Sep 10, 2016

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Abbot Kinney Fest Sun Sept 25

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Venice Singer/Songwriter, Matt Ellis, returns to curate the “Locals” stage at this year’s Abbot Kinney Festival, Sunday Sept 25th. Located on the corner of Andalusia and Abbot Kinney, the stage is set to host 8 local music acts and the annual “Spirit of Venice Award”.


Andalusia “Locals” Stage Schedule

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10:00am – Open

10:30am – Silent Partner

11:15am – Potential Suitors

12:00pm – Bambi + Felix

1:00pm – Paul Chesne

2:00pm – Kat Myers and the Buzzards

3:00pm – Award Ceremony

4:00pm – Matt Ellis

5:00pm – Tom Freund

6:00pm – Close

(Plus DJ Sets from Bright Moments in between the bands)


The Abbot Kinney Festival Association is a 501(c)(3), grant making organization,
that supports community-based organizations in Venice with an emphasis on youth, community
and the arts. The Festival is their biggest fundraiser of the year, drawing crowds over 100,000 to the
most iconic street in Venice. The Association proves that you can have fun bringing the community
together while giving back at the same time.

Ellis explains, “The AK Fest means so much to the local community. It’s like our very own Birthday,
Thanksgiving, Christmas and July 4th rolled into one. My wife and I actually arrived from Australia
in Venice the day of the AK Fest back in 2005, and its one of the reasons why we decided to stay on
and try it out. The community welcomed us with open arms and invited us into their lives,
and we never really looked back”.

“Venice is home to hundreds of incredibly talented musicians and the Abbot Kinney Festival is the perfect
place to showcase that local talent. After all, I feel it’s really important not to forget what made
Venice so desirable and unique in the first place, it’s rich community and art history.”

This year, Ellis plans to debut a new single at the Festival. A duet with fellow Venetian Singer/Songwriter,
Paul Chesne, “They Don’t Make ’em Like They Used To” is set for a release late October.

The launch of the “Locals” stage in 2014 was a huge success. Centrally located within the Festival,
the stage served as a meeting point for so many, as friends old and new gathered for every act. 2016
is set to build from the previous two, grouping together a stellar line-up of Singer/Songwriters, Bands,
DJ Bright Moments and the Spirit of Venice Award Ceremony.

The 32nd Annual Abbot Kinney Festival kicks off at 10am on Sunday September 25th. Entry is free
and open to all ages. More information is available online at

RSVP to the Facebook invite here and spread the word!