Universal CityWalk's 'Summer Block Party' Sizzles With Seven Nights a Week of Free Non-Stop Entertainment Showcasing Celebrity and Tribute Band Concert Performances, Talent Competitions, Latin Nights and Free Outdoor Movies, June 26 - August 31

Jun 09, 2008, 01:00 ET from Universal CityWalk

    UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., June 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Universal CityWalk kicks
 "Summer Block Party" into high-gear with seven-nights-a-week -- 66
 continuous days -- of free, non-stop entertainment, featuring top celebrity
 and tribute band concert performances, the ever-popular free outdoor movie
 night, all-new salsa dance lessons and star-turning talent competitions,
 from June 26 to August 31.
     On June 26 at 8 p.m., "Summer Block Party" festivities kick off with an
 energetic dance party with KIIS-FM.
     CityRock Live! jump starts Monday nights from 7:30-10 p.m. as L.A.'s
 top alternative and indie bands jam for enthusiastic crowds on CityWalk's
 outdoor stage. CityRock Live! begins on June 30 and continues July 7, 14,
 21, 28; August 4, 11, 18, 25.
     On Tuesday nights, CityWalk takes on a Latin spin as Rumba Room
 presents "Summer Night Salsa" bringing professional dance instructor Marco
 Antonio and a live band to the stage from 7:30-10 p.m. Event dates are:
 July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; August 5, 12, 19, 26.
     "Wannabe Wicked" Wednesdays take CityWalk by storm as the new platform
 for talent discovery begins July 2 from 7-9 p.m. In this first-ever U.S.
 competitive performance series, "Wannabe Wicked" challenges aspiring
 performers to sing 'til "they're green in the face" for a chance to win a
 walk-on role in the Los Angeles blockbuster "Wicked" production. More
 information is available at http://www.CityWalkHollywood.com/Wicked.
 "Wannabe Wicked" will take place on CityWalk on July 2, 9, 16, 30 and
 August 6, 20.
     Alternating Wednesdays, the CityWalk stage becomes set for young talent
 as Hollywood Launch Teen Talent Search returns, kicking off with an open
 audition on Saturday, June 28 from 1-3 p.m. Hollywood Launch Teen Talent
 Search will take place on July 23; August 13, 27. The grand prize winner
 will receive: recording contract with Mavrick Artists Agency, professional
 photo shoot, scholarship to Hollywood Launch's elite training program, and
 an original demo song written and recorded by Genuine Music Group.
     On Thursday, July 3 from 7:30-10 p.m., the very popular "Big FREE
 Outdoor Movie" night returns to CityWalk's giant outdoor screen with encore
 performances showcasing such family favorites as "Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears A
 Who!" (July 3), "Hairspray" (July 10), "The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything -
 A VeggieTales Movie" (July 17), "The Simpsons Movie" (July 24),
 "Transformers" (July 31), "Shrek The Third" (August 7), "Annie" (August
 14), "Curious George" (August 21), and everyone's back-to-school favorite,
 "Grease" (August 28).
     Guests may need to do a double take on "Flashback Fridays" as popular
 '70s, '80s and '90s tribute and cover bands turn heads and beg the
 question: are they or are they not? "Flashback Fridays" kicks off one week
 early beginning on June 20 from 7:30-10 p.m., with "Lights -- The Premiere
 Tribute to Journey." "Face to Face -- A Tribute to Billy Joel and Elton
 John," "Surfin Safari -- The Ultimate Tribute to the Music of the Beach
 Boys," "Bad Medicine -- a Bon Jovi Tribute Show," "Bonfire -- A Tribute to
 Early AC/DC," "Hollywood U2," and "KISS Army" to name a few, will follow
 each Friday night as follows: June 20, 27; July 4, 11, 18, 25; August 1,
 15, 22, 29.
     The stars shine bright on CityWalk as Saturday evenings rock to the
 rhythmic sounds of popular Celebrity Bands who act / dance by day and sing
 by night. The series begins one week early on June 21 from 7:30-10 p.m.
 with the musical talents of Mark Ballas and Derek Hough ("Dancing With the
 Stars"). Other celebrity performances include, Lucy Lawless ("XENA: Warrior
 Princess") on June 28; Eric Balfour ("Texas Chainsaw Massacre") on July 5;
 Bill Mumy ("Lost in Space") on July 12; Thomas Ian Nicholas (upcoming "The
 Bridge to Nowhere," "American Pie" films) on July 19; Justin Guarini
 ("American Idol") on July 26; Hal Sparks ("Queer as Folk") on August 2;
 Shawnee Smith ("SAW") and Missi Pyle ("Charlie & The Chocolate Factory") on
 August 9; E.G. Daily ("PeeWee's Big Adventure") on August 16; Lucy Walsh
 ("Rock the Cradle") on August 23 and Malcolm-Jamal Warner ("The Cosby
 Show") on August 30.
     Sundays on CityWalk will have a Latin appeal with the return of
 Descarga en CityWalk con Telemundo y mun2, featuring a dynamic mix of live
 Latin bands performances and celebrity guest appearances from 6-9 p.m.
 Event dates are June 29; July 6, 13, 20; August 3, 10, 17 24, 31.
     More information on CityWalk's "Summer Block Party" is available at
 http://www.CityWalkHollywood.com or by calling 818-622-1111.
     Universal Studios Hollywood, The Entertainment Capital of L.A.,
 includes a full-day, movie-based theme park and Studio Tour, the CityWalk
 entertainment, shopping and dining complex, the Universal CityWalk Cinemas
 and the Gibson Amphitheatre concert and special event venue. Universal
 CityWalk features over 60 entertainment-themed restaurants, nightclubs,
 shops and dynamic entertainment options. Universal CityWalk Cinemas,
 offering the best movie-going experience in Los Angeles, features 19
 screens including one of Southern California's largest IMAX(R) venues and
 newly renovated stadium-style seating. The theme park features such
 groundbreaking attractions as "The Simpsons Ride," "Revenge of the
 Mummy(SM) - The Ride," "Shrek 4-D(TM)," "Jurassic Park(R) - The Ride" and
 the world-renowned Studio Tour, which takes guests behind-the-scenes of
 such landmark TV and movie locations and sets as Steven Spielberg's "War of
 the Worlds."
     Universal Studios Hollywood (http://www.UniversalStudiosHollywood.com)
 is a unit of Universal Parks & Resorts, a division of Universal Studios, a
 part of NBC Universal. NBC Universal is one of the world's leading media
 and entertainment companies in the development, production, marketing of
 entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. Formed in May of
 2004 through the combining of NBC and Vivendi Universal Entertainment, NBC
 Universal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment
 networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television
 production operations, a leading television stations group, and
 world-renowned theme parks. NBC Universal is 80% owned by General Electric,
 with 20% controlled by Vivendi.

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