Monthly Archives: July 2012

Roadhouse Band Offers Blues and Rock to Chili Tasters and Car Lovers

Snuggled in with smoking hot chili, tongue-tingling salsa and spit-polished classic and muscle cars, the stage in the Chili Cook-off and Car Show area of the Cypress Community Festival will serve up the Roadhouse Band from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m on Festival Day, Saturday, July 28.

This local Orange County music group — made up of four friends who met more than 25 years ago at Pacifica High School in Garden Grove — combines blues tunes and classic rock for a maximum mix of dancing and listening pleasure. The group has played many SoCal clubs and venues, most recently at Original Mike’s Restaurant and the Orange Street Fair.

The four band members are passionate about music that covers more than 30 years. The lead guitarist is Kurt King, backed up by Steve Mills. Brian Bevilacqua plays bass. Tony Schirner keeps the beat on drums.

Each year the band’s popularity grows with its Cypress Festival audience. This year you can expect to hear great tunes like “Mustang Sally,” “Brown Eyed Girl,” and “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg.” The Cypress Community Festival is pleased to welcome Roadhouse back to our Chili and Car Show Stage.

The Cypress Festival will be held at Oak Knoll Park, 5700 Orange Ave. (west of Valley View St.) in Cypress. For more information, visit the Cypress Community Festival website at http://www.cypressfestival.com/

Photo Caption: The Cypress Community Festival Chili Cook-off and Car Show area will serve up the Roadhouse Band from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m on Festival Day, Saturday, July 28.

Local Teens to Invade the Cypress Festival

You’ve seen them on YouTube and Myspace, now you can catch “Chaos Invasion” performing live at the “Outpost” Stage on Saturday, July 28 at the Cypress Community Festival. The Festival is held at Oak Knoll Park, 5700 Orange Ave. in Cypress.

Chaos Invasion band members Zach Chen, Zoe Chen, and Sammy Soto met at a local music school where they learned and developed their musical talents. After a few years and a few different “music school” bands, they decided it would be fun to form their own band.

Since the band’s debut at a local school talent show with its own version of “Time is Running out” by Muse, Zach and Zoe and Sammy have built an impressive set list under the guidance of their parents. Their current set list includes: “Take Me out,” “Eye of The Tiger,” “Time is Running Out,” “Living On a Prayer,” “Adam’s Song,” and “I love Rock and Roll.”

Chaos Invasion has played at school carnivals, city fairs and birthday parties — for more details visit http://www.Chaosinvasion.net.

Continuous entertainment from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. will fill four stages during Festival Day. Be sure to check out the Cypress Community Festival website at http://www.cypressfestival.com.

Photo Caption (Top): You’ve seen them on YouTube and Myspace – now catch “Chaos Invasion” performing live on the “Outpost” Stage at the Cypress Community Festival on Saturday, July 28.

Photo Caption: Chaos Invasion band members Zach Chen, Zoe Chen, Matthew Cesena and Sammy Soto met at a local music school where they learned and developed their talents.

Nicole Werner to Open Cypress Festival with National Anthem

Local voice teacher Nicole Werner has been selected to sing the National Anthem at the Cypress Community Festival. Described as a “diminutive charmer with powerful pipes,” Nicole Werner has proven herself the consummate triple threat in musical theatre productions and concerts throughout the country.

Nicole is the lead vocalist with the Cypress Church Worship Team. She grew up in northwest Orange County where she attended Los Alamitos High School and the Orange County High School of the Arts. She studied performing arts at UC San Diego and received an MFA in Musical Theater from San Diego State University. This is the only graduate program of its kind in the nation equipping artists to both perform and teach at the university level.

 

Her performance credits span the spectrum of musical and theatrical talents. She “dazzled” in 42nd Street as Peggy Sawyer, starred as the title role in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella at South Bay Civic Light Opera and played Olive in San Diego’s regional premiere of Putnam County Spelling Bee. She has served as a guest artist with the San Diego Chamber Orchestra since 2006 and has sung throughout Los Angeles with jazz groups Odyssey Tango Trio and Blue Coral.

Most recently, she traveled to the East Coast to sing with the Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra.  She also has had the great honor of recording a new musical demo with the legendary Golden Age composer Hugh Martin.  She works as a choreographer and director for university, public school, and professional productions and teaches voice and musical theatre at Orange County Song and Dance and in her private studio. She is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association and The National Association of Teachers of Singing. More information about Nicole is available online at: http://www.nicolewerner.net/

The opening ceremonies at 9:00 a.m. on Festival Day will include the Flag Salute with a color guard from the Boy Scouts of America. The public is invited to attend this free event at Oak Knoll Park on Saturday July 28 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Festival information is available online at: http://www.cypressfestival.com/

Photo Caption #1: Voice teacher Nicole Werner, who sings regularly at Cypress Church, has been selected to lead the National Anthem at the opening ceremonies for Cypress Community Festival on July 28th.

Photo Caption #2: Nicole Werner’s performance credits span the spectrum of musical and theatrical talents. She “dazzled” in 42nd Street as Peggy Sawyer and starred in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella at South Bay Civic Light Opera.

Chris Anderson Group to Light up Cypress Festival Main Stage with Soulful Blues and Rock ‘n’ Roll

The Chris Anderson Group, also known as CAG, will rock out on the Main Stage of the Cypress Community Festival at High Noon on Saturday, July 28. This trio thrills audiences with their blues, soul, and rock ’n roll music.

You’ll hear Chris Anderson singing and playing his guitar. Rich Smith also sings and plays the drums, and Mike Casper is their bass guitar player and backup vocalist.

Influenced by Chicago, Memphis and Texas style blues along with rock, soul and reggae, CAG’s live shows excite and electrify audiences.

In February of 2012 CAG was selected as winners of the Anaheim Ducks OC/LA Concert Series. Bands from all over the greater Southern California area participated in this contest which began in October 2011. After the final fans voting tally CAG took home the Grand Prize.

As a direct result of that win, CAG performed at the Second Annual “Rivalry Hold ’em Poker Challenge” in March 2012.

CAG loves to perform and currently play eight to ten shows per month at many Orange County and Southern California venues, such as Taps in Brea, Stubrik’s in Fullerton, and Lucille’s restaurants. Whether they are playing original material or cover tunes, their live shows are always lots of fun!

Photo Caption: The Chris Anderson Group, also known as CAG, will rock out on the Main Stage of the Cypress Community Festival at High Noon on Saturday, July 28.

Photo Caption: CAG’s live shows excite and electrify audiences. Their music style has been influenced by Chicago, Memphis and Texas style blues along with rock, soul and reggae.

Photo Caption: Bass player and vocalist Mike Casper and the Chris Anderson Group will entertain Cypress Festival crowds on Saturday July 28 at Oak Knoll Park.

Cypress Kiwanis Flipping Flapjacks at Oak Knoll Park

Got a man-sized (or woman-sized) appetite and a hankering for flapjacks?

The annual Pancake Breakfast will open at 7 a.m. on Saturday, July 28, at Oak Knoll Park, 5700 Orange Ave. in Cypress. The last flapjack will be plated at 11 a.m.

Hosted by the Kiwanis Club of Cypress, this event has become a traditional  kick-off for the Cypress Community Festival, a bridge from the Cypress 5k/10k Run/Walk that ends in front of the Civic Center a short saunter west on Orange Ave.

Dozens of volunteers will be on hand to serve you with a smile and get your Festival Day off to a great start.

The Kiwanis ask just five bucks for “all-you-can-eat” flapjacks along with a sausage, coffee and more, and all for a great cause.

Net proceeds from the Pancake Breakfast are donated to Club-supported charities, including meals delivered to home-bound seniors and Red Ribbon Week anti-drug activities for school children.

The Cypress Kiwanis Club officers for 2012 are: George Hallak, President; Jay Sondhi, President Elect; Leon Kapczysnki, Treasurer; Lydia Sondhi, Secretary; and Mike Fields, Immediate Past President.

Information about Kiwanis of Cypress is available online at: http://www.kiwanisclubofcypress.org/ or you may call George Hallak at (714) 821-4542. Information about the Cypress Community Festival is available at http://www.cypressfestival.com.

Photo Caption: Got a man-sized (or woman-sized) appetite and a hankering for flapjacks? Come to the Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, July 28 from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m., at Oak Knoll Park in Cypress.

Photo Caption: The Kiwanis ask just five bucks for “all-you-can-eat” flapjacks along with a sausage, coffee and more, and all for a great cause. Dozens of volunteers will be on hand to serve you with a smile and get your Festival Day off to a great start.

Photo Caption: Hosted by the Kiwanis Club of Cypress, the annual Pancake Breakfast event has become a traditional kick-off for the Cypress Community Festival to be held on July 28th this year.

Dancers bring “A Touch of Polynesia” to Cypress Festival

Rose Cason, director and choreographer of “A Touch of Polynesia,” and her colorfully-costumed dancers bring the exotic dances of central and southern Pacific Ocean indigenous peoples to Oak Knoll Park in Cypress.

The colorful costumes reflect the beautiful colors of nature found in Polynesia.

Polynesia embraces more than a thousand islands separated by hundreds of miles of open ocean but united by culture, including dance styles like the hula from Hawaii and Tahitian dance from French Polynesia. Dancers use their arms and hands as a way of communicating through dance.

Both Polynesian men and women dance as a social activity, but the choreography for males and females often differ strikingly.

Come and enjoy “A Touch of Polynesia” performing dances from Hawaii, Tahiti and New Zealand on the Cypress Festival main stage at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 28.

The Festival is held at Oak Knoll Park, 5700 Orange Ave. (west of Valley View St.) in Cypress. For more information, visit the Festival website at www.cypressfestival.com.

Photo Caption: Enjoy exotic dances of the Pacific Islands performed by “A Touch of Polynesia” at the Cypress Community Festival on Saturday July 28.

Photo Caption: “A Touch of Polynesia” will demonstrate dances from Hawaii, Tahiti and New Zealand starting at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 28 at Oak Knoll Park in Cypress.

Photo Caption: The colorful costumes of Rose Carson’s “A Touch of Polynesia” dancers reflect the kaleidoscope of beautiful shades of nature found on faraway islands.