The Venice Neighborhood Council Arts Committee and Ocean Front Walk Committee plan to hold a joint meeting at 6 p.m. Monday, August 4th, to address a proposed series of Saturday afternoon music concerts at Venice Beach.
The meeting, to be held in the studio of the Blankenship Ballet Company, 132 Brooks Ave. in Venice, will review a proposal submitted by Michael “Micky” Schuman for a weekly concert series to take place annually throughout the spring and summer months.
The first concert in the proposed series is scheduled for Saturday, August 16th, at Windward Plaza on Ocean Front Walk. Five additional concerts are planned for this year, with a full series of 22 concerts beginning next spring.
Schuman says the planned line-up for each concert includes many well-known artists and bands from around the world. The events will also feature live art performances and special guest appearances.
“We expect that during and after the first year of production, the Venice Beach Concert Series will be a very well known annual event in Los Angeles,” Schuman said. “People will know that on Saturday afternoons, they can come to Venice Beach and safely enjoy a full day of great music. [Ö] We will have jazz, rock, pop, country, classical, R&B, Latin, classic rock, alternative, African, Middle Eastern, experimental, electronic, along with singer/ songwriters, dancers, and celebrity hosts.”
Schuman also explained that his goal is to “have on an ongoing, annual concert series [Ö] that will not only provide great entertainment and peaceful afternoons for everyone, but also bring a great new annual event to our community.”
The proposed concert series has been criticized by some community members due to potential noise problems, the possibility of generating additional traffic, and the risk of creating new security and trash problems in an area that is considered to be the second-largest tourist destination in the Los Angeles area.
Admission to the joint committee meeting is free. The public is encouraged to attend and comment on the proposed series.
Time permitting, the meeting may end with a recommendation from the committees as to whether the planned series should be approved or denied by the full Neighborhood Council. If the meeting runs longer than expected, each committee will take up the issue of a recommendation at separate meetings to be held during the week.