‘Music for a Purpose’

Last year's Malipalooza drew around 1,800 people to Bluffs Park for music and art. The city hopes to draw as many to this year's festival on Sunday to help raise funds for its Playground with a Purpose campaign, which helps to build park playgrounds within the city. Photo by Devon Meyers / TMT

The city of Malibu hosts the second annual Malipalooza at Bluffs Park featuring local talent.

By Candice Arciaga / Special to The Malibu Times

The city of Malibu is planning to rock out for a second year in a row with Malipalooza 2008, “Music for a Purpose.” The fundraiser, with all monies going toward Phase Two of the “Playground with a Purpose” campaign, which helps to build park playgrounds within the city, will take place this Sunday, from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Bluff Parks.

Amy Crittenden, recreation manager for the city of Malibu, said this year’s Malipalooza, billed as a music and arts festival, will have more activities than last year’s, including a guitar hero contest inside the Michael Landon Center, hosted by RedOctane. There will be a hard level and an expert level competition, and RedOctane will be providing everything from banners to merchandise, and winners will each receive promotional take-home prizes. All ages are welcome to participate in the contest.

The lineup of local talent this year will include Brooke Holland, Los Sindicate, Celeste, African Drum Group, U-Ka, Michael Craig Band, Palter, Brianna, The Deltaz, The Harsh Carpets, 27 Miles and Kelly’s Lot.

The brainchild of Mayor Pamela Conley Ulich, Malipalooza evolved from CineMalibu, a free movies-in-the-park night. Last year’s festival featured “Monterey Pop,” a documentary film by local Lou Adler on the Monterey International Pop Music Festival, celebrated on the county fairgrounds in Monterey, Calif.

Other activities at this year’s Malipalooza include an orbitron, robosurfing, a moon bounce house, an inflatable obstacle course as well as arts and crafts stations.

“We had one incredible donation made this year by a local business, Jakks Pacific who is a toy distributor. They donated a variety of arts and crafts projects that will be handed out to children,” Crittenden said. “Our office is packed with about 70 boxes filled with amazing things that children will be very excited about. We have also received many other donations from local businesses that will either be placed in the artist ‘swag bags’ or will be used as prizes for the Guitar Hero contest.”

Jack FM will also be set up onsite, doing on-air announcements and giving out promotional stickers, shirts and posters. The Pepperdine mascot, Willie the Wave, will also be making an appearance throughout the day to take pictures and interact with the community.

More information on Malipalooza 2008 “Music for a Purpose” can be found online at www.malipalooza.com or www.myspace.com/malipalooza or by calling 310.317.1364.