California, USA - The El Cajon Community Development Corporation (then known as Downtown El Cajon, Inc.) has been looking for a novel way to build their downtown community. Hoping to tap into the business creativity, entrepreneurship, and community family spirit of the Chaldean community, the organizers invite Chaldeans to join their concert series along with other residents of El Cajon.
The 13th Annual Concerts on the Green is a free weekly summer concert series featuring live music for all ages that beings Friday, May 23, 2008 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm on the Prescott Promenade in Downtown El Cajon. Opening night of the 2008 Concerts on the Green will feature the Rockabilly sounds of The Stilettos. The concerts are free to the public. Concerts on the Green 2008 is offered every Friday evening through September 5.
Working on a tight budget, the group was miraculously able to pull off live performances on the central Prescott Promenade during the Friday lunch hour. The occasional performances started small, attracting some 25 or so people each Friday noon during the few summer weeks the programs were offered. But thus was born the original Concerts on the Green in Downtown El Cajon.
With the addition of new shops, restaurants and modern townhomes in Downtown El Cajon, Concerts on the Green began to quickly grow in both size and scope. The event was moved to Friday evenings to make it more convenient for people to attend and to make better use of the new outdoor dining opportunities being found along Main Street.
Still free to the public, more varied performers and those of greater stature were being presented. Quality sound systems and a professional stage were purchased. Crowds began to grow. Before long, Concerts on the Green became a highly popular weekly musical event presented all summer-long. Today, Concerts on the Green attracts on average more than 500 people each week, with some performances bringing more than 1,000 people to Downtown El Cajon on a Friday evening.
The family-oriented Concerts on the Green features top entertainers in a friendly park setting every Friday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. From blues to rock, and jazz to swing, there is something for every type of music lover.
Chaldean families are encouraged to bring a picnic, or enjoy dinner at one of several fine restaurants now open on Main Street in Downtown El Cajon.
2008 Concerts on the Green Schedule:
- May 23: The Stilettos (Rockabilly)
- May 30: Stars on the Water (Tropical Rock)
- June 6: Eve Selis (Roadhouse Rock)
- June 13: Sue Palmer (Boogie Woogie)
- June 20: Breez’n (Variety)
- June 27: The Cathryn Beeks Ordeal (Rock)
- July 11: The Cat-illacs (Rock & Roll)
- July 18: Theo & the Zydeco Patrol (Zydeco)
- July 25: The Screamin' Primas (A Tribute to Louis Prima)
- August 1: The Hayriders (Country)
- August 8: The Corvettes (Doo Wop & Motown)
- August 15: Bill Magee (Blues)
- August 22: The Coolrays (Beach Boys Tribute Band)
- August 29: The Variations (Big Band)
- September 5: The Mar Dels (Dance)