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Tunes revisit the ’60s five decades later in Folsom

Three Stages presents a multimedia look at the era’s music
By: Laura Newell, Telegraph staff writer
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FOLSOM CA - Three Stages will travel back to the 1960s for a night of music and glimpse of history. Through a creative blending of live music performance, film, dance, lighting, computer-generated imagery and high-concept stage design – This is the ‘60s offers an immersion into the pop culture of the 1960s. Utilizing everything from TV commercials, retro dance numbers, vintage fashions and historic newsreel footage, seven performers will recreate music from the period. “This will be a fun evening, especially for those went through the ‘60s and ‘70s – it’s a great family event and a good opportunity to bring the kids and share some of the sounds and sights of an important time in American history,” said Three Stages Executive Director Dave Pier. The show is the creation of producer/director Jim Duffy, an Emmy Award-winning television producer/writer/director who began his career as a CBS news cameraman and producer in 1972. He has also created programming for Discovery Networks. “I combined the two elements I love most: music and storytelling,” Duffy said. “This is the ‘60s takes the audience on a journey – one that’s designed to entertain, educate, and stimulate.” He said rather than focusing on one aspect of the decade, he wanted the show to highlight all 10 years. “We wanted to do a tribute show to the entire decade,” Duffy said. “In between costume changes we have little documentaries to show quick clips of TV commercials to really showcase the entire experience of the decade, not just a song.” The show features the music of The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, The Monkees, The Mamas and The Papas, The Fifth Dimension, Simon and Garfunkel, The Beach Boys, Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Three Dog Night, Jefferson Airplane and others. “I hope audience members learn how much pop culture came out of the 60s after watching this show,” Duffy said. “In a relatively small amount of time, just 10 years, music changed dramatically. This show really showcases the change in music and pop culture.” Performed live, the show has no pre-recorded samples and features a variety of pieces mixed with music, dance and vintage film clips featuring major news events, pop culture fads and vintage TV commercials. “I think this is something that people have not seen before in a concert experience, it’s not just a concert or a documentary, it’s an experience covering the entire decade,” Duffy said. “It is definitely mutigenerational – it can be a reminder of the era for an older generation and a history lesson for the younger generations. There is definitely something for everyone and will be a fun family experience for all ages.” This Is The ‘60s will perform for three nights at 7:30 p.m., Oct. 15-17, at Three Stages at Folsom Lake College, 10 College Parkway, Folsom. Tickets are $35-$49, with premium seats for $55 and $59. For tickets and more information, call (916) 608-6888 or visit threestages.net. ----- KNOW AND GO What: This Is The ‘60s When: 7:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 15; 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 16; and 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 17 Where: Three Stages at Folsom Lake College, 10 College Parkway, Folsom Tickets: $35-$49, Premium $55 and $59 More info: threestages.net or call (916) 608-6888