Photos: The 13th Annual Summer Meltdown Festival - Santa Clarita, CA. 4.30.2016

The 13th Annual Summer Meltdown
Autism Awareness Art & Music Festival

 The annual event took place Saturday, April 30 at Central Park in Santa Clarita, CA. Summer Meltdown is produced by the“Yes I Can” Unity Through Music & Education Program. Bret Lieberman and his students developed the Summer Meltdown Festival in 2004 at Valencia High School to provide youth on the Autism spectrum an opportunity to be a part of the musical community, to develop occupational skills and find a place to connect with their peers. The event is produced by the students with and without disabilities working together under the guidance of the executive producer and founder Bret Lieberman. One hundred percent of the proceeds benefit the Yes I Can non-profit organization. 

What started as a culminating school project, has morphed 13 years later into a professional music and art festival to be enjoyed by all ages. Attending the festival was a blessing. The atmosphere was genuinely positive, smiles abounded and a welcoming family vibe resonated throughout the day. 

Musical performances spanned across 3 stages

showcasing 30 bands;

Unified Highway: featuring Eric Rachmany of Rebelution w/ Amp Live,  Katchafire,  Zion I,  Wakrat,  Through the Roots,  Arise Roots,  Chali 2na,  Krooked Treez,  SYNRGY,  DJ Z-TRIP,  DJ Soulman,  OnTronik,  Stranger Band,  True Press,  J Ras,  Brewfish,  Black Salt Tone,  Ital Vibes,  R-Mean,  Roots Covenant,  Bad Neighborz,  Janelle Phillips,  Thicker Than Thieves,  B Foundation,  Native Elements,  Elmer Abapo,  Magic Bronson,  IrieFuse,  Between California & Summer,  and Johnny Love.

Featured live painters added to the spirit of the

festival and included such talents as;

Al Scholl,  Kirk O Hara,  Tara Nichole,  David Marple,  Jimmy Ovadia,  Elizabeth Randolph,  Anna Randolph,  Christopher Morphis,  Enrique Gallegos,  Greg Noll,  Krystal Dyer, plus many more.

Randolph Art

Al Scholl
Zion I
Deuce Eclipse
Krooked TreezStranger Band: Tilley

Arise Roots
Arise Roots: Rodolfo CovarrubiasArise Roots: Karim Israel
SYNRGY: Joshua Clark

SYNRGY: Brian Zach

Stranger Band: Don Carter

Ital Vibes

Wakrat: Tim Commerford
Wakrat: Laurent Grangeon
Krooked Treez
David Marple

Stranger Band: David Stranger
Stranger Band
Stranger Band

Krooked Treez: Brenden Denton

Matt Corkill

Chali 2na
Krooked Treez: Bobby Zen
Ital Vibes: Kennedy Peneueta-Peapea


Through The Roots

Through The RootsEvan Hawkins

Katchafire: Logan Bell

Jimmy Ovadia

Jimmy Ovadia


Deuce Eclipse

Zion I



Katchafire: Leon Davey

Katchafire: Tere Mateora NgaruaKatchafire: Logan Bell

Unified Highway: Amp Live

Unified Highway: Eric Rachmany

Unified Highway: Amp Live

Unified Highway: Eric Rachmany and Sophia Scott
Unified Highway: Amp Live

Unified Highway: Eric Rachmany


Yes I Can Website

Yes I Can Facebook

Yes I Can Instagram

Yes I Can Twitter

Summer Meltdown Website

Summer Meltdown Facebook

Photos by Royal Vision


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