1. THROW UP THE ROC: You should already know by now — Jay-Z is in town on Saturday night, his first ever Fresno concert, and one of only two Cali concerts he’s doing this year. It oughta be fresh. You can read more about Jay-Z, and why he matters beyond just rap, in this story from today’s paper. I also did an interview with his young protÃ©gÃ© J. Cole, who is one of the show’s openers along with Wale and N.E.R.D.
Afterward, don’t forget that the afterparty at Aqua Shi should be hopping too — with Jay-Z’s DJ Neil Armstrong spinning.
2. ROCK WITH THE ELEPHANT: I’m also quite excited to see Cage the Elephant on Sunday night at Audie’s Olympic. You know them best for their hit song “Ain’t No Rest for the Wicked.” They’re a band on the way up, so see ‘em at a small club while you can.
3. NOT SO SLIM PICKENS: Another great show this weekend is with folk singer Langhorne Slim, who is in Visalia at The Cellar Door on Saturday night. Dude has some great songs. “Worries” is even getting a lot of rotation on an insurance commercial these days. If Jay-Z wasn’t here the same night …
4. LAUGH YOUR DONKEY OFF: This is also a big weekend for comedy shows, as you’ll see from the fliers below. You have your pick between shows at Thai Palms, Tokyo Garden or a big deal over at Chukchansi Park. Get your hahas on, folks.
5. HEAD TO STARLINE: Some good stuff at Starline this weekend, starting with Keeney’s CD release show. He was The Bee’s Artist You Should Know last week. Then on Saturday night, Starline hosts this week’s Artist You Should Know, Down Word. Both should be good shows.
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