FREE MUSIC AND ARTS FESTIVAL IN VENICE BEACH
VENICE SPRING FLING 8 – Saturday, May 19, 2018
Cubensis, Barry Melton and Friends,
RedEye Redemption, Champa, Joy Rosenberg Band,
Blind Lemon Peel, Untitled Document, James Berkowitz, Philip Goldberg, Samba Soul, and Ya Harissa Bellydance Theater
VENICE, CALIFORNIA –The annual Venice Spring Fling celebrates its eighth year of totally free entertainment at the beach on Saturday, May 19, 2018, 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 is co-headlined by Cubensis (live Grateful Dead music experience) and Barry “The Fish” Melton and Friends (of Country Joe and the Fish, of Woodstock fame). Also performing are reggae band RedEye Redemption, Champa (world fusion/EDM), The Joy Rosenberg Band (rock and funk), Blind Lemon Peel (blues), and a showcase performance by Untitled Document (SoundArtLA’s View Park arts high school band). Authors James Berkowitz (artistic director for Venice Art Crawl) and Philip Goldberg (American Veda; Life of Yogananda) will be reading from stage and signing their works on site. Dance performances by Samba Soul and Ya Harissa Bellydance Theater round out the day. Ann Cohen will be live painting the event at stage side. Immediately following the festival, Hinano Café will host an aftershow featuring the Brobots.
As always, Venice Spring Fling 8 is proud to host an art show that surrounds the park. This year’s lineup of multimedia visual artists includes William Brun, Audrey McNamara, Leslie and Gregory Lopez, Shawn Waco, Gabby Tary, Virag Vida, Violeta Moreno-Gomez, Twisted Flamingo aka Cambria Art, and Rainbow on a Mission (Maria Campbell). Eclectic Hoops will be on hand with hoops for play and sale, and DIABOLO Beverages and Honest Tea will be sampling. The Thai-Mex Cocina food truck will be on site.
Producer Milton Rosenberg, in his thirteenth year of free festival production in the community, says, «Venice West was once an epicenter of the fusion of jazz and poetry, made possible by people who became known as the Beats. The Spring Fling is a celebration of that Beat history in our community. It continues to be critical that Venice shines a bright beacon of love to the world through the arts.”
The free Venice Spring Fling 8 is made possible by generous donations from these local and national sponsors: Maui and Sons Marina Del Rey, Royal Gold Potting Soil, Skull & Roses 2 festival, Samba Soul, Fresh Brothers, Venice Beach Suites & Hotel, The Sidewalk Café, Surfside Venice, Hinano Café, Marina Del Rey Marriott, Free Venice Beachhead, DIABOLO Beverages, Eclectic Hoops, Volcano Tea House, Animal House, and Zelda’s Corner.
Venice Spring Fling 8 is proud to be a community partner with the Westside Food Bank. The event will feature an on-site canned food drive. The first 50 concertgoers who bring 5 cans will receive a free event poster. The Westside Food Bank is currently accepting tax-deductible monetary donations on the festival Web site.
The Venice Spring Fling is the sister festival to the Venice Beach Music Fest. All are welcome to attend the 13th annual Venice Beach Music Fest at the same location on Saturday, August 25, 2018.
For more information about the event, performers, artists, and partners, visit venicefestivals.com.