Post No Bills: Fresno Fliers for 8/31

You know the deal by now. Post No Bills is the biggest collection of Fresno show fliers anywhere on the Web.

Each Friday, right here at The Beehive, we give you a look at what’s happening in Fresno and the Valley this weekend, next week and into the future.

Nothing to do in Fresno? Wrong. There’s plenty. Just take a look below.

If you have a flier to contribute, e-mail it to me at mosegueda@fresnobee.com. Enjoy!

Cool shows coming our way

Check out today’s issue of 7 for a look at touring shows coming our way in the next week – everything from Peter Frampton to John Vanderslice.

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.

The Day in Leaked Music: Kanye & Britney

Call it the good, the bad and the ugly. Kanye West’s new album “Graduation” and two new Britney Spears tracks hit the Internet today. Kanye being the good in the earlier statement, with Brit being both the bad and the ugly.

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.

Van Halen in Fresno? Looks likely.

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vanhalen.jpgPollstar is listing a Van Halen date at Save Mart Center — Nov. 29.

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.

The Beehive Local Music Podcast #8

Come and get this week’s helping of Fresno music from the Beehive’s local music podcast.

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In this episode we:
– Talk to jazz pianist Armen Nalbandian about the future of his Rhythms of Art concert series at Fresno Art Museum.
– Get a preview of indie hero John Vanderslice, who is performing Wednesday at Tokyo Garden.
– Sample tunes from local bands Poplord, HateFX and 40 Watt Hype.
– Rundown some cool upcoming shows, including Sunday’s concert to fight leukemia with MoFo Party Band.
– Check out a track from rapper Fashawn’s new mixtape and tell you where to get it free (hint: click those highlighted words you just read).

Podcast fans, don’t miss the new prep sports podcast, which debuted on FresnoBee.com today.

You Review Beyonce

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beyoncesolo.jpgBeyonce 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?

Sound off.

Got pics or vids to share? Hit me up and I’ll post ‘em.

The Beyonce Experience: The Day of …

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beyoncrick.jpgWhen we last checked in with concert promoter Rick Mirigian, he was headed to bed two nights before tonight’s Beyonce concert at the Save Mart Center.

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.

Show us the money

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:

JazzFresno: $14,000
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

The complete list:

More from the Oz List …

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boondocksHuey500.jpgIn my column this week, I introduced the Oz List, my own list of pop culture recommendations. I big-upped Superbad, Clark and Michael, Common, the new Harold & Kumar teaser, and Dexter, among other totally awesome things.

There were many totally awesome things I wasn’t able to mention, but still deserve a shout-out, such as …

  • “The Boondocks” season two trailer – Hella funny. Hella NSFW. Watch, if you dare.
  • 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.
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