THRILLING international and local acts will keep the pulses of Penang Starwalk 2017 participants racing after they cross the finish line this Sunday.
American group United States Monarchy and deejay Mickey D, together with George Town-based Let’s Dance Studio, will perform in the post-walk variety show at 9am.
United States Monarchy comprises four siblings Marc, 13, Sophia, 12, Chloe, 10 and Luc Silva, eight, from New York.
They will be singing an original number, You Know Why, alongside covers of popular songs like Feel This Moment, Where Is The Love and See You Again.
The siblings all love being on stage together, with each having started performing when they were about two or three years old.
“It’s what I’ve always wanted to do. When I’m on stage and everybody is cheering, it gives me a great feeling and energy,” said Marc.
The group has 150,000 Facebook followers, and is now based in Asia. They are set to release a single later this month, with a full album set to follow early next year.
They have performed in places like Jakarta, Bangkok and Hong Kong where they had an opportunity to work with Bobby Taylor, the veteran singer and producer who discovered the Jackson 5.
Their father, Marc Silva, 40, said there is no frontman in the group as the siblings all share equal roles.
Describing their style as ‘the Jackson 5 meets the Black Eyed Peas’, he said they could sing all types of songs and in multiple languages, including Cantonese and Tagalog.
“They work very hard every day on their highly intensive routines. We want to put on a great performance for the audience because Penang is such a lovely place,” the elder Marc said.
Fellow American Mickey D is no stranger to the Starwalk, having featured in many previous editions.
A founding member of Soju Entertainment, he is now the choreographer for United States Monarchy shows and has also trained many entertainers from nightclub chains in Penang and Kuala Lumpur.
“I enjoy being at the Starwalk every year, and am just as excited this time around. Like Marc, I also believe in giving back to community,” said Mickey.
The crowd will recognise Let’s Dance Studio as it has featured in every Penang Starwalk since 2007. This year, its performers will showcase a trio of routines.
“We’re bringing 15 dancers. There will be a B-boy breakdancing number, together with jazz and modern jazz dances. It will be fun and energetic,” said studio founder Oh Joo Nee.
She said they all enjoy dancing, and despite being busy working adults, they have always found time to indulge their passion.
The 30-minute variety show will be enlivened by the charm of renowned Penang-born emcee Adrian Yeoh of Awesome Creative Events.
Known for his versatility, he has presided over numerous occasions ranging from corporate functions to annual dinners and sporting events, all across Malaysia.
“The Starwalk is one of Penang’s biggest community sporting events,” said Yeoh.
Before the variety show, there will also be a mass Zumba Party from 8am to 8.30am, led by Lisa Lim.