MyFolsom 2018 Free Summer Concert Guide

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Summer in Folsom means music! Live music, for free, 3 nights per week at 3 unique locations, with its own vibe.

Here’s your quick guide:

Palladio Center

Palladio concerts kick off the week on Wednesdays at 7pm.  Located in the plaza, the best seats are up front, close to the band and the dancefloor. There are limited patches of lawn for spreading out blankets and low-rise chairs toward the back, with cement areas more suitable for chairs along the sides.   

Views can be obstructed by tree and art pieces, but it is a beautiful spot, and they bring out the big guns for the music, with a focus on high quality cover bands.

It’s family-friendly, and there’s beer garden, too.

The official rule is that you cannot bring alcohol. Maybe there’s water in those red Solo cups.

Park in the garage, the big lot near Whole Foods, or the one by Nordstrom Rack.  

If it gets too crowded head to one of the Palladio’s great restaurant choices; Chicago Fire Pizza and the new Back Bistro  are my faves. The bistro also has a Wednesday late happy hour!   

Wednesday evenings at 7pm through August 29

June 6 – Wonderbread 5 – Party Dance Band

June 13 – PopRocks – High Energy Dance

June 20 – When Doves Cry – Prince Tribute

June 27 – Notorious – Current thru today Hits

July 4 – No Concert – Happy 4th of July!

July 11 – Hip Service – Dance Party Extravaganza

July 18 – Cheeseballs – High Energy Party Dance Band

July 25 – Swift Country – Tribute to Taylor Swift

August 1 – Island of Black & White – Reggae Dance Band

August 8 – Mania – Beatles Tribute

August 15 – Take 2- Big Band Dance

August 22 – The Spazmatics – Nerds that Rock!

August 29 – Pop Fiction – Party Dance Band

The audience enjoyed listening to Johnny Cash favorites played by the Mighty Cash Cats. Photo by Roberta Long

Folsom Historic District

The Folsom Historic District concerts are held at the amphitheater, in the heart of the Railroad block. It’s a cozy venue with excellent sightlines.

Park for free in the nearby garage, and there is limited street parking as well.

If you enter from the back/top of the amphitheater, not that looking down toward the stage, it can be difficult to tell where the open seats are. Send a scout to the bottom and look up.  

Officially a booze-free venue, I think there’s a ‘don’t ask don’t tell’ policy.  

Be sure to visit the District merchants. It’s easy to walk up and grab a burrito to go from the Sutter Street Taqueria (say hi to Rosario), or a brisket sandwich from Heckle Ale House.

Note that there is construction going on for the new Round House building, which will soon house Scott’s Seafood and Willamette Valley Winery.

Every Thursday at 715p through July 26

June 7 – Island of Black and White – Blues/Reggae/Folk

June 14 – Rhythm Vandals – Viva Santana Show

June 21 – John Voeltz and The Side Hustle – Americana/Bluesy Rock/Good Times

June 28 – AKA – Rocking Dance Party

July 5 – Cash Prophets – Authentic Country Music

July 12 – Cynthia Renee and Company – 80’s/Rock/Country

July 19 – Todd Morgan and The Emblems – Pop/Rock/Soul

July 26 – Jessica Malone – Modern and Soulful Folk/Americana


Lions Park

Folsom Concerts in the Park happen every Friday night at Lions Park.

There is plenty of room to spread out. Bring a chair and sit up front by the gazebo, or head for the trees to get some shade. Lots of room for kids to run around. Bring a picnic.

Responsible alcohol consumption is allowed.

Every Friday at 7pm through July 27

June 1 – Island of Black and White – Reggae

June 8 – FBI- Rock

June 15 – Keep on Truckin – Music of the Woodstock Generation

June 22 – Dave Russell – Country

June 29 – Chad Bushnell – Country

July 6 – Innersoul Band – R&B/Latin

July 13 – Simple Creation Band – Reggae

July 20 – Have Mercy – Classic Rock

July 27 – Elana Jane – Country/Pop