"The Heart of Rock & Roll" — Bucky Heard featuring guitarist John Wedemeyer
June 21, 2021
Folsom Lake College's Harris Center for the Arts, the Los Rios Colleges Foundation, and SchoolsFirst Federal Credit Union are pleased to present a live, outdoor concert fundraiser, "The Heart of Rock & Roll", with Las Vegas headliner Bucky Heard, and featuring guitarist John Wedemeyer. "The Heart of Rock & Roll" is a soulful, heartfelt tribute through the decades of the greatest songs ever written.
Proceeds from the event will support the Harris Center's soft reopening this fall. Bring your lawn chair and dancing shoes — we look forward to celebrating the return of live performances at the Harris Center for the Arts with you!
- Saturday, August 21, 2021
- Parking Lot of the Harris Center for the Arts (see note below) (Map & Directions)
Note: Venue Change - Moved Indoors Due to Air Quality
Due to poor air quality in Folsom from the Caldor Fire and out of an abundance of caution, the event will now be held inside the Harris Center for the Arts in Stage One. Previously purchased tickets for this event will be honored. All safety precautions will be taken to ensure the health and safety of our performers, patrons, volunteers, staff, and production crew. Facemasks must be worn at all times while inside the Center and parties will be spaced out within the venue. While the circumstances are not ideal, we are excited to welcome you to the Harris Center's first live indoor performance since March 2020!
- $75 VIP Meet & Greet per person (SOLD OUT)
- $50 Reserved Admission per person (SOLD OUT)
- $40 General Admission per person
Your $75 VIP Meet & Greet ticket (SOLD OUT) provides reserved, premium seating in the front rows for an experience to remember. It also gains you exclusive entrance to a pre-show Meet & Greet at 6:30pm, hosted by Madroña Vineyards, where you will get to enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime experience to share a glass of wine with Bucky and John before the concert. Limited tickets available.
Your $50 Reserved Admission ticket (SOLD OUT) provides reserved seating in the second section. Limited tickets available.
Your $40 General Admission ticket provides seating on a first-come, first-served basis.
Public tickets went on sale Monday, July 5. Online ticket sales will close on Thursday, August 19 at 11:59 pm. A limited number of tickets will be available for purchase at the Harris Center Ticket Office on the day of the concert beginning at 6:30 pm - credit card purchase only.
About the Artists
Bucky Heard, an Alabama native and Auburn University alumni (BFA, Theatre Performance), has numerous national theatrical credits and a reputation as a gutsy rock and roll singer with incredible vocal range, which has garnered critical praise in such reputable publications as The Washington Post and USA Today. He has shared the concert stage with some of the greats, including Andy Williams, Glen Campbell, The Beach Boys (with Mike Love), The Temptations (with Otis Williams), Tony Orlando, Michael McDonald, Jonathan Cain (Journey), BB King, and more.
Heard fully produced and wrote an original children’s musical titled, Rock U Mentally, which ran for two seasons at Dick Clark’s American Bandstand Theatre in Branson, MO. Most recently, he co-wrote and produced 14 original songs for an exciting new musical, Mike and Mindy’s Wild Weekend Jam, set to make its Off-Broadway premiere at the Players Theatre in New York City this winter.
In addition to his endeavors on stage, Bucky has created his own vocal method, “PREP (Pitch/Range/Endurance/Power) Vocals”, and has many students from all over the United States and as far away as Ireland who seek out his instruction and experience.
Finally, in 2016, Bucky joined forces with legendary Rock & Roll Hall of Fame icon Bill Medley as his partner in the newly reformed Righteous Brothers. They are currently in their fifth successful year of their residency show at Harrah’s Las Vegas, with over 50 road shows across the country. Heard says teaming up with Bill Medley has been like getting your PhD in show business!
John Wedemeyer hails from Los Gatos, CA and has been playing guitar professionally since age 19. While proficient in a wide variety of styles, John spent much of his early career steeped in blues and roots music. He recorded and toured with many blues legends such as Charlie Musselwhite, Jimmy Witherspoon, Lowell Fulson, Curtis Salgado, John Lee Hooker, Luther Tucker, and Bonnie Raitt (to name a few). Later, John spent some time in the “jam band” scene working with ex-Grateful Dead members Vince Welnick and Phil Lesh.
Since relocating to Las Vegas in 2006, John has played and recorded with a wildly diverse list of artists including The Righteous Brothers, Donny and Marie Osmond, Clint Holmes, Kristen Chenoweth, Debbie Gibson, Michael Grimm (2010 winner of America’s Got Talent), Susan Anton, Wayne Newton, Cindy Blackman-Santana, Lucie Arnaz, Martin Nievera, Christine Ebersole, Starship, Aurea (Portuguese pop sensation), Earl Turner, Lani Misalucha, Taylor Dane, Frankie Moreno, and David Foster among many others. John also played in some Broadway shows that ran in Las Vegas including The Addams Family and Surf: The Musical.
Most recently, John played and toured with The Righteous Brothers and Zeppelin USA.
Together, this dynamic duo brings their audiences soulful renditions of timeless hits that span the decades, including hits by such artists as The Beatles, Ray Charles, Rod Stewart, Roy Orbison, Bob Seger, Simon and Garfunkel, Bobby Darin, Bread, CCR, James Taylor, Bon Jovi, Neil Diamond, Led Zeppelin, The Platters, Elvis, and more!
About the Event
The live concert event will be held outdoors in a designated parking lot by the Harris Center. Ticket holders will receive a ticket via email which must be presented upon arrival to the concert. All VIP/Reserved Admission ticket holders will be assigned a particular spot upon purchase. General Admission tickets will be assigned a spot on arrival to the venue on a first-come, first-served basis. Ticket holders will park in a designated area and will walk to the concert parking lot for seating. Please bring a lawn chair (no umbrellas or oversized chairs), which you will need to carry to your spot. Outside food and beverages are allowed; no alcohol is permitted.
The event will be held rain or shine. Should the event need to be postponed due to circumstances beyond our control (COVID-19 restrictions, etc.), we will announce a new date as close to the original date as possible.
Thank You to Our Sponsors
Mike and Rene’ Lemberg
Dr. and Mrs. Brice Harris
Karol and Rich McCormac
Folsom Tourism Bureau
Although the Harris Center’s stage will temporarily dim effective July 1, 2020, the community spirit created over the last 10 years will continue. Art sustains us during the good times and the not-so-good, and we sincerely hope that your memories of Harris Center performances remain and remind you that there is a light at the end of this tunnel.