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Posted August 24, 2016 by The Argonaut in This Week
Rock ’n’ roll violinist Lili Haydn takes center stage during a prior VBMF performance

Rock ’n’ roll violinist Lili Haydn takes center stage during a prior VBMF performance

Find your groove at the Venice Beach Music Fest

The Venice Beach Music Fest is an annual celebration of boundless creativity. The multi-genre festival of music, dance and visual arts returns to Windward Plaza Park for its 11th year on Saturday.

Headlining in the music department are Willie Chambers, a founding member of the 1960s rock/soul group The Chambers Brothers, and Woodstock legend Barry “The Fish” Melton of Country Joe and The Fish, who’s playing with a special lineup of musical buddies.

Venice ska band Meet Me at the Pub, rock ’n’ roll violinist Lili Haydn, reggae band Jah Faith and the Royal Lineage, folk troubadour James Booth, and Grateful Dead tribute band Cubensis round out the bill.

Dance troupes Ya Harissa Bellydance Theater, Samba Da Mudança (Samba for Change) and Samba 4U bring international dance flavors to the festival, performing Brazilian samba, hip-hop, samba reggae and calypso on the boardwalk.

Visual art on display includes work by Venice’s Ra Ra Superstar, mandala drawing specialist Jediloves, surrealist artist JESSiCA ALFiERi, craft artist Vanessa Y. Gonzalez, watercolorist Elisa Garcia, painter Joel Harris, artists from the group Immortal Pop and illustrators WingYee Lee, Daniel “Dunkees” Miltonian, Debbie Paketat and Audrey McNamara. Artist Ann Cohen is live painting during the festival, and there’s also a display by artists with the Brighter Future Charity, an organization that helps individuals with autism.

Festivalgoers can sample kombucha, play with hula hoops from Eclectic Hoops, pick the brain of a horticulturalist from Humboldt’s Royal Gold Potting Soil, or talk with bicyclist enthusiasts from The Venice Electric Light Parade about installing an artistic display of LED lights on your bike.

“Come down to the beach and bring your friends,” says VBMF Producer Milton Rosenberg. “We’re having an all-day party!”

For diehards, there’s also an after-party from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. at Danny’s Venice, 23 Windward Ave.

— Christina Campodonico

The Venice Beach Music Fest happens from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27, at Windward Plaza Park, 1 Windward Ave. Free. Visit


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