Get ready to enjoy a night of R&B, rock and soul in the style and likenesses of Diana Ross, Tina Turner and Aretha Franklin this weekend as Folsom’s Harris Center hosts 3 Queens of Motown. Taking to Harris Center’s Stage 1 on Sunday, Nov. 26, this show presented by Scott Thomas Productions, this special event is one not to be missed if you a fan of any member of this trio of dynamic divas that made music history. 

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Under the leadership of music director Nathan Owens the 3 Queens of Motown Tribute Show is known for taking the stage with a Las Vegas style, fantastic, high energy, show that pays honor to the 3 Queens of the music business. In addition to the music of these entertainment giants, the show is always known for its surprises in every city it visits. Lea Sweet performs as Tina Turner, Stacy Carter performs as Diana Ross and Samantha Alexes as Aretha Franklin. 

About the divas…

Lea Sweet as Tina Turner

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Sweet saw her first live concert in her hometown of San Francisco when she was just six years old. That show, was the Ike and Tina Turner revue. 

According to her entertainment bio, she became so inspired by the show that she dreamed of becoming an entertainer and owning the stage like Tina Turner with her powerful vocals and dancing.  Today, she is carrying on to keep the legacy of Turner alive. Very alive!  Following a recent performance, a fan told Lea, “you are really Tina.”

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Samantha Alexes as Aretha Franklin

Alexes Rocks steady as she entertains sold out 3 Queens audiences, paying  tribute to Aretha Franklin, and Gladys Knight with vocals that are known to “wow” audiences in Las Vegas and Lake Tahoe Casino showrooms and more.  After 30 years of performance experience Alexes still holds dear to her heart, her true mentor and music influence, Aretha Franklin       

Stacy Carter as Diana Ross

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The 3 Queens show cites it is blessed to have the vocal talents of Carter grace the stage as its Diana Ross. Carter’s  love for the music of Ross started at an early age in San Francisco. Carter has opened for  “Klymaxx” (The men all pause) and “Lakeside.” (Fantastic Voyage)   

About tickets for the Folsom show…

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Tickets are still available for this event and available at the Harris Center Box Office. Tickets start at $44 and go up to $72 for premium seating. To see pricing, available seating and reserve your spot, visit the box office online HERE.  Sunday’s show begins at 6:30 p.m.

About Harris Center for the Arts

Long envisioned as a critically important element for Folsom Lake College, the visual and performing arts center was initially conceived as a facility to instruct, develop, and guide talented students to become actors, musicians, dancers, visual artists, and behind-the-curtain technicians. The scope and size of the Center expanded significantly with a 2003 feasibility study which validated the need for a facility that could also serve as a regional arts center for the greater community.

In 2004, the project proposal approved by the Los Rios Board of Trustees was submitted to the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office for final funding approval in the 2005-06 budget year. Construction of the $50 million project began in July 2008, supported by a State Educational Facilities General Obligation Bond, Local Measure A Bond, other District resources, and donations to the Folsom Lake College Foundation.

In February, 2011, the Center opened as “Three Stages at Folsom Lake College” and by the end of its second full season it had already attracted over 300,000 patrons to its offerings. In August, 2012, the Los Rios District Board of Directors announced the renaming of the facility to the “Harris Center for the Arts,” honoring Chancellor Emeritus Brice Harris who, during his tenure, oversaw a doubling of the size of the District, including the development of Folsom Lake College. He, together with then President of the College Thelma Scott-Skillman, was perhaps most responsible for seeing the vision of a Regional Performing Arts Center for the community realized.

The 80,000-square-foot center includes three stages and is located at Folsom Lake College. Before Covid-19, it hosted more than 400 events per year. The venue, initially called Three Stages at Folsom Lake College, opened in 2011. It temporarily closed in July 2020, as the pandemic disrupted entertainment venues nationwide.