Venice Island Beach is really seems to be multiple different beaches: Venice Ave Beach, Chauncey Howard, Golde Beach, Caspersen's, Service Club Beach, but really it's all one very long beach with different access points. It's roughly half the islands circumference. The rest is bay, jetty, and Intercoastal Waterway. Each part has it's unique charms of course, and I kind of rotate through them in my daily excursions. But one of the most fun parts in the evening is Venice Beach Pavilion.
It's a covered area with tables and benches, bathrooms, a concession stand and, my favourite part, musicians. I have not yet figured out if there is a rhyme or reason to when anyone show up to perform though I'm sure there is a schedule of sorts. All sorts of musicians, playing all sorts of music, a little something for everyone. Could be drum solos, could be flute or accordion, could be acapella singers or it could be guitar players with the wonderful lady in the photo here.
When I stopped by, they were playing Beatles songs and quite well, everything was recognizable, sing along-able, dance to it-able with this added cherry on top of the sundae. Not sure what to all her instrument. It's a washboard and thimble sure, but there was also a bell, a few different horns and miscellaneous percussion type things on there. She played it with style, with aplomb with character and personality. While the guitar players were stationary, seated and technically correct, she marched around the entire area, she smiled and winked and laughed and sang. She played directly to individuals and couples. She brought the performance from pleasant to memorable.
I was charmed and delighted. Be someone memorable today!
Yup, this is me. Some people said, "Sam, you should write a Blog". "Well, there's a thought", I thought to myself. And so here it is.