By Anthony Wagner
The Hoodoo Blues rocked Allied Gardens during the third concert in our four-part series at the Allied Gardens Community Park on Aug. 7. Our total annual audience attendance is now over 3,500!
The concert series, AG First Fridays, presented by Ideal Plumbing, will play its last free concert in the park on Friday, Sept. 4 from 6 to 8 p.m. That evening, the Country Rockin’ Rebels will perform their signature brand of west coast Americana, country, blues and rock music to close out our summer concert series. Here’s their story:
“Kid from Minnesota and a kid from Virginia meet out west and make music under the bright California sunshine. The boys were inspired by Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, The Hanks Three and The White Stripes, mixing the Bakersfield country boogie with down home southern rock and gritty blues. Now a six-piece with an incomparable rhythm section, dueling slide and lead guitars as well as fiddle and pedal steel, Country Rockin’ Rebels attempt to bring passion, heart, creative songwriting as well as captivating musicianship to every performance.”
AG First Fridays is the result of a collaboration between the Allied Gardens – Grantville Community Council, our local Kiwanis Club and the publishers of the Mission Times Courier. Our mission is to provide our neighbors and friends of all ages a venue where we can congregate, enjoy local musical talent and celebrate the summer as valued members of our community. Our goal is to make this a neighborhood tradition.
Since permitting restrictions prevent us from having any food or drink for sale, we will encourage families to bring picnics and get to know their neighbors.
We are very fortunate to have the financial support of the Teemsma family — owners of Ideal Plumbing, Heating, Air & Electrical — who have made a generous donation to become the title sponsor for this series. Additional heavy lifting sponsors include San Diego City Councilmember Scott Sherman, Kaiser Permanente, Allied Gardens Shopping Center, Windmill Farms, Superior Ready Mix, Mission Trails Church, A-1 Self Storage and our Allied Gardens / Grantville Jersey Mike’s Subs. Please support our fine sponsors!
If you would like to sponsor this community event next year, please call me at the number listed at the end of this article. All sponsorships are 501(c)(3) tax-deductible contributions. For updates and more information on the concert series, find AG First Fridays on Facebook and visit AlliedGardens.org.
—I’m Anthony Wagner, president of Allied Gardens – Grantville Community Council. We represent the community interests of Allied Gardens and Grantville. Check out our new website at AlliedGardens.org. Feel free to call me at 619-253-4989 or write me a note at AnthonyJohnWagner@gmail.com or tweet @AnthonyWagnerSD.