December 22, 2005
As a special gift from the band and I, here's last Saturday's Christmas show, recorded live at the Canyon Club.  Happy holidays everyone!  Enjoy it now, because it'll go offline shortly after New Year's.

If it won't play, you probably need to install or update RealPlayer.  You can do that here.


December 2, 2005

I've been getting a lot of e-mails recently asking whether Venice will be traveling to Holland this Winter for some holiday shows, as Kipp and Mark had both indicated last September that they would.  And those e-mails have increased substantially this week due to an Enschede magazine's unauthorized announcement of a December 29 church show.  Well, as much as I hate to be the bearer of bad news, it falls on me now to make the official announcement that there will be no Winter tour.  Venice did try very hard to make it happen, but unfortunately the pieces didn't fall into place this time.  Sorry.  However, they will definitely return later in 2006, most likely in support of a new album that they've just begun writing songs for.  So hey, that's something exciting to look forward to, right?


November 12, 2005
A huge congratulations to Venice drummer Dann Gillen, who's just announced he's going to be a dad.  Expected due date of his baby girl:  March 7.  Way to go, big guy!  And you too, Julie.  Welcome to the wacky world of parenthood.

If you'd like to offer your own congratulations, you can do so personally at Friday's Pine Mountain Logs gig at the Belly Up, where Dann will be playing with the band for the first time in quite a while.


November 7, 2005

A note from Michael Lennon:

Hey all you Venice kids....

Don't forget about the "Abbot Kinney Birthday bash" this Saturday, November 12.  It will be a one of a kind event...never to come again.  Not sold out yet but hurry because it just went out to all local Venice stores and restaurants.  We want our friends there to see the history of our great city by the sea.  Covered outdoor reception with slide show, full bar and food.  Then, step inside the old bakery warehouse for a special Venice concert.  It's a chance to go deeper into the background of the 4 Lennons from Venice....see where they grew up, see where Michael worked, etc.,etc.  Sounds exciting, huh?

Get your tickets here:
www.abbotkinneybirthday.com


November 6, 2005
Tickets for Venice's Santa Barbara Christmas show at SOhO are now on sale.  You can purchase them online at
www.sohosb.com, via phone through Ticket Broker at (877) 548-3237, or in person at the club itself.


October 29, 2005
For those of you who never had a chance to pick up Venice's "Blue Paint" DVD (which is pretty much everybody outside of its U.S. release), I've now posted the full version of the behind-the-scenes featurette, "Making Blue Paint."  Check that out
here.  (Hint - it looks pretty good when resized to full screen!)


October 17, 2005

Exciting news from Michael Lennon:

Hello everybody out there in computer land!  I'm eager to announce an upcoming and historical Venice show.

On Saturday, November 12, 2005, 7pm-11pm, Venice will be playing a live concert in Venice, at the old Pioneer Bakery on Rose Ave.(5 blocks from the beach, west of Lincoln Blvd.).

The event will celebrate the birthday of Abbot Kinney (founder of the City of Venice), the city of Venice Centennial, and most importantly, will raise money to build and install a new "Venice" light trestle.  This is a lighted sign that will drape across Windward Ave. where it intersects with Pacific Ave. in Venice.  You can see a picture of the old sign on the cover of our album, "Born and Raised."  Also, the back of the B&R album shows us on barstools in the intersection where the sign will be placed......picture it above and behind us, hanging across the street from the buildings on either side.  The sign will also be solar powered.......cool, huh?

There is some interesting history behind this event.  Pioneer Bakery was built in Venice in 1917, the same year that our Grandfather, Herbert Lennon, moved his family to Venice Beach.  I and five other family members have worked at this bakery over the years.  We have known the Garacochea family, who founded Pioneer Bakery, for the last 35 years.

In December of this year, the bakery is due to be torn down in order to build a new bakery along with restaurants, shops, etc.  So this event will also be a farewell to this historical building.

Venice, the band, is a proud sponsor of this event, along with Pioneer bakery, the Venice Chamber of Commerce, the Venice Community Trust and the Venice Centennial committee.  We feel privileged to give something back to our great city.

If the above information is not enough to entice you to take the plunge, then how about this?
     -No age limit
     -Restaurants of Venice will be offering some great food via "Tastes of Venice"
     -Full service bar
     -Lots of City of Venice memorabilia
     -Limited edition event t-shirts for sale
     -General admission will be $20
     -$100 VIP tickets will include reserved seating, valet parking, commemorative t-shirt, 2 drink tickets, swag bag, and souvenir VIP pass

PLEASE NOTE THAT DUE TO LIMITED CAPACITY, TICKETS WILL BE ON A FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED BASIS

Tickets can ONLY be purchased by phoning (310) 281-3162, or by visiting the following website:
http://www.abbotkinneybirthday.com

Hope to see you there!
Michael - Venice



October 13, 2005
Today's news is brought to us by our good friend Amber Guerra:

Do you need a Venice fix?  Would you like to hear them THIS WEEKEND???

This Sunday, October 16th, at 4pm at the Canyon Club in Agoura Hills, CA...  Kipp, Mark, Michael & Pat Lennon will perform four acoustic songs as part of the "Afternoon For The Arts," a benefit concert in conjunction with Reyes Adobe Days in Agoura Hills, CA.  The concert will benefit the Agoura High School Music Program and feature performances by some very talented students, including the Agoura High School Jazz Band, the Jordan Seigel Trio, Priscilla Eve and Paulina Gretzky.  You'll have the opportunity to hear Venice perform "The Family Tree" as it was originally recorded, with a String Quartet!  And have you heard "Rivers Never Run" accompanied by an oboe?  BEAUTIFUL!!

Tickets for this special event are $15, and may be purchased in person or by phone at the Canyon Club box office:  28912 Roadside Dr., Agoura Hills, CA  91301, (818) 879-5016.

Tickets may also be purchased in person at the following locations:


Thursday 10/13                 7:00am - 6:00pm
Friday 10/14                      7:00am - 4:00pm
Agoura Hills Recreation Center
30610 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Agoura Hills, CA  91301


Saturday 10/15                   10:00am - 4:00pm
"Day at the Adobe"
Reyes Adobe Park - Information Booth
30400 Rainbow Crest Dr., Agoura Hills, CA


Sunday 10/16                     8:00am - 11:00am
"Pancake Breakfast"
Reyes Adobe Park - Information Booth
30400 Rainbow Crest Dr., Agoura Hills, CA


Sunday 10/16                     2:00pm - 4:00pm (when concert begins!)
"Taste of the West/Family/Acitivities" Information Booth
Reyese Adobe Park
30400 Rainbow Crest Dr., Agoura Hills, CA


Doors open at 3:30pm.
Show is 4:00pm - 6:15pm.

We'd love to see you there!



September 23, 2005
Venice's two "Garage Demos" CDs are now available on iTunes, along with "Born and Raised" and "Spin Art."  Spread the word!


August 30, 2005
New
tour dates added today, including a couple of California Christmas shows.  There are a few other things brewing, but I can't post them until they're confirmed.  Keep checking back.  They'll be announced the moment they're official.

If you live in the area of Austin, Texas, or know anyone who does, please note that the John Vester / Mark Lennon "Two Voices, One Guitar" tour will play a couple of shows in that area in October.  Details are at the very bottom of the Tour Dates page.


August 19, 2005

Be sure to surf over to the
Kulak's Woodshed website at 8pm Pacific Standard Time tonight, to check out a live video cybercast concert of Tollak Olstead (who has played keyboards with Venice in Holland), and to see Venice's bassist Mark Harris playing in the band.


August 16, 2005

A quick note from Mark Lennon:

HEY EVERYBODY!

LAST REMINDER!

ONLY A FEW DAYS LEFT TO GET YOUR TICKETS FOR MINE AND JOHN'S SHOW AT MCCABE'S THIS SATURDAY NITE, AUGUST 20TH AT 7:30.

WE'RE PRETTY SURE IT'S GONNA SELL OUT, SO I WANTED TO GIVE YOU A SPECIFIC "HEADS UP!"  SEE YOU THERE...

JOHN VESTER MARK LENNON
2 Voices, 1 Guitar Tour (Holland 2005)

!!!!!PREVIEW CONCERT AT MCCABE'S!!!!!

Sat., Aug. 20th, 7:30 p.m.

Tickets already on sale

$15.00
Limited Seating...get your tickets NOW!!!

Tickets can be purchased at:

McCabe's Guitar Shop
3101 Pico Blvd. (just East of Centinela Blvd)
Santa Monica, Ca.

Or by calling their box office:
(310) 828-4497

We'll have copies of our special
"JOHN VESTER MARK LENNON 2 Voices 1 Guitar"
5 song Tour Promo cd available

We'll also have copies of the new
"MARK LENNON the Demo Sessions" cd

Plus other cool stuff!

Pass this email onto your family and friends!

See ya'll there!

Marky
http://www.markylennon.com



August 8, 2005

If you live in the Netherlands and you've been watching a television commercial for Iglo frozen foods and thinking to yourself, "Gosh, that voice singing 'Someone to Watch Over Me' sounds strangely familiar," don't worry, you're not crazy.  It's Kipp!  He recorded the ad at a music company called FreshBeat, which is based in both Amsterdam and Los Angeles.  You can check out the ad online by following these instructions:  
Click here.  Click on the "Fresh Beat" logo.  Click on "Movie Clips."  Click on "Next Page" three times, until you get to the end.  The very last box (currently) is a red tear shape with the word "iglo" on it.  Click that.  (You must have Quicktime installed.)


August 3, 2005

Mark Lennon's new 12-track solo album, "The Demo Sessions," is now on sale at his website,
markylennon.com.  So what are you waiting for?  Go get one!



July 27, 2005
Just a quick reminder that tickets for the Mark Lennon / John Vester August 20 tour warm-up show at McCabe's Guitar Shop in Santa Monica go on sale this Friday.  Seats are limited, so get 'em while you can!

In case you're in need of further incentive, this show will be your very first opportunity to pick up a copy of Mark's brand new 12-song solo CD, "The Demo Sessions."  Mark and John's 5-song "Two Voices, One Guitar" CD will also be available.


July 19, 2005

Venice's albums "Spin Art" and "Born & Raised" are now available on iTunes.  Spread the word!


June 25, 2005
John Vester and Mark Lennon's set at today's Carnevale festival has been changed to 5:10pm, one hour earlier than previously scheduled.  You'll find them on the Grand Ave. stage, which is not the same stage where Venice wil perform.  (Venice will be on the Windward main stage at 9:15pm.)



June 24, 2005

Please note that the John Vester and Mark Lennon show scheduled on September 13 in Venlo has changed venues.  The concert will now take place at
Muziekkafee De Splinter.


June 21, 2005

Still looking for a reason to head down to the
Venice Beach Carnivale this coming Saturday, June 25?  Well, stick this in your pipe and smoke it...  For the first time in America, the new John Vester & Mark Lennon 5 song CD will be on sale.  Find it at the Venice-the-Band booth in front of the Winward Stage.  $10 and it goes home with you, happy to be in your warm and loving embrace.  (But don't feed it after midnight.)  Combine that with a free 30 minute John & Mark performance at 5:00pm, then season it with an extra heaping order of a free 1 hour plus Venice performance at 9pm, and you'd be crazy to be anywhere else.  Crazy, I say!!!!!

Did I mention the performances are free?  You'll have no idea where your money didn't go.


June 3, 2005
John Vester and Mark Lennon will warm up for their upcoming "2 Voices, 1 Guitar" Holland tour with a Los Angeles show, Saturday, August 20, at McCabe's Guitar Shop.  Tickets go on sale July 29.  Details are posted on the tour dates page, in the John Vester section at the bottom.


May 26, 2005
Tune in to KABC 790 AM tonight at 11pm (Pacific Standard Time) to hear Venice interviewed live by Mr. KABC.  If you live outside of the Los Angeles area, you can check it out via the internet
over here.


May 18, 2005

Mark Lennon has just made his own follow-up announcement on Venice Talk:  "We're so excited about our little upcoming tour.  Besides the promo 5 song CD we have available, I'm going to have a new solo CD.  It's not my real solo CD, 'Dance or Cry,' but 14 or 15 songs that I've written myself (plus 2 Monroe Jones songs and one I wrote with Chris Horvath).  It's like the Venice "Garage Demos," but it's called:  'Mark Lennon - The Demo Sessions.'  It should be available in about a month, I hope."  The CD will be sold on Mark's webpage and on CD Baby.  Watch this space for further information.



May 15, 2005

At long last, we're proud to make the following announcement:

After many performances together in & around Los Angeles through the years, John Vester & Mark Lennon are taking their show on the road for the first time & will be touring in Holland September 8-18th.

THE JOHN VESTER MARK LENNON 2 VOICES, 1 GUITAR Concert Tour will feature new, recent & older works of both American artists.


Both artists live in Venice Beach, California & have a long history in music....

John Vester, originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, started playing in bands there in the early 70s, moving to L.A. in 1978.  For the next 20 years, he worked in L.A. as a singer/songwriter/guitarist developing his craft --- finally delivering his first cd in 1998: My Heart Is In Your Hands, followed by Half A World Away in 2002 & Things I Wish I Would Have Said in 2004.  John has also written & co-written a number of songs on the last 5 album releases by the American band Venice (including: 2 Meter Sessies which earned a gold record award in Holland in 2003).

Mark Lennon was born & raised in Venice, California & has been lead singer for the band Venice since 1978.  This multi-talented artist has co-written many of the songs on Venice's albums & is also well known for his great vocal sound as a session singer.  Mark has sung with Stevie Nicks, Don Henley, David Crosby, Jackson Browne, Phil Collins, Cher & many more....


TOUR SCHEDULE

September 9 ABC in CONCERT Dordrecht
September 10 ABC in CONCERT Dordrecht
September 11 De Troubadour Hardenberg
September 13 Muziekkafee De Splinter
(note venue change)
Venlo
September 14 Het Bluescafé Apeldoorn
September 16 Dorpstheater Wormer
September 17, afternoon Kommissiehuijs Nijega
September 17, evening Kommissiehuijs Nijega
September 18 Kerkgebouw De Duif Amsterdam


The evening concerts start at 8:30pm, and the afternoon concert starts at 3:30pm.  The shows can be attended by ordering an entrance ticket from the organization.  The entrance fee is Euro 15 including service costs.


Organization and Management:
Stichting HNB Events, Nieuweweg 8, 1531 AE Wormer,
tel: 075-6419490
fax: 075-6422064
email hnb-events@aanspreekpunt.nl
www.aanspreekpunt.nl


A maxi-single cd featuring the 2 voices & 1 guitar of John Vester & Mark Lennon has been recorded & produced exclusively for the tour.  This cd is only available during the concerts & can be ordered with tickets for Euro 3 (before July 1st) or separately for Euro 5 after that date.

It contains the songs:
*  "Blue Window" (NEW) - lead vocal John Vester, backing vocal Mark Lennon
*  "You're the One" - lead vocal Mark Lennon, backing vocal John Vester
*  "The Devil's Playground" (NEW) - lead vocal John Vester, backing vocal Mark Lennon
*  "Matte Kudasai" - lead vocal Mark Lennon
*  "No Bone To Pick w/Jesus" (NEW) - lead vocal John Vester, backing vocal Mark Lennon

All songs written by John Vester except Matte Kudasai (King Crimson).



May 11, 2005 - 3pm Update

Many of you may have noticed, as I did, that Ticketmaster is only selling the $40 and $60 seats.  If you're interested in sitting "poolside," with private reception ($250) or without ($125), you can pick up those tickets from
http://www.guacfund.org/.  The ordering section of the site is down right now, but it should be back in about an hour.


May 11, 2005

Tickets for the Venice/Jackson Browne/Ozomatli show will go on sale to the general public, via Ticketmaster, on Saturday, May 14, at 1:00pm.  But you guys can get your good seats before everyone else (and before the reserved sections sell out) by participating in the internet presale.  Anytime between noon today (Pacific Standard Time) and 10pm Friday, click on
this link and enter the password "HOB" (without the quotation marks).


May 9, 2005

There's happier news to report today.  Venice, Jackson Browne and Ozomatli will perform a benefit concert at the Memorial Greek Theater at
Santa Monica High School, on Sunday, June 5th, starting at 2:00pm.  (Note, this is not the Greek Theater in Griffith Park, this is at 601 Pico Blvd. in Santa Monica, CA.)  Venice will open the show, and will also perform with Jackson Browne.  Tickets are $40 for general admission, $60 for reserved seats in the first ten rows of the benches section, $125 for seating in nice lawn chairs at a section in front of the stage ("poolside"), and $250 for that same seating but also including a nice post-show reception with all of the artists.  Tickets go on sale at Ticketmaster this coming Saturday (May 14), but watch this news page for a special presale password, which will allow you, starting Wednesday (May 11), to buy your tickets before they go on sale to the public.  Reserved seating is limited and will sell out quickly, so if these are the seats you want, I urge you to take advantage of this presale.  I'll post that information as soon as I get it.

Being a benefit concert, your ticket purchase is a tax write off.  Just so you know, according to the press release, the profits go to support "music programs in the Santa Monica Title 1 elementary schools (Edison, McKinley, Muir and Rogers) and their feeder middle schools (John Adams and Lincoln Middle Schools), as well as the For The Arts endowment.  Specifically, the following music programs will be supported: 3rd grade general music, 4th and 5th grade choral music, and Dream Winds, which provides semi-private instrumental music instruction to disadvantaged students."

Spread the word!


May 2, 2005

Our heartfelt condolences go out to the Lennons with the news of the recent passing of Isabelle Lennon, the mother of Pat and Kipp and the Aunt of Michael and Mark.  She was truly loved and gave boundless love in return to her 12 children, 27 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and many, many nieces and nephews and friends.  She will be deeply missed and forever remembered by all.

Isabelle "Mom" "Aunt Sis" Lennon
1919-2005
We'll keep a candle burning...


April 29, 2005
Management has asked me to post this press release:

PERSBERICHT: 28-04-2005

"Venice krijgt zijn Family Tree in Enschede"

Op 13 mei 2005 is het 5 jaar geleden dat in Enschede de vreselijke vuurwerkramp plaats vond. Enschede was in diepe rouw en geschokt. Veel mensen vonden troost in muziek en vooral in het nummer Family Tree van de Amerikaanse groep Venice. Tijdens het destijds gehouden Benefiet concert op het terrein van de Universiteit Twente kon je een speld horen vallen toen Venice het nummer Family Tree inzette.

Daarna zijn zij nog regelmatig terug geweest om in Enschede concerten te geven en het lied is echt een Enschede lied geworden. Op 13 mei a.s. zal Venice in het Muziekcentrum te Enschede wederom een concert geven. Ook hier zal het stil zijn als het nummer Family Tree wordt gezongen.

Om de band die er bestaat tussen Enschede en de groep Venice te bevestigen zal er iets heel bijzonders gebeuren.

Op die dag zal de gemeente Enschede een echte Family Tree aanbieden aan de band.

Dit zal 's middags om 17.00 uur plaats vinden. De plek waar de boom is geplant is op het herdenkingspark Lasonderbleek. Dit is gelegen in de driehoek: De Tollensstraat, Lonnekerspoorlaan en de Roomweg.

Het gebeuren vindt plaats na de officiële herdenkings plechtigheid in Enschede.

Voor info over het gebeuren kunt u voor het officiële herdenkingsgedeelte contact opnemen met mevr van Gils. 053-4817089

Voor de activiteiten rondom Venice kunt u contact opnemen met Tonnie Buitink: 06-53397976

Het concert zal plaats vinden in het Muziekcentrum te Enschede en zal beginnen om 20.30 uur. Info op www.podiumtwente.nl

Met vriendelijke groeten,

Tonnie Buitink,

Evenementenmanager-Universiteit Twente

The English translation, after running it through the WorldLingo Translator, and then re-writing it to the best of my ability into colloquial English, is as follows:

Press Release: April 28, 2005

"Venice Gets Its Family Tree In Enschede"

On May 13, 2005, 5 years of suffering will have taken place in Enschede since the terrible firework tragedy.  Enschede has been shocked and in deep mourning, but many people have found consolation in music, and especially in the song "The Family Tree" by the American group Venice.  During the subsequent benefit concert in the area of the University Twente, you could hear a pin drop during Venice's performance of "The Family Tree."

Afterwards, Venice has returned to Enschede regularly to give concerts, and the song has really become an Enchede song.  On May 13, Venice will give another concert at the Music Center in Enschede.  Here too, it will be silent when "The Family Tree" is sung.

To commemorate the link that exists between Enschede and the group Venice, there will be a special event.  On that day, the municipality will award the band a real Family Tree.  This will take place at 17.00.  The spot where the tree will be planted is on the commemoration park Herdenkingspark Lasonderbleek.  It will be planted in the triangle: De Tollensstraat, Lonnekerspoorlaan en de Roomweg.

This will take place after an official commemoration ceremony in Enschede.

For information concerning the event, please contact the official commemoration ceremony, at 053-4817089.

For the activities surrounding Venice, you can get in touch with Tonnie Buitink: 06-53397976.

The concert will take place in the Music Center in Enschede at 20.30.  Information can be found at www.podiumtwente.nl.

With warm regards,
Tonnie Buitink,
Event Manager, University Twente


April 28, 2005

A quick correction.  Apparently "Met het Oog op Morgen" will be recorded and broadcast live between 11pm in the evening and midnight.  Not in the afternoon, as previously reported.  I apologize for any inconvenience this misinformation might have caused.



April 26, 2005

On Saturday, May 7, Venice will appear on two different Holland radio shows, and both will allow a small audience to attend.

Radio 1:  Met het Oog op Morgen, broadcasted live at De Balie (next to Paradiso), Amsterdam, between 11pm and 12am.  2 or 3 songs accoustic + interview.

Radio 2:  Tros Muziek Café, broadcasted live at Studio Plantage, Amsterdam, between 4pm and 6pm.  3 songs + interview.

If you can't be there live, try to catch them on the radio!


April 20, 2005

This Friday morning, April 22, Venice's bassist Mark Harris will appear on the television program "
Live with Regis and Kelly," performing with the band Fisher.  Check local listings.


April 15, 2005
Bob Philipse, Venice's Dutch drummer, has just debuted his own website, bobphilipse.nl.  It contains several live clips from Venice's last tour.  Check it out!


April 14, 2005

If you live in California and you haven't gotten your tickets yet for this Saturday's show, you're not gonna want to miss this one.  It's Venice's triumphant return to the Galaxy Theater, a fun venue with great sound and raked seating, so nobody ever has trouble seeing the stage.  Venice's new CD, "Pacific Standard Time," will be on sale, and since this album is not yet available in American stores, it's a rare opportunity to pick up a copy without paying shipping prices.  The backup band will consist of Matt Laug on drums, Mark Harris on bass and Chris Horvath on keyboards, a perfect lineup.  And the opening act is none other than fan favorite Tim Moyer, who will be selling his own brand new CD, "Just Me," at this show for the very first time!  If you've got any friends or family who have never been to a Venice show, bring them to this one and they're guaranteed to have a great time and leave as fans.  What are you waiting for?  Are you still here reading this?  Turn off your computer, race over to Ticketmaster, and get yourself some tickets!


March 18, 2005
Venice has asked me to post the following press release:

CELEBRATION FOR THE ARTS AT THE
SANTA MONICA PIER TO SUPPORT
ARTS EDUCATION IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Celebrities, Community and Educators unite
in 2nd Annual Arts Festival
April 9 & 10, 2005 at the historic Santa Monica Pier

The 2nd Annual Celebration For The Arts will kick off a weekend long festival at the Santa Monica Pier on Saturday, April 9th and Sunday, April 10, 2005.  The Celebration will include a weekend of spectacular performances by talented artists from our schools and community set against the backdrop of the Pacific Ocean.  Last year's event raised over $100,000 for arts education in our local public schools and included performances by Jackson Browne and Venice.

The celebration at the Pier on Saturday, April 9 and Sunday, April 10 is from 11am - 5pm with student performances, displays of student artwork, arts-related workshops and food provided by local restaurants.  Saturday and Sunday events are free and open to the public.

For The Arts
, the Campaign for the Education Foundation of Santa Monica-Malibu, is a community-wide effort to raise a $15 million endowment to ensure that every student in the Santa Monica-Malibu public schools, beginning in the earliest grades, receives a broad introduction to the arts; music, visual arts, dance and drama.  For The Arts, was founded by a group of local passionate and concerned parents and has become a community-wide effort to raise awareness about the crisis that faces the nation's public school children.  For The Arts, is a national model for arts education reform.

The Education Foundation of Santa Monica-Malibu, established in 1982, is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving, supporting and enhancing a comprehensive range of programs within the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District. The Ed Foundation's mission is to raise funds in support of literacy, the arts, science, technology, and innovative enhancements to the existing curriculum.  The Foundation's goal is to ensure an equitable, vibrant, and qualitative educational experience for the children in our district, with the support of a community committed to the future of its citizens.



March 8, 2005
Venice's new single "I'll Keep My Fingers Crossed" is currently #4 on Music Store's Download Service.  Click on the link, check it out, spread the word, and let's see if we can get it up to #1!  (Note, for some reason you have to use Internet Explorer to access this site.)


March 3, 2005



February 9, 2005

With just under 2 days to go, bidding is only up to $1,235.  This is still very affordable, especially if you split the cost 50/50 with a friend.  Remember, it's a great charity (and hence a tax write off!), and you get to spend a couple of hours connecting with Kipp, Mark, Michael and Pat as human beings and as friends in a way that you never could at a meet-and-greet.  Is there really any price that's too pricey for a reward so rewarding?  (I love my thesaurus.)  Of course not!  
Head here now, you've got an auction to win!


February 6, 2005

For those of you who weren't aware, Venice's latest CD is an enhanced disc.  Put it into your computer, and it will access a special webpage, containing exclusive journal entries and photographs.  Michael just updated the page with a new entry about Nick Bult and Bob Philipse's recent trip to America.  Check it out!

In other news, bidding for Venice's "Lunch with a Leader" auction is currently at $1,035.  With only four days left, there's still plenty of time for you to get involved!  Remember, we're talking about a private meal with Kipp, Mark, Michael and Pat, which could take place in either America or the Netherlands.  The winner's payment is a tax deduction because the auction is for charity, and you can combine your funds with a friend and share the prize together.  So what are you waiting for?  Head over and bid now!


February 1, 2005
Bidding for Venice's "Lunch with a Leader" auction is now open, right over here.  Good luck!


January 28, 2005
Venice's latest album, "Pacific Standard Time," is maintaining its place on Holland's Top 100 chart, ranking this week at #61.  Meanwhile, the second single has just been chosen, and it's "I'll Keep My Fingers Crossed."

In other news, there's only four more days until bidding begins on "Hey! Mark just ate my appetizer! 2005."  (I'm gonna keep playing with the name until I find one that works.)  Remember, Americans and Dutch can all participate in this auction, and you can pair up with a friend and bid together.  Winner gets a private meal with Kipp, Mark, Michael and Pat, and all the money goes to charity so it's a tax write-off!  More information is here.  Come back to the Venice Central News Page on Tuesday for a direct link to the auction.


January 18, 2005

You can now listen to Dutch band Dynamic 5 performing Venice's "When I Get Over You" over on the fan cover audio page,
right here.


January 16, 2005

A message from Mark Lennon:

VENICE IS PERFORMING A LAST MINUTE, ONE HOUR, ACOUSTIC SET TONIGHT (SUNDAY) AT 8:00PM FOR A TSUNAMI BENEFIT AT "MA KAI" RESTAURANT IN SANTA MONICA, NEAR THE 3RD STREET PROMENADE.

$10.00 DONATION AT THE DOOR AND A D.J. WILL BE PLAYING AFTERWARDS UNTIL CLOSING.

MA KAI IS ON THE CORNER OF BROADWAY AND OCEAN AVENUE (101 BROADWAY). PARK IN THE PROMENADE PARKING LOTS.

21 AND OVER ONLY. FIRST COME FIRST SERVE.

THANKS,
MARK


January 9, 2005

Ladies and gentlemen, brand new to the worldwide web, may I present to you,
danngillen.com!


January 8, 2005

Got a couple of very exciting pieces of news today.  The first involves the two California shows that Venice is doing at the end of January, at the Belly Up Tavern and at the Canyon Club.  Just confirmed to play in the band at these shows are Bob Philipse on drums and Nick Bult on keyboards.  Yes, for the very first time, the two Dutch musicians from Venice's Holland tours are flying to America to play in the band out here.  We've already heard how Nick sounds with Venice, because he's the keyboardist on the "Live at the Royal Carre Theater" DVD.  But this is the first time we'll get to see him live!  Also, just coming off of an intensive two month tour playing most of the songs from the new album, you can bet that this incarnation of the band is extremely tight with them.  This should be really great, so if you don't have your tickets yet, go get 'em now!

The other announcement is "Lennons Who Lunch 2005!"  (Okay, that's just my name for it, it's really "Lunch with a Leader," but what the heck, I'm a Sondheim fan.)  Once again, Venice is participating in a charity auction where the winner gets a private lunch with the guys, plus tickets and backstage passes to a concert.  Both American or Dutch fans can participate, because the winning lunch can take place in either in California or in the Netherlands.  The auction begins on February 1, so get ready.

And here's a little hint - you can pool your money with a friend, bid together, and share the prize if you win...

You can read about the charity here.

You can read about Venice's auction here.

You can read last year's winner's account of her winning lunch here.

Watch this page.  When the auction goes active on Ebay, I'll link to it here.


January 3, 2005

Fixed the link on "Sweet Aloha."  Sorry about that!



January 2, 2005

Happy New Year everyone!  To celebrate,
here's Venice's full Festival Express concert for you to download, burn, and listen to in your cars.  Lots of great rare covers here!  Yes, it's the same Paradiso show that's currently archived on fabchannel.com, but this is a soundboard recording from Michael Lennon's personal collection, so the audio is much better here.  Enjoy!