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Subject :

'Superlark' Performing at ‘First Night Fullerton’
Contact :Fullerton Museum Center    (714) 738-6545
Fullerton City Manager’s Office    (714) 738-6317
Fullerton, CA - Everything from rhythm and blues to swing will be in the spotlight New Year's Eve when the band "Superlark" performs at the 22nd Annual “First Night Fullerton.”

“First Night” is the city’s annual New Year’s Eve party, offering family oriented, alcohol-free activities at numerous locations in the streets, sidewalks and buildings in Fullerton’s historic downtown.

A 10-minute fireworks finale will cap the celebration at midnight.

The festivities begin at 7 p.m., and admission is free.

Band drummer Michelle Mangione has been playing and teaching music since she was a teen. She has played with some of the best in the field, including Robben Ford and Buddy Collette, and has extensive experience as a music producer, engineer and arranger. She currently co-writes with Grace Slick (Jefferson Airplane) and Exene Cervenka from the band X.

“Superlark” also utilizes the talents of lead guitarist Jesse Soest, a gifted multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and studio musician.

Band member Steve Soest, from Orange County, has played bass, guitar and keyboard with such music legends as Dick Dale, Chuck Berry, James Intveld and the Bel-Airs. Rounding out the group is Angela Riggio, who has sung, played and recorded with rock legends like Jon Anderson, the Drifters, Tierra, and Trim.

The band has been named one of the top 100 unsigned bands by “Music Connection Magazine,” and was nominated in the category of “Best Cover Band” by “Rock City Music Magazine.”

 “Superlark” will perform from 7-11:30 p.m. on the Wilshire stage, which will be located at the intersection of Wilshire Ave. and Harbor Blvd.

The "First Night" program began in Boston in 1976, as a cap to the nation's bicentennial. The event's goal is to broaden public appreciation of the visual and performing arts while offering an alternative to the traditional New Year's Eve celebrations which focus on alcohol and drinking.

There are now several hundred “First Night” cities throughout the United States  and Canada. Fullerton was the first California city to offer the event, and is the only Orange County community to present a “First Night” celebration this year.

“First Night” events will include a variety of band performances, entertainers, art exhibits, skating on a synthetic ice rink, and children’s rides and activities.     

While admission to all the “First Night” activities is free, a fee of $2 to $7 will be charged for the children’s rides and activities. A variety of food booths will be selling items throughout the evening, and most downtown restaurants will be open and are within walking distance of the “First Night” festivities.

"First Night Fullerton" is produced by the Fullerton Parks and Recreation

Department. Further information may be obtained by calling the Fullerton Museum Center at (714) 738-6545.

Persons requiring special accommodations to attend “First Night” are asked to notify the museum staff prior to Dec. 31.