Venice Beach Music Fest 7, a free music and arts festival, will take place in the Windward Plaza from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8.
This year, a foam dance party with Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soap will be featured in addition to the lineups in music, art and dance for which the festival has been known for the past seven years.
The Music Fest is the sister festival to the Venice Spring Fling, both of which work to ensure that the historical creative spirit of Venice is kept vibrant, event organizers said.
This year’s musical lineup includes a broad range of styles, with performances beginning at 11 a.m. Local hip-hop fusion band CHAMPA 51 will kick off the festival, combining dance music with soulful rhythms and thought-provoking lyrics. At noon the Grateful Dead cover band, Cubensis, will take the stage.
Rounding out the full afternoon of music are a mix of local and international acts that include the funk show band Dance Hall Pimps; Bay Area favorites Dylan Chambers and the Midnight Transit; local sextet of electronic wizardry Insects vs. Robots; guitar virtuoso Michael Jost and multiplatinum drummer and producer Andy Kravitz in Spiders and Witches; violinist and composer Lili Haydn; and Planet of the Abts, featuring Matt Abts and Jorgen Carlsson, the rhythm section of the Grammy-nominated band Gov’t Mule.
Dance performances will be interspersed between musical sets, and include a drum and dance parade led by the Los Angeles samba school, Samba Da Mudanca – Samba for Change, and the return of festival veteran ensembles ATS Bellydance and Drums and Ya Harissa Bellydance Theater.
As always, the art show will feature paintings, sculptures, and photography from local and international artists that include Ra Ra SuperStar, Joel Harris, art by sky, Jean-Paul, Brian Mylius, Audrey McNamara-Garcia, Alex Avila, Sonji Mariposa and many others. There are still spaces available for free participation in the art show. For information and to register, VeniceBeachMusicfest.com.
The newest festival addition is the “Dr. Bronner’s All-One Ark Interblastive Foam Shower and Spa Experience.” Visitors are encouraged to bring bathing suits and towels for a group shower at the beach while blasting each other with foam – all in the name of ecological and sustainability education, organizers say.
There will also be gourmet food trucks on site as well as other vendors.
“All of the festival performers and sponsors of VBMF are already giving something back by participating in this free community event,” said Milton Rosenberg, festival producer. “Additionally, we’re proud to be featuring some artists and sponsors who actively support humanitarian causes.”
Marc Blackbird of Champa 51, who have performed on Venice Beach for over a decade, added, “The VBMF has continued the great Venice tradition of bringing divergent scenes together though music and art, and it will truly be a pleasure to go back to our roots on the beach in Venice and be part of the next great gathering.”
The official Music Fest after-show will begin at 7 p.m. at Danny’s at 23 Windward Ave. The musical lineup for the evening will be hosted by Fly N Lion and will feature some special guests including Corty Byron, Dylan Chambers, Michael Jost and some surprises. The after-show is free to the public.