Garden Grove

Summer concert series cancelled

MATT GREY PHAIRAS of Stone Soul belts out a song at a free concert at Eastgate Park in Garden Grove a few years ago (Orange County Tribune photo).

In keeping up with the updated policy on gatherings, recently issued by the California Department of Public Health and Governor Gavin Newsom, the Garden Grove Community Foundation (GGCF) has canceled the Free Summer Concert Series, scheduled to take place in July and August 2020.

“This is a heart-wrenching decision,” said GGCF President Ric Lerma. “We see the concerts as opportunities for the community to come together to enjoy music, food, and camaraderie, so we look forward to the days when we can safely resume these activities.”

Although the concerts have been canceled, The Voice of Garden Grove, the opening act to the weekly concerts that highlight talented vocalists from the Garden Grove Unified School District high schools, will continue online. Each week, a new set of videos will be posted on the GGCF Facebook @ggcf1998 starting Thursday, July 16. The contestants will be rated by a judging panel each week and the winners will continue to the finals which will take place the week of August 10, 2020. The winner will win $500 and the title “The Voice of Garden Grove 2020.” Another $500 will be donated towards the winning student’s high school choir program.

For more information, contact the Garden Grove Community Foundation at (714) 741-5168 or visit


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