If you're lucky enough to be in Holland this weekend, be sure and check out one or both of Charlie Vaughn's solo acoustic gigs:
Café Restaurant Merz
Korte Kalkhaven 3, Dordrecht, 3311 JM
Voetboogstraat 3, Amsterdam, 1012 XK
Cost: 5 Euro
Charlie, as most of you already know, is Kipp Lennon's oldest son, and was the special guest at several of Venice's shows on their recent theater tour. These gigs are going to be great, so tell your friends!
Hope every one
of you has a happy and safe new year!!
December 19, 2008
This Sunday afternoon, December 21, John Vester and Mark Lennon will perform from 4-6pm at the first annual Animal House Christmas party. 66 Windward Ave., Venice, CA 90291. (310) 392-5411.
December 13, 2008
Please note, there are no hard tickets for tonight's Christmas show in Santa Monica. If you bought tickets for this concert, your name is on a list at the door of the venue.
In other news,
in the first week of January, Charlie Vaughn will perform two
solo acoustic concerts in Holland. Click
November 19, 2008
Venice's next Artists for the Arts concert will take place on February 27, 2009, at the Thousand Oaks Civic Auditorium. The special headliner this time will be Michael McDonald. Tickets are on sale here.
November 16, 2008
Somehow, a previous news entry was accidentally erased. If you haven't yet watched Venice's streaming concert from Germany, here are those instructions again:
Go here: http://ligx.de/
Type "venice" into the grey box.
Click on "Home Grown Tour."
There's three or four minutes of empty stage before the show starts, so you just have to be patient......
November 13, 2008
The new album from Dutch band June, "Last Christmas in June," not only includes a cover of Venice's "End of the World," but the song features Mark Lennon sharing lead vocals. I've added a snippet of the song over here, though for a limited time, you might prefer to stream the entire thing from their MySpace jukebox, over here. More information about June, and about this album, can be found at the band's website, here.
November 2, 2008
So I accomplished a few things over the weekend. I've put together an audio clips page for "Good Evening..." complete with jukebox snippets of all of the tracks. I've typed and posted the lyrics for all the album's new songs. (How about that? It didn't take me three years this time!) And I spent a few hours searching for fans covering Venice songs on YouTube, and added all of my findings to the Fan Covers page. If you know of any that I missed, please e-mail me!
By the way, five
full tracks from "Good Evening..." are posted on our
including two of the brand new songs. (One of them, "Evolve,"
will be released to Netherlands radio stations as a single.) If
you haven't heard the cuts yet, go check 'em out!
October 28, 2008
Here's the cover art and track listing for Venice's new CD, "Good Evening..." As you can see, they wound up writing and recording four brand new songs, three of them in collaboration with Charlie Vaughn. Audio clips and lyrics are forthcoming. For now, enjoy the pretty pictures!
October 20, 2008
Here's the cover art and track listing for Venice's new concert DVD:
October 4, 2008
Venice's new DVD, "Alive and Acoustic," and tickets to see Charlie Vaughn & the Daily Routine on November 15 at ABC Concerts in Dordrecht, can both be purchased now, right here.
Be advised that
the DVD is in Pal format, and will not play on American television
sets. Hence, the above site will not accept orders from
the United States. But don't fret, American fans. It
will soon be available worldwide via Venice Store. Watch
this space for that announcement!
October 1, 2008
An exciting update from Michael Lennon:
We're excited to share a number of things with you:
"Alive and Acoustic"
Venice Dutch Theater tour
"A Bucket of Joy"
Charlie Vaughn and the Daily Routine (Matt Puccio, Mark Harris, Michael Lennon) will be joining Venice for five of the Dutch theater shows, November 15-22, and will also headline a show of their own. For tickets, go to http://www.aanspreekpunt.nl. Check Venice's tour dates page or Charlie Vaughn and the Daily Routine's MySpace page for more details.
Looking forward to seeing you soon. Thank you for your patience and continued support.
September 20, 2008
September 5, 2008
I've been getting a lot of e-mails about a December 17 Venice show in Cuijk that is apparently on sale. Many fans have purchased tickets to this concert, and they're curious why it's not listed on our tour dates page. In addition, they're concerned about the fact that the following night, December 18, Venice is performing a Christmas show at the Belly Up Tavern in Solana Beach. How is this possible? The answer is simple. It isn't. The reason the Cuijk concert is not posted here is because there is no show on that date. There was a misunderstanding that led to this booking, which has been tentatively on hold since last January, but was mistakenly confirmed without the band's consultation. The fact is, Venice's theater tour ends on December 2 in Breda, and then the guys head home for the holidays. I have now officially confirmed with Michael Lennon that Venice will definitely not be in Holland on December 17.
However, the last thing the band wants to do is leave the fans and the venue out in the cold. So they're working hard right now trying to book a new show in Cuijk on one of the band's days off during the theater tour in November. So if you have tickets for December 17, please hold onto them. If a new show can be scheduled, your tickets will be honored, and you will retain your seat locations.
As soon as I hear
more, so will you.
August 15, 2008
If you'll be in LA tomorrow night (Saturday, August 16), you might want to head over to Abbot's Habit in Venice Beach, where at 8pm, the Daily Routine (featuring Michael Lennon on drums) will perform a full headlining set. 1401 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice CA 90291. The show is all ages, and it's free!
July 30, 2008
This summer, we celebrate a huge milestone for Venice. It was ten years ago that this webpage, Venice Central, first arrived on the scene. Our Grand Poobah himself, Matt Levitz, started this site on July 7th,1998, and over the last decade, it has become nearly as integral and essential a part of our band and lives as making music and doing live shows. It's sometimes hard to remember what the Venice world was like without it.
Prior to 1998, the only real presence we had on the internet was due to the dedication and devotion of the first group of Internet Venetians. Venetian Hall of Famers like Wanda from Wisconsin, KC from Texas, Bill From Maine, Abby from Boulder and many more built up our internet community by starting a chat board on AOL. We developed instant friendships with people all around the country. (Some we're still trying to shake.) We would do a show in those days while traveling across the US promoting "Born and Raised," and it became an extra little cool thing to be able to check the board after gigs for reviews, and comments on the reviews. With the eventual addition of the Egroups/Yahoo board, it really clued us in on the power and potential of the web.
We knew we had to take that next step and set up an actual Venice website, but in those early-ish days of the internet, we didn't know much about it. Enter Matt Levitz, a guy who had interviewed us around this time for a syndicated radio program, and whom we had seen at many of our shows. (During that first interview with him, we recognized right away that he was someone who got what our music, humor and vibe were all about). He just basically took it upon himself to start a Venice webpage anonymously, and at first we didn't know who this guy was that was calling himself "Egoman" on the site. But after he told us it was him (and after a thorough background check through the local police), we formed an alliance that continues to this day. He's helped turn our ideas for a communal and extensive website that reflects our music, humor and sensibilities into reality. From day one, his priority has been to promote the music first, rather than put us on some pedestal, which suits us just fine. He also knew his way around a computer, which was really helpful at the time to us Baby Boomers who tended to still think of a computer as a typewriter with a TV on top. Luckily for us, Matt's been stuck here ever since. He truly built Venice Central from the ground up. (Initially without our actual blessing or authorization... Those papers will be eventually served by our attorney.)
As our fan base has built to an international level, Venice Central became in many ways our home base, our town hall, our further connection to new people and old friends alike. Checking lyrics, reading reviews, getting tour dates and info about venues... even checking the old archives for pictures of the band with embarrassing hair styles... all of these things became as easy and accessible as a couple of clicks on the computer. To this day, we still check it all the time ourselves for a quick lyric or to know exactly when and where we have gigs. Matt has always been the first one to want to know how albums or new songs are coming along, or what shows are on the horizon, so that he can get that info directly to our fans as quickly as possible.
Later, Matt re-configured all the pages with new layouts that came to define Venice Central's style, including the now infamous Virtual Venician Tour Guide (VVTG). We think it still is one of the most original ideas on any artist's website. And the unreleased outtakes from those interviews are some of the funniest stuff ever.
The addition of Venice Talk in 2002 re-invigorated the vibe of the original posting boards from the old days, with the added bonus of people being able to upload photos and post reviews immediately after shows. You can imagine what an amazing feeling it is for us to perform a show in Europe, drive back to the hotel, check Venice Talk and see not only reviews, set lists and pictures from the show we just did hours before, but comments and feedback from people all around the world!
Eventually, our MySpace page was added to the mix, and the possibilities for growth and connection in the future are growing every day.
Again, it's kind of hard to imagine the Venice world without Venice Central and the band's overall internet presence. And we couldn't possibly have done it all without the help of a few vital people, who we should thank:
Hans Veldhuizen, our good friend from Holland, who found a way to provide us all with the server space we needed for page after page of pictures, lyrics, archives and so much more.
Matt's wife, Erika Levitz, for supporting him with love and patience while he's spent countless hours in his never-ending pursuit of Truth, Justice and Sarcasm.
Amber Guerra, for being our merch seller extrordinaire, babysitter, Artists For The Arts partner and general go-to gal. For years, she and Matt have been motivating voices and valued teammates in the war room behind so many aspects of the Venice machine. (Wow, that's a lot of quality metaphor mixing!) Amber established us on MySpace, with the help of her friend Amy Montano. With over 81,000 friends and still growing, MySpace has introduced our music to many people that might not have heard about us otherwise. Way to go, Abner!
Michael and Janet Johnson for generously starting up the original Venice Store, and maintaining it for several years. (Eventually, Amber Guerra and Michael Lennon took the reins and do it all to this day.)
The ever elusive Randy Chase, for suggesting, building and overseeing Venice Talk. And the many moderators who've helped us so much to keep VT alive and well. In particular, Tineke Bruil, Helga van Beers and Tjergina Veldman do an amazing job moderating the Dutch forums.
Erna van Graf and her Dutch volunteer team, past and present, for tirelessly helping us with our MySpace campaign.
The valued contributions of Steven Radice and his cartoons, Aaron Levitz keeping his brother in line, and Karen Cumbley for always being available to help along the way.
The musicians and crew for keeping us laughing and rocking all these years.
Our labels and management, for always realizing that Venice Central is the king, and encouraging the growth and participation of it. Pretty much.
And lastly, a huge thanks to all of our fans and friends who have kept Venice alive and well on the internet for ten years. Your support and good vibes are what make it all come together, so thank you. On to the next decade!
Matty, thanks from all of us for setting up Venice Central and keeping it running. Maybe in another ten years we can pay you a little something. Here's to you, 'cause you're still here, and here's to Venice Central!
July 22, 2008
Wow, has it really been two months without an update? Sorry about that, folks. Got a cool tip for you today, though. Charlie Vaughn and the Daily Routine have recorded their debut album, "A Bucket of Joy," and it'll be on sale this Thursday night when they open up for Venice at the Belly Up Tavern in Solana Beach. The CD was produced by Venice's Michael Lennon, who also plays drums on the recording, and Venice's Mark Harris plays bass. You can preview six of the tracks on their MySpace page. Listen carefully and see if you can pick up on a little clue about Mark Harris's musical influences at the beginning of "Where the Hell is Frank." It's subtle, but if you really pay attention, it's there. Anyway, for those of you who can't get down to San Diego, the album will be available online shortly. Watch this space for that announcement.
Talk to you guys
again in three or four months............
May 15, 2008
Here's Michael Lennon again:
Today we visited the famous Abbey Road studios and took this picture emulating the Beatle's album cover. Pretty cool. (Notice Pat's feet.)
Playing a private show tonight in London. Heading to Holland on a tour bus after the gig.
All the best,
Michael - Venice
May 14, 2008
Here's a quick note from Michael Lennon:
Today was the first of hopefully many days in London. We arrived around 3:30, and were picked up by a bus, where Kipp was a fake tour guide.
We landed in a posh hotel in the groovy west end of London.
After a meeting with one of the promoters here, we set out on foot to find some great food.
Pat went his own way and saved tons of money by finding a cool little Italian place to eat at.
Tomorrow is the first show of the tour........a private show that will be Logs driven for a new LG cell phone release party, but we'll be slipping in some Venice to get the word out.
Public shows are selling well, although there are still tickets available for any of you Dutchies that want to come over for the historic first shows in the UK.
Really looking forward to the Dutch acoustic shows in Volendaam and Apeldoorn. I know both Volendaam shows are sold out, and Apeldoorn is 40 away from selling out as well. Thank you, thank you!
Peace from my hotel room in London.....Shhhhhhh! Pat is sleeping behind me.
Michael - Venice
May 9, 2008
Venice's Netherlands theater tour dates are now posted. Thanks to Astrid for helping me out with the addresses!
May 8, 2008
The promoters of the Topanga Days Festival are looking for volunteers in the Los Angeles area to put up posters for the event around your home, office or school. If you'd like to help out, please e-mail me at email@example.com and I'll put you in touch with them.
April 27, 2008
So here's the news, in official-speak: "For The Arts and Artists for the Arts Foundation is delighted to bring you an unforgettable evening of music! For the 5th year in a row, Jackson Browne and Venice will perform in an intimate setting (only 1200 seats) to benefit arts education. This year we have amazing SPECIAL GUESTS who will join Jackson and Venice. The night will also feature an exciting LIVE AUCTION that will help raise funds for the arts in our public schools. Come, enjoy and be generous! VIP tickets at $1,000 each will include a pre-party, post-party and parking. Call 310-396-4557 to purchase VIP tickets. $250 tickets will include parking on the high school campus. All other tickets DO NOT include parking. Parking is available in parking structures near the campus. Late arrivals will NOT be seated during songs. NO PHOTOGRAPHY IS PERMITTED. NO FOOD OR ALCOHOL OR ILLEGAL SUBSTANCES ARE PERMITTED ON THE CAMPUS OR IN THE THEATER."
Here's the part that's just for you guys. Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Tuesday morning, here. However, tomorrow morning (Monday), starting promptly at 9am, a special pre-sale will take place, where the first 50 callers who phone (310) 450-5959 will be able to purchase $50 tickets for pairs of seats scattered throughout the expensive sections. These will go very quickly, so get your redial button ready!
And now, here's a short video that explains about the charity and about the show. As I've mentioned before on this site, in real life, I'm a DVD producer, and I did enjoy creating this piece for them, because it's pretty rare that I get to combine my work and my hobby like this. Hope you like it!
April 24, 2008
Yesterday, we posted two new shows in Holland. This morning, one of the venues informed us that they can't take us on the night that they had agreed to, so we've had to move that show back a night. Therefore, the show at Grote Kerk Apeldoorn, which had been scheduled for Saturday, May 17, will now take place on Friday, May 16. All reservations will be honored, and of course, if this creates a scheduling conflict for you, refunds will be given. We apologize for the confusion and the inconvenience.
On the plus side,
the gig at Pius X in Volendam has sold so well, they've added
a second show on the night that's just opened up -- Saturday,
May 17. Which brings the number of Netherland concerts this
trip over to three.
April 18, 2008
Great news! Venice's first concert in England has sold so well, we've just added a second one.
Tuesday, May 20,
The Jazz Café
Bennet Road, Reading RG2 OFL
For tickets, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01189 681442
Now that there are two gigs set, we'd like to lift our restriction about Dutch fans attending. If any of our friends from Holland would like to travel over and be a part of either of these historic shows, we would be thrilled to have you join us.
is trying like mad to book a show in Holland between May 16 and
19. We're not 100% sure yet we can make this happen, but
we wanted to let everybody know where things stand.
April 9, 2008
Tickets are now on sale for Venice's first ever concert in the U.K.! We're told that this is a small club that only holds 200 people, so get your tickets now, because when they're gone, they're gone.
If you live in England, you won't want to miss this. Or if you have any friends or family out there, please let them know!
Friday, May 23,
310 Uxbridge Road
London, W12 7LJ
Doors Open at 7:30pm
Tickets can be purchased online from Bush Hall, Ticketmaster UK , Ticketweb, and most leading ticket outlets.
We would like
to ask that out Dutch fans please do not travel to attend this
show. There will be a gig in Holland on this trip that you can
go to. (Announcement forthcoming.) This show is intended for new
fans to come and see the band for the first time, and for Venice
to start to develop a fanbase in the U.K. But if our Dutch friends
bought up all the tickets, we'd be much less successful in that
effort. Thank you for understanding!
April 3, 2008
Back in January, Venice was featured in a cool podcast about their family history. Kipp, Michael and Pat were interviewed, and now you can listen to that show, Lisa Cooke's "Genealogy Gems," right here.
March 28, 2008
Hey all you Los Angelenos, have you got any plans for the weekend? Want to hear some great music? Here are a couple of suggestions:
On Saturday, March 29, The Daily Routine (featuring Charlie Vaughn, Matt Puccio, and Venice's Michael Lennon and Mark Harris) will perform at the Malibu Inn Bar and Restaurant, at 22969 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, CA 90265. They'll play a 45 minute set, previewing tracks from their forthcoming album.
Then on Sunday,
March 30, John Vester will be joined by Venice's Kipp, Mark, Michael
and Pat Lennon when he headlines at McCabe's Guitar Shop, at 3101 Pico Blvd.,
Santa Monica, CA 90405. The show starts at 7pm, and you
can order tickets by calling (310) 828-4497.
March 10, 2008
A quick note from Mark Lennon:
NEXT MONDAY MARCH 17TH!
WHAT ARE YOU DOING FOR ST. PATRICKS DAY?
IM SINGING WITH MARK HARRIS BRIG BAND, (FUNK/TRIP-HOP/ACID JAZZ/LOUNGE/R&B)
AT MY FRIENDS NEW BAR THEY JUST BOUGHT.
ITS CALLLED BAR MELODY
ITS IN WESTCHESTER, AT 9132 SEPULVEDA BLVD, ACROSS FROM IN AND OUT BURGER
JUST SOUTH OF LAX AIRPORT.
OUR GOOD FRIEND CHERYL, TRIXIE JOHNSON IS THE GENERAL MANGER.
THERES NO COVER CHARGE!
THERE WILL BE FOOD AS WELL (CORN BEEF AND CABBAGE, POTATO PANCAKES WITH SOUR CREAM, BANGERS AND APPLE MASH, BURGERS & BARFOOD)
21 AND OVER, DOORS OPEN AT 10:00AM
OUR D.J. STARTS AT 7:00PM & WE GO ON AT 8:30
(WELL PROBABLY GO TIL MIDNIGHT AT LEAST)
PLEASE TELL EVERYONE YOU KNOW AND GET THERE EARLY, IF YOU CAN, (6:45PM) JUST IN CASE.
COME DANCE & CHILL!
AND WEAR GREEN FOR ST. PATTYS SAKE!
PHONE # (310) 670-1994
(ANY FURTHER, "IMPORTANT " QUESTIONS, CALL CHRISTIAN: (310) 990-6132)
SEE YOU THERE, MY GOLLY MY GOOSH, M-GOOM!
February 12, 2008
Three new California shows have just been added to the tour dates page, including one in San Diego that's in 3 1/2 weeks. Seats for that one are reserved, so get 'em now!
February 9, 2008
Forgot to mention, if you can make it to the Daily Routine's show on February 21 at the Derby, listed below, here's a little tip for you. Follow this link, print out the page, and bring it with you. Then instead of $12, tickets will be $8. You'll also receive two free drink tickets per person, which you can use to order drinks that are over $4 in price. And you were planing to buy at least two drinks anyway, right? So essentially, the show is free!
related news, my company just updated our webpage, and it looks
pretty cool. Take
February 3, 2008
If you missed Kipp Lennon's big CareerBuilder.com Super Bowl commercial this afternoon, now you can watch it online. Click here, then click on the second box on the left, which is a close-up picture of a man's face. The spot is called "Firefly," and Kipp provided the voice of the cartoon bug.
In other news,
The Daily Routine's next full band show (featuring Michael Lennon
on drums) will be on February 21 at the Derby. 4500 Los
Feliz Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90027. Tickets are
$12, the club is 18 and over, and the band goes on at 8pm. Hope
all you Californians can make it!
January 19, 2008
On Saturday, February 23, Venice's Michael and Mark Lennon will join John Vester at Trilogy Guitars, for an 8pm concert celebrating the pre-release of John's new album, "All the Way Out West." The address is 143 Culver Blvd., in Playa Del Rey, CA. This intimate venue only holds 60 people, so expect an immediate sell out. To order tickets, phone Ryan at Trilogy Guitars at (310) 305-7577, or e-mail him at email@example.com.
By the way, the
album was co-produced by John and Michael Lennon, and features
all of the members of Venice. You can order a copy at either
johnvester.com or novatunes.com.
January 11, 2008
So hey, there are these Venice videos that I shot and edited a couple of years ago that we've been sitting on ever since. At first, we were talking about maybe releasing these as a bonus DVD that would be provided free with the purchase of the "Amsterdam" album. That idea was rejected, so our next thought was to provide them as exclusive multimedia tracks on CD singles. Kind of like b-sides, only they'd be video instead of audio. The label wouldn't go for that either. So we've been waiting, trying to figure out a way to put these things out there that made sense. And now, of course, the "Amsterdam" CD has gradually run its course and everyone's focus has now moved on to the next one. So rather than just delete and forget about the files that I worked so hard on once upon a time, I've decided to post them here on Venice Central, for free. I'm sorry that they're not exactly timely, but I hope you guys will enjoy them anyway. Click here.
January 6, 2008
Last month, Venice recorded a cover version of the America song, "Horse with No Name," for a Japanese television commercial. Now our friend Jon DeLong has sent over a link to that ad. Click here.