Happy Monday to you all. I hope everybody had as fun of a weekend as I did. It was packed with local stuff. Here’s my rundown. Add your own adventures in the comments.
Then I darted over to Star Palace for Fashawn’s big show. Nearly 700 people showed up to see the young rapper’s first local show of the year, many of them crowding up close to the stage and rapping along. If there was a show where you looked at Fash and said, “This kid is a star in Fresno,” it was this show.
Here are some videos of Fashawn and co-headliner Curren$y. (NSFW language)
Started off the night at NoTown Roller Derby’s FresYES fest — where the ladies of NoTown split into three Fresno-centric teams (The Shaw Shankers, The Fulton Maulers and The Huntington Blvd. Harlots) and played a tournament amongst themselves. Here’s a look:
After the NoTown action, I headed over to the Tower for Patrick Contreras’ Block Party. I got there just in time to see Mayor Ashley Swearengin proclaim that it was officially Patrick Contreras Day in Fresno. Take that, Taylor Swift!. Here’s a video of her introducing Patrick (and the proclamation). Then one of him performing (look out for the violin head-bangers).
For more on the event, head over to Fresno Famous.
Not all related to local entertainment, but I went to Reedley Beach for the first time (thanks for the recommendations, Twitter friends). I was happy to find a water-front spot with some sand to take my dog. It’s not exactly going to Pismo, but it was a fun, closer alternative.
I gotta say it’s very cool that the Fashawn show, the Contreras show and roller derby all drew well. Contreras’ show drew 800 or so, while roller derby was probably about the same. Add to that Fashawn’s nearly 700, and that’s a big weekend of people supporting homegrown entertainment. So props to you, Fresno!
What did you do? Where did you go? What did you love? Go!