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UPDATED: Summer Meltdown 2009 date, talent firmed

Shwayze headlines May 23 at Golden Valley High amphitheater

Posted: April 21, 2009 1:18 p.m.
Updated: April 22, 2009 6:30 a.m.

Shwayze (right) and Cisco Adler headline the 6th annual Summer Meltdown Autism Awareness and Social Inclusion Concert at Golden Valley High's amphitheater Saturday, May 23.

Hip-hop/rap/indie rock duo Shwayze will headline the sixth annual marathon "Summer Meltdown Autism Awareness and Social Inclusion Concert" rock festival, produced by the William S. Hart Union High School District's Yes I Can students.

The students have set May 23 as the date the all-ages music fest will rock the outdoor amphitheater at Golden Valley High School in Newhall.

Rapper Shwayze and songwriting collaborator/producer Cisco Adler, both from Malibu, nailed No. 1 on the iTunes album chart with their 2008 debut, "Shawyze," out on Suretone/Geffen Records.

Confirmed so far to join Shwayze on the bill are Oh-No-Not-Stereo (from Los Angeles); Renfue (Saugus; Good Karma Music); Forrest Day (San Francisco); OPM (L.A., Suburban Noize); Kounterfeit Change (L.A.; Higher Level Productions); Out of Grey (Santa Clarita/L.A.); BLT (West Ranch High); and Evidence in Here (Valencia).

More artists will be announced as soon as they're confirmed, said Bret Lieberman, Yes I Can program director and Summer Meltdown advisor at Golden Valley High School.

The final lineup will feature nearly a dozen bands who will take the stage between 2:30 p.m. and 11 p.m.

Admission for the entire concert is $15 in advance at $20 at the door. Tickets will go on sale online via three weeks prior to the concert. A list of locations where concert-goers may purchase hard-copy tickets will be announced by organizers shortly.

Proceeds will go to cover the costs of producing this year's Summer Meltdown. Anything left over will help fund the Yes I Can program throughout the school year and seed preparations for next year's event.

The students have held several fundraisers leading up to the May 23 concert. Mountasia Family Fun Center hosts the next one, on Friday, April 24 from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m.

For $19.99, participants receive three hours of unlimited play on Mountasia's go-karts, bumper boats, miniature golf, laser tag, the rock wall and video games. Mountasia will donate 50 percent of every ticket purchased back to Yes I Can. Click here for details.

For students with and without disabilities, Yes I Can has made a positive difference in the lives of hundreds of Hart district special-needs students -- most of whom are diagnosed with a form of autism called Asperger's Syndrome, which deeply inhibits communication and social skills -- and their general education mentors.

As part of their course studies each year, Yes I Can students produce the Summer Meltdown, which provides a multitude of opportunities for the students to develop social and professional skills that benefit them in school and outside the classroom.


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