The annual Venice Spring Fling music and arts festival celebrates its seventh year of totally free entertainment at the beach on Saturday, May 20, 2017, 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 international reggae star Pato Banton and the Now Generation, and includes performances by groundbreaking rock-and-roll violinist Lili Haydn, and ska-punk funketeers John Norwood Fisher (Trulio Disgracias) and Angelo Moore (Dr. Madd Vibe), of the legendary band Fishbone.
Rounding out the full day of musical talent is a brand-new band of veteran musicians, Western State (composer Zoe Poledouris and Angel Roché, Jr., of Ziggy Marley) and reggae favorites Jah Faith and the Royal Lineage Band. Also included on the Ocean Stage are live spoken-word poetry performances by FlowPoetry and Ann Cohen, who will be reading the poems of her late husband, the founder of the trailblazing counterculture publication, The San Francisco Oracle. Interspersed throughout the day are multiple sets of dance performances by Ya Harissa Bellydance Theater. Drum and dance ensemble Samba Da Mudança (Samba for Change) kicks off the day’s festivities with a show-opening parade down Ocean Front Walk, arriving at the festival site at 11 A.M. (For more details on performers, see detailed performer list below.)
As always, Venice Spring Fling 7 is proud to host an art show that is free for select independent artists. This year’s lineup of visual artists includes diverse works in multimedia formats by Jediloves, Vanessa Y. Gonzales, Debbie Pauketat, Rainbow on a Mission, Twisted Flamingo, Jessica Alfieri, and Constance Jue. Ann Cohen will be live-painting the musical event as it happens.
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