CAN YOU HEAR JIMI?
Fresh off the news that it scored a Harry Connick Jr. date, the word is now that Table Mountain Casino has landed a date on the Experience Hendrix tour. It features an all-star line-up paying homage to Jimi — folks such as Joe Satriani, Jonny Lang, Eric Johnson, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Brad Whitford (of Aerosmith). There’s no confirmation from Table Mountain yet, but the March 9 date is listed on the tour’s Web site. We’ll give you more details when we get them.
THE GROUCH, NOT OSCAR
Rapper The Grouch, of underground collective Living Legends, has added a Fresno stop to his current tour. While Grouch is currently touring with Fresno’s own Fashawn and Mistah Fab, this show is a different lineup. It includes Fresno’s Living Legends member Aesop as well as Iceman. It’s happening Dec. 29 at Starline.
FROM BRAZZAVILLE TO FRESNO-VILLE
David Arthur Brown must have a soft spot for Fresno. The Spain-by-way-of-L.A. musician made Fresno one of a handful of stops for his band Brazzaville a few years back. Now, he’s returning to Fresno in January, making it one of only two U.S. shows he’s playing.
The intimate show is Jan. 7 at new venue The Brick Wall, which seats a mere 60 people. Tickets are available in advance for $12. More details at davidbrownshow.com.
Brown’s music history includes a stint playing saxophone with Beck. His current music has a bossa nova meets indie meets soul/funk sound to it. You can see some videos from his previous Fresno appearance here.
COMING SOON TO THE TOWER
The Tower Theatre has been adding more dates to its 2010 calendar, among them:
The Tower has also added a show with once-local rock band Radagun, who has re-located to Florida, but is embarking on a tour next year. They’ll play March 13.
LET’S GET FOLKY
The Fresno Folklore Society has also announced a new crop of concerts for the new year.
LOTS OF SOUND N VISION
If you follow the indie rock scene, you know Visalia’s Sound N Vision Foundation always has plenty of stellar shows coming to town. Coming up of note are dates with Fruit Bats (Jan. 26). A.A. Bondy (Jan. 19), African Children’s Choir (Jan. 19), David Bazan, ex of Pedro the Lion (March 6), Quasi (March 11) and SNV’s five-year anniversary with Delta Spirit (March 9). You can see the full rundown here.
AARON LEWIS GOES SOLO — AGAIN
Aaron Lewis, frontman of rock band Staind, is bringing another of his popular solo acoustic shows to the South Valley. He’s sold out at Tachi Palace in the past, but this time Lewis is taking the stage at the Visalia Fox Theatre on Jan. 12. Buy tickets here.
SHOUTIN’ AT STARLINE
Never Shout Never, the brainchild of 18-year-old Missouri singer/songwriter Christofer Drew, is selling out shows across the country, playing to crowds to more than 1,000 in some cities.
So consider it a coup that Never Shout Never is coming to Starline on Jan. 26. It oughta be packed with teens. Tickets are on sale now via Ticketweb and cost $12.