Rockin' the streets

Street party celebrates 15 years with 12 bands on 10 stages
By: Laura Newell, Telegraph Correspondent
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As the hot weather cooled down Saturday night, historic Sutter Street in Folsom filled up with crowds ready to party. The Folsom Chamber of Commerce celebrated the 15th year of music on Sutter street with this year’s Folsom Live 2009 where thousands of people listened to 12 live bands perform on 10 stages along the street. “It has really grown. … This takes a lot of work and we couldn’t do it with out our volunteers,” said Sharon Williams, Folsom Chamber of Commerce member for 19 years and Folsom resident for 49 years. Food venders, merchants, casino games provided by Jackson Rancheria, and local celebrities also attended the event to bring a wide variety of activates to attendees. “We were a little challenged with the 102-degree weather, but we are hoping for a big turn out as it cools down,” Williams said. As the night became dark, a green laser show beamed through the historic street turning Folsom into a party as thousands of people came to enjoy the music. “It just evolves, at one point it will be sparse then you turn around and it will just be crowds and crowds of people crowding through the streets,” said Jayne Brenning, event and visitors coordinator for the Folsom Chamber of Commerce. Friends Rhonda Jones, Folsom resident of 20 years, and Christine Anderson, Fair Oaks resident who taught English at Folsom Middle School and Sutter Middle School, came to Folsom Live ready to dance to the live country music of Dave Russell. “We love this event. This will be my third time (attending),” Anderson said. Long-time friends Matt Duncan, 29 of Tracy, Melissa Walling, 27 of Sacramento, and John Marty, 31 of Tracy, enjoyed beer and dancing while listening to Whiskey Dawn. Some Sutter Street merchants kept their doors open during the event to provide attendees with more food and shopping options. Pia Knight has co-owned The Black Rooster restaurant on Sutter Street with her daughter April Knight for three years, and said they always look forward to this event and the people it attracts. “This is a fun event that brings in new faces to the district,” Knight said. “I think it’s important to have merchants of the district stay open and be a part of these events because it’s only going to bring good to Folsom.” Folsom Lake Bowl set up a booth to sell alcohol at the event. “We are just out here supporting the Folsom Chamber and having a good time,” said Kevin Kindlespire, bar manager of Folsom Lake Bowl and Folsom resident of 15 years. A celebrity appearance was made by the Sacramento Kings’ rookie player Omri Casspi, 21, who recently moved from Israel to play for the NBA team. “This is great. We try to get close to our fans and we are hoping to get more fans tonight because we need support this season,” Casspi said. “This is a great event with a lot of people – and we like to bring our players where the people are,” said Mitch Germann, vice president of business communications for Maloof sports and entertainment. The popular event was another success this year with numerous volunteers, vendors, merchants and attendees explained Williams. “The money raised goes to the Folsom Chamber of Commerce to provide the Folsom community with all of the programs put on throughout the year,” Williams said. “Without the Folsom Pro Rodeo and the Folsom Live events, the community would not survive.”