Venice

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Venice is a band from Venice Beach, California that consists of two sets of brothers:  Michael and Mark Lennon, and their cousins, Kipp and Pat Lennon.  The double disc CD “What Summer Brings,” debuted in the Top 10 of the national album charts in the Netherlands, and continues to win acclaim with fans and critics worldwide.

As a band, the Lennons have recorded and performed together since the 1980s.  Their music is a reflection of many of their influences while growing up in the small, eclectic and culturally diverse beach town for which they are named.  Their sound is familiar and fresh at once, their classic rock and folk influences apparent in their pop sensibilities.  You might recognize some of Venice’s influences, such as Crosby, Stills & Nash, Fleetwood Mac, Joni Mitchell, Stevie Wonder, Steely Dan, the Eagles or Sly & the Family Stone.  Their hybrid of folk/rock/soul is relevant, alive and still growing, with many fans worldwide considering them the torchbearers of the Southern California sound.

Venice’s trademarks are their harmonies, personal lyrics and high energy, communal shows.  These garner them huge ovations and encores at virtually every performance they’ve given, from intimate theaters to sprawling festivals, from the US to Europe.  And it’s earned them major record releases on Sony Records, Universal Records, Atlantic Records and Vanguard Records.

Their distinctive vocal sound and harmonies have allowed Venice and its members to perform and/or record with some of the biggest names in the music industry, including Bruce Springsteen, Michael Jackson, David Crosby, Stevie Nicks, Bon Jovi, Jackson Browne, Brian Wilson, Cher, Don Henley, Elton John, Michael McDonald, Phil Collins, Ozzy Osborne, Billy Idol, America, Heart, and the list goes on.  The Lennons spent most of 2010-2013 as backing vocalists performing in the 219 show, record-breaking worldwide arena and stadium tour of “Pink Floyd’s The Wall” with Roger Waters.  Also, Venice was invited to contribute a track to the 2014 CD, “Looking Into You: A Tribute To Jackson Browne,” joining such artists as Bruce Springsteen, Bonnie Raitt, Don Henley, Ben Harper and Lyle Lovett.

For over fifteen years, Venice has enjoyed a great level of success in the Netherlands, where their harmonies and musicality are considered a modern extension of what many Europeans call “West Coast Music.”  Venice continues to cultivate their reputation overseas and abroad on a longstanding friendship with their audiences, where their post-show meet & greets can sometimes last nearly as long as their shows.

Kipp Lennon – lead vocals
Mark Lennon – lead vocals
Michael Lennon – producer, acoustic and electric guitars, bass, keyboards, vocals
Pat Lennon – acoustic and electric guitars, vocals

ADDITIONAL MUSICIANS INCLUDE
Mark Harris – bass
Dann Gillen, Jamie Wollam, Bob Philipse, Matt Laug, Scott Crago – drums
Chris Horvath, Jasper Westerhof, Nick Bult – keyboards
Rich Mangicaro – percussion

“Venice is the best vocal group in America right now.  They’re better than anybody else I know.  They’re fantastic.  I’m a student of harmony.  That’s my thing.  I love all kinds of harmony.  But I particularly love theirs, because it’s so natural.  It’s not like anybody else’s.  Very unforced, very from their hearts.  I’ve been telling people about them since the first night I heard them.  I’ve told everybody I could find that they were the best.  This is my favorite band in the world.”

David Crosby

“I’ve been listening to Venice for years!  Their vocals and harmonies are so beautiful.  Something that I really learned from as a singer!”

Colbie Caillat

“Venice, one of my favorite bands, is quintessentially Californian, with soaring harmonies.  They sing and play their asses off.  I’ve seen them knock out many an unsuspecting crowd, taking the audiences, who had not come to see them, completely by surprise.  It’s such a pleasure to play with these guys, because they have that power.”

Jackson Browne