Summer Concerts in Santa Monica, Venice, Marina del Rey & Hermosa Beach

Summer Concerts in Santa Monica, Venice, Marina del Rey & Hermosa Beach

Looking for music in the park, concerts on the pier, or by the beach? AKFF has got you covered. Concerts start this week!

31st Annual Twilight Concerts | Santa Monica Pier
Enjoy live, outdoor, FREE concerts on Thursday nights 7-10PM


English Beat at Santa Monica Pier 2013
© Janet Gervers

August 6: Ben Browning of Cut Copy, DMA’s

August 13: Sister Nancy, Jesse Royal

August 20: Ariel Pink, The Mynabirds

August 27: Jefferson Starship, Purple Mountains Majesties

September 3: Rebirth Brass Band, Miles Mosley and the Westcoast Get Down

September 10: Tune-Yards, Avid Dancer


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Burton Chace Park in Marina del Rey 2014
© Janet Gervers

Burton Chace Park |
Marina del Rey

Presenting Pop Saturdays and Symphonic Thursdays. FREE shows 7-9PM

July 11: Ruben Studdard, Freddie Jackson, & Jeffrey Osborne

July 16: Danza

July 25: KC & the Sunshine Band

July 30: Vanessa Williams



Venice Beach Music Fest | Venice Beach

Take in the last breath of an endless summer with music and art!

September 12: 11AM-7:30PM

Artists include: Lili Haydn, Greg Douglass Band, MEET ME AT THE PUB, ArtQueen & more!

1 Windward Ave, Venice




Hermosa Summer Concert Series | Hermosa Beach

Meet us at the South Side Hermosa Beach Pier to enjoy
live music and sunset vibes 5-8PM

August 2: The Pine Mountain Logs

August 9: Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers

August 16: Young Dubliners

August 23: Pato Banton + guests Big Mountain


Be sure to save these dates and let us know what you think of the concert series you attend! Send us feedback in the comments field below.

Super Bowl Weekend Haps! Special from AKFF Blog & Last Fridays!

Super Bowl Weekend Haps! Special from AKFF Blog & Last Fridays!

Super Bowl Weekend is upon us and the AKFF Blog has some haps for you in Venice  before the big game and even during it! PLUS,  the AKFF Blog has an EXCLUSIVE SPECIAL for you!

Michael-Jost-Venice-Musician-2015Join the incomparable Michael Jost  for an evening of ZEITLOS on Friday night, January 30! Featuring special guest, Suzy Williams, and a set of pure Spanish guitar!! The evening will take place at the Electric Lodge  in Venice and net proceeds will be applied to finalizing the album on vinyl There will be live music, videos, and incredible art. $15 at the door!
1416 Electric Avenue, Venice 90291 7:30pm $15 cash at door

VSO-Venice-live-music-nightlifeDid you know there’s a LAST FRIDAYS? Yes,  there is- check it out! The VSO, Venice Symphony Orchestra is playing tonight, Friday, January 30 for a special fundraising event at Danny’s Venice. Think  fun, funky and eclectic music, after all, it is VENICE! A portion of Eats & Drink purchases will support the orchestra’s programs to give free music lessons to homeless youth and performances to local public schools.
23 Windward Venice 90291 7:30pm No Cover

TurningPointPilates-Best of Westside PilatesThe AKFF Blog has a Special on Private Lessons  at Turning Point Pilates in Venice thru January 31!
612A Venice Boulevard  Venice 90291 

Hurry, get deets on this HOT Pilates Special >


Juri-Koll+art-Venice-ArtistClosing Art Reception for Venice Artist Juri Koll at Beyond Baroque art center in Venice from 5-7pm on Saturday, January 31. 681 Venice Bl Venice 90291 5-7pm
Check out My Venice Life for deets on this art show >

Venice & Santa Monica Rock Out this Week with Music & Comedy – PLUS: Give Back & Get Gifts

Venice & Santa Monica Rock Out this Week with Music & Comedy – PLUS: Give Back & Get Gifts

Haps this Week in Venice & Santa Monica! Plus a Special Comedy Event that Gives Back & a Special Discount for TedX for AKFF Blog Readers!

Starting off on Tuesday, 11/19 by rockin’ out with the Gumbo Brothers at The Basement Tavern in Santa Monica and shakin it! It’s a free show and starts at 10pm. 2640 Main St. Santa Monica, CA 90405

What’s better than laughter? Helping others while you laugh. Buy a ticket to see top comics, Whitney Cummings, Pauly Shore and Marc Maron headline for a good cause on Wednesday, 11/20 at world famous The Comedy Store to benefit Lenny’s House, founded by Kitty Bruce, stands to create a safe place for women to recover from addiction. All proceeds will go toward life saving services.  $20 Get Tickets 8433 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood.

Miss Jessica brings it to Danny’s in Venice this Thursday, 11/21 from 8 – 11pm to sexy it up with her vocals and moves at her monthly appearance. Free show! 23 Windward Ave. Venic

Two weeks from this Friday brings a double header of Venice events with 1st Fridays on Abbot Kinney and the Venice Holiday Sign Lighting on December 6.  Check back for details coming soon! Heads up – First Fridays Monthly Contest: post your November and December 1st Friday photos on the AKFF Facebook Page for our monthly contest. Venice & Santa Monica Businesses – this is your opportunity for  free advertising so amp it up by donating a prize for the contest! Past prizes from Joe’s Restaurant, NextSpace, Celebrity Chef Bryan Au etc.
Email Janet, AKFF Editor and Founder for details on the contest and sponsorship opportunities before the year is over!

Saturday, 11/23 brings 2 events:

Get your funk on at the Jazz/Funk Fest at the Unurban Cafe in Santa Monica that includes Tryg Hanson’s spoken word performance with improv musicians, Black Shoe Polish and special guest musicians and performers at this fabulous free show from 7 – 10pm – this show starts right on time, fyi! Plus,  Sun Ra’s 100 years celebration. 3301 Pico Blvd. Santa Monica.

TEDxPCC will be providing a world-class platform for leaders in education, business, entertainment, science, and activism to share their “Ideas Worth Spreading” at the Arcadia Performing Arts Center. A Special 20% Off Discount is offered to fans of Abbot Kinney First Fridays! Use code: AbbotKFF and receive 20% off your general admission ticket!!! Hurry because this Special will only be available until Wednesday, 11/20 Register Now! 

Ticket includes: lunch and beverages throughout the day! TEDxPCC has partnered with Causora to thank you for your support with a gift bag! At the event, you will find a $20 Causora thank you gift card. To redeem your gift card credit after TEDxPCC, visit – enter the gift code, and choose from over 150+ socially conscious merchants to redeem your $20 credit including The Bouqs, Zipcar, Bliss Spa, Novica, Milk & honey and Happy Canyon Vineyards.

It’s All About Venice!

AKFF Events Mashup: Diva Deluxe with Suzy, Miss Jessica, Art & Silicon Beach Event

Music, Art, Literature, Silicon Beach  and Networking events and more- the AKFF has got you covered for this week!
(Free & in Venice unless otherwise noted.)

July 17 Wed – The Legendary Gerry Fialka’s group, MOM (Meditations on Media,) media discussion from 7-10 p.m. at Beyond Baroque, 681 North Venice Blvd.See more on Gerry Fialka.

July 18 Thurs – Miss Jessica’s new band: SoulSugar & The Funk Collective from 8-11 p.m at Danny’s Venice Beach 23 Windward Ave.

Venice Media District (VMD) “Venice Tech Speaker Series,” at NextSpace @ Amplify 6-9 p.m. Premiere event of  this Silicon Beach quarterly series  with speaker Chris Raih from Zambizi Agency in Venice. $10 Admission (includes 2 drink tickets and appetizers by Cairo Cowboy Mediterranean Grill)
RSVP by Wednesday, July 17 to

July 19 Fri –  Brett Woods Art Show at Brick House Kitchen, 826 Hampton Dr. from 4-8pm. Check out this talented Venice Artist’s latest works at this  longtime Venice fave restaurant.

July 20 Sat –  The Lit Show 9th annual celebration of song and literature hosted by the talented Suzy Williams, the Diva Deluxe of Venice with musician Brad Kay and several other musicians to perform songs based on words by Kurt Vonnegut, Edna St. Vincent Millay and other poets/writers at Beyond Baroque from 7:30 – 11pm. 681 North Venice Blvd. $15 Admission. 

If you are interested in Blogging for the Abbot Kinney First Fridays Venice Blog, please Email the AKFF Editor, with samples of your writing.

It’s All About Venice!