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?
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.
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.
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?