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What did you do this weekend?

I didn’t do too awfully much this weekend. A play-by-play would be a bit tedious. So you guys are going to have to carry this one. Did you ….

  • See Big Bad Voodoo Daddy at Warnors Theatre? I’ve heard it was a make-it-or-break-it show for the Fulton Street Project. We’ve already got conflicting comments about crowd size. Any first-hand accounts? Was the band good?
  • Chase cougars? The California Cougar Convention was at The Standard on Saturday night, and Miss Cougar California was chosen from the herd. Anybody go? Was it cool? Or absolutely ridiculous? Any Fresno lads have a taxidermy cougar head mounted on their wall this Monday morning (figuratively speaking)?
  • Go into hiding, Fresno State football fan? The ‘Dogs got walloped on national TV by Boise State, 51-0. We wouldn’t blame you if you drank the weekend away after that one. The Niners fans understand.

Anything else of note? Good entertainment? Yummy food? Let’s hear it!

Responses to "What did you do this weekend?"

Heather says:

I was at the Big Bad Voodoo Daddy show. The crowd wasn’t large, but definitely enthusiastic. The lack of a dance floor made for a lot of in-seat wiggling until toward the end of the show, when people got up and started dancing in the aisles. Good fun.

Also checked out Nerds Invade the Tower Saturday night. Travis Sheridan did a good job, as did Chris Cruz, who was significantly funnier than his Antoine Dodsen promo video implied. Left during Screech’s set — saying “grandma porn” over and over isn’t funny or shocking, just repetitive.

Yesterday I tried out a recipe I saw on the Food Network over the weekend — Ina Garten’s Sausage-Stuffed Mushrooms. Turned out good. I recommend.

HarmsWayChad says:

I have to say the BBVD show was good. In fact it was a great show. I was just disappointed with the venue. BBVD is a band that people want to stand up and dance to, not sit down in a chair and watch from a far. The crowd size was rather small for the venue but many people didnt realize that there were more people sitting in the balcony seats. I believe if someone brings back BBVD they should choose a different venue.

I did attend the Cougar Convention and things really didnt get going till about 9:30 there was a slow migration of Cougars coming into the Standard and to be honest I thought it was a joke. Most of the “Cougars” came in with men about the same age and I thought well that defeats the purpose. But they worked the crowd of guys (many of the guys were older then 35) flirted and got coins which is the way we voted. There were even a group of guys who came up from UCLA to participate in this event. I felt it could have been cool if there was a better turn out it could have been decent.

Sunday was a day of Rest :)

Andrew says:

I agree with everyone else about the BBVD show. Great time. I was way down in front with more people behind me than in front of me, so it felt fuller than it was.

That Mike Guy says:

Agree with all the BBVD comments. I finally had to get up and dance in the aisles.

Having visited Warnors Theatre, I think it would work best if it was used the same way as the Castro Theatre in San Francisco. I know I would frequent it much more.

Stephen says:

I also went to Nerds at the Tower. Travis did a nice job, Chris Cruz works well with big crowds. Screech was as bad as I figured he’d be.

Crowd size was pretty good for the first show, but whattya expect when the tix were free! I have NO idea how Rick Mirigian makes any money at all…he’s right, he has certainly lost more money than any other promoter in the Valley. He loses JJ Jimmy Walker (cuz JJ wouldn’t say “Dy-No-Mite” for Rick). Then he gives away all the tix – Feather asked the crowd how many paid for their tickets and out of 300 or so, about 8 said ‘yes.’

Maybe Rick was hoping to make his money from the bar? But the Tower costs like $1500+ for a night, plus tech fees and janitorial. Screech costs $$. No bar sales can make that up, although the free tix DID get one 1/2 off at the 600 Club after-show. One promotion to feed the other, I guess.

Anyways, Feather does great as a host, really fires the crowd up and keeps them laughing.

Nicole says:

Echoing the comments on the BBVD show, which was a blast but definitely didn’t allow much dancing. Even when most of the crowd finally stood up for the last few songs, I feel like I angered the couple in front of me, seeing as I was about ten inches from them. It isn’t that I don’t love Warnors — it’s a beautiful theatre and I hope more events keep going downtown — but it didn’t suit the swingin’ crowd. We may have been small, but we were definitely rowdy!