Universal City, CA, July 7, 2011 – Multi-talented music sensation, talk show host and coach of NBC’s “The Voice,” Cee Lo Green rocked center stage at Universal CityWalk® to officially unveil its new, state-of-the-art outdoor concert plaza, “5 Towers,” before an enthusiastic, standing room only crowd of L.A.’s metropolitan hipsters.
Cee Lo Green, singer, songwriter, rapper and record producer, was also joined by “The Voice” winner Javier Colon to help kick-off CityWalk’s free “Plugged In” summer music series, which features an eclectic array of L.A.’s hottest artists performing weekends, through August 28.
The debut of “5 Towers” marks Universal CityWalk’s most ambitious expansion in over a decade. The interactive “5 Towers” concert arena features a new technologically advanced staging system equipped with thousands of LED fixtures, motion capture sensory, five soaring 42-foot light tower sculptures, a massive video monitor and a cutting-edge audio system. The elaborate stage serves as the structural and artistic centerpiece of the “5 Towers” visually aesthetic outdoor concert venue.
“Plugged In” performances kick off on Friday nights from 7:00 – 10:00 p.m. and will feature 98.7FM’s new “Close to Home” music showcase, highlighting a collection of the stations top picks of L.A.’s most promising local bands. “Close to Home” performances begin on July 8 and continue July 15, 22, 29; August 5, 12.
Saturday night “Plugged In” concerts will feature a diverse line-up of energetic artists performing an array of music genres. Two bands will perform nightly: Chasing Avalanche and Alien Ant Farm (July 9), Carolina Liar (July 16), Jessie Payo and Shytown (July 23), Stealing Heather (July 30), Evolove and Dilana (August 6), the a capella sounds of Vybration and NBC’s “The Sing Off” finalists The Backbeats (August 13), Ernie Halter and Thomas Nicholas Band (August 20).
“Plugged In” on Sunday nights will heat up with Latin appeal as “Descarga en CityWalk con Telemundo y mun2” (Jam on CityWalk with Telemundo and mun2), grooves to the smooth sounds of Cumbia, Reggaeton, Pop, Urban, Alternative and Regional Mexican. This family-friendly, televised event will also feature signings by popular “telenovela” stars plus contests and giveaways. Event dates are July 10, 17, 24, 31 and August 7, 14, 21, 28 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
More information on CityWalk’s “Plugged In” concert including the full concert calendar is available at www.CityWalkHollywood.com. Regular updates on CityWalk, including “Plugged In” artist announcements and “5 Towers” concert arena developments, can also be found on Twitter @CityWalkLA and Facebook-Universal CityWalk Hollywood.
Universal CityWalk is Southern California’s dynamic entertainment, dining and shopping destination that reflects the area’s rich cultural diversity. The iconic open-air leisure and nightlife complex provides “Always Unexpected” entertainment options and has served as a prototype for similar destinations. Universal CityWalk includes the new high-tech concert arena, “5 Towers,” provides L.A.’s best movie-going experience at the Universal Cinemas and offers such unique venues as the “Jon Lovitz Comedy Club,” the “Infusion Lounge,” iFly indoor skydiving and mechanical bull-riding.