Look forward to a full day of music, dancing, and art at Venice Beach Music Fest! The outdoor festival celebrates everything magnificent about Venice Beach and it’s community.
This summer marks the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love, and the music festival is paying tribute to the that famous summer with quintessential ’60s bands.
Strawberry Alarm Clock, whose song “Incense and Peppermints” was a Number 1 Billboard Hot 100 hit in 1967, will be headlining the event. Featured performances also include Woodstock legend Barry “The Fish” Melton and The San Francisco All-Stars. Melton was apart of the ‘60s band Country Joe and The Fish, who had the hit song I-Feel-Like-I’m-Fixin’-to-Die, which was played at Woodstock.
Several of the day’s other acts pay tribute to the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love 50th. Local Venice band Champa 51, reunited for this special occasion as The Champa 67 Experience, performing original music as well as a psychedelic dance medley of hits from 1967. You can also expect to see Southern California’s premiere Grateful Dead tribute band, Cubensis.
Rounding out the day is the Southern California country rock band Ginger Merkin, and local folk and blues guitarist Cristina Vane with her band, Cristina & The Blue Vanes.
Other activities include an arts and literature show that is free for selected independent artists. This year’s lineup of visual artists showing their works include both local and internationally recognized artists Ra Ra Superstar, Debbie Pauketat, Joel Harris, William Brun, and Patricia Laraia. Author Doug Bratt will be signing copies of his book, Ava’s Grateful Bears.
The festival is, and always has been, free and open to the public. This is made possible by local and national businesses. There will also be an after-party immediately following the festival at Hinano Café featuring local band The Brobots.
The annual Venice Beach Music Fest music and arts festival takes place on Saturday, August 26, 2017, from 11:00 A.M. to 7:30 P.M. in Windward Plaza Park (1 Windward Avenue, in the park at the intersection of the boardwalk and Windward Avenue).