Oak Grove’s Rock the Oaks set for Jan. 24-25

Kelsey Bridges sings with the microphone as Oak Grove Center students provide backup vocals at the Rock the Oaks benefit concert in 2019. Valley News/Shane Gibson file photo

Oak Grove Center’s Rock the Oaks is a two-day event featuring live music performances from some of the area’s best artists and a sprinkling of comic relief, and it’s slated to return Friday and Saturday, Jan. 24-25, at Temecula Valley High School’s theater.

Some of the performers slated to take the stage include Savannah Leighton, Ryan Valenzuela, the quartet Fourtified, Dillon Wage, Grace Richardson and Kelsey and Gwyn Sanborn, who will also serve as the producer of the show.

The Ranch Rockers as the house band and are featured in each performance.


Oak Grove Center’s CEO Tammy Wilson said she is excited about the 12th annual show.

“The performers have become better every year,” she said. “There is such top quality and the show is top-notch. Obviously, it’s a benefit concert, but the overall production quality is very high so (ticketholders are) helping out a great cause while enjoying a wonderful concert. It is a great combination.”

The event is also special to the children of Oak Grove, she said.

“We have found that enrichment activities, especially the arts, are very valuable in the therapeutic process,” Wilson said. “(Rock the Oaks) provides an opportunity for the youth to have an outlet for self-expression outside the traditional modalities. They learn to work collaboratively with others, as well as responsibility and leadership.

“We have observed the arts contributing to a positive outcome in treatment as this provides a safe place for them to process difficult issues and offers a means to build self-confidence. It’s exciting to see our youth, heal, recover, build confidence and a sense of team,” she said.

Because the show is a fundraiser, it provides much-needed resources for the school.

“Our fundraising efforts allow us to continue to offer the enrichment activities that have proven to be a valuable tool in the treatment process,” Wilson said. “Without the proceeds from this event, as well as our other events throughout the year, we would be unable to incorporate these activities as part of our program as funding alone does not allow for expanded services.

“This event, in particular, supports arts and autism. We have found our autistic population greatly benefits from the arts by allowing creativity in their own way along with working on social interactions,” she said. “Visual arts, performing, video and literary arts plus culinary and a wide variety of other enrichment arts-related endeavors plus Dance are all made possible due to our fundraising efforts.”

Wilson said she thinks people who buy tickets will enjoy a great show and help the students — two good things for the price of one.

“By supporting this event you are enriching the lives of the youth we serve,” she said. “Many youth in our care are part of the foster care system and do not have family support. Without our programs, they may not otherwise have the opportunity to be exposed to the arts which enhances their physical, mental and emotional growth.

“By attending this event you are investing in the future of the youth we serve and helping us to ‘Empower Success and Transform Lives,’ she said. “Consider donating or giving a ticket if you cannot personally attend.”

Wilson said sponsorship opportunities are available for local businesses by contacting Katie Wagner at katie.wagner@oakgrovecenter.org or by calling (951) 677-5599, ext. 2238.

Rock the Oaks will have three performances including 7 p.m. shows Friday and Saturday, Jan. 24-25 and a 2 p.m. show Saturday, Jan. 25.

The performances will take place inside the Golden Bear Theater at Temecula Valley High School, 31555 Rancho Vista Road in Temecula.

To purchase tickets, visit www.oakgrovecenter.org.

Jeff Pack can be reached by email at jpack@reedermedia.com.