Appearing on The Broadway Stage
DJ Biff Chitlins (www.chitlins.com)
DJ Biff Chitlins is a musician, composer & producer who was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. As a founding member of the HIT + RUN CREW, he has been rocking clubs and parties in Los Angeles for the past decade. Specializing in the eclectic he is not limited by the boundaries of any single genre. Although his own musical machinations lean towards the instrumental beat scene, DJ Chitlins manages to seamlessly blend all styles to fit any occasion.
VOW is a Los Angeles based group comprised of Julia Blake, Andrew Thomas, and Nick Steinhardt. Heavily influenced by vintage synthesizers and effects, 4AD records catalog and current indie rock alike, Vow dances along the genre lines of dream-pop and post punk while achieving their synth-like tones through real instruments. They have recently expanded into a full live band and recently completed their first self-written/produced/mixed/mastered full length album at Beacon Street Studios in Venice California.
Pom Poms (www.pompomsmusic.com)
Pom Poms is the new collaboration between vocalist/songwriter Marlene Gold and Grammy-nominated producer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Billy Mohler (Awolnation, Kelly Clarkson, Macy Gray). With a love for the great singers and writers from years gone by, this project transcends time and fads with grand martini-infused arrangements and melodies which set them apart from their dance pop contemporaries. This Los Angeles-based project is about to launch it's first single "Betty" this Fall. The entire world of Pom Poms was built, if not in a day, then out from that moment ‘Betty” was born. The mercurial task of harnessing a sound so distinctive so soon in the life of a group (let’s not call them a band) is rare. If one was to blend references for the sake of enticement, we call upon fans of Quentin Tarantino, Ernie Kovacs, Roy Orbison, The Twilight Zone, Wes Anderson, Jean-Luc Godard, Yves Montand, Connie Francis, Johnny Cash, and Patsy Cline. And that's just "Betty." The single is the maiden release for Square Foot Records, also founded by Billy Mohler.
Still Ghandis (www.stillgandhis.com)
Still Gandhis are still disciples of the raw, soulful, funkified gospel laid down by George Clinton, Sly Stone, The Isley Brothers, James Brown, Marvin Gaye, War, Curtis Mayfield, and Roebuck “Pops” Staples back in the day. How else do you explain the rootsy, acoustic-based slacker funk; swaggering horns, smooth, multi-part, multi-gender vocals; groovin' vibes; slippery bass runs; and free-flowing, feet-get-movin' beats that drove their albums as Boxing Gandhis to Top 5 on Adult Album Alternative, garnered a Billboard Music Best Music Video of the Year award and had them opening for the likes of Dave Matthews Band, Hootie and the Blowfish, Big Head Todd and the Monsters, 4 Tops, War, Huey Lewis and the News, Fishbone, Spearhead, Dave Mason The group's lineup hasn't changed much, with saxophonist/lead vocalist Ernie Perez, guitarist/vocalist Eric Fowler, saxophonist/vocalist Alfredo Ballesteros, keyboardist vocalist Ted Andreadis, bassist Yukihide Takiyama and drummer Gary Pavlica. “The more colors, the more accurate the picture” is still this multi-race, multi-gender band's philosophy.
Cecilia Noël (http://www.cecilianoel.com/)
Originally from Lima, Perú, Cecilia Noël was discovered by Stan Getz. She moved to New York City and eventually relocated to Los Angeles where she became heavily involved in the local music scene. She formed Cecilia Noël and The Wild Clams, known for their explosive live shows and frequent bookings at the House of Blues and the Playboy Jazz Festival. Noël has recently won the prestigious CUBADISCO 2015 International Award representing the USA in Cuba for her critically acclaimed new album "Havana Rocks”. Previously, she has released four other albums: “El Clásico", “Delivery”, Bongoland” and “A Gozar!”, which she considers great successes. In addition to her band, Noël also performs and records with husband and former Men At Work front man Colin Hay. “Havana Rocks” will be released on vinyl October 23rd and will be available at all major record stores.
Crown & The M.O.B. (crownandthemob.com)
A rising star in the hip-hop and indie scene, Crown spins autobiographical rhymes over the live instrumentals of his Venice-based production team and band--the M.O.B. (Message of the Blues). In a genre dominated by played-out themes and digitized tracks, Crown forgoes the clichés of bling and women, rapping about deeply personal experiences over lush soundscapes of Motown-style horns and old school beats. Born in Brooklyn, NY just blocks from his influences Notorious BIG, Big Daddy Kane and Jay-Z, he’s equal parts braggadocios and worldly. Proudly serving tours in the Air Force throughout the world, he has an assured confidence and attitude yet speaks from the heart and mind. His voice and lyrics command the respect of the hard edged kids from the street talking about violence and drugs yet, at the same time, he can elate the heart by rapping about the homeless and a wide range of social issues. His sound is personified through hip hop yet brought to life through more traditional song forms and live musicians unlike the monotony of a drum machine. Crown is a true crossover, gaining momentum as an artist in which led him to release numerous underground Mixtapes as well as performing as an opening act for past and present Hip Hop stars. That eventually led him to Venice Beach in which New Amsterdam Vodka immediately connected with his music and will launch their new national vodka campaign with three tracks off his forthcoming album. For Crown, this is only the beginning of bigger things to come.
House of Vibes (www.hov.com)
It all began in a house in Culver City where Anthony “Brew” Brewster lived, worked and played. His home studio was a hub for such recording artists as Kanetic Source (Ozomatli), Deploi, Chali 2na (Jurassic5), Tony Tarasco (Orioles) and many more. His spot was quickly dubbed “the house” where folks such as Res, DJ Dez, D-Break and Darius Rucker (Hootie & the Blowfish) would come to hang, record and “vibe” together. Since then, HOV has taken on many forms and a core conviction… music for them, about them, by them. Then, Brew (Fishbone/Untouchables), Fish (Fishbone), D-Break (Untouchables), DJ Dez (Slum Village) and Pocket (Erykah Badu guitarist) of the House of Vibe crew were called upon frequently to play various gigs for major label recording artists such as Justin Timberlake, Everlast, De La Soul, Talib Kweli, Chali 2na, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Res, Nikka Costa, N’dea Davenport and others. Stay on the look out for House of Vibe’s new album this year. As well as, songs from Brew, an EP from Deploi and J-Swift, and more downloads from Free[w]ill.
Chali 2na (www.chali2na.com)
Charles Stewart, better known as Chali 2na, is an American rapper and hip hop artist, associated with the groups Jurassic 5 and Ozomatli. He and Cut Chemist became friends in high school. Together with Mark 7even, they were part of a seven-man group called Unity Committee. The Unity Committee crew would often spend Thursday nights performing at the Good Life Café, where rappers and spoken word poets showed off their skills in an open mic format. They were, along with another three-person troupe, called the Rebels of Rhythm, routinely chosen as the crowd's favourite performers. The two crews also appreciated one another's styles, and they teamed to record a 12" single, "Unified Rebelution", in 1995. The Rebels of Rhythm were MCs Akil and Zaakir (also known as Soup); the men banded together to form Jurassic 5. In 2006, Cut Chemist elected to split from the group to pursue a solo career, and the Jurassic 5 group split up altogether in 2007. He is a founding member of the activist salsa funk band Ozomatli, and although no longer an official member, he continues to collaborate with them on occasion and maintains his friendships with them. Along with salsa, his music and theirs have been influenced by reggae and soul music. He is also a fan of house music.
Appearing on The Andalusia Stage
School Of Rock (www.facebook.com/schoolofrockvenice )
Students from the “School Of Rock” open the Festival at 10:30am, celebrating the launch of their Venice campus. With passionate instructors, an impressive selection of instruments, and killer program offerings, School of Rock equips students with the tools they need to rock their worlds, and this incredible band proves just that! School of Rock Venice is located at 12300 Venice Blvd and will officially be open for lessons and rehearsals Saturday, October 3rd 2015.
Kim Michalowski (www.facebook.com/KimMichalowskiMusic )
Kim Michalowski has been a fixture on the local singer/songwriter scene and Abbot Kinney for the past 10 years. With a sound somewhere between Patty Griffin and Gillian Welch, Kim is also the proprietor of Ananda and Skylark stores on AK. Kim’s music has appeared in several National TV Shows and has earned her a slew of awards including winner of the “Listening Room International Songwriting Contest 2014”, “Song of the day” recipient at “Songshooter” and a finalist position at the “Songwriter Universe” competition 2015. Catch her soulful set of mainly new material at 11:15am as Kim takes a break from recording her new album, set for release in Fall 2015.
The Venice Symphony (www.facebook.com/veniceorchestra)
VSO redefines "orchestras" for the 21st Century. With guitar, violins, trumpets & trombones playing hip-hop, rock n roll & country covers, mash-ups & originals, the group returns to the locals stage at 12:00 noon. The VSO has had a busy year since we saw them last year at the Abbot Kinney Festival, performing every last Friday of the month at Danny's on Windward Ave and curating the monthly event "6 to Midnight" up the street at Bergamot Station. Like the VSO on Facebook to get information on all upcoming FREE concerts, FREE music lessons and FREE School Assemblies.
Lacey Kay Cowden (www.facebook.com/LaceyKayCowden )
Lacey returns to the stage, this year backed by her all-star band. Since releasing her debut EP last Summer, Cowden has been booked back to back with multiple residencies at Downtown’s Mrs. Fish and Venice’s Del Monte Speakeasy. Her EP, “Go Great Guns” has received airplay through out Europe, Australia and at home here in California.
Spirit of Venice Award
The bands break at 2pm for the inaugural Spirit of Venice Award. Starting in 1984, the Abbot Kinney Festival Association has recognized exemplary residents and stakeholders nominated by the community for their contributions to the spirit, creativity and uniqueness of Venice. Many Venetians have been honored with Spirit of Venice Awards including Vera Davis, Joe Gold, Gregory Hines, Emily Winters, Linda Lucks, Jay Griffith, Sgt. Theresa Skinner, Yo Venice, and Jesse Martinez.
Matt Ellis (www.facebook.com/OfficialMattEllisBand )
Matt brings the music back to the stage at 3:00pm. This is Matt’s second year curating the locals stage, shining a light on the incredible music talent based in Venice. Ellis will perform tracks from his latest album, “The Greatest Escape”, fresh from a slot at the Americana Music Festival in Nashville, TN. Ellis’ 5th album received airplay around the world, and was the second most added album to Americana Radio here in the US, shortly after it’s release late 2014. Ellis is preparing to release a new single in December, before he heads back to the studio to begin work on his sixth album.
National Anthem (www.facebook.com/nationalanthemtheband )
National Anthem released their debut EP, "Come To California”, October last year. Produced by Richard Podolor (Three Dog Night, Steppenwolf) and Engineered by Bill Cooper (Three Dog Night, SteppenWolf), this band rocks with the best of them. The National Anthem hit the stage at 4:00pm sharp and are not to be missed.
Nocona (www.facebook.com/NoconaMusic )
Nocona closes out the stage this year, days before the release of their new album “Long Gone Song" on October 2nd. The band draw their sound from Country, Folk, Punk, and Rock and have performed everywhere from Bonnaroo and Stagecoach Festivals to The Echo and Del Monte Speakeasy. Take the psychedelia of the 13th Floor Elevators and mash it up with the Bakersfield sound, and there you’ll find Nocona.
Appearing on The KidsQuad Stage
Samba Da Mundanca (www.ubikmusic.com)
Samba Da Mudança is an open community drum and dance ensemble. Sharing Brazilian samba and other rhythms for positive change and celebration in society. All are welcome to drum and rehearse with us.
Mista Cookie Jar (www.mistacookiejar.com)
LA-based "Kindie rocker,” Mista Cookie Jar (aka Cesar J. Pizarro), returns to the 2015 Abbot Kinney Festival with his urban-island-folky-rock-and-roll sounds. Blending a background in poetry, reggae, and hip-hop production, Mista Cookie Jar’s music oozes positivity and love.
Madame Chocolat! (www.madamechocolate.com)
Wonderful performance art for children of all ages!
Kristen Cook (www.movenplaymusic.com)
Pop and Rock originals that get you Movin’ and Groovin’!
Acoustic Americana! Folk, Blues, Bluegrass, Jazz and a little Texas Swing too! Original songs as well as timeless favorites. Based in Venice, the ShooFlies were given the 2010 Community Service Award by the Voice of the Canals for their many contributions to the region. Check Shoo Flies out on Facebook.
Moose- Moose (www.facebook.com/MooseLA)
A hard-rocking power trio made up of 3 young brothers from Los Angeles – Judah Golub (9), Ezra Golub (12) and Leo Golub (13). They have been playing together for over 5 years, performing at local events including the LA Marathon, Topanga Days, and Santa Monica Summer Soulstice. They recently starred in a BMW commercial airing all over Europe.
The Superbroke Brass and Tin and Strings Marching Band Ensemble is an association of musical superheroes dedicated to liberating the SuperFlow of the Universe and defending Her against the Evil Anti-Groove, the bane of all things creative. In addition to their extremely groovy music, their chief weapons are spontaneity, laughter, and the element of surprise. With an eclectic mix of styles, including afro-funk, second line, klezmer, jazz, and songs from various resistance movements, the superheroes use their trombones, trumpets, tubas, saxophones, guitars, drums, cymbals, cowbells, tambourines, (etc.) and voices to surprise and delight theirunsuspecting audiences. Superbroke specializes in making public gatherings (i.e. outdoor malls, festivals, peaceful demonstrations, etc.) Anti-Groove safe. May the Flow release you! Check SuperBroke out on Facebook.
29 Live - APCH (www.apch.org)
Once again, 29 Live from A Place Called Home is excited to rock the Kid's Quad! This eclectic group of young musicians are forever evolving and revolving. Over the past year, the group was chosen out of 4000 entries as one of the 6 bands to play final shows at the legendary House of Blues on the Sunset Strip. Four of our students were accepted to attend Berklee College of Music while five were awarded scholarships to Berklee's 5 week program over the summer. This year we will feature lead vocals by students as young as 12 years old as we bring our younger students to the forefront. So sit back as they woo you with their bag of tricks and treats!
Princess Bean (www.princessbeanmusic.com)
DJ - Dance and Songs with the lovely Princess Bean throughout the day!