By Fernando Alcantara/Garden Grove Journal
Garden Grove residents who have yearned to take their singing from the privacy of their showers to a live audience will get a chance thanks to a planned unit development amendment that was passed Tuesday night.
The owner of On The Rocks Bar and Grill on Valley View Street in Garden Grove requested the amendment to allow for karaoke and live music via a two-piece band.
In the Bridgecreek development just north of the Garden Grove Freeway, only restaurants that “have a ground floor storefront that faces Valley View Street” will be allowed to have live entertainment.
Josh McIntosh, a Garden Grove resident and musician, decried the city’s lack of live music venues.
“We don’t have a lot of options in the city when it comes to night life,” McIntosh said. “A lot of people don’t even consider Garden Grove as an option when it comes to an evening out on the town.”
The city council also approved a one-year agreement between Garden Grove and the Arab American Council that allows the group to hold their Arab American Festival at Village Green Park the weekend of Sept. 28 through Sept. 30, this fall.
The three-day festival that includes carnival rides, food and vendors has been held at Village Green Park since 2001.
Village Green is located at Main and Euclid streets near downtown.
The most recent agreement with the city was a four-year agreement that lasted from 2007 through 2011.
The Arab American Council will reimburse the city $7,500 for police support and any other costs incurred as a result of the festival.