SUMMER MELTDOWN 2014!



BRILLIANT, UNIQUE MUSIC and ARTS FESTIVAL, “The SUMMER 
MELTDOWN,” BRINGS TOGETHER LOCAL, REGIONAL and NATIONAL 
TOURING ACTS to BENEFIT YOUTH LIVING with AUTISM. THE ONE-
OF-A-KIND MUSIC and ARTS FESTIVAL is CO-PRODUCED by 
STUDENTS with AUTISM, THEIR GENERAL EDUCATION PEERS, and 
the FOUNDERS OF THE “YES I CAN: UNITY THROUGH MUSIC AND 
EDUCATION SOCIAL INCLUSION PROGRAM.  

Some of The Most Respected and Recognized Artists of Today, Matisyahu 
and The Dirty Heads, Come Together in Support of the World’s Largest 
Music and Arts Festival of Its Kind – A Family-Friendly, Massive, Forty-
Band, Four-Stage Arts and Music Festival Which is Co-Produced by Thriving 
Teens Living with Autism/Asperger’s Syndrome and their neuro-typical 
peers.  

February 21, 2014. Santa Clarita, CA. – The Summer Meltdown is the 
most notable and largest arts and music festival of its kind featuring A-list 
musicians. This year, Billboard© topping artists Matisyahu and The 
Dirty Heads perform for one fun-packed, music-blissful day to celebrate 
music, arts and community, while enriching the lives and confidence of 
youth living with Autism and other disabilities. In conjunction with the 
Santa Clarita, California based “Yes I Can” (YIC) program, this unique and 
most inspirational festival is co-produced by youth living on the Autism 
Spectrum. 


The Yes I Can: Unity Through Music and Education Program is a 501-c3 
non-profit organization, which developed the Summer Meltdown Festival in 
2004 to provide youth on the Autism spectrum an opportunity to be a part 
of the community, develop occupational skills and simply find a place to fit-
in amongst their peers. The founders, and twelve students, conceptualized 
the event, with the notion that if they produced a concert for their 


community, other teens just might find them “cool,” explains festival 
founder, Bret Lieberman. The Yes I Can Program has benefited more than 
five hundred students, and is predominately run by YIC students, 
volunteers, and trained teacher advisors.  

The Summer Meltdown Autism Awareness Art & Music Festival takes 
place on April 26, 2014, at the City of Santa Clarita Skatepark and 
field, and will feature thirty bands on four stages, with fourteen live 
artists, who will paint/draw live on stage as the bands perform to 
enhance the overall experience for fest-goers. Additionally, the festival will 
offer a large variety of specialized food trucks for tantalizing cuisine for the 
most critical of palette, and will feature many local and regional artisans 
who will be on hand to both display and sell their handcrafted goods.  

This eleventh annual arts and music festival is co-produced with its 
founders and the students in the Yes I Can program, many of whom are 
teens living on the spectrum of Autism. Bret Lieberman and Lisa 
Lamedman, along with their socially isolated students who were 
being bullied, developed the concept of the Summer Meltdown Arts 
and Music Festival. Together, they came up with the idea of 
producing a concert in the community in hopes of having a place to 
fit in. Bret, Lisa, and their Yes I Can students ran with the idea, working to 
enrich their social and occupational skills.  

“To have the opportunity to teach these extraordinary kids true-to-life skills 
that they could learn alongside music industry professionals, and to be able 
to grow their new-found talents year after year as they move on to college 
was a no-brainer for me. As a special education teacher, who specializes in 
Autism, my passion lies deep with these kids. Just to see the smiles on their 
faces and watch them make such huge accomplishments, is like nothing 
else I have experienced,” says co-founder Bret Lieberman. “By exposing 
these teens to a major music and arts event like the Summer Meltdown 
Festival, it embraces their team-building skills, while developing their 
knowledge of the music and arts industries- there is nothing better I could 
think to give them, as music is our universal language.” 


THE COMPLETE ARTIST LINE-UP IS AS FOLLOWS: 

Matisyahu * THE Dirty Heads * Stick Figure * Seedless * Cisco Adler 
Thrive * Krooked Treez * Hirie * The Expanders * Ontronik Chris 
Young * Katastro * Mystic Roots * Natural Incense * Arise 
RootsForrest Day * Wheeland Bros * Stranger * Papafish * Jet West 


Rick Thorne * Ease Up * Reeform * Piracy Conspiracy * Top Shelf 
C Def and Breaking Tempo * More to be announced 

(Doyle of the Misfits - on hand for autographs & photo opportunities only) 
Photo by: Christopher Crouse

Modeled after a federal program developed by the University of Minnesota, 
YIC began as a pilot program in the William S. Hart School District in 1999 
with the help of the City of Santa Clarita. Yes I Can students learn about 
disabilities, self-advocacy, goal setting, self-determination, collaboration, 
communication skills, as well as the appreciation of diversity in a year-long 
elective class.  

“The teens and its founders work closely together on everything imaginable 
to make the festival come to life. From booking bands, to assisting with 
sound, lighting and staging, as well as marketing and graphic designing – 
the teens learn how to work alongside professionals, how to manage small 
and large projects, and more importantly, in the process, they innately 
grow their self-confidence by seeing the fruits of their labor as the festival 
transpires. I’ve never seen anything quite like it, and I’m honored to be a 
part of,” says festival publicist Tanya Moore of Moore Media – who is also on 
the Autism spectrum. 


The festival is located at the City of Santa Clarita Skatepark and field at 
20840 Centre Pointe Parkway in Santa Clarita, California on Saturday, April 
26, 2014, and will take place from noon to 8pm, with gates opening at 
11am. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the gate. The festival 
founders are advising advance ticket purchases, as they are expecting to 
sell-out this year due to the level of talent. One hundred percent of the 
proceeds go to benefit the Yes I Can program. 

For more information, please visit the website at: 
www.SummerMeltdownSCV.com. For advance ticket purchases, log-onto: 
www.etixs.com. For sponsorship opportunities, visit: 
http://sponsorthemeltdown.com/ and for media inquiries and/or interviews 
with founders or various artists on the lineup, please contact festival 
publicist: Tanya Moore of Moore Media via email at: PR@MooreMedia.TV  


LINKS OF INTEREST: 

YES I CAN PROGRAM: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Yes-I-Can-
Summer-Meltdown-Autism-Awareness-Arts-Music-
Festival/374276619333585 

YES I CAN VIDEO: http://vimeo.com/15141069 

SUMMER MELTDOWN: http://summermeltdownscv.com/ 

SPONSOR SUMMER MELTDOWN: http://vimeo.com/15141069 

MOORE MEDIA: http://mooremedia.tv/ 


ARTIST LINKS: 

Matisyahu: http://matisyahuworld.com/ 

Dirty Heads: http://www.dirtyheads.com/ 

Stick Figure: http://www.stickfiguremusic.com/ 

Seedless: http://seedlessmusic.ning.com/ 

Doyle of the Misfits: 
http://hauntedhotsauce.com/officialdoyle_staging/buy-doyle-abominator/ 

Cisco Adler: http://www.ciscoadlerpresents.com/ 

Thrive: http://thrivetheband.com/category/music/ 

Krooked Treez: http://www.krookedtreezmusic.com/ 

Hirie: http://www.hiriemusic.com/ 

The Expanders: http://theexpanders.net/ 

Ontronik: http://ontronik.com/ 

Chris Young: http://chrisyoungtherapper.bandcamp.com/ 

Katastro: http://katastro.com/ 

Mystic Roots: http://www.mysticroots.com/ 

Natural Incense: http://naturalincensemusic.com/band 

Arise Roots: http://www.ariseroots.com/ 

Forrest Day: http://www.forrestday.com/ 

Wheeland Bros: http://www.wheelandbrothers.com/ 

Stranger: http://www.strangerband.com/ 

Papafish: https://www.bandpage.com/papafish 

Jet West: http://www.jetwestband.com/ 

Rick Thorne: http://rickthorne.tv/ 

Ease Up: http://easeup.bandcamp.com/ 

Reeform: http://www.reverbnation.com/Reeform 

Piracy Conspiracy: http://www.reverbnation.com/Reeform 

Top Shelf: http://www.topshelfbigband.com/ 

C Def: https://soundcloud.com/yungtruthakacdef 

Breaking Tempo: http://www.breakingtempo.com 


Featured Live Painters: 
Al Scholl, Kirk O Hara, Timoi, Sparart, Gilbert Bernal, Enrique Gallegos, 
Michael Richard Rosenbalt, Tara Nichole, Amber Jahn 
David Stranger, Jordyn Anaya, Elizabeth Randolph, Christian, Alexander 
Soto, Anna Randolph 



FESTIVAL SPONSORS: 

KROQ: http://kroq.cbslocal.com/ 

MOORE MEDIA: http://mooremedia.tv/ 

GUITAR CENTER/ Stevenson Ranch: 
http://stores.guitarcenter.com/Stevenson-Ranch?source=4SOSWXXN 

JERSEY MIKES SUBS/ Santa Clarita: 
http://www.jerseymikes.com/20005 

BNV PRODUCTIONS: http://www.bnvproductions.com/ 

ANDY GUMP: https://www.andygump.com/ 


ABOUT “YES I CAN” In Conjunction with SUMMER MELTDOWN: 

The Yes I Can (YIC) program is a program of the Unity for Music and 
Education 501-c3 nonprofit organization, which is based out of the William 
S. Hart School District, in Santa Clarita, California. 


The Yes I Can program connects students who have a wide array of 
spectrum disorders, many with Autism and Asperger’s syndrome with peer 
mentors, while teaching them social and life skills which embrace 
acceptance. 
The Summer Meltdown was praised by the University of Minnesota as one 
of the best “Yes I Can” social inclusion activities in the nation. It has been 
highlighted in local media as a model program for social inclusion and has 
been featured in Teaching Tolerance Magazine and received “Program of the 
Year Award” from the California Association of Speech and Hearing in 2005 
and the Digital Voice Award in 2010 for Outstanding Technical Achievement 
by students in a professional 
field.  

Modeled after a federal program developed by the University of Minnesota, 
YIC began as pilot program in 1999 with the help of the City of Santa 
Clarita. Yes I Can students learn about disabilities, self-advocacy, goal 
setting, self-determination, collaboration and communication skills, as well 
as the appreciation of diversity in a yearlong elective class. 
Many of the students with Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome in the program 


have lived on the social outskirts and have found commonality most difficult 
with other peers. By utilizing music as the common thread among peers, 
the Yes I Can program focuses on what these teens have in common, as 
oppose to their differences by creating shared experiences, while building 
practical occupational skills needed for planning large events. 
The concert element, which began as a class celebration for the first 
successful year, is the yearly culmination of the program, which is 
produced by the youth, for the community to raise social awareness and 
tolerance of youth on the spectrum. The students work alongside music 
industry professionals to produce the event. The program is enriched 
through the planning of the annual Summer Meltdown Music & Arts Festival. 

CALENDAR RELEASE: 

WHO: Matisyahu, Dirty Heads, Stick Figure, Cisco Adler, Seedless, Hirie, 
Krooked Treez, Thrive, Mystic Roots, The Expanders, Katastro, and more. 

WHAT: Summer Meltdown Music and Arts Festival, presented by Yes I Can 
students. 

WHY: Supporting the Yes I Can program for Autism 

WHEN: April 26, 2014 12pm-8pm/ Doors at 11am 

WHERE: City of Santa Clarita Skatepark, 20840 Centre Pointe Pkwy, Santa 
Clarita, California 

TICKET LINK: www.etixs.com 

TICKET PRICE: ADV: $20/ GATES: $25 

FESTIVAL CONTACT INFO: Bret Lieberman/ 
Info@SummerMeltdownSCV.com 

PRESS CONTACT INFO: Tanya Moore/ Moore Media/ PR@MooreMedia.TV 

FESTIVAL WEBSITE: www.summermeltdownscv.com 







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