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Folsom Live party rocks historic district

By: Laura Newell, Telegraph Staff Writer
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There was dancing in the streets all evening Saturday for the Folsom Chamber of Commerce’s music event, Folsom Live. “We came out here because it’s a local event and we’re down to party,” said Laurie Jones, 46, of El Dorado Hills. The annual event was split in two this year to include a family friendly kickoff block party featuring four “American Idol” finalists who performed Motown hits. “Tomorrow (Saturday) is a great event, but tonight (Friday) is a family night,” said Valerie Martell, of Folsom. “So, we brought the kids (ages 6 to 12) out for the family time.” Jill and Chris Fisher of Orangevale attended both nights after hearing about the event. “It sounded like fun, so we decided to come check it out,” Chris said. Saturday’s live entertainment included 12 bands on 10 stages placed within the Folsom Historic District. Despite some concern, construction on Sutter Street did not create an obstacle for dancers. As promised, crews cleaned up the streets prior to the event. The chamber expanded the party to include an additional stage in the Trader Lane parking lot to make Folsom Live a larger event. Kristen Frame, 27, and Casey Haas, 31, both of Folsom, came out to dance and check out the talent. “We came out here to hear the band Because,” Kristen said. “We love The Beatles and we signed (Because) up to play in our upcoming wedding.” The event brought out many locals, visitors and venders. Christy Correa, with Lost Coast Brewery, poured beer tastings on Friday. “We like this event, it’s a lot of fun,” Correa said. “We donate all the beer to the chamber. It’s for a good cause. We love community events.”