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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.

2012 Cypress Community Festival Date Set For July 28th

The date for the 32nd annual Cypress Community Festival has been set for Saturday, July 28, 2012. The public is invited to attend this annual “birthday party” for the City of Cypress and admission is free. This huge event has become a tradition in the community as families, friends and neighbors commemorate the date of incorporation of Cypress by enjoying the Festival.

The Festival is produced by a dedicated group of volunteers known as the Cypress Community Festival Association. This group of about 20 community residents meets on the third Wednesday of each month from January through September to plan and produce the celebration.

The Cypress Community Festival is held at Oak Knoll park located at 5700 Orange Avenue. Festival day begins at 7 a.m. with the Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast. Then there is the annual 5K/10K run/walk which starts at 7:30 a.m. The Festival grounds are open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Craft vendors from all over the southland bring their wares to sell and display. Crafters, artisans, non-profit groups and individuals desiring booth space may email:

The event is the largest one-day Festival in Orange County and draws about 30,000 visitors each year. Families will discover activities for all ages. There are food vendors, rides for the kids, game booths and clowns.

The annual classic car show draws a large crowd. Last year there were many participants in the hot and spicy chili cook-off and the salsa contest. In addition, the Cypress Chamber of Commerce conducts a Business Expo at the Festival where many companies large and small are able to display their products and services as they reach out to the community.

“We are looking forward to an exciting Festival again this year,” said Carol Fafara, the Festival Entertainment Chair. There will be shows throughout the day on four stages. Planned artists and entertainers for the 2012 Festival include: country artist Peter Brandon, the Chris Anderson Group Go Country 105 FM, and many other bands, artists and dancers.

Past Festivals have included appearances by Snoopy from Knott’s Berry Farm, a magic show by Ronald McDonald and a police dog demonstration by the Cypress Police Canine Unit. Local non-profit organizations have information booths to let the community know about their activities and Festival visitors are invited to cheer for their favorite youth softball teams.

The Festival is dependent on sponsorship support from local corporations, businesses and individuals. In 2011 major support was received from the law offices of Aleshire & Wynder, LLP; Consolidated Disposal Service; The Event News; The Gardens – Hawaiian Gardens Casino; Go Country 105 FM; The Grand Prix Association of Long Beach; The HomeMag of Orange County; UnitedHealthcare and Yamaha Motors Corp. – USA. Those desiring to sponsor the 2012 Festival may obtain information by email at

Information about the Cypress Community Festival, Business Expo, Car Show, and the Chili and Salsa contest is available on the internet at The community is encouraged to follow the Festival on Facebook and Twitter. Information is also available by email: or by phone at (714) 886-9749.

Photo Caption #1: Headliners at the 2012 Cypress Community Festival include country artist Peter Brandon.

Photo Caption #2: The Cypress Community Festival includes lots of fun for families and kids including Snoopy from Knott’s Berry farm and clowns Dizzy Darla and Silly Susan.