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Big names to hit the stage at Folsom Live

Pat Benatar, Los Lobos and Ronnie Milsap to headline as event is expanded to two days
By: Don Chaddock, Telegraph Managing Editor
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Music fans have reason to rejoice if the recently announced lineup for Folsom Live is any indication. Headliner acts such as Pat Benatar, Los Lobos and Ronnie Milsap are scheduled to take to the stage at Folsom Live, Sept. 23-24. The signature event held in the Folsom Historic District has also expanded to two nights. Organizers are expecting up to 8,000 people to attend over the two days. Benatar, a four-time Grammy winner in the early 1980s, is known for such popular songs as “Love is a Battlefield,” “Hit Me with Your Best Shot,” “We Live for Love” and “Heartbreaker.” With 16 years under her belt, Benatar hasn’t stopped touring and Folsom is the place to hear her on Friday, Sept. 23. She performs with her husband, Neil Giraldo. Her stop in historic Folsom is sandwiched between concerts in Virginia, Oregon and Nevada. “The ultimate goal for Folsom Live is to develop a music festival that will be an economic driver and showcase for the city,” said Mary Ann McAlea, one of the event’s organizers. “We are a good host city for events and people are always looking for things to do.” She said getting headliners this year was a natural evolution for the event. “In the growth strategy (for Folsom Live), the opportunity to bring headliners would grow the event,” she said. “Folsom Live has always been about music.” She said reaction has been positive regarding the acts. “I think it tells people there is a commitment to growing the event,” McAlea said. “Getting people (to attend) from the region is huge. If they just drive by us on Highway 50, they don’t know what we have to offer.” Some changes to the layout are also in store. The main stage, usually located at the railroad turntable, will be moved to the Traders Lane parking lot. “The biggest change is construction means we’re moving the main stage,” she said. “We’re also using the parking lot below Sutter Street Steakhouse. We’re expanding into other areas.” Street closures for Sutter Street and some of the surrounding streets should be expected during the event. “Saturday night, Riley Street will be closed, but it’s all still being fine tuned,” she said. Marcia Durst, another of the event’s organizers, said she’s looking forward to the expanded event. “There’s something for everybody,” Durst said. “I think everybody … has rocked out to Pat Benatar.” Dianne Rogers, with the chamber of commerce, said Folsom Live is one of the organization’s biggest events. “Folsom Live and the Folsom Pro Rodeo are the two biggest fundraisers of the year,” Rogers said. In all, 30 bands are scheduled to perform on 10 stages over the two-night event. To learn more, visit folsomlive.com. * * * GO LIVE IN FOLSOM What: Folsom Live When: Sept. 23-24 Where: Folsom Historic District Cost: Single day, $37.50 Two-day pass $65; Party pack, four tickets for a single day, $120, or both days, $199 Information: FolsomLive.com, (916) 985-5555