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Weird Al packs in crowds at Folsom concerts

By: Don Chaddock, Telegraph Managing Editor
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FOLSOM, CA - The new season of Three Stages performing arts center got a little weird Friday night. Weird Al Yankovic, who made his name in the late 1970s and 1980s doing parodies of popular songs, took the stage in a nearly two-hour show as part of his new Alpocalypse Tour, promoting his new album. He also performed two shows Saturday before loading up to head to the next city. Fans filled the main stage opening night, much to the delight of Three Stages Executive Director Dave Pier. “Between the three shows, we’ll have more than 2,000 people,” he said. Pier said music fans will also get a chance to see Helen Reddy Oct. 1 and Kenny Loggins Oct. 3. Following the concert, young and not-so-young fans flocked to the memorabilia table, eager to snatch up t-shirts, albums, posters and anything else plastered with the Weird Al brand. Jose Henriquez, of Folsom, works with El Dorado’s Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO), but he was letting his hair down Friday night. “This is fulfilling an ’80s dream,” he said. “I was impressed by the diversity of the ages in the audience. Everyone from my age, in their 40s, to kids to older people. I mean, he’s been doing this since the 70s.” How did he enjoy the show? “I loved it,” he said. “It was incredible with all those costume changes, but he made it seem pretty seamless.” Beata Olson, from Sacramento, came out with her family. “I really liked it,” she said. “My son is a big fan of Weird Al, and so is my husband. We’re always singing his songs at home.” She said the show wasn’t what she expected. “I was surprised because of the costumes, the way he was changing,” she said. “The video (presentation) was good, too. The concert was so good, even though it was almost two hours, I didn’t want to leave.” Her husband, Erik, agreed. “The musicianship was surprising, too,” he said. After his final number, Yankovic received a standing ovation. To see the lineup of other concerts and upcoming theatrical productions, visit threestages.net.