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Folsom Live kicks up the acts for 2010

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Think Historic District construction deterred organizers for Folsom Live? Think again. Not only did they expand the popular street party, they also added more variety than they’ve ever had before, including adding comedian Gallagher to the mix. American Stars in Concert Celebrate Motown Just in time for Motown’s 50th anniversary, four American Idol contestants come together Friday night for an evening of fun-filled music. The show features Trenyce Cobbins (second season of American Idol, 2003), Gina Glocksen (sixth season, 2007), Michael Sarver (eighth season, 2009) and David Hernandez (seventh season, 2008). Elvin Bishop Blues great Elvin Bishop brings his signature style to Folsom Live. Bishop has been singing and recording for almost 40 years. According to organizers, Bishop is at the forefront of electric blues guitarists. Rolling Stone magazine referred to Bishop’s music as “a good-time romp … raucous blues with high-energy soloing, mixtures of careening slide and razor-edged bursts, all delivered with unflagging enthusiasm and wit.” Wonderbread 5 This band has been thrilling audiences with their disco party band covers for more than a decade. Michael, Jackie, Jermaine, Marlon and Action Jackson (the original band lineup) play everything from Motown to Bean-town and back again. This San Francisco Bay Area group encourages their audiences to join them on stage to sing or dance. Gallagher The popular comedian who has appeared in numerous TV specials and movies, including “History of the Joke” (2008) and “Gallagher: Sledge-O-Matic.com” (2000), will grace Folsom with his trademark brand of humor. Known as a “prop” comedian, he is most recognized for his signature sketch, “Sledge-O-Matic.” He uses the large wooden mallet to crush, pulverize and otherwise pummel a variety of objects including computer keyboards, containers of cottage cheese, cartons of chocolate milk, tubes of toothpaste, fried chicken and watermelons. Given the messy nature of his act, fans in the first two or three rows are usually provided plastic sheeting for protection. Many bring their own additional protection like raincoats or umbrellas. Pink Froyd This Pink Floyd tribute band comes complete with a laser light show. According to organizers, they are the hottest Pink Floyd tribute band today. “The Froydians,” as they call themselves, consist of Joe Marnane on drums and vocals, Chris Bang on keyboards and vocals, Gus Beaudoin on bass and vocals, Graham Heath on lead vocals and guitar, and Wayne Keonopaske on guitar, percussion, effects and sound design. Whiskey Dawn A popular draw at local establishments such as Powerhouse Pub (where they recently filmed their first music video), Whiskey Dawn will be pouring on the country tunes at Folsom Live. Formed by high school friends Troy, Jeremy and Mike, they began singing and playing country music together almost a decade ago and they haven’t stopped. It wasn’t until joining forces with musicians Steve Mendiola, Dave Corina and Steve Cortez, that Whiskey Dawn was formed. Bump City The Tower of Power was a well-known band and Bump City pays them tribute. The Central California-based, nine-piece band plays the hits of Tower of Power in a big, powerful and brassy way, according to organizers. The group is billed as an “up-tempo, smooth-sounding, hip-shaking party band.” Dave Russell Band A popular act, Dave Russell is a regular performer in Folsom at events such as the Folsom Pro Rodeo and other local venues. According to organizers, Russell is able to work the stage and connect with audiences, which makes him unique. He sings the music of artists like Garth Brooks, Travis Tritt, Brad Paisley and Tim McGraw, plus a host of his own original songs. In fact, Russell has even rustled up a new development deal with Cupit Records and he’s been back in the studio. Club 90 This “dance party” group performs hip-hop and alternative rock, made popular in the 1990s. Dooney Jones, Danielle Pollard and Acacia Quien hit the vocals while Allen Leong tickles the keyboards and Mitchell Wilcox bangs the skins. Scott Thompson plays bass and Alex Doty rounds out the band with his guitar playing skills. Expect Club 90 to liven up with scene with music from the decade before the 21st century. James Garner Like it or not, Folsom is synonymous with Johnny Cash and James Garner does his best to bring to life the music of the legendary performer. Not an impersonator, Garner does try to pay homage to the Man in Black’s energy, power and excitement. According to organizers, “It’s Garner’s strong conviction, historical accuracy, heartfelt sincerity and musical honesty that is his tribute to the great Johnny Cash.” ~ Staff report