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WEB EXTRA! Meet the artists rocking the stage at Summer Meltdown concert

Posted: May 22, 2009 9:50 a.m.
Updated: May 22, 2009 3:00 p.m.

Shwayze (right) and partner Cisco Adler and a couple special guests headline Summer Meltdown, performing from 9:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.

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The "Summer Meltdown Autism Awareness and Social Inclusion Concert" is finally here! The fun begins tomorrow at the Golden Valley High School outdoor amphitheater, with doors opening at 12:30 p.m. and the last act ending at 11:00 p.m.

The lineup is as follows:

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EVIDENCE IS HERE (Valencia)
1:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Although Evidence is Here formed in January of 2008, only over the last two months has the band become a solidified unit.

With a lineup that consists of Mark Sorenson (vocals), Sean Gunning (guitar), Drouin Ouellette (drums), and Chris Glotfelty (bass), Evidence is Here is quickly making a name for themselves with Santa Clarita's youth.

The band has committed themselves to a rigorous practice schedule and a determination to play as many concerts as possible. The band has recorded a four song demo which showcases their affinity for metal, punk, and vocal hooks.

It wouldn't be a stretch to compare this young band from Santa Clarita to such groups such as Thrice and Avenged Sevenfold, however Evidence is Here has truly created something unique in the brief period they've been together.

The band is currently working on their EP. To hear music visit Evidence is Here's Myspace page at www.myspace.com/evidenceishere.

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BLT, Santa Clarita
1:45 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.
With a unique name inspired by a 1980's animated film, BLT (Brave Little Toasters) brings Castaic, CA and the rest of the world vivacious, psychedelic ska music.

The band, made up of members Zac (vocalist), Cam (guitar), Kyle (drums), Jake (vocals and guitar), Reese (base), Omer (alto sax), and "Beowulf" (trumpet) have been playing together since October 2007, and have quickly become known for their quirky, energetic stage chemistry that has filled local venues around the Santa Clarita Valley with dedicated, ready-to-dance fans.

The band's love of not-so-mundane occurrences has inspired interesting song titles such as "High school is No John Hughes Movie" and BLT Killed the Ska."

Visit BLT's Myspace page at www.myspace.com/bltmusics.  

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OH-NO-NOT-STEREO (Los Angeles)
2:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Fueled by passionately focused energy, Oh-No-Not-Stereo embodies all that is truly exciting about rock 'n roll.

In just a few years, they've amassed a catalogue of catchy songs.

Having written, performed, produced, and released their latest collaboration entitled "003" themselves, the band members Mykul Lee and Skyler Nielson, imbedded their unique fingerprints on all aspects of the project.

Oh-No-Not-Stereo immediately separates themselves from other contemporary duos.

These musicians are at many times fast and edgy, yet always passionate and articulate. Whether in the studio or on stage, Oh No Not Stereo make big, bold, beautiful noise, which never fails to leave a huge and lasting impression--no matter how you experience their music.

Visit Oh-No-Not Stereo's MySpace page at www.myspace.com/OhNoNotStereo.

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MISSION: BLACK (Santa Clarita) 
3:15 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.
Spawned from the bowels of Santa Clarita, Mission: Black burst onto the scene in March 2008, fusing a heavy rock and metal sound with melodic vocals.

The band was formed by Chris Collier, lead vocalist and guitarist who had laid the groundwork for what was to become the self-titled album release. In the final moments of its completion, he put together a group of not only great musicians, but great friends.

Playing alongside him in the band Uriah, Collier recruited Phil A. Beer (guitarist) to keep the band's guitar-driven pulse alive, Dan Stone on drums, and energetic bassist Chris Breedlove.

Mission: Black will be a force to be reckoned with in the years to come. With its energetic and driving music, the band has the promise to become timeless and unforgettable.

Visit Mission: Black's Myspace page at www.myspace.com/missionblack or their website at www.missionblack.com.

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BLUE SKY REALITY (Los Angeles)
4:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The year 2006 marked the birth of one of the City of Angels' most promising bands.

Blue Sky Reality emits an eclectic alternative acoustic sound that can be matched with the likes of Maroon 5 and John Mayer and rock equally as hard as influences Taking Back Sunday and Incubus.

Through meticulous practice and a constant drive for perfection, has the band arrived at their current level of professionalism. Relentless self-recording and production have given the band a broad-based library of songs, each exuding the band's refined sound.

Dedicated musicians, the five members of Blue Sky Reality, John Chong (drums), Jake Koops (guitar) Philip Bloom (bass), Zak Stucchi (vocals) and Nick Fronti (guitar) are fast-pacing themselves for a long and evolutionary life in "the industry," assuring never to lose sight of their founding feeling and sound.

Visit Blue Sky Reality's Myspace page at www.myspace.com/blueskyreality.

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KOUNTERFEIT CHANGE (Los Angeles) 
4:45 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.
Kounterfeit Change's five members, Kameren Neal (vocals), Tyler Halloran (drums), Mike Carlito (guitar), Luke Hunter (bass) and John Vardanian (keyboards), bear friendships that predates the band's June 2008 beginning by many years, and have been making music even longer.

They knew they could create something big, but what they did not know is how fast it would evolve.

Shortly after playing a handful of shows at venues and parties across Southern California, Kounterfeit Change released their first EP, a self-titled disc laden with highly diverse guitar solos and what can only be described as the bass of a madman.

This EP, featuring seven tracks of a reggae-driven genre that at times is hard to pin down, makes their crowds do more than simply stand and stare.

With new music hot off the presses and an ever-growing list of shows, the journey of Kounterfeit Change is well underway. Visit Kounterfeit Change's MySpace page at www.myspace.com/kounterfeitchange.

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RENFUE (Santa Clarita)
5:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Four-piece alternative rock band Renfue (ren-few) started playing together in late 2006.

In January 2008, Renfue recorded a four song demo, and fans, labels, magazine companies, and clothing companies took notice. Fronted by female vocalist Yvonne Marder, Renfue also features Vincent Bledsoe (guitar), Ryan Weitz (drums), Dylan Schleifstein  (bass).

With the help of their loyal fans, the band has been able to put on very successful and energetic shows all across Southern California.

Renfue turned in a well-received set at the 5th annual Summer Meltdown concert last year in May, and then toured the west including stops elsewhere in California plus Oregon, Washington, Nevada and Wyoming.

The band's latest single, "Dear Friend," has a heavier and darker sound than previous Renfue songs and was produced with in-demand producer Fred Archambault (Avenged Sevenfold, Eighteen Visions' "Obsession," Alice Cooper's "Eyes of Alice Cooper").

With a slew of other great soon to be released singles like "Dancing with a Liar," Renfue is a band determined to make themselves a current household name.

Visit Renfue's Myspace page at www.myspace.com/renfue or their Garage Band site at www.garageband.com/artist/renfue.

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FORREST DAY (San Francisco)
6:15 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.
 
Forrest Day began his musical career at 14 years old with the saxophone.

After years of playing jazz and reggae, and producing hip-hop beats he began working on his self-titled EP which eventually led to the creation of his band in October 2006.

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 The band is comprised of Forrest Day (vocals and alto sax), Terrell Liedstrand (guitar), Nick Wynerm (keyboards), Dave Eaton (bari sax), Dave Bullers (tenor sax), John Sankey (bass), Jasper Skydecker (drums), and Travis Whalen (percussion).

With help from his horn-wielding friends, Day writes songs that defy categorization, and, performs an interesting combination of hip-hop and indie rock, with subtle elements of jazz and reggae.

With an eight piece band, the music is a powerful, thick wall of sound that has gained notoriety at the 2007 Love Parade in San Francisco and loyal audiences elsewhere in California.

This is a solid line up that has become much more than just a backing band to showcase Day's music. This is a fun, tight-knit group that lights up every stage it takes.

Visit Forrest Day's Myspace page at www.myspace.com/forrestday.

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BOOMKAT (Los Angeles)
7:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
The urban pop and hum of Boomkat is homegrown by the sister-brother team of Taryn and Kellin Manning.

After being liberated from a monotonous job a few years ago, Kellin spent the following days at the helm of the Playstation game MTV Music Generator.

What began as an inconsequential way to pass time became an obsession that propelled Kellin into the world of composing, playing and producing music. With the Mannings hailing from a musical family, Taryn was an obvious component to the mix.

Learning the process of making music together, Kellin and Taryn blazed their sound through experimentation.

Their influences draw heavily from the hip-hop of the late 80's to early 90's, the Brit-pop invasion, to the new wave and contemporary artists from Motown. Boomkat rescheduled work on a movie to make an appearance at this year's concert to support the Yes I Can program.

Visit Boomkat's official website at www.tarynmanning.com or their Myspace page at www.myspace.com/tarynmanningboomkat.

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OPM (Los Angeles0
7:45 p.m. to 8:20 p.m.
OPM is comprised of band members John E. Necro (vocals) , Geoff "Casper" (guitar) , Matt Rowe (bass), Jonathan Williams (keyboards) and "Los" (drums).

With their core sound rooted in the Californian lifestyle, OPM has had success with the single from their debut album, "Heaven is a Halfpipe," which got vast radio airplay.

The band has also had continued success with the combined sale of their two following full-length albums. While the band may not be your average singles band, their album is loaded with them; stand out tracks like, "Runaway," which has a classic punk rock edge, reminiscent of The Clash, to "Dirty White" which has a dirty hook & bass line.

Both tracks were mixed by Michael Patterson who has worked with Beck, Biggie, B.R.M.C and She Wants Revenge.

OPM's attention to detail of lyrics & harmonies has to be listened to in order to be believed.

Visit OPM's Myspace page at www.myspace.com/opm or their official website at www.opmden.com.

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THE DIRTY HEADS (Huntington Beach)
8:35 p.m. to 9:10 p.m.
Emerging onto the Southern California music scene, The Dirty Heads' blend of hip-hop and classic reggae rips through the sonic surf with bold beats, fun rhythms and the relaxed vibe of feel-good lyrics.

Founding band members Jared Watson (vocalist), and Dustin Bushnell (guitar and vocals) met in 1996 while in high school.

Both inspired by the rock and reggae sounds of Bob Marley, Sublime, 311 and The Beastie Boys, the band's music evolved into their own distinct style.

To complete The Dirty Heads' sound, the duo added Olazabal (percussion) and Matt Ochoa (drums), both experienced musicians.

With a set of solid material, the band has built a loyal fan base throughout the West Coast.

Recently, the band's music has been attracting attention throughout the world of entertainment. Their songs have been featured in the movie and soundtrack for "Surf's Up" (Sony 2007), and actor Matthew McConaughey has selected the band's music to be in his upcoming film, "Surfer Dude."

Visit The Dirty Heads' Web site at www.dirtyheads.com or their Myspace page at www.myspace.com/dirtyheads.

See "Related Content" for headliner Shwayze's official bio.

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