Back for its fifth and biggest year yet, the Venice Beach Music Fest will rock the beach with two days of music and an art show Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 14 and 15.

The free festival will be held at Windward Plaza, at the west end of Windward Avenue in the park area between the boardwalk and the bicycle trail.

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features performances by 14 bands and a 20-artist art display. Bands will play original music from 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. both days, with ATS Bellydance and Drum Collective entertaining between sets early on Aug. 14.

Made possible by the community and area merchants, the festival is a celebration of the independent spirit of Venice and the passion of its inhabitants, event promoters said. The festival is open to the public.

The event is produced by local promoter Milton Rosenberg and SugarBitch guitarist and founder Michael Jost.

The eclectic band lineup for Saturday, Aug. 14 includes the benefit contest winner, The Muddy Reds, Robin Moxey, Steve Watts and the Humboldt Allstars, Blessed Le Strange, Moo Got 2, and local ska and punk musicians Meet Me at the Pub.

The Sunday, Aug. 15 lineup features The Towels, Sassafras, Vintage Trouble (featuring Ty Taylor), Golden Buddha, Insects vs. Robots, festival veterans and founders SugarBitch, and The Chuck Dukowski Sextet. Dukowski was the bassist and songwriter for the seminal punk band Black Flag.

The festival is sponsored in part by the Venice Neighborhood Council, 100.3FM The Sound, Venice Beach Suites & Hotel, The Sidewalk Café, Venice Boardwalk Association, Fatbol Clothing, Danny’s Venice Beach Bistro and Bar, Rock City News, Candelas Guitars, Venice Chamber of Commerce, Control Printing, and Globuspeak.