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Win tickets to Back to Black (Amy Winehouse tribute)

601705_460143647396453_316692505_nFor a moment there, Amy Winehouse was the Beehive’s bread and butter. She was such a part of pop-culture, at least on this site, that we put her on the back of our T-shirts. Sadly, so much of that whole phenomenon centered around the last, destructive years of Winehouse’s life that the legacy of her music was often overlooked.

Enter Black to Black, the all-star Amy Winehouse tribute. I say all-star because the band features a killer-lineup of musicians including: Danielle Rondero (as Amy), plus Sean Alderette (40 Watt Hype), Crissy Martinez (Distrito Torre), Benjamin Betita (the Brandishers, Gayle and the Bowties), Steve Coleman (Pocket Money), Gary Anderson (Viper City Brass Band), Pierce Yamaoka and Richard Scroggin.

The band takes its cues from Winehouse’s early performances, which tend to be way different than what you hear on her albums.

Back to Black plays tomorrow at Frank’s Place, with ska band Pocket Money, and we have tickets to give away. Just leave a comment below. Tell us which is your favorite Winehouse song and why. We’ll pick winners at random. Contest closes at noon tomorrow (Friday) and winners will be notified by email. No repeat entries, please.

If you’re not feeling lucky, advanced tickets are available at Tsu Tsu Boutique in the Tower District (with NO SERVICE FEE until 6 p.m. day of show) or online.

Complete rules and a video of the band doing my favorite Winehouse song are on the jump.

Only readers who submit a comment on this post are eligible. Winners will be chosen at random and notified by e-mail at the end of each giveaway period. No substitutions or transfer of winners/prizes. Prizes are not redeemable for cash. Some prizes may have due dates for redemption/use. Employees and immediate family of The Fresno Bee, and any/all of the participating giveaway sponsors, are not eligible to win. By accepting a giveaway, recipient consents to allow the use of his/her name and/or photograph for advertising or similar promotions without further compensation. Winner releases all sponsors of liability regarding use and enjoyment of the prizes. Tax liabilities and insurance, if any, are sole responsibility of the winner. No purchase necessary to win.

Responses to "Win tickets to Back to Black (Amy Winehouse tribute)"


Black to Black because it’s the story of my life!

Rachel says:

Love this band! Would love to get hooked up for tomorrow night.

Adam says:

Pick me!

carrie lorraine says:

i love back to black!

favorite amy song? impossible. for now, “When My Eyes.”

Danielle says:

Thank you for posting the title of this song, Carrie. I actually had never heard before (?!), and it is easily one of my favorites now, too. Definitely gotta add it to our set.

Hannah n says:

I’m always singing Amy Winehouse songs to my 6 mon old, and she loves when I sing her Valerie! That’s probably my favorite song. So many memories/experiences/etc that instantly transport me back into time when I hear this song. It’s special.

lori garcia says:

Danielle Rondero & The Back to Black tribute band are beyond fabulous! I had an opportunity to see them perform @ a local brewery. What an amazing group of musicians! We are fortunate to have this band hail from Fresno! Amy’s music is timeless! Thank you Back to Black!

Danielle says:

Awwwww Lori, you just made my day – thank you so much! The legacy of her music must live on, and we are happy to help make that happen.

Chris B says:

Hands down: LOVE IS A LOSING GAME! We’ve all been there. The one we give our hearts to isn’t exactly the one who could treat it the best. Either the person, time, or circumstance isn’t right, yet we still succumb to our feelings knowing the potential outcome may be futile. The heartbreak expressed in this song and the instrumentation is nothing less than a tear jerker capturing true and raw emotion. “Love is a Losing Game” is definitely one of Amy Winehouse’s best songs recorded.

Danielle says:

Wow, you said it perfectly. We will be performing that song for the first time at our show tomorrow night. I hope you are there to see it, and enjoy it.

Chris B says:

I can’t wait for the show. I’ve been passionate about Amy’s music for quite a while. It’s one of my favorite songs to cover in addition to “Just Friends” and “Tears Dry on Their Own”. If “Amy” is ever looking for a “Zalon” for some oohs and ahhs, I’d love to offer background vocals :)

Danielle says:

I am DEFINITELY interested in talking to you about the possibility of adding some backup vocals. And I love Zalon – he is amazing!
Send a message to the Back To Black FB page (link is above) and I will get in touch with you.
Thanks :)

Matthew M says:

That’s a toughie but it’s between love is a losing game and love is blind

Joseph A. says:

Can’t wait to see this show. Even if you don’t win you should definitely not miss this show.

Yvonne V. says:

“You know I’m no good” was the song that made me fall in love with Amy. Her voice, the lyrics, and I’m a troublemaker too!

“Me & Mr. Jones” is my other favorite because it’s the best love letter gone wrong.

Laura says:

My favorite Amy song? I can’t name just one. I love them all, but maybe “Tears Dry on Their Own.”
Either way I can’t wait to see this show tomorrow. Back to Black is amazing!

Debbie L. says:

Whichever Amy song I’m listening to at the time is my favorite. And, any band fortunate to have Crissy on bass is also a favorite of mine. Major bonus having Pocket Money playing also! Its gonna be an awesome show!

Juan says:

I actually got into Ms. Winehouse because of her song Rehab. After seeing Back to Black’s YouTube videos, I’ll say that I like her more, and would like the opportunity to win a ticket since I’m broke until the 15th and REALLY want to go tomorrow night. Thnx!

steve says:

The bass, drum, and horn parts make You Know I’m No Good one of my favorite Amy songs.

MsJoey says:

Love is a Losing Game.
The best sad, sappy, woesy-woesy me song!!!!

billy pilgrim says:

Valerie. She put such a different voice on it, that everyone instantly forgot about the band that wrote it.

She has some great versions. I dig the version which was off a promotional lp shipped to European DJs, has a clean medium tempo third wave ska feel

Rikkie says:

Its hard to choose just one song but My fav fav song that Amy sang was To Know him Is to Love him. It is my love song to my husband and every time I hear Amy sing that song she sends me in a whirlwind reminding me of all the reasons why I love my husband…. Woah She is truly missed .

Rach says:

F ME PUMPS!!!!!!!!!! Love it. And always gets the crowd movin.

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