VERDUGO VOICES GLEE CLUB – FRIDAY, AUGUST 16, 6:00 PM
The Verdugo Voices Glee Club was founded by Dr. Trimis for two reasons: to bring vocal music back to Verdugo and to strengthen relations between the high school and surrounding community. The group performs the latest pop/rock hits, classic pop music and rock and roll, and music featured on the Glee television series. Since the beginnings of the group in November, 2011, they have performed in hundreds of shows throughout the Sunland-Tujunga community at local elementary schools, community events, for various service organizations, and in school concerts. Especially active in Verdugo’s feeder elementary schools, many of the local school children know the Glee Club through community caroling trips, school concerts, and Jr. Glee Camp. The group has been featured on NBC-Universal Television News, in social media outlets, and is a regular at the Music Center Education Council’s annual holiday luncheon. They recorded Verdugo Hills in November, 2012
VIZA - FRIDAY, AUGUST 16, 8:00 PM.
VIZA is an internationally successful septet known for their erratically amusing blend of energized international rock. Unique in its musical arsenal is the inclusion of loud and percussion blended with more traditional rock elements such as guitar, bass and drums. This fascinating fusion, combined with dramatic and powerful live performances, have garnered VIZA significant worldwide success. The Festival is pleased to have them on opening night. For more information on the band please visit www.experienceviza.com.
KARISSA LEE - SATURDAY, AUGUST 17, 3:00 pm
Karissa Lee was discovered originally by PMWMusic during their National New Artist Search held in San Francisco, Ca in 2012. Equipped with her guitar and the latest Taylor Swift song, she impressed the judges with her vocals, musical style and high-energy personality. She was then offered a 1-song record deal (Our Summer) and that later turned into a 2-song deal (Over You). Besides her love of music, she also dances competitively at Dance Elite All-Stars in Rocklin, California and can be seen performing on stage at various local community theaters. Karissa hopes that her music will help open doors for her to help others in the community, with a focus on cancer research, as her father is currently in remission.“Following your dream is not supposed to be easy, that’s why not a lot of people do it, but I’m not those people, I’m different,” comments Karissa. Known for her wild, leopard print and pink inspired fashion sense and signature mix-matched socks, Karissa Lee is different for sure! Check out her website at www.karissalee.com.
ARTWORK JAMAL – RIP 8/6/13 - SATURDAY, AUGUST 17, 4:00 pm
Artwork Jamal passed away on Tuesday, August 6th at 9:30 am in Los Angeles. This beloved So-Cal blues legend will be truly missed by his fans all over the country and especially here in Los Angeles by the Watermelon Festival among many. In addition to opening for B.B. King and other greats, Artwork had performed the last 7 consecutive Watermelon Festivals in a row. We will miss him sorely and wish him a peaceful and blessed rest with the good Lord… as Artwork always said, “God Bless.” Our deepest condolences to his family, friends, mates and fans.
His harmonica player, Michael confirmed that the band will still performing at the festival on Saturday, August 17th at 4:00 pm in tribute to the memory of their late, great friend, Arthur “Artwork Jamal” Harris.” Join Art’s Acid Blues Band as they pay tribute to a man that had a big heart, a soft demeanor and a true love for the blues. If you’re interested in learning more about the life Artwork Jamal, his story of triumph and tribulations appeared on the front cover of the LA Times back in 2011. You can hear some of Art’s music by checking out his Reverb Nation page.
LEELA BELLY DANCE TROUPE - SATURDAY, AUGUST 17, 5:00 PM
The beautiful art of Belly Dance is considered a derivative of the world’s oldest known documented dance forms, reaching back through pre-history and across many continents and cultures. Belly Dance is practiced by people of every age, size, race, ethnicity, color and creed; it is a welcoming, all-inclusive art form that fosters positive community values and promotes a climate of mutuality, respect and understanding between groups. The Leela Dance troupe has performed to enchanted audiences all through the Southland, receiving rave reviews for their imaginative and inventive original style, humor and choreography. For additional information on the troupe please visit www.leelabellydance.com.
MIRACLE DOLLS - SATURDAY, AUGUST 17, 6:00 PM.
Miracle Dolls is a twin sister fronted Rock band that sounds like Blondie meet The Beatles. Their new album is “Kiss Me Auras” and was produced by John Avila from Oingo Boingo and was featured in Recording Magazine. The band has also played on the Warp Tour. Additionally MIRACLE DOLLS has a Non-Profit Organization that gets guitars donated to various Native American reservations in the United States. Follow them on Facebook.
SAD ROBOT - SATURDAY, AUGUST 17, 8:00 PM
Sad Robot is an L.A. based band on the rise. Their single “Hold On” played on KROQ’s Locals Only show for 10 consecutive weeks. Their unique three-person wall of sound has enabled them to create their own voice in the indie rock scene. Emotional lyrics combine with a heavy power fuzz sound that spans pop to dirty indie rock. With a high-energy stage show and unique musical style this unsigned band has accomplished a lot in their short existence. In 2011 Sad Robot released their debut album, The Beginning of the End.
The same year also performed as a Star 98.7/Rocco’s Music Nights finalist as the sole musical guest of the LA Kings at the Staples Center. Their music has been featured on the 2013 Winter X Games, as well as on the Oxygen network show” Bad Girls Club” and Indie Films as well. Follow them on Facebook.
RONALD McDONALD – SUNDAY, AUGUST 18, 1:00 pm
McDonald’s Chief Happiness Officer, Ronald McDonald brings magic, fun and laughter to the young and young-at-heart. He can often be found visiting schools, libraries, community events, charitable activities and McDonald’s restaurants with messages about balanced, active lifestyles, the importance of education, friendship and sharing one’s talents with others. As the official ambassador of Ronald McDonald House Charities, whose mission is to create, find and support programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children, Ronald McDonald can be spotted sharing smiles with children and families staying at the hundreds of Ronald McDonald Houses or other non-profit organizations around the globe.
FEVER THE GHOST - SUNDAY, AUGUST 18, 2:00 pm
FEVER THE GHOST became a band in 2013 under direct supervision from the Swell Swan corporation. They have been charged with sparkling* the Los Angeles music scene. Failure to do so will result in catastrophic DNA alterations for band-members Casper, Bobby, Mason & Nick-O, the details of which have not been disclosed to them by the corporation. The first 45 RPM record of ‘Rounder’ b/w ‘Her Earth’ was produced by Luther Russell under strict orders from Swell Swann as an analog recording, ensuring musical ‘cleanliness’, according to corporation guidelines. Though originally the spiritual brainchild of Casper, the strangely ‘touched’ seer, FEVER THE GHOST will from this point forward release artworks in various musical forms under the umbrella of Swell Swann–until further notified. It is imperative that their sparkling* is enjoyed by as many receptors* as possible, due to the fact that Swell Swann is keeping precise ‘count’. There is nothing further to add at this time. * Sparkling: the musical fertilization of souls via energy-dust formed by the vibrations from a performance or recording. *Receptors: those beings who are receptive to the sparkling.
The Bulldawg Blues Band brings Blues, Rock and a GOOD TIME to the Watermelon Festival.They have appeared at the Gold Strike Hotel & Gambling Hall in Jean, Nevada, and at Fairplex in Pomona, California as a part of the MS Love Foundation ride, where they opened for actor John Corbett & his band. Bulldawg Blues Band have regular shows at night spots in Southern California & Southern Nevada. At our core we are a Blues band, however we Rock with the best, and can play a few country songs.too! We also do a tribute to the Men of Chess(records) that includes Muddy Waters / Howlin’ Wolf/Little Walter/And the songs of Willie Dixon. We are Firebird McFarlin/ Bass & Vocals…Harry”Da Professor” Fink /Lead Guitar & Vocals…”Big Dave” Perea/ Vocals & Harmonica…Dock Johns/Drums & 1 Vocal.
SUSANA ELENA, Spanish & Flamenco Dancer – SUNDAY, AUGUST 18, 4:00 pm.
Susana Elena is a Spanish and flamenco dancer who has performed extensively throughout Southern California. She is certified to teach and perform Standards-based dance programs by the L.A. County Arts Commission, and has used that training to further develop an artistic, unique, and interactive show for audiences of all ages. Susana has studied dance in the Spanish cities of Sevilla and Jerez de la Frontera, both of which are renowned for being “cradles” of flamenco music and dance. This will be her second performance at the Watermelon Festival, and she looks forward to sharing this taste of Spain with Lions Club festival supporters.
THE LANDIA BAND – SUNDAY, AUGUST 18, 7:00 pm
The Landia Band is fronted by singer/songwriter/guitarist David Landia with Wesley King on electric guitar, Chris Chambers on bass and Dennis King on drums. Their music is an unusual blend of rock, jazz and R&B. Legendary DJ, Casey Kasem, calls Landia the freshest music he’s heard in decades! If you desire an uplifting, positive, melodic vibe with lyrics that have a soul, then you have come to the right place! Landia delivers a timeless message at just the right time: NOW!!
BIG DADDY T – SUNDAY, AUGUST 18, 8:00 pm
Big Daddy T considers themselves as…Electric Blues Served Hot! Since the early years of the 20th century American blues music has had one purpose, to make people feel better. Blues is a joyous, sometimes ruckus experience. It is not moored to an intellectual and often overly academic approach found in its counterpart Jazz. It is alive with spirit and excitement. As the foundation of all popular music in America, Blues has many very familiar elements. Big Daddy T is an Electric Blues quartet that mixes these elements of Rock, Soul, Jazz and Funk. This blend of ingredients is “cooked on high heat” by a group of highly talented musicians with a stage show that can only be described as exhilarating. Big Daddy T’s Quartet is made up of Vocals, Bass, Guitar, Organ and Drums.
Big Daddy T grew up in Southern California and discovered the Blues at an early age. “I can remember listening to Josh White at age 14 and being captivated by songs like ‘One Meatball’ and ‘Well, Well, Well.’” He has performed professionally in Atlanta, Nashville, Texas and Southern California as a studio musician and stage performer. Big Daddy T will entertain with high energy music and a spirit of enthusiasm worthy of any venue.
Friday, August 16
6pm VERDUGO VOICE GLEE CLUB
7pm ROYAL COURT CORONATION
Saturday, August 17
12pm JACOBI LYNN DANCE
2pm RADIO DISNEY
3pm KARISSA LEE
4pm ARTWORK JAMAL
5PM LEELA BELLY DANCE COMPANY
6PM MIRACLE DOLLS
8PM SAD ROBOT
Sunday, August 18
12pm JACOBI LYNN DANCE
1pm RONALD MCDONALD
2pm FEVER THE GHOST
3pm BULLDAWG BLUES BAND
4pm SUSANA ELENA
6pm CHASE WALKER BAND
7pm LANDIA BAND
8pm BIG DADDY T