Livecast Highlights from August 8th Venice Beach

On the 8th of August we broadcast street performers live from Southern California on Venice Beach The first performer we saw as we walked along the Ocean Front walk was Dalila

Contact Dalila at
dalilah.faber@gmail.com

Then we found local musical genius Nathan who offers no contact info but is across from the Sidewalk Cafe almost everyday

The last performer we found was Randy Rivers whose contact info we will try to obtain soon Join us every Thursday at 3pm Pacific time US for Street I Am live

STREET SMART VENICE BEACH BAND; HALLELUJAH by LEONARD COHEN

The day after the horrendous murder by a deranged man driving into the people on Venice beach that killed an Italian tourist on her honeymoon and injured 11 others, the Venice Beach band Street Smart inspires us with Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen.

Street Smart is lead with power and conviction by Peter Demian on guitar and vocal and features the world-class talent of world-famous Venice Beach street musician Nathan on the piano and Louie Garcia on drums.

\Peter Demian  hails from Canada and has been playing on Venice Beach for 25 years. On a good day he  will bring in somewhere in the neighborhood of of 60 to 80 dollars. In Ontario Canada when he first started out he played with Paul Shaffer now on the Letterman show and opened for many of the great pop bands of the 60’s and seventies such as the Who and others. He moved to the US living and playing in Detroit and Canada for a time before settling in Venice Beach and playing for visitors from all over the world.

Nathan is considered by many who know him to be a virtuoso possible genius who has been playing since early childhood and freely mixes classical jazz and rock almost simultaneously. He has played in many bands and done many gigs including a tour with the 60’s psychedelic rock band Iron Butterfly well known for their hit “In A Godda Da Vida”
Mr Demian’s contact info is his cell phone
310-985-2577

Venice Beach CA Hit Hard by Messed Up Driver

Venice Beach CA Hit Hard by Messed Up Driver

One of the Street Culture capitals of the world in Los Angeles CA was rocked badly on Saturday August 3rd by an apparently blood thirsty driver who drove his car at up to 60 miles an hour along the peaceful pedestrian walkway and into the crowd of people enjoying one of the most unique places in all the world where street culture meets everything else at the edge of the water.

11 people were injured and 1 person died in the private terrorist exercise of this deranged individual.

As of yet no motive for the attack is known.

Street Culture lives on and thankfully no more than a handful of folks were messed up by this act which could have been worse as there were over 100,000 people enjoying the beach when it occured.

We morn the loss of another innocent. Our hearts go out to the families and friends of all affected.

AP Photo; copied from http://jalopnik.com

Nathan the Venice Beach Piano

travel-shmavel:

Street Busker #2
Whereabouts: Venice Beach

That is Nathan. I haven’t seen him out there since I walked by in the Fall and saw the cops giving him a ticket and threatening to take away his cat unless he put it on a lease. The cat, sleeps on the piano while he plays.

Nathan was visibly shaken I remember during the seemingly needless ordeal. The police could not has gotten one complaint from anyone because the cat is never out of control always as cool as a cat can be.

Nathan did not want to talk about it. I walked by later. Nathan and the cat were gone, his beloved piano still there. I can sometimes talk with Nathan. He is wired differently from most of the people I have met and is guarded and mistrustful of others. He instead engages the Venice Ocean Front Walk in a brilliant conversation of a musical nature. A continuously variable transmission of blues, jazz, classical, rock show tune resonance, blended and flowing like butter and syrup down the beach and through the ears of the passersby.

Laws need to be enforced according to the needs of the community not for the sake of the law itself. Therefore they should be enforced only when necessary. In this way it can serve to bind the fragile weave of social interaction. In this instance the cats presence unleashed contributed ti the environment of Venice Beach.

I will feel a bit safer next time I visit Venice Beach if I know that the law is enforced in such a way, that I am able to see Nathan playing his musical mish mash with his cat sleeping on the piano, unleashed and at peace.