'This year's Festival promises to be the best one yet,' stated Bruce Neckels, President of the Chamber and Chairman of the event for the third year. 'With The Beach Toys, a Beach Boys tribute band, as our headliner on the main stage, we hope the event will remind everyone of an endless summer, Southern California style.'
Starting things off on the main stage was The Cody Bryant Show, who greeted guests with toe-tapping, foot-stomping Country & Western music. Featured at the entrance stage was Alana Sweetwater and the Heavysteppers, a bluesy rock and roll band complete with tap dancers, and Makadoutious, the state champion hip hop dance squad comprised of students from North Hollywood, Grant, and Burbank high schools, and Walter Reed middle school.
'The Beach Toys perform all over the country and have a huge following,' said Neckels. "This is an homage to the great Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Carl Wilson, Dennis Wilson and Al Jardine." The Beach Toys have recreated the sight, sound and mannerisms of this most recognizable band. From the striped shirts and Sansabelt slacks, to the suede "Beatle Boots" and wavy hair, right down to the definitive harmonies and groundbreaking lyrics about life in California. They play the same instruments and even wear the same aftershave.
'Be prepared to catch the hypnotic wave of true California music on the Fourth,' added Neckels. 'And to spice up the flavor of this era, the Southern California Woodies Club will also be on hand displaying over 30 vintage Woodies.
Besides the traditional Food Court, Pendragon's Magic Show, Children's Fun Zone, live music, and grand finale fireworks display, the Festival also included the Studio City Chamber of Commerce Business Expo. Chamber Members had the chance to market and promote their business.
Neckels, President of the Studio City Chamber of Commerce turned Stage 17 into a VIP Lounge. "It was such a tremendous success last year, we just had to do it again."
The VIP Package @ $100.00 per person included; Privileged parking, entry into the VIP Lounge, an ole-fashioned smokehouse BBQ picnic, wine-tasting, and the opportunity to dine and mingle with the stars. Join the stars at the rooftop-VIP-area viewing for the spectacular fireworks display. Only 400 VIP tickets were available and they went fast, so don't wait, purchase your tickets early!
Proceeds from this event benefit the Studio City Chamber of Commerce and Children of the Night. The SCCC sponsors other community events such as the Holiday Open House & Parade, monthly First Friday Club Breakfast's & Mixers, and this year for the first time, will reserve proceeds to benefit the SCCC College Scholarship Fund for underprivileged high-school graduates who excel in Business and Economics.