Looking further down the calendar, there are a lot of cool/interesting shows coming our way in coming months. Here are a few you should know about right now.
Get this: Thurston Moore – frontman of Sonic Youth – decided he wanted to play at the pizza place in Visalia he’d heard so much about. Yep, Howie & Son’s. The place has quite a rep. What Mr. Moore wanted, he got. He’s playing a special Halloween party on Oct. 31. It’s with Pocahaunted. Tickets are more than the usual $5, but still very manageable at $10.
Cool last-minute show for Crossroads: Yellowman – regarded as Jamaica’s first dancehall superstar – will be there on this coming Thursday night.
Kanye West – “Graduation”
Just a quick review, since I’m only on my second listen, but Kanye trimmed the fat and cut the skits from his previous albums, making “Graduation” a lean 12 songs.
On the whole, the album is very, very good, with “Champion,” “Big Brother” and “Everything I Am” being immediate stand-out tracks. Even the song with T-Pain (“Good Life”) is nice — any time T-Pain is listenable, well, that’s quite the achievement.
The show is not currently on the tour itinerary that was recently announced by this David Lee Roth-led incarnation of Van Halen., but Pollstar is usually accurate and ahead of the curve. I trust it and I promise more details as they emerge.
On a totally unrelated note: Is Cabo Wabo supposed to open by then?
UPDATE: Reader Ernie points out the date is now listed on Live Nation’s Web site — that’s pretty much a guarantee, folks.
Beyonce pranced onto the Save Mart Center stage Tuesday night and ran through her solo catalog and her Destiny’s Child hits in a slickly choreographed, high-energy show that attracted what looked to be close to 10,000 people.
So what did you think? Was she awesome or average? Did you love the theatrical elements of the show or did she go through too many costume changes? Was is it a good mix of songs or did she leave something out?
And Robin Thicke: Did he steal the show or did he spend too much time behind his keyboard?
Got pics or vids to share? Hit me up and I’ll post ‘em.
Now that it’s the day of the concert, we’ll be chronicling Mirigian’s activities (and the progress of the concert) throughout the day.
8:57 a.m. – Rick Mirigian pulls his light brown Mercedes down a ramp into the loading area of the Save Mart Center. He parks next to three of the 13 trucks responsible for bringing Beyonce’s tour to Fresno. Those started unloading around 6 a.m.
Giving money away is always a lot more fun than taking it. Maria Franco of the Fresno Arts Council has announced this year’s Community Enrichment Program (CEP) grants for non-profit arts and cultural organizations in the City of Fresno totalling approximately $250,000. The top recipients:
Fresno Art Museum: $12,500
Sierra Chamber Opera: $12,000
San Joaquin River Parkway: $12,000
Valley Public Television: $12,000
Spectrum Art Gallery: $12,000
A Fine Frenzy — The guy who introduced hella people to Amy Winehouse and Lily Allen — go ask around — is now recommending you check out 22-year-old singer/pianist Alison Sudol, who goes by A Fine Frenzy. Listen at MySpace.
“Ace of Cakes” – I generally try to avoid the Food Network — unless Giada De Laurentiis is showing off her goods food — but I can’t front on “Ace of Cakes.” It’s such a simple treat in the world of crazy reality TV — no competition, no manufactured drama, just fun.