Friday, May 30, 2014

The Hit Men Perform At Harris Center June 8th

It's not the cast from Jersey Boys. Not a Jersey Boys tribute show. Not a Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons cover band. Members of this amazing supergroup of musicians, vocalists, arrangers and composers actually were the Four Seasons who sang with Frankie Valli. They were the Shondells who sang with Tommy James.

They are the authentic rock and rollers whose legacy includes hundreds of hit records from the 60s, 70s and 80s.

They now call themselves The Hit Men and are bringing their famous sounds and energy to Harris Center for the Arts.

Remember Gerry Polci and Lee Shapiro? They may not be household names now but back in the 70's, you bought all of their records. You heard them on the radio. Saw them on TV. Went to their concerts. So who are they?

They're the former stars of the hit- making factory known as Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. These guys toured the world with Frankie. Recorded numerous hit albums with him. And sang the lead vocals on songs like "Oh What a Night" – the biggest Seasons hit of all time. When they met in 1973, they were two boys from New Jersey barely out of their teens, and the Four Seasons hadn't had a charted hit record in years. Along with Valli and songwriter/ producer Bob Gaudio, Gerry Polci and Lee Shapiro, they successfully transitioned the group's sound from '60s doo-wop to '70s pop with mega-hit songs like "Who Loves You" and "Oh What a Night," beloved hits that have been heard for generations and are woven into America's consciousness.

Spurred by the runaway success of Jersey Boys, the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical based on the Four Seasons' career, these former Seasons, who are now in their late 50s and early 60s, decided to re-unite -- along with an A-list group of musicians who wrote, recorded and performed with Carly Simon, Cat Stevens, Elton John, Jim Croce, Chicago, Luther Vandross, The Ramones, Carole King, and other mega-star acts of the era -- and give touring one more shot.

Their show is an amazing look back through rock and roll history, including fascinating back stories of what it was like being on the road and in the recording studios with Frankie, Tommy, Carly, Cat, Jim and Elton. And, of course, there are all those amazing hits…with The Hit Men performing great songs from the Four Seasons songbook (from "Rag Doll," "Dawn," and "Walk Like a Man," to "Can't Take My Eyes Of You," "Marianne," and "Sherry"), plus other mega hits that members of The Hit Men helped make famous back in the day such as Cat Stevens' "Peace Train," Jim Croce's "Leroy Brown," Carly Simon's "You're So Vain," and Tommy James' "Mony Mony."

When The Hit Men take the stage, it's easy to see why their music has transcended generations. The notes are sharp, the vocals spot-on, the energy is high, and these guys are having the time of their lives sharing their musical legacy with audiences everywhere!

The Hit Men. featuring former stars of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons will perform Sunday, June 8, 2014 at 2 & 7 p.m. Tickets are priced at $25-$39; Premium $49. Tickets are available online at or from Harris Center Ticket Office at 916- 608-6888 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and two hours before show time. Parking is included in the price of the ticket. Harris Center is located on the west side of Folsom Lake College campus in Folsom, facing East Bidwell Street.

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Thursday, May 29, 2014

Ride The Parkway June 7th

Please join cycling enthusiasts as riders prepare for the 11th Annual Ride the Parkway (formerly the Rex Ride) scheduled to take place on Saturday, June 7th.

All proceeds from Ride the Parkway benefit the American River Parkway Foundation. The Ride the Parkway is a great event for cyclists of all levels.

You do not have to be a century rider to enjoy the beautiful 60 mile course along the American River Parkway – you can cycle as little or as much as you please!

Check-in at William Pond Park and make sure your bike is ready to go at Kinetic Cycles’ service station. Pause to refuel at the Discovery Park and Hazel Avenue rest stops before returning to William Pond Park for the post-Ride party.

At the completion of the event you will be treated to a fabulous meal catered by O’Connor’s Santa Maria Grill, beverages by New Belgium, Rubicon and Two Rivers Cider Co., and yummy treats from Hagen’s. Enjoy fabulous entertainment by “Flies in the Kitchen” featuring Vince DiFiore from CAKE on the trumpet as you explore vendor booths from The Bicycle Business, Bike Pros USA, Sac State Peak Adventures and Cycle In.

You will also have the chance to participate in a raffle to win prizes from local bike shops and restaurants. Registration begins at 7:00 a.m.and the post-Ride festivities start at 11:30 a.m.

New this year--you can register day of but the fee goes up! The cost to participate is $100 per person and on race day the fee is $150.

Proceeds from Ride the Parkway benefit the American River Parkway Foundation. All proceeds from this year’s event are earmarked for restoration of the land that was burned through arson fires in 2013. The American River Parkway Foundation is a non-profit organization committed to support the preservation and enjoyment of the American River Parkway by fostering environmental education, stewardship and volunteer opportunities. For more information regarding the ride please contact The Foundation office at (916 486-2773, or log on to their web site

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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Farmers' Market Every Thursday At Palladio

Palladio knows how busy weekends can be for families so they are adding convenient events to their venue during the weekdays!

Foothill Farmers’ Market will return and set up shop in Whole Foods parking lot every Thursday!

The Market will feature lots of fresh fruits and veggies from local growers along with flowers, honey and lots of other items to choose from.

Foothill Farmers’ Market will be at Palladio every Thursday, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., through August 29th.

For your entertainment, Palladio’s 16 Cinemas still offers any movie for $5.00 all day and night on Tuesday. Doesn’t matter if it’s a new release or not, on Tuesday’s its only $5.00 at the door!

Back again for the summer, every Wednesday night at 7pm starting June 5th, the Palladio in Folsom will be providing high energy family entertainment that is free to the public. The Wednesday night concert series will make its debut featuring Cheeseballs and keeping the fun going with bands like Because and Hip Service all summer long. The Summer Concert Series will offer free family entertainment every Wednesday 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., June 5th through August 28th.

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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Live On The Bouevard Wil Be Rockin In Town Center This Summer

The weather is heating up so you know what that means – it's time for one of the region's favorite concert series, Live on the Boulevard!

El Dorado Hills Town Center will be rockin' this summer with a 12 show line-up, June 19th through September 11th.

Every Thursday night in the Steven Young Amphitheater from 6:30- 8:30 pm they will have live music, food, give-a-ways, and plenty of room to get your groove on.

This sizzling summer concert series kicks off June 19th with Boys of Summer; an Eagles Tribute band sure to rock the house, and ends with a momentous show by the Skynnyn Lynnyrd Band.

And that's not all… again this year they will have a special Bonus Performance on September 11th by the Folsom Symphony and their new Music Director and Conductor, Peter Jaffe. Join them as they will be honoring September 11th in a very special way.

Concert viewing set-up will begin at 5 p.m. again this year and attendees are welcome to bring blankets and chairs to settle in for the show.

Live on the Boulevard Band Line-Up: 
June 19 – Boys of Summer – Eagles Tribute
June 26 – Petty Theft – San Francisco Tribute to Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
July 10 – Unauthorized Rolling Stones
July 17 – Chris Gardner Band – Rockin' Country
July 24 – Nathan Owens Motown & Soul Review
July 31 – Mania – Beatles Tribute
August 7 – Cash Prophets - Johnny Cash Tribute
August 14 – Island of Black and White – Rock/Reggae/Blues
August 21 – Journey Unauthorized - Tribute
August 28 – Super Huey – Huey Lewis and the New Tribute
September 4 – Skynnyn Lynnyrd - Tribute
**Bonus Performance** September 11th – Folsom Symphony Performing - American Salute

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