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July 17, 2013
'American Idol' runner-up to give free performance in Roseville this weekend

By Kurt Chirbas

She's performed for President Obama, received approval from TV's best known curmudgeon and gone toe-to-toe with the singing-and-dancing kids from "Glee."

Now, she's coming to Roseville.

Better yet: it won't cost you a dime to see her perform once she arrives.

Jessica Sanchez, an "American Idol" runner-up, who also had a brief cameo on this past season of "Glee," performs 4:00 p.m. this Saturday at Club Retro, which is located at 1529 Eureka Road. Admission to the musical event is free.

To see the wunderkind perform, one just has to print out a free PDF ticket, which can be accessed here.

Sing Inc, a locally-based music instruction company, is hosting Sanchez as part of its summer singing camp. The camp's participants, who range in age from 8 to 18, are spending the week receiving formal voice instruction, learning the ropes of song-writing and getting tips on stage presence from celebrity guests.

The weeklong camp ends this Saturday when all participants take the Club Retro stage at 1:00 p.m. Afterwards, Sanchez performs at 4:00 p.m.

Daniel Hayes, owner and director of Sing Inc., said they chose to bring Sanchez because of both her musical talent and her "relatability" to the student campers.

"There's been a lot of 'Idols'...but there's something about Jessica Sanchez," Hayes said. "She's young, she's 17, so she connects with people who come to our studio, and everybody knows who she is.

"She is also a phenomenal vocalist," he added.

According to Sanchez, attendees of the event may be given VIP, meet-and-greet access to Sanchez if they come "bling-ed out" in Sing Inc. attire.

Sanchez placed second on the eleventh season of "American Idol," just barely edged out by Phillip Phillips. Her Mumfond & Songs-tinged rival has since set the record for sale songs by an alum of the reality competition show with "Home."

Life post-"Idol" has been good for Sanchez as well. She sang at this year's White House Easter egg hunt, and appeared on the fourth season finale of "Glee," as the lead singer of a competing show choir group.

The following two clips should give you an idea of what to anticipate at Club Retro this weekend. The first is her first audition on "America's Got Talent," which caused Simon Cowell to label Sanchez as when "one of the best I have ever heard."

The second comes from her stint on "Glee," which had show-runner Ryan Murphy praising, "Well, when you have a voice like that, we wanted her to be in every episode this year, but she couldn't because of the tour."

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