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Band that allegedly blocked 101 Freeway sings about traffic jams

October 12, 2010 | 11:22 am

The group allegedly responsible for causing a huge traffic jam on the 101 Freeway by blocking all southbound lanes is an Orange County-based band called the Imperial Stars.

California Highway Patrol dispatchers said they first learned about the disruption from a 911 caller who reported "a concert going on on a truck on the freeway." The band had blocked the freeway with their truck, and members of the group were standing on top of it, playing music, authorities said.

On their website, the band members advocate for aiding homeless children and pledge to donate proceeds from one of their songs, "Traffic Jam 101," to homeless children.

The band describes itself as "ROCK STARS! Living on the Edge they're known for getting crazy and hanging out with their friends."

The debuted in 2010 with a "hard core, hip hop" album.

Band members include vocalists Christopher Wright and Paul Arabella, guitarists Alec Bauer and Keith Yackey and drummer Kenny Cash.

The Highway Patrol said it was in the process of towing the truck and had arrested three people, who officials did not immediately identify.

-- Andrew Blankstein