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To-Do Tonight: Drag queens, a sax king, loud rock, poetry and a Bootie Quake


Lots happening around Fresno on Thursday night. So I won’t waste any time, and just got right to it. Here are six things you could do tonight:

XOTICA ANNIVERSARY: Xotica — the weekly Thursday night drag show at The Express — is celebrating its seventh anniversary tonight. It’s been billed as the “drag event of the year” with seven performers and a red carpet opening at 10 p.m. Get more info at

CITY JAZZ FESTIVAL: Another annual celebration tonight is Fresno City College’s City Jazz Festival, which is in its 21st year. During the day — probably right this second — there are student band performances at Fresno City. But tonight’s there’s a headlining performance from saxophonist legend Bob Sheppard. More info on the flier below.

BOOTIE QUAKE: I’m not exactly sure what a Bootie Quake is, but it sounds painful. Kidding, kidding. Bootie Quake is a disco/funk cover band, and it’s bringing its act to Rome Nightclub tonight. From my recollection, they’ve been in Fresno a few times before. And apparently, they come with Samuel L. Jackson’s approval.

THE UPSIDEDOWN/FAY WRAYS/SPARKLEJET: If you’re looking for something a little more original, then Audie’s Olympic has a big rock show with well-known (and well-volumed) local bands Fay Wrays and Sparklejet, plus Portland-based headliner The Upsidedown, whose has some music in HBO’s “True Blood.”

BOATS: The all-ages rock crowd should go see Canadian band Boats who are playing over at The Bel-Tower. They play some quirky songs and their singer has an odd voice — but I’m willing to bet they put on a fun show. Great flier too.

POETRY READING: Finally, for something a bit more intellectually stimulating, check out this poetry reading tonight at Fresno State, organized by the Fresno Poets Assocation and Fresno State’s creative writing program.

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Cindy Wathen says:

Thank you for supporting local poetry!