Summer is ending, and, as students get their books and supplies in order to return to the classroom, many look for one last event to close out the months they spent out of school. 99.7NOW! recognizes the need for something to help ease the transition from lazy, carefree days to a structured schedule of learning. Each summer, the radio station brings together some of the hottest musical acts in the country for one last Summer Splash. This year, the event, held at the California’s Great America’s Redwood Amphitheater, brought together six hitmakers for one huge summer sendoff.
Over 6,000 people attended the packed bill, headlined by Bay Area natives Kalin and Myles and featuring English singer-songwriter, Cher Lloyd, fresh off her Teen Choice Awards performance; Canadian reggae fusion band, MAGIC!; Australian boy band The Janoskians; 16-year-old female rapper and songstress Becky G., and 21-year-old hip hop artist, Jake Miller.
Melbourne heartthrobs, The Janoskians (“Just Another Name Of Silly Kids In Another Nation”) kicked off the evening, performing hit songs like “This Freakin Song,” and “Real Girls Eat Cake.” Cher Lloyd followed with a performance including “I Want You Back” and “Oath,” the latter of which was co-written by Becky G. MAGIC! then took the stage, playing a set that ended with “Rude,” the number one song in the country on the Billboard Hot 100.
“We were really happy to have MAGIC! here,” said California’s Great America Public Relations Manager Roger Ross of the Aug. 16 show. “When you get the number one song in America performing at your venue, you can’t go wrong and we’re happy to bring that to Santa Clara.”
Florida native Jake Miller, whose album, “Us Against Them,” debuted at number one on the iTunes charts when it was released in May, was up after MAGIC!, and sang a handful of songs, including his newest single, “Collide.”
Rising star Becky G. performed after Miller. “She’s an amazing performer,” said Sergio Melendez of San Jose. “She’s very talented at a young age. She’s also representing the Latinos, and we need more of them out there.”
Melendez, who was most excited to hear Becky G sing “Shower” “because it’s a really catchy song. It’s her new single and it’s awesome,” was pleased with the set, which featured four backup dancers.
Kalin and Myles, who preached a message of positivity and encouraged the audience to “Chase Dreams,” closed out the show to screaming fans who were eager for just one more song from the pop/rap duo.
“It was great to have an event of this magnitude here at Great America,” said Ross. “We’ve worked with 99.7NOW on Summer Splash for a number of years now. It’s been a great partnership. They’ve been bringing us great acts and this year may be the best we’ve ever had.”