The first annual Venice Spring Fling will kick off springtime at the beach in Venice with a free, full day of art and music in Windward Plaza Park on Saturday, May 7, 2011.
Live music will be performed on the ocean stage from 11 am-7 pm. An offshoot of the Venice Beach Music Fest, the spring fling continues the tradition of bringing the artistic Venice community together in a celebration of the historical creative spirit of the beach!
Headlining the musical guests of the day is the all-star Tracii Guns Bastard Blues Band featuring Tracii Guns (Guns n Roses, L.A. Guns) on guitar, Bronx Style Bob (Zulu Kings, Ice T) on lead vocals, Muddy Stardust (Chris Robinson brotherhood) on bass, Doni Gray (Izzy Stradlin) on drums, and Teddy Zigzag (Guns n Roses) on organ. Other talented musical acts of the day include Al.’s peace, Mother Jones, Tone Def, Los Marijuanos, hi-stereo, meet me at the pub, and Venrez. The afternoon will also feature the 420 comic, as well as dancers from American Tribal Style (ats) bellydance and drums troupe, Ya Harissa belly dance theater, and solo dancer Mila Starfire. The ukulady, an entertainer for children and adults alike, will emcee the afternoon.
The accompanying art show features paintings, sculpture, and photography from local and international artists Ra Ra Superstar, Martha C. Wilson, Richard Yaker, Brian Mylius, Audrey McNamara, Michael R Oddo, art by sky, Al. Keith, Damon Warren, Lizi Ruch, Vincent Gordon, Rob Tobin, Sarah Jones, Inocente, David Wrathall, and Lisa Nakhjiri. Third Eye Tie Dye and Eclectic Hoops will also be on display and for sale. Music and art by festival participants can be previewed online by clicking here.
This free community event is made possible through the generous sponsorship of local businesses. Nikki’s is the Official After Spot for the Venice Spring Fling and will be hosting a Hi-Stereo CD release Happy Hour following the band’s performance at the festival. Other generous supporters include local businesses The Life Center Chiropractic, Arbor Collective, Cruiser Community, Venice Beach Suites and Hotel, The Sidewalk Cafe, Venice Boardwalk Association, Third Eye Tie Dye, Danny’s Venice Beach Bistro and Bar, Gaby’s Express, Smelly Proof, Venice Paparazzi, Control Printing, Zelda’s Corner, The Velvet Gypsy, Animal House, and Fresh Brothers Pizza. This event is endorsed by the Venice Chamber of Commerce.
The Spring Fling Facebook site will feature contests and prizes leading up to the festival. Join the community at www.facebook.com/venicespringfling. Interested sponsors and volunteers are encouraged to contact event organizers at VeniceSpringFling@gmail.com.