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Rockin' out at Summer Meltdown

200 Yes I Can students help make music festival a success

Posted: May 23, 2009 9:56 p.m.
Updated: May 24, 2009 8:00 a.m.
Headliner Shwayze (foreground) and his partner Cisco Adler (left) got a little help on keyboards, bass and trumpet from Prints Hornsworth Delay (right) at Summer Meltdown Saturday night. Headliner Shwayze (foreground) and his partner Cisco Adler (left) got a little help on keyboards, bass and trumpet from Prints Hornsworth Delay (right) at Summer Meltdown Saturday night.
Headliner Shwayze (foreground) and his partner Cisco Adler (left) got a little help on keyboards, bass and trumpet from Prints Hornsworth Delay (right) at Summer Meltdown Saturday night.
Shwayze got lots of love when the rapper worked the crowd in front of the Summer Meltdown stage Saturday night. Shwayze got lots of love when the rapper worked the crowd in front of the Summer Meltdown stage Saturday night.
Shwayze got lots of love when the rapper worked the crowd in front of the Summer Meltdown stage Saturday night.
Shwayze's partner Cisco Adler played guitar on a couple songs in the duo's headlining set at Summer Meltdown Saturday night. Shwayze's partner Cisco Adler played guitar on a couple songs in the duo's headlining set at Summer Meltdown Saturday night.
Shwayze's partner Cisco Adler played guitar on a couple songs in the duo's headlining set at Summer Meltdown Saturday night.
The crowd -- especially the girls -- was excited to see and hear Shwayze headline Summer Meltdown at the Golden Valley High amphitheater Saturday night. The crowd -- especially the girls -- was excited to see and hear Shwayze headline Summer Meltdown at the Golden Valley High amphitheater Saturday night.
The crowd -- especially the girls -- was excited to see and hear Shwayze headline Summer Meltdown at the Golden Valley High amphitheater Saturday night.
Johnny Flinn (center) of Valencia got to meet headliner Shwayze (right) and Shwayze's partner Cisco Adler (left) backstage Saturday night. The Bridgeport Elementary sixth-grader won the Racer's Edge "Summer Meltdown Ultimate Giveaway" contest on Thursday. Johnny Flinn (center) of Valencia got to meet headliner Shwayze (right) and Shwayze's partner Cisco Adler (left) backstage Saturday night. The Bridgeport Elementary sixth-grader won the Racer's Edge "Summer Meltdown Ultimate Giveaway" contest on Thursday.
Johnny Flinn (center) of Valencia got to meet headliner Shwayze (right) and Shwayze's partner Cisco Adler (left) backstage Saturday night. The Bridgeport Elementary sixth-grader won the Racer's Edge "Summer Meltdown Ultimate Giveaway" contest on Thursday.
Yvonne Marder gets dramatic during Santa Clarita-based Renfue’s early-evening set Saturday at Summer Meltdown. Yvonne Marder gets dramatic during Santa Clarita-based Renfue’s early-evening set Saturday at Summer Meltdown.
Yvonne Marder gets dramatic during Santa Clarita-based Renfue’s early-evening set Saturday at Summer Meltdown.
Phil A. Beer, left, and Chris Collier of Santa Clarita’s Mission:Black rock the Summer Meltdown crowd late Saturday afternoon. Phil A. Beer, left, and Chris Collier of Santa Clarita’s Mission:Black rock the Summer Meltdown crowd late Saturday afternoon.
Phil A. Beer, left, and Chris Collier of Santa Clarita’s Mission:Black rock the Summer Meltdown crowd late Saturday afternoon.
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Heads bobbed back and forth as dozens of young adults rocked out to the songs of 13 bands playing on an outdoor amphitheater that was turned into a professional concert stage Saturday at Golden Valley High School.

The sixth annual "Summer Meltdown Autism Awareness and Social Inclusion Concert" was a hit in the eyes and ears of those who attended and those involved in its 10-hour production.

Students and parents listened to live music reverberating off the walls of the high school from non-local and local bands like Evidence is Here, Mission:Black and BLT. Crowds cheered on their favorite bands and visited merchandise booths for T-shirts and CDs.

"Everything's awesome - the shirts, the bands, everything's cool," said Jesus Lozoya, 19, who is part of the Yes I Can Program, the William S. Hart District nonprofit program for students with and without disabilities that produces the rock festival each year.

Lisa Lamedman, Canyon High School's Yes I Can advisor, said about 200 Yes I Can students were involved in the day's production.
The Meltdown is a $30,000 event which takes a year of planning, fundraising, booking talent and more, Lamedman said. All proceeds from the concert will support the Yes I Can program.

"It was a lot of hard work, but it paid off. This is really fun," said Anokina Touman, 17, a Yes I Can student at Golden Valley.

Shwayze fever was in the air as students waited in anticipation for the Malibu-based headliner band's performance at 9:30 p.m. The hip-hop/indie rock band's 2008 debut CD hit No. 1 on the iTunes album chart.

"Everyone's having a good time, music is flowing, kids are smiling, parents are smiling, kids love the free stuff," said Bret Lieberman, Yes I Can program advisor at Golden Valley High School and Summer Meltdown executive producer. "The kids are happy and that's all that matters."

Also at the concert: Bridgeport Elementary School sixth-grader Johnny Flinn, who won a random drawing Thursday morning in the Racer's Edge "Summer Meltdown Ultimate Giveaway."

Flinn took the stage to receive his prize package including event T-shirts, food vouchers, the latest CD by each band, and more.

"It was pretty exciting. It made me really happy," Johnny said. "I'm enjoying a lot of bands, especially Mission:Black. That was the best one here."

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