SANDUSKY, Ohio, July 3, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- You've heard her smash single, "Call Me Maybe"— now see Carly Rae Jepsen in person as she performs this Saturday, July 7, at Cedar Point!
All season passholders and guests who purchase general admission tickets to the park are invited to attend.
A competition between Northeast Ohio's seven leading dance crews, sponsored by Cleveland's 96.5 KISS-FM, will usher in Jepsen's appearance at Cedar Point's new Celebration Plaza in front of the Iron Dragon roller coaster. The 96.5 Kiss FM Dance Crew Competition runs from 5-7 p.m., and Carly Rae will perform with her band immediately afterward.
Her show sets the stage for Luminosity, Cedar Point's new high-energy show that transforms Celebration Plaza into a dance party after the sun sets each evening through Aug. 19.
"Luminosity is designed to attract people of all ages, and Carly Rae Jepsen's music has that same widespread appeal," said Charles Bradshaw, Cedar Point's corporate vice president of live entertainment. "She's a perfect fit for our park and a great way to add to all the excitement we're creating this year."
The 26-year-old singer has been generating buzz up north since her 2007 run on Canadian Idol, but she's more recently skyrocketed to fame in the United States and beyond. After joining forces with teen idol Justin Bieber on his School Boy Records label, she's visiting Sandusky for the first time as she works her way through an ambitious tour schedule.
Her irresistibly catchy hit, "Call Me Maybe," has climbed to the No. 1 spot on the U.S. iTunes chart, and its music video has become a viral sensation since it was released in March.
It has attracted nearly 140 million views and inspired countless remakes, with lip-synching videos featuring everyone from Katy Perry to the Harvard baseball team.
Cedar Point's employees even channeled their enthusiasm for Carly Rae Jepsen into a video of their own, parading through the park with a unique take on her song. Nearly 200 employees –from ride operators, sweeps and lifeguards to Snoopy and even the park's general manager— came together to rehearse and produce the clip within an hour, just before the park opened. The result was a 3-minute, 25-second YouTube video showcasing the many lively personalities that make Cedar Point a world-class act.
Carly Rae Jepsen's appearance was made possible by Pepsi and Cleveland's 96.5 KISS-FM in conjunction with the station's one-of-a-kind dance competition. Dance crews who have made the cut will step up to the stage, where the crowds can text to vote for their favorite. The most popular crew wins a private screening of Step Up Revolution, in theaters July 27, and tickets to return to Cedar Point with all-day access to the front of the lines.
"With the popularity of so many dancing shows on television, we wanted to do something that would showcase local hip hop dance crews," KISS-FM program director Bo Matthews said. "We wanted to find an amazing venue and give these talented groups an opportunity to show their moves and compete for a great prize. They are all very excited at the opportunity to perform on the Luminosity stage, and we couldn't be more thrilled about how popular Carly Rae Jepsen has become. She will be at Cedar Point while she has the No. 1 song in the country."
Cedar Point will be open daily through Labor Day, Sept. 3, plus Friday nights, Saturdays and Sundays, Sept. 7 through Oct. 28. For a complete operating calendar and more information about the 2012 operating season, guests can log on to www.cedarpoint.com or call the park's general information line at (419) 627-2350.
SOURCE Cedar Point