The Downtown Report: Day of Music returns June 21


If you were in and around Fullerton in the 80s, you were probably aware of the music scene here. Who knows how these things happen? A number of bands are suddenly making their mark like they’ve done in places like Seattle, Austin, Portland, New Orleans, Minneapolis, Detroit, Memphis, Hollywood, of course, and yes, even Fullerton on a different scale . But damn, it was a vibrant and explosive scene here too.

Day of Music returns to Fullerton on June 21 at Downtown Plaza and a few other venues around town, making a comeback after being shut down by COVID. Leo Fender put us on the map from the 1940s and 50s, Jackson Browne in the 70s and Social Distortion, The Adolescents, Agent Orange, Kid Ramos and Stacey Q were key figures in the Fullerton scene in the 80s, with the middle class, based in Santa Ana but often seen here.

The music starts at 3 p.m. and continues until 9 p.m. at the Plaza and there will be a beer and wine garden, food trucks, as well as sponsor and vendor booths. Programming includes local favorites Darden and their Americana music. Brown Sugah kicks things off with Funk, Disco and Rock from the 70s, 80s to current tunes. Greg Anista & The Lonely Streets are set to appear, Bennie Chadwick of The Olde Ship will play piano and guitar between acts all day, and Stacey Q returns to Day of Music. It’s FREE, as always, so bring family and friends to celebrate our musical heritage.

Thanks to the many volunteers provided by the Woman’s Club of Fullerton, City of Fullerton sponsors, Shopoff Realty Investments and G&L, as well as the many hours of work by Todd Huffman to coordinate the Plaza event, and of course the artists themselves- same, Fullerton is once again able to kick off the official start of summer in music.

Mo’s Fullerton Music and other venues will also feature a variety of different types of music, check in at The Plaza on June 21 for details as items are added constantly.

Schedule for Music Day at Downtown Plaza

(125 E Wilshire Ave, Fullerton)

• 3:00 p.m.: National anthem by Darden.

• 3:15 p.m.: to be determined

• 3:45 p.m.: to be determined

• 4:30 p.m.: Michael Jost (Classical and Spanish guitar soloist)

• 5:00 p.m.: Darden (Americana covers and originals)

Darden. Photo courtesy of Music Day.

• 6:30 p.m.: Brown sugar (Funk, R&B, disco and rock from the 70s and 80s to today)

Brown sugar. Photo courtesy of Music Day.

• 7:30 p.m.: Greg Antista and the lonely streets (rock, progressive)

Greg Antista and the lonely streets. Photo courtesy of Music Day.

• 8:30 p.m.: Stacey Q with special guest bard (80s Pop Queens)

Stacey Q. Photo courtesy of Day of Music.

* Bennie Chadwick (classic pop and rock soloist) of The Olde Ship will perform between set ups on the main stage front.

Bennie Chadwick. Photo courtesy of Music Day.

Elsewhere in town…

The eagle has landed

Declan James Campbell of Fullerton Troop 93 has just completed his Eagle Scout project in Laguna Lake, and we salute him and his entire family, who are often seen all around Fullerton supporting the students in their efforts. Declan chose to spruce up Katie Monson’s bench by building a planter, planting a tree and several drought-tolerant plants, raising the necessary money from family, friends and local businesses. “This is dedicated to the memory of Katie Monson and her legacy,” he said. We love Fullerton and its many outstanding young citizens.

Declan Campbell with Matthew Gonzalez, Hailee Nelson, Andy Pineda and Talon Okert.


Gun Violence Awareness Day was recognized on the steps of City Hall on Friday morning June 3rd. Congresswoman Sharon Quirk-Silva, Senator Josh Newman and many others expressed support for families who have suffered tragic losses due to gun violence. Hope was expressed that together we can find ways to stem the violence.

State Senator Josh Newman, Assemblyman Sharon Quirk-Silva, Mayor Fred Jung, Supervisor Doug Chaffee and others outside City Hall.

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