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New Folsom amphitheater in the spotlight Saturday

City opens new public plaza with festivities, concert
By: Laura Newell, Telegraph staff writer
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With the warmer weather, people are gearing up for the season of outdoor concerts and activities. The Folsom Historic District Public Plaza and Amphitheater will open in Folsom’s Historic District at 5 p.m., Saturday, April 14, giving people the perfect opportunity to spend time outside. The park’s 300-seat amphitheater and stage will feature a free live performance and the adjacent public plaza will have live art and railroad handcar demonstrations. The festivities begin with a performance by the Eastern Ways Chinese Lion Dancers, followed by a brief ribbon cutting ceremony with Mayor Kerri Howell and other city leaders. The Mighty Cash Cats Johnny Cash tribute band will give the first performance on the new stage immediately following the ribbon cutting. “Our new public plaza and amphitheater provide an urban park experience for all those drawn to our recently revitalized Historic District,” said Folsom City Manager Evert Palmer. “We anticipate that our residents and visitors will embrace this new venue and that it will serve as a community gathering place for many years to come.” The opening event is tied to the kickoff of the Folsom Historic District Association’s Second Saturday program. Walking up and down Sutter Street looks to be a crowd pleaser from 5 to 9 p.m. with activities including an art walk and live music by Dr. Placebo in front of Rainbow Bridge Jewelers. Businesses will also stay open late offering tastings and specials, said Stephanie Rogers, Folsom Historic District Association director. People can then end the night at the Powerhouse Pub Outdoor Stage from 6 to 9 p.m. with live entertainment including “Mad Dash Band” and belly dancing from Planet Earth Rising belly dancers. “We are extremely excited about the opportunity the amphitheater brings for future events,” Rodgers said. “It will allow us to expand our events and more importantly bring our community together to enjoy a variety of entertainment in historic downtown Folsom. The amphitheater will also give people from other areas a reason to come visit, shop and stay in Folsom. This is a very exciting time for Folsom.” The new urban park is bounded by Sutter, Leidesdorff, Wool and Reading streets, directly across from the Light Rail Station and adjacent to the Historic District parking structure. A planned private development that includes four buildings with residential, office, retail and restaurant spaces will be built in coming years. For more information, visit historicfolsomstation.com.