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Featured Artist: Natalie Gelman

The Los Angeles music scene is packed full of talent. This year, we’re importing a New Yorker to open up Sunday’s entertainment schedule at The Watermelon Festival, 2012. Singer and Songwriter, Natalie Gelman has been featured in Billboard Magazine and graced the front page of both the New York Times and New York Post among numerous other publications. But things weren’t always looking so bright. In fact, they looked quite dim – “subway tunnel dim.”

Natalie Gelman

Sun | Aug. 12

12:30pm – 1:30pm

Pop / Folk Rock

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To call her an underground musician is not only an understatement – it’s literal. She literally started in an underground music scene as a street performer choosing to showcase her talents on New York subway platforms for riders as they waited for the next train. You would think such a showcase would garner no more than a couple bucks in her guitar case similar to a Venice Beach entertainer – a dime a dozen. But talent coupled with a little bit of luck has a way of cutting through sometimes. The difference is that her experience put her in front of constantly-shifting and mobile, mass audiences. One audience member just so happened to be folk legend, Peter Yarrow of 1960′s fame, Paul and Mary.

With the help of Yarrow’s recognition, the internet and ever-persisting talent, Natalie worked her way from commuters to connoisseurs. Gone are the days of subway songs. She now has performed in front of thousands at multiple festivals including, Sun Dance Film Festival, Comic Con, the NAMM Show as well as countless colleges in over 24 states. Her original music combines themes of Sheryl Crow, Sarah McLachlan and Jewel. Natalie’s head turning voice spans the range of powerful and poppy to soulful and soothing on her follow up release. The recording was produced by Charlie Midnight (James Brown, Joni Mitchell) and Mark Needham (The Killers, Chris Isaak).

The New York Post says, “Simply Terrific.” See Natalie perform as opening act for an all-star lineup of entertainment on Sunday, August 12th at the Sunland-Tujunga Watermelon Festival in Los Angeles. Her performance starts at 12:30p and she is followed by a truly impressive slate of bands.


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Click here to look & listen to Sunday’s entertainment

Listen to our featured mp3 tracks next to each band.

This years bands have shared the stage with Eric Clapton, B.B. King, Dave Matthews, John Mayer, The 88, Avi Buffalo, Sublime, and more. You’ve heard their songs on the radio, television, commercials, and movie soundtracks. We have featured mp3 tracks next to each band on the website.Come see them for yourself at this year’s Sunland Tujunga Watermelon Festival of Los Angeles on the weekend of August 10, 11, 12.

Click here for all the festival’s bands - Aug. 10, 11, 12