There will be dancing in the streets of Auburn, Folsom

Folsom Lake Entertainer
By: Colt McGraw and Gus Thomson, Folsom Lake Entertainer
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For those looking for a reason to dance in the streets, you don’t need to look far. Folsom and Auburn each have a street party in September. FOLSOM LIVE STRIKES UP MUSIC IN TOWN'S HISTORIC DISTRICT A music festival set in the Folsom Historic District draws thousands. Using Sutter Street as its base, some of the side streets and parking lots are transformed into stages, bars and dance floors. When the party wraps up, it moves to inside venues like Powerhouse Pub. This year’s event is slated for 5 p.m. Sept. 22. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the gate. Party four-packs of tickets are $80 (available at only). The lineup includes Wonderbread 5, East Bay Soul (led by Greg Adams, the founding member of Tower of Power), Journey Unauthorized, Chris Gardner Band, The Atomic Punks, Tom Rigney and Flambeau, Adren Park Roots, Inspector 71, Maxx Cabello Jr. and headliner act Jack Ingram, a winner of an Academy of Country Music award. Many will recognize his Billboard hits such as “Love You,” “Barefoot and Crazy” and “Wherever You Are.” He has been successfully creating independent sounds sense the early 90’s. He was born in Woodland, Texas, and began creating a name for himself independently while in his 20s. His independent success thrived and provided the creative outlet that he had been seeking. When mainstream success arrived, he welcomed it with open arms. “Keeping my mainstream sensibilities and keeping my independence is very important to me,” he said. His first No. 1 hit, “Wherever You Are,” raced to the top of the charts in 2005. Three years later, he received his first ACM award as the Top New Male Vocalist of the Year. “I had won and lost many things in my career but being recognized in that medium meant a lot to me,” he said. “It was a nod to all of the work that I had done to get where I was. It was sort of an arrival on a bigger stage and it will never go away.” He not only works his crowds and plays his music, he also writes. In 2010 he wrote and recorded “Seeing Stars” which was nominated for Vocal Event of the Year by the Academy. When deciding on a duet partner , he didn’t have to think long. “I wanted someone who had the voice of an angel and I called Patti Griffin. Patti agreed and it became one of my favorite pieces of work that I’ve ever been a part of,” Ingram said. After influencing the music world for more than 20 years, he has a full range of perspective on his career. His purpose in playing is currently to release his spirit. “It’s my job to keep that spirit alive,” he said. “Being a part of mainstream is only a piece of my career. At this point in my career I have a lot of freedom.” For more information, visit BLACK & WHITE AFFAIR RETURNS TO AUBURN'S DOWNTOWN AREA Limiting attendance to 2,000 and requiring ties on all men, the Auburn Chamber of Commerce is planning a scaled-down, more sedate spinoff of the Black & White Ball. A yearly late-summer fixture in Auburn from 1992 to 2009, the ball attracted as many as 5,300 people. Dubbed Auburn’s Black & White Affaire, the event returns the “black and white” party theme to Downtown Auburn on Sept. 15. The Black & White Affaire is intended to be a more “intimate” and locally attended event. Tickets are priced at $75 each. The Black & White Affaire will have three music venues, including two specifically for dancing. A VIP reception would start at 7:30 p.m., with the event officially opening to the public at 8:30 p.m. Final alcohol sales would be at midnight and the event would be over by 12:30 a.m. Learn more at