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WEB EXTRA: Summer Meltdown 2010: Meet the artists

Posted: May 6, 2010 1:18 p.m.
Updated: May 7, 2010 5:07 p.m.

Shwayze returns with special guests to close the show starting at 9:30 p.m. and finishing at 10:30 p.m.

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The seventh annual "Summer Meltdown Autism Awareness and Social Inclusion Concert" is finally here!

The fun begins Saturday at the Golden Valley High School outdoor amphitheater, with doors opening at 11:30 a.m. and the last performers ending their set around 10:30 p.m.

Click here for all the Summer Meltdown details including ticket info. Below, we have info on the lineup, in order of appearance:

HUMBOLDT SQUAD (Newhall)
12-12:30 p.m.

Formed in October 2009, the Humboldt Squad is a ska-reggae-pop band based in Newhall. The members are comprised of Leonard Gibbs (guitar, vocals), Tommy Peterson (bass), Chad Nix (drums), Dillon Carson (trumpet), Garett Dahl (alto saxophone) and Cesar Martinez (trombone). All are local students hailing from Hart High School and West Ranch High School.

Humboldt Squad cites Sublime and Streetlight Manifesto as two of its influences. The group has played at American Legion Hall and will next perform at the Santa Clarita Sports Complex on May 15.

DJ SOULMAN (Hollywood, Scottsdale, Arizona)
12:30-12:45 p.m., 1:15-1:30 p.m., 2-2:15 p.m., 2:45-3 p.m., 3:30-3:45 p.m. and 4:15-4:30 p.m.
DJ Soulman made his mark in the music world as the lead vocalist for the all-American rap-rock pioneers, the Phunk Junkeez. From the time Soulman began his solo career, he has made his presence known as a DJ worldwide.

DJ Soulman has toured in Japan and performed alongside Ashanti, Deadmau5, Yves LaRock, DJ Vice and more. He is currently the resident DJ at W Hotel Hollywood and W Hotel Scottsdale, Arizona, as well as the official DJ for the Monster Energy Slednecks Invasion Tour, AVP/Crocs tour, ANGUS Mitchell team and Paul Mitchell Gathering.

He spun at the 2008 SuperBowl Westgate City Center events and AVP Expo and is set for his upcoming 2010 world tour.

DUBLUVA (San Clemente)
12:45-1:15 p.m.

Based in San Clemente, Dubluva is a grassroots, dub rockin' reggae blues movement consisted of Ian McLarnon (vocals, guitar), Chris Wimberly (guitar), Scott Stewart (drums/percussion) and Andrew Minter (bass). Contained within these songs are true emotions and beliefs that come straight from the heart. Their debut 17-track album, "Reach Out," was released in January 2009.

Dubluva has played at the 2009 Jagermeister Music Tour with Pepper & Pennywise, The House of Blues, Cabo Wabo, The Coachhouse and more. Dubluva has also shared the stage with Fishbone, Pepper, The Dirty Heads, Alpha Blondy, Barrington Levy, Jamie Allensworth and many more.

KID FORCE (Valencia)
1:30-2 p.m.

Kid Force is bringing the future back. By giving the new decade the fresh hybrid of melodic pop vocals with the underground DJ style distortion with a colorful unavoidable energy flowing through every track, there's no reason not to recognize the group's talent.

Rocking stages since high school, Kid Force has performed at the Sunset Strip Music Festival and West Beach Music Festival with LMFAO, Shwayze and Shiny Toy Guns. Kid Force has also produced and written for other artist, including Christina Aguilera, Young Buck, Floss, and Lexy Panterra.

THE SAMMUS THEORY (Phoenix, Arizona)
2:15-2:45 p.m.

The Sammus Theory emerges from the hot and arid landscape of Phoenix, Arizona as a hard rock band with a heavy, precise sound and catchy, memorable riffs. Vocalist Sam Hughes formed the band in 2004 and is joined by Kyle Welnel (guitar), Jeremy Tabor (lead guitar), Nick St. Onge (bass) and Paul Wandtke (drums).

Weaving the likes of Tool, Alice in Chains, Pink Floyd, and a unique sound of their own into a gritty, musically solid style, The Sammus Theory have found a winning formula that is knocking over the fans.

The band has landed shows with other hot rock acts such as The Exies, Smile Empty Soul, Adema, Shinedown, RED, Jet Black Stare and many more. Their debut album, "See (It) Through," was released in February 2009.

NATURAL INCENSE (Isla Vista)
3-3:30 p.m.

Based in Isla Vista, Natural Incense is a reggae rock band that consists of Eric Singer (vocals, guitar, keyboard), Evan Davies (bass) and Brent Wetli (drums).

Natural Incense cites other artists such as Pink Floyd, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Steel Pulse as influences. The members have shared the stage with Rebelution, Iration, Tribal Seeds, Top Shelf and many more. They have released three albums.

CHRIS YOUNG THE RAPPER (San Diego)
3:45-4:15 p.m.
Chris Young the Rapper is an American rapper, producer and songwriter raised in San Diego. He was accepted into college at the University of Arizona to major in Philosophy, but dropped out to pursue his calling.

In the summer of 2008, Young caught a ride to Los Angeles with no money or home, sleeping from couch to couch and booking shows on his own.

In late 2008, Chris Young toured with Cisco Adler, Shwayze, Tabi Bonney, Mickey Avalon and many others. In April 2009, Young released "Mood Swing EP" for free online download, which was received with acclaim.

He signed a record deal with Cisco Adler's Bananabeat Records in August 2009 and plans to change the face of music.

KOUNTERFEIT CHANGE (Los Angeles)
4:30-5 p.m.

Kounterfeit Change incorporates elements from rock, reggae and an arsenal of other musical styles. The band is comprised of Kameren Chase Neal (lead singer), Michael Carlito (lead guitar), John Vardanian (keyboards) and Jamie (bass).

They recorded their self-titled debut EP in Santa Clarita and released it in 2009.

Kounterfeit Change has shared the stage with artists such as Barrington Levy, Iration, Soja, Dirty Heads, Shwayze, Mystic Roots Band, OPM and many more. Their first full-length album, "On Reserve," is set for release this summer.

THA TOOONZ (Massachusetts)
NAZZ OF THA TOOONZ: 5-5:15 p.m.
MARTII OF THA TOOONZ: 5:45-6 p.m.
Nazz Travagant and Martii Garcia of Tha Tooonz return to Summer Meltdown. The group, which also includes D-Nero Garcia, is a unique hip-hop group with an eccentric style of dress and catchy, clean music.

Their lyrics promote positive messages, encouraging students to stay in school, say no to drugs and embrace diversity.

Tha Tooonz have performed in schools in the Los Angeles County, Texas and Boston. They last performed in the Santa Clarita Valley at the 2009 Summer Meltdown concert, opening for Shwayze.

DJ TARYN MANNING (Los Angeles)
5:15-5:45 p.m.

Taryn Manning may already be well-known from her critically acclaimed role as "Nola" in Paramount's "Hustle & Flow," but the multi-talented Arizona actress is hardly stopping at a successful acting career. If Manning isn't working on set, she's writing tracks for her band Boomkat, in the studio working on tracks for her first solo album or setting trends with her fashion line, Born Uniqorn.

Manning is a true force with her sultry vocals as the front woman of Boomkat and the saucy electronic beats on her solo tracks. She is working with producer Linney on material for her upcoming solo album.

COLD FLAMEZ (Long Beach)
6-6:30 p.m.

The result of a post-"Tha Carter III" and "808s & Heartbreak" world, Cold Flamez aims to bring its self-described "cold-hearted music" to the world and join its local predecessors in the hip-hop hall of fame. Its three members, D-Real, Mic 3rd and Dash, grew up together in Long Beach with a background firmly embedded in skateboarding culture.

Cold Flamez' first single, "Miss Me, Kiss Me," was released in April 2009 and became a hit on the Internet, especially in "jerk" culture. The release catapulted them to national fame. Cold Flamez is currently working on its debut album, set for release later this year.

BRAXTON MILLZ (Los Angeles)
6:30-6:45 p.m.

Braxton Millz, also known as BMillz, is a hip-hop/rap/R&B artist and producer based in Los Angeles County. Though he has yet to release a full-length album, he shares his self-produced beats with his fans online.

BMillz has toured in Atlanta, Georgia and opened shows for Vic, Young Joc and Franchise Boys. He also opened for Fat Joe in Los Angeles and has shared the stage with Rick Ross.

BMillz released his debut single and accompanying music video, "Tongue Snap," in September 2008. He is currently working on an album with acclaimed producers Akon and J.R. Rotem.

THE KNUX (Los Angeles)
6:45-7:15 p.m.

The Knux is a self-produced hip hop group comprised of two brothers from New Orleans. They play all their own instrumentation and fight like The Kinks. Their genre-bending debut album, "Remind Me in 3 Days...," sounds like Outkast, Juvenile, Tha Pharcyde and The Strokes concurrently blasting out of a drop-top Jag on Sunset Blvd. on a Saturday night in the summer.

After Hurricane Katrina chased the brothers to Houston, their demo fell into the hands of Paul Rosenberg, who signed on as the group's manager. By the fall of 2006, they moved to the Hollywood Hills and wrapped their first album during the summer of 2007.

They were also added as the opening act of Common's Finding Forever tour. With press clippings stacking up left and right, the groundswell is evident and The Knux's impact is imminent.

FAR EAST MOVEMENT (Los Angeles)
7:30-8 p.m.

Far East Movement (FM), hailing from the clubs and streets of Los Angeles, is one of the freshest crews representing the next generation of artists and "fly music."

Members Kev Nish, Prohgress, J-Splif and DJ Virman have created a huge industry buzz with major companies, radio stations and club DJs worldwide through their international appeal, energetic live shows and collaborations with top street wear companies.

FM has embarked on two worldwide tours and was recently featured on the 35-city Party Rock Tour with LMFAO. They have signed distribution deals in Japan and Korea, garnered multiple features on MTV World and also featured music on worldwide media such as FOX's "So You Think You Can Dance," MTV's "America's Best Dance Crew" and more.

IRATION (The Rock, Hawaii)
8:30-9:15 p.m.
Iration was born from a love of all types of music and a desire to create something new. Elements of reggae, rock and pop are mixed with keyboard/synth and melodic vocal lines to create something truly unique.

Iration has toured across the nation with Pepper, Rebelution, The Expendables and Umphrey's McGee, and performed with Kings of Leon, The Airborne Toxic Event, White Lies, Sean Kingston and many others.

"Time Bomb," Iration's latest album, debuted at no. 2 on Billboard's reggae album chart and no. 30 on Billboard's Heatseekers album chart.

SHWAYZE (Malibu)
9:30-10:30 p.m.
Shwayze is comprised of rapper/writer Aaron Smith and rapper/writer/guitarist/producer Cisco Adler. Their eponymous debut album ushered the unlikely duo to new heights.

A string of hits fueled by millions of Internet plays carried them to top 10 album sales, landed them a coveted slot on the Vans Warped Tour and turned them into reality television stars on MTV.

Their second album, "Let It Beat," features contributions from New Orleans hip-hop duo (and Summer Meltdown performers) The Knux, Shwayze's lifelong hero Snoop Dogg, Ric Ocasek from The Cars and Darryl Jenifer, bassist for legendary D.C. punk band Bad Brains. "Let It Beat" is a fearless experiment held together by the guidance of Adler's production.

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