Free summer music galore

By: Tom Rupp
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They say that the Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial beginning of summer. Maybe it is sort of a trial run for the upcoming solstice on June 21 that heralds three months of fun and music.

Tonight, June 1, marks the beginning of the Twilight Thursday Summer Concert series in old town Folsom at the amphitheater.

This is not the same event as the Friday night Concert in the Park series over behind the library at Lions Park that begins this Friday.There is also a concert series on Wednesday nights at the Palladio beginning June 7. Wow, that’s a lot of music.

Along with all of this, we also have the Live on the Boulevard series by the El Dorado Hills Town Center on Thursdays starting June 15.

Most of the genres presented at these various events could safely be termed rock, pop, oldies and country. There may be other types of music offered, but my ignorance betrays itself. There might be a blues, jazz or soul thrown in there, but I do not know.

It reminds me of the line in my favorite movie ever, Blues Brothers, where the bartender at the country bar says, “We’ve got both kinds (of music) – we’ve got country and western.”

So I was recently at a local eatery waiting for my urban fries, and a girl came in with fliers concerning the old town event. The guy next to me took a flyer too.

Come to find out, this young man was asking about the event not as a fan, but as a participant. Turns out he and three of his friends have a band of their own.

I couldn’t resist and struck up a nosy conversation. The name of their group is “The Pacific.” They have a Facebook page (The Pacific Band Page). They also have a webpage, You can access examples of their music on these pages.

I asked Zack what was the genre of music his band plays and (must be getting old) can’t remember his exact answer. But it isn’t any of the ones mentioned so far. Check it out for yourself.

It’s always cool when musicians write their own music and play their own instruments. That gets my attention and admiration.

Who knows? Maybe one day soon you’ll get a chance to hear The Pacific play their music at one of the free local concerts.

Tom Rupp is a resident of Folsom and a weekly columnist in the Folsom Telegraph.  You can reach him at