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El Cajon Invites Chaldeans to Join Concerts on the Green
By Sam Yousif :: Sunday, April 6, 2008 :: 74523 Views :: Health & Fitness, Living & Lifestyle, Community & Culture

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)

Sacred Heart Parish, MI USA


Sacred Heart Parish
310 W. Seven Mile. Rd.
Detroit, MI 48203
Tel: (313) 368-6214
Fax: (313) 891-0132

The parish was established by Rev. Jacob Yasso in 1973

Rev. Jacob Yasso

Rev. Jacob Yasso was born in the village of Telkaif, Iraq.  After completing high school he was recruited to Rome and Urbaniana University where he completed his Masters Degree in philosophy and Theology.  Fr. Yasso was ordained a priest in 1960 and served the Diocese of Mosul, where he worked in the public school system. Fr. Yasso was also asked by the Patriarch to teach at the Patriarchal Seminary in Baghdad, where he served as administrator, professor of philosophy and religious life, and rector of the minor seminary. 

In 1964, Fr. Yasso was appointed to the United States to serve the growing Chaldean community in Detroit.  There he served as the 4th Pastor of Mother of God Parish.  .  In 1972, the Patriarch charged Fr. Yasso with building a new parish for the Chaldeans in Detroit.  In taking great pains to care for the community Fr. Yasso accelerated the development of a new church and community center.  In 1975, Fr. Yasso completed the development of Sacred Heart Parish in Detroit and shortly thereafter he added the Chaldean Center of America in 1980, 

A few years later in 1982, Fr. Yasso was asked to assist the late Fr. Kattoula at St. Peter’s Church in San Diego, CA.  Before long, Fr. Yasso was once again recruited to Rome to study new Canon Law of the Church.  While in Rome Fr. Yasso completed his third Masters Degree in Church Law, making him the only Chaldean priest trained in Canon Law. 

In 1988, the Patriarch and Vatican authorities asked Fr. Yasso to travel to Canada and establish a parish and community center.  While there he served as a Tribunal Judge for the Archdiocese of Toronto.  Four years later Fr. Yasso returned to Sacred Heart church in Detroit to help care for the remaining Chaldean community residence in the Detroit area.  To this day, Fr. Yasso continues to serve as the parish pastor creating activities and advising the City of Detroit on community related matters. 

Fr. Yasso is a member of the International WYCLIF Bible translators, since 1975, and has completed the translation of the New Testament from Greek and Aramaic into Arabic and spoken Chaldean.   The publication of his scholarly work is set to be released soon.