Saturday night at 7:00pm, the Grammy Award winning and multi-platinum recording group Rose Royce will take the stage. Some of the soul and R&B band’s biggest hits include “Car Wash,” “Wishing on a Star” and “I Wanna Get Next To You.” Dazzling audience worldwide for twenty five years you can’t turn on the radio or television without hearing one of their songs!
Sunday night at 6:00pm, The Finalists- Elliot Yamin of “American Idol” and Melissa (“MJ”) Jimenez of “The Voice,” with Jack Mack & the Heart Attack Horns. This dynamic show features the hardest working band in “Soul” business with television fan favorites from two top rated music shows. Elliott Yamin’s hits include “Wait for You,” “Fight for Love” and “Can’t Keep Loving You (From a Distance).” Melissa (“MJ”) Jimenez is well-known for her performances on Wyclef Jean’s “Touch Your Button” and “Dance With Me,” from the motion picture “First Daughter.”
On Saturday, at 10:30am, the Main Stage will open with a performance by the Verdugo Voices Glee Club and Jr. Glee Club. These wonderful and talented young performers are always a joy to hear, followed by the ever popular Coronation of the Watermelon Queen, King and their Court. (The Royal Court contestants run to raise money for various school programs and organizations in the Sunland-Tujunga area.) On hand to assist with the coronation will be Special Guest Brandi Harrison, the current 2014 National Watermelon Queen. At noon Cile Borman takes with stage with her Tropical Punch Caribbean show followed by the Radio Disney Road Crew at 1:00pm. Vaudevillians Rogers & Evans will take the audience back to the Golden Age of music with their performance at 2:00pm and Louisiana legends Henry Turner, Jr. & Flavor join the festivities at 3:30pm with their mesmerizing brand of soul, reggae and funk. Last year favorite’s Landia Band returns at 5:00pm this year with their grooving, chunky funky rhythm and razor sharp riffage. A great opener for Rose Royce!
Sunday’s Main Stage lineup opens at 10:30am with a special performance by the Dill Purple Geniuses, whimsical characters along with the talented Dill Genius Kids and host Jennifer Hopson, put on a fun-filled show featuring story-telling, singing and skits. McDonald’s Chief Happiness Officer, Ronald McDonald performs at 11:00am and will also be on hand for photo ops. Noon brings the cool breezes of the Caribbean to the festival with the popular band Upstream. Rock Theatre, a teenage troupe of singers and dancers take the stage for two half-hour sets at 1:30pm and 2:30pm. Blues rules for returning fan favorites The Bull Dawg Blues Band at 3:00pm and Mike Fell and His So Called Friends at 4:30pm, great intros for our blockbuster closer of The Finalists – Elliot Yamin, “MJ” Jimenez with Jack Mack & the Heart Attack Horns.
Special Guests this year on Saturday include the Radio Disney Road Crew and 100.3 The Sound radio station from 11am to 2:00pm. New this year is PWR 106 from 2:00pm to 6:00pm. On Sunday both the Kings Ice Crew and Galaxy Star Squad with a soccer activity, return from 10:00am to 3:00pm. Be sure to stop by all their booths to play interactive games and have chances to win prizes.
The Watermelon Pavilion will have hourly carving and cooking demonstrations. Chef Poon will again be carving his whimsical and easy creations, along with culinary students. At 5:00pm daily, a Watermelon Carving Competition will be held. Celebrity Judges for Saturday include Watermelon Carver Jim Morey, who will also be doing demonstrations and Celebrity Chef Hiep Thi Le who has appeared on Food Network’s “Chopped.”
New Attractions for this year are pony rides, a petting farm, a zoo, the Euro Bungee and Bubble Rollers. The Trompers of Eagle Rock’s vintage car club will also have muscle cars and hot rods on display…and you can also discover the world of the Rolling Robots, not to mention that Lucky and Winnie, the Santa Anita Race Track Mascots will be available for photo ops too.
So mark your calendars and come have some fun at the 53rd Sunland-Tujunga Lions Club Watermelon Festival, July 19 and July 20 at Santa Anita Park. Enjoy rides, games, live music and refreshing watermelon slices all day long and don’t forget to enter the Watermelon Eating and Seed Spitting Contests!
About the Festival:
Proceeds raised by the Watermelon Festival are used by the Sunland-Tujunga Lions Club help to support local youth and community activities, disaster relief, and to support health and vision conservation programs in California, across the nation and throughout the world.
For additional information contact: Marcia Groff, Entertainment Enterprises, 310-721-1592, entertainmg@
John M. Forrester
John M. Forrester