Announcing the Winners of the Venice Mixtape Contest

Earlier this month we asked Angelenos to help us create a Venice Mixtape. Among the entries were original songs from local artists, ranging in style from baroque chorale to heavy political rock. Participants also submitted songs by iconic musicians that conjured up the feeling of what Venice is all about.

Now we're thrilled to announce the winner and present the completed mixtape in a visual songbook. Check out the tracks below!

<a href=""><img src="" alt="Play" style="border:0px;" /></a> LISTEN: "Venice Anthem" by Brad Kay

Submitted by Brad Kay (Grand Prize Winner):

When the great WPA-era Abbott Kinney Mural at the Venice Post Office was finally dedicated in 2007 (only 66 years after it was painted), I seized the moment to compose and arrange a proper National Anthem for Venice, to be sung by a 500-voice choir, with cannons firing and pigeons launched at the end.  Although we ended up with only an eight-voice choir, minus any cannons or pigeons but WITH a speech in the middle by Franklin D. Roosevelt, I think the song still reflected the righteous, over-reaching hubris of a true Anthem, which our town desperately has needed ever since it lost its municipal independence in 1925. 

<a href=""><img src="" alt="Play" style="border:0px;" /></a> LISTEN: "Venice Beach" by Isabel Spiegel

Submitted by Isabel Spiegel:

Growing up in Venice is a unique experience that has shaped who I am and how I view the world.

<a href=""><img src="" alt="Play" style="border:0px;" /></a> LISTEN: "Classic Girls" by Jane's Addiction

Submitted by Steve Bevilacqua:

I've lived in Venice for decades, and this song always reminds me of one of the greatest summers of my life...hanging out on the beach every day, energized by the sun and amazing people.  It seemed eternal. 

<a href=""><img src="" alt="Play" style="border:0px;" /></a> LISTEN: "Walking on Sunshine" by Katrina and The Waves

Submitted by Paul Buxton:
Everytime I go to the Venice Boardwalk, the energy of the place makes me feel like I'm walkin' on sunshine. (Be sure to catch his own Venice-centric video of the song in the Youtube playlist at the bottom.)

<a href=""><img src="" alt="Play" style="border:0px;" /></a> LISTEN: "Moonlight Drive" by The Doors

Submitted by Paul Rich:

Listen to the lyrics of The Doors "Moonlight Drive" and you will hear Jim's allegorical reference to Venice, a love song to Venice ...the oasis that captured his soul, that inspired him and the very formation of The Doors.

<a href=""><img src="" alt="Play" style="border:0px;" /></a> LISTEN: "The Sound of Sunshine" by Michael Franti & Spearhead

Submitted by Robert Pappalardo:
Franti's song and video uniquely capture the free spirit and simultaneous gritty edge of today's Venice Beach, with visuals that invoke summer, sunshine, water, cool breezes, and carefree times that keep us coming back for more.

<a href=""><img src="" alt="Play" style="border:0px;" /></a> LISTEN: "Institutionalized" by Suicidal Tendencies

Submitted by Ted Wilkinson:

Suicidal Tendencies' "Institutionalized" from the 1983 Suicidal Tendencies album is the song that most make me think of Venice because when I was a kid in Orange County in the 1980s, I thought that the video depicted what Venice was like.

<a href=""><img src="" alt="Play" style="border:0px;" /></a> LISTEN: "Reggae for Children" by Ron Artis & Family

Submitted by Alex Rose:

Anyone who spends time on the boardwalk hears this song over-and-over-and-over along with the call "Reggae for Children!"

<a href=""><img src="" alt="Play" style="border:0px;" /></a> LISTEN: "Breakin' The Law On the Boardwalk" by Zuma Dogg

Submitted by Zuma Dogg:

Here's my original song about my experience as a performer on Venice Beach Boardwalk, only to have L.A. City Hall violate FEDERAL law and my rights for five years. So I had to have a judge tell 'em to stop. Written, produced and performed by Zuma Dogg.

venicemixtape_10.jpg <a href=""><img src="" alt="Play" style="border:0px;" /></a> LISTEN: "Living in Zen" by Rich Sheldon

Submitted by Rich Sheldon:

Living in Venice Beach puts my mind in a state of Zen.  

To listen to all the songs, including bonus tracks from our honorable mentions, click the links below. The mixtape is also available as a Youtube playlist, here.

The Venice Mixtape

  1. The Doors' "L.A. Woman" submitted by Departures & Grant Keller
  2. Ted Hawkins' "Blowing in the Wind" submitted by Departures
  3. Evidence (feat. Aloe Blacc) "The Liner Notes" submitted by Departures
  4. Brad Kay's Venice Anthem submitted by Brad Kay & Eric Ahlberg
  5. "Venice Beach" by Isabel Spiegel submitted by Isabel Spiegel
  6. Jane's Addiction's "Classic Girl" submitted by Steve Bevilacqua
  7. "Walking on Venice Sunshine" by Katrina and the Waves submitted by Paul Buxton
  8. The Doors' "Moonlight Drive" submitted by Paul Rich
  9. Michael Franti & Spearhead's "The Sound Of Sunshine" submitted by Robert Pappalardo
  10. Suicidal Tendencies' "Institutionalized"" submitted by Ted Wilkinson
  11. Ron Artis and Family's "Reggae for Children" submitted by Alex Rose
  12. Zuma Dogg's "Breakin' The Law On The Boardwalk" original song submitted by Zuma Dogg
  13. "Living in Zen" Rich Sheldon submitted by Rich Sheldon
  14. Bonus Tracks | Honorable Mentions
  15. "If You Should Go to Venice" submitted by Elizabeth Birmingham
  16. DJ Jah Madden's "California Dreamin Part 4" submitted by Wayne Darling
  17. Egyptian Lover's "Freak-A-Holic" submitted by Jonathan Maghen
  18. Suzy Williams' "Everything's Normal in Venice" submitted by Eric Ahlberg

We hope you enjoy the Venice mixtape and please stay tuned for our next contest!


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