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The busy weekend ahead in local music


Wow, it’s one of those weekends in Fresno. You know, where there are so many cool music events happening that you wish you had 12 ears instead of two.

Here’s a guide to some of the top stuff, but feel free to add whatever else you know to be happening in the comments.

The Fresno Urban Sound Experience Festival is back for another year — this year as the Re:FUSE Festival (thanks to a little legal wrangling with Fuse TV). But let’s forget about the name and focus on the music — there are more than 40 local artists performing at the festival this year, which starts with a preview night on Friday at Full Circle Brewing Co., continues all around downtown Fresno on Saturday then caps off Saturday night with an afterparty at Tokyo Garden.

There’s a DJ lounge this year at The Loft, which should be super fresh. There’s also some cool new venues, like Hero’s, Club One and — most awesome — atop the spiral parking garage. The musical selections are all over the place, ranging from jazz and blues, to punk, rap and ska. And $15 gets you into everything. More info and the full band list is here. More good Re:FUSE reading can be found here.

Another big sign of life downtown: The Fresno Convention and Entertainment Center has a full weekend of concerts. Pepe Aguilar and Marco Antonio Solis share the stage at Selland Arena on Friday, while Jamie Foxx is at Saroyan Theatre on Sunday. It’s not music, but if you like to laugh, comedy’s Queen of Mean Lisa Lampanelli is at Saroyan on Friday night.

Local musicians are also busy this weekend contributing their talents to two concerts for good causes.

On Friday night, Starline hosts a fund-raiser for National Livestrong Day. It features an impressive lineup of local music from MoFo Party Band, Patrick Contreras, Roger Perry and DB & The Struggle. Livestrong is trying to host 1,000 such benefit events in cities around the country on Friday.


On Saturday night, The Pink Show takes over the Tower Theatre. It raises money and awareness for breast cancer and domestic violence. We’ve already shown you their bra decorating project. Their Tower Theatre event is the cap-off, featuring guest speakers such as Sheriff Margaret Mims and Stefani Booroojian from KSEE 24. There will be art on display and live music from Lance Canales, Patrick Contreras, Steve Ono and Martin Viramontes.


Local ska legends Let’s Go Bowling come out of hiding to celebrate their 23rd anniversary, playing a show Saturday night at Audie’s Olympic. Which presents an odd conflict with another event Saturday night. More on that in a second, but first a flier.


After their Friday night benefit, MoFo Party Band is back on Saturday playing a grand re-opening party for Freeway Lanes in Selma. Fun fact: That’s where Let’s Go Bowling used to practice. Anyway, the place got renovated and the owner wants to have some concerts there, starting with this one. It’s $15 to get in and there’s a BBQ beforehand.


The always-interesting Dan Hicks performs at Tower Theatre on Friday night. He’s quite a character, as you’ll see from this YouTube video. I think that he Jason Mraz’s lost uncle, or something like that. Anyway, more info on the show is over here.


I’ll let the fliers speak for themselves on these ones:




Responses to "The busy weekend ahead in local music"

blake says:

Thanks Mr. Oz for pointing out the
Spiral Garage
as an important element in the Re:FUSE festival this year.

It’s where you go to park free.

It’s where you buy your festival pass (unless you got it the night before at Full Circle Brewery opening party—-highly recommended.)

It’s *one* of the places to hear music— (under the stars up on the roof!)

Travis says:

The city will be buzzing this weekend. Fresno’s been put on blast…come out and support. I can’t wait to catch some tunes atop the Spiral Garage…


brodiemash says:

I forgot about Lisa Lampanelli! Damn, truly a grip o’ stuff going on this weekend.

it is a damn busy weekend. got 4 shows and 2 weddings. coffee time.

spursofire says:

Jerks R Us? Really?

Jeffresno says:

And don’t forget:

TONIGHT at Audie’s, local metal band Trumpet Solo hosts the touring Belgian industrial band Wallace Vanborn.

And …

THURSDAY at Tokyo Garden, post- Art Hop, is the Wheels Of Fortune CD release party, with Rademacher and others.

Debi says:

Lots of great music this weekend… MoFo and Contreras are my picks!

Amy Sousa says:

Hey everybody! Come out and support the Livestrong Foundation Friday at Starline. Great music, great cause. See you there!