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Folsom Live shakes up schedule

Road closures to hit Folsom Friday, Saturday
By: Don Chaddock, Telegraph Managing Editor
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The main headliner for Folsom Live dropped out just a few weeks prior to the event, but organizers said they found a suitable replacement. Pat Benatar, originally scheduled to perform Friday night, canceled all of her 2011 tour dates because husband-guitarist Neil Giraldo suffered an injury, according to organizers. Folsom Live organizers were able to sign Eddie Money to fill the 9:20 p.m. Friday concert. Also added to the Friday lineup is 80s ska band The English Beat, known for their hits “Mirror in the Bathroom,” “Too Nice To Talk To,” “Can’t Get Used To Losing You,” “Hands off She’s Mine” and “All Out To Get You.” Those who purchased tickets for the Friday night Benatar concert were offered an alternative. “We reached out to all of those people who had already purchased online tickets to announce the change-up,” said Mary Ann McAlea, with the Folsom Tourism Bureau and Chamber of Commerce. “Most seemed very happy. If they bought their ticket prior to the announcement, we offered to exchange it for a Saturday night ticket.” She said while it was sad to lose Benatar from the lineup, the very nature of the event — multiple stages and bands — made the impact minimal. “We would have loved to have Pat Benatar, but this is all about music and it’s a festival atmosphere,” McAlea said. “Eddie Money has a lot of recognizable hits. We’re committed to having a highly entertaining experience at the festival.” City officials are also advising travelers of road closures around the event beginning Friday and running through Saturday. Exact times for the closures were unavailable as of press time. On Friday and Saturday, the Rainbow Bridge and Riley Street — from Sutter Street to the bridge — will be closed in the afternoon and will remain closed throughout that night’s event. According to Sue Ryan, the city’s public information officer, there will be “virtually no parking available in the (Folsom) Historic District Friday and Saturday afternoons and evenings. Event attendees and visitors are encouraged to take Light Rail or event shuttles.” Shuttle services will be available from the parking lots at Briggs Ranch Plaza (the old Ralph’s at E. Natoma Street and Blue Ravine Road), The Folsom Pavilions (at Folsom Auburn Road near Greenback) and Walmart on Riley Street. Another shuttle will be provided to those who are staying at the Hampton Inn & Suites near Highway 50. Light Rail is offered free to those with Folsom Live tickets and the last departing train is 11 p.m. from the historic district station. Folsom Live organizers ask attendees to park in one of the designated shuttle lots to prevent clogging residential neighborhoods in the historic district. Joe Schwartz resides in the district and said he’s a fan of the music festival. “I love Folsom Live,” he said. “I haven’t been (to it) since I moved here, but I love the event.” Shirley Stennett has lived in Folsom since 1946 and in the same Wool Street home since 1949. “I think it’s a wonderful event,” she said. “I really don’t mind if a few people park around my house because I just put my car in the garage.” She said she will sit outside on her patio and listen to the music. “Sutter Street looks just wonderful,” she said. “It was time for a change (with the streetscape work). I’m very proud to be a Folsom resident.” Cindy Pharis has lived in the historic district for 30 years and is not a fan of Folsom Live. “It is so annoying because there’s so much noise,” she said. “If it was just one band, it wouldn’t be so bad, but they have so many that it’s just noise and confusion.” Pharis said they’ve had trouble with inebriated revelers in the past. “We’ve seen people peeing on our trees and throwing their trash and beer bottles,” she said. “We’ve had the side mirror (of our car) broken off.” She said they usually leave town to avoid the hassle. “But now they’ve made it two days and we aren’t happy,” Pharis said. “We deal with this all the time because of the bars on Sutter Street. ... I know Folsom is trying to discourage people from driving here with Light Rail and shuttles, so I’m hoping there will be fewer drunk drivers on the road.” Lois Briggs has called the historic district home for 64 years. “I’ve had some trouble with Folsom Live,” she said. “They broken into my car (one year) and trashed the inside. Sometimes they trap me out of parking so I can’t get in or out of my house.” She said her older home is pretty solid and the noise isn’t an issue on most nights when there is usual weekend activity on Sutter Street. She draws the line at Folsom Live. “I do not like the Folsom Live celebration,” she said. “It’s a mess.” * * * KNOW AND GO 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