Abbot Kinney FestIval 2018


Venice Singer/Songwriter, Matt Ellis, returns to curate the “Locals” stage at this year’s Abbot Kinney Festival, Sunday, Sept 30th. 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

6:00 pm – Close

5 pm – The Morning Yells –
4 pm – Nocona –
3 pm – Matt Ellis –

2 pm – Awards Ceremony

1 pm – Paul Chesne –
12 pm – Mad Hawkes –
11 am – Feisty Heart –
10:15 am – Wild Fires –

+ DJ Sets by “Bright Moments”

10:00 am – Open

The Abbot Kinney Festival Association is a 501(c)(3), a 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.”

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.
2018 is set to continue the 5-year tradition of promoting a stellar line-up of Venice based Singer/Songwriters, Bands, DJ Bright Moments and the Spirit of Venice Award Ceremony.

The 33rd Annual Abbot Kinney Festival kicks off at 10am on Sunday, September 30th.
Entry is free and open to all ages. More information is available online at

RSVP to the Facebook invite here and spread the word!

French Compilation release

We're thrilled to announce the release of this 4 CD Box Set out on Warner Music France, celebrating 45 years of Les Nocturnes, the legendary radio show on RTL hosted by George Lang.

My track, "Greyhound 89", sits alongside The Byrds, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Jackson Brown, Johnny Cash, Emmylou Harris, Lou Reed and many more throughout the collection.

The Box Set is available via online, and at most record stores throughout Europe.

“Heart Of Mine” on the big screen

“Heart Of Mine” makes its cinematic debut with the release of James Franco‘s, “The Heyday Of The Insensitive Bastards”.


The film is a collection of short stories with “Heart Of Mine” appearing in the “LACUNAE” segment, starring Natalie Portman and Jim Parrack. Other cast members include Kristen Wiig, Kate Mara, Matthew Modine, Amber Tamblyn, James Franco and many more. “The Heyday Of The Insensitive Bastards”
is screening now in select Theaters and streaming via iTunes and Amazon.

Huge thanks and congratulations to Mona Nahm (Writer) and Alex Nam (Editor) for the invitation to be a part of this incredible project.

“Heart Of Mine” is available for download and streaming on iTunesAmazon & Spotify.