venice-spring-fling1The third annual Venice Spring Fling will celebrate the “season of rebirth in Venice” with a free full day of live music, dance and art just off the boardwalk in Windward Plaza from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 18.
The Spring Fling is the “sister” festival of the Venice Beach Music Fest, and both festivals are dedicated to showcasing the best of Venice and its eclectic nature, event organizers say.
“Everyone is welcome for an amazing day of free music and fun at the beach, right here in the heart of Venice,” said festival producer and Venice local Milton Rosenberg.
Entertainment featured this year will give a nod to the West Coast funk, rock, and ska music that influenced a generation of musicians across the nation, organizers say. The line-up of performances will begin at 11 a.m.
Performers include samba dance by Samba Da Mudanca, acoustic songstress Stephanie Lallouz, American Tribal Style Bellydance and Drums, L.A.-based funk and soul band The Mason Affair, psychedelic rock act Corty Byron and band, Ya Harissa Bellydance Theater, punk/prog rock newcomers Mars and the Massacre, and funk/soul/spoken-word band Scunc.
Among the other performers are surf rock/reggae band Meet Me at the Pub, The Chuck Dukowski Sextet, featuring former Black Flag bassist Chuck Dukowski with Milo Gonzalez of Insects vs. Robots, and Los Angeles ska band
“It will be epic and amazing…to play on the beach, in sight of nature’s magical ocean,” Dukowski said of playing in his hometown. “We love [Venice] for being the cultural nexus for the freekmind kind.”
An aftershow event featuring several festival performers and additional special guests will be hosted by Danny’s Venice.
Additional features of the day include a large visual art show including artists Ra Ra SuperStar, art by sky, Alex Avila, Brian Mylius, ok its kelly, Ann Cohen, Jayne Kondo, Daniel Miltonian (“Dunkees”), Joel Harris, Martha C. Wilson and others. Poet and artist Ann Cohen, wife of late Beat poet Allen Cohen, will be on hand to read from Allen’s body of work.
Other activities include Hula hoops by Eclectic Hoops, as well as the Dr. Bronner’s All-One Ark Interblastive Foam Shower Experience.
There will also be food trucks on hand, including Schmuck With a Truck, Firehouse Chefs and The Paradise Truck.
Information, www.venicespringfling.com.

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