen and Saul Williams. In 2014, 2015, and 2016, FlowPoetry was voted by the city as one of Madison (Wisconsin) Magazine's Best Spoken Word/Poetry Performers. He is a three-time finalist for Best Artist in the Annual Madison, WI Area Music Awards.
Ann Cohen

Poet, painter, and social justice organizer Ann Cohen will be reading from the San Francisco Oracle in honor of her late husband, Allen Cohen. In the summer of 1966, people in San Francisco began to attend a series of meetings to discuss starting a newspaper. These poets and artists envisioned a revolution of love and peace starting in the city and engulfing the whole planet; the Oracle emerged, tackling social as well as spiritual and environmental issues. Distribution grew as far west as New Zealand, India and Vietnam, and as far east as Prague and Moscow, hidden in the bottom of boxes of second-hand clothing. Oracle editorial meetings included everyone, including staff and anyone who happened to walk in the door. The idea was that if their flow brought them in the door, they were meant to be there. These guests and drop-ins were thought of as representatives of the rest of the world. Fifty-one years later, these beliefs have proven necessary for communal life on this planet.
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.
Samba Da Mudança

(SAMBA FOR CHANGE): 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. Join the parade and be part of an unforgettable costumed drum and dance extravaganza!

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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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