Grateful Dads Kick Off Summer Concerts In The Park

Sunday July 9

PHOTO: Alisa Hayashida | Content Director | David Plenn, Taylor Plenn, Jordan Katz

The Grateful Dads kicked off South Pasadena’s Summer Concerts in the Park this weekend at Garfield Park with a rousing concert that had South Pasadenans tappin’ their toes and dancing in the park. Really, who can stay seated when you hear I Want You Back by the Jackson 5, I ask you?

PHOTO: Alisa Hayashida | Content Director | The Grateful Dads rocking Garfield Park
PHOTO: Alisa Hayashida | Content Director | Dancing in the park

Mayor Cacciotti was there walking his dog and taking in the great music and good vibes along with a couple hundred people who brought their dinners, picnic blankets and chairs. Ice cream vendors were certainly popular with the hot weather although by 6pm, a nice breeze blew in to cool things down ever so slightly. Burgers and fries were also for sale from a food truck near the tennis courts.

PHOTO: Alisa Hayashida | Content Director | Joe Davis

The band played American Girl by Tom Petty, Pump it Up by Elvis Costello, Kiss by Prince, I Wish by Stevie Wonder, Smooth by Santana, some Rolling Stones, Dwight Yokum, Al Green and ended the evening with the crowd favorite Move on Up by Curtis Mayfield.

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The weather’s been quite hot, but luckily it wasn’t close to what the Dads endured last year playing in 108 degree heat. It was only 90 degrees on Sunday and by 6pm it had cooled down and there was a nice breeze making for a fantastic first night of summer concerts. It’s another South Pasadenan summer. Ain’t it grand?

PHOTO: Alisa Hayashida | Content Director | Richie Garcia on percussion, Joe Davis on guitar, Steve Fritz on bass and Peter Milio on drums
VIAAlisa Hayashida

25 year South Pasadenan resident, Alisa Hayashida, hails from Hawaii by way of Los Angeles and San Diego. She studied theatre arts at University of California, Irvine and spent many years acting, directing and teaching in Paris, France working at Le Petit Atelier, Studio VO/VF, Galerie 55, as well as private coaching. Her career in performance and production took her all over Europe, New York, India and Los Angeles. Alisa has been an arts advocate for most of her life and is passionate about her community. She has been covering arts and culture in the San Gabriel Valley for the past six years and lives with her husband and son in South Pasadena.


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