Caribbean Music Sunday

Lively sounds from Upstream scheduled to fill the air for a lively concert in the park on Sunday, July 8, at Garfield Park

PHOTO: Concerts in the Park | | Enjoying the fun at Sunday’s concert in the park were, from left, South Pasadena City Councilmember Robert Joe, Mei Ong from Los Angeles, Karen Harrison from Mira Loma, Stone Soul lead singer Matt Grey from Santa Monica, and Cynthia Loo from Bakersfield.


PHOTO: Bill Glazier | | A member of Stone Soul performs on the saxophone during Sunday’s concert at Garfield Park.

Music will be in the air on Sunday afternoons throughout July as the City of South Pasadena presents its annual concerts in the park series.

Stone Soul, performing Motown and soul, kicked off the series last Sunday as, according to city officials, about 1,100 concertgoers attended the lively event.

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“This is a good sized crowd for our first concert (of the summer),” said Anthony Kim, the city’s community services coordinator, surveying the crowd.

PHOTO: Bill Glazier | | Many danced, enjoying the lively Motown sounds of Stone Soul last Sunday night in Garfield Park

Matt Grey, lead singer for Stone Soul, made a surprise announcement during Sunday’s performance, telling the large crowd, “Let me be the first to let you know that LeBron James is going to be a Los Angeles Laker,” he yelled into the microphone on the stage, talking about the NBA all-star, who agreed to a $154 million, four-year deal to leave Cleveland, where he delivered on a promise to bring the city a title, accomplishing that task in 2016.

Among the songs performed by Stone Soul during the concert were: “Love Train” by the O’Jays, “I Heard Through the Grapevine” by Marvin Gaye and “Signed, Sealed and Delivered” by Steve Wonder.

PHOTO: Bill Glazier | | Some in the crowd got some exercise during the first summer concert in Garfield Park.

Four additional concerts are scheduled from 5 to 7 p.m. in Garfield Park on the following Sunday afternoons:

July 8 – Upstream (Caribbean)
July 15 – Phat Cat Swinger (Swing)
July 22  – Hard Day’s Night (Beatles Tribute)
July 29  – The Answer (Classic Rock)

PHOTO: Bill Glazier | | Stone Soul, featuring lead singer Matt Grey (singing), performed for an appreciative crowd last Sunday at Garfield Park.

Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets, beach chairs, a picnic dinner and enjoy the music and fun. Food is also available for sale.

The South Pasadena Community Services Department and the Parks & Recreation Commission are organizing the concerts made possible through the generous financial support of local businesses and individuals:

For more information, call the Community Services Department at (626) 403-7380.

PHOTO: Bill Glazier | | City officials estimate that about 1,100 people were in attendance for Sunday’s concert in the park featuring Stone Soul.