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The Week Ahead: Bass Monsters, roller derby, lots of music and lots to eat

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TONIGHT: Looking for live music this evening? You’ve got two very distinct and very good options — Sub Pop Records rockers Obits, who make a tour stop at The Cellar Door in Visalia and Italian surf/rock group Surfer Joe and his Boss Combo, who are at Fulton 55 with local faves The Neptunes.

ALSO MAKING TOUR STOPS THIS WEEK: Buster Blue w/ David Dondero (Thurs. at Fulton 55), Big Sandy and his Fly Rite Boys (Thurs. at Audie’s Olympic), Parachute (Fri. at Fulton 55), George Lynch and Lynch Mob (Fri. at Orange Blossom Junction), Little Caesar (Sat. at Starline), E-40 (Sat. at Tulare Fairgrounds), John Vanderslice (Sat. at The Cellar Door), Y & T (Sat. at Tower Theatre) and The Fixx, Wang Chung and Naked Eyes (Sat. at Chukchansi).

LOTS TO EAT THIS WEEK: I’ll expand more on this tomorrow — but I want you to start saving space in your stomach as soon as possible. Thursday is the Taco Truck Throwdown. The Fresno BBQ and Fun Fest runs Thursday-Sunday and the Fresno Greek Festival is Friday-Sunday, with food as one of its main attraction.

BASS MONSTERS: The next in what’s become a movement of big electronic dance music events in Fresno this year? Saturday’s Bass Monster tour stop at Crest Theatre with headliner DJ Reid Speed. I wrote a feature story in Sunday’s paper about the current boom in local electro events, most of which are aimed at rabid younger crowds.

CARNIVAL & CARNAGE: The ladies of NoTown Roller Derby are back in action at the Fresno Fairgrounds on Saturday night, going against Mendo Mayhem (from Mendocino). More info here. Check out our recent series of NoTown player profiles if you missed them.

LAUGHS: The comedy options keep coming our way. This weekend we’ve got chances to see Kathleen Madigan at Visalia Fox Theatre (Saturday night) and the Wayans Brothers at Saroyan Theatre (Sunday). We’ll have a Wayans ticket giveaway later today. UPDATE: Wayans show has been canceled.

ROCK THE MALL … ONE LAST TIME: Thursday is the finale of Sierra Vista Mall’s popular Rock the Mall summer concert series. Wild Hare performs. As always, it’s free to attend.

BURLESQUE BLAST FROM THE PAST: Full Circle Brewing Co. hosts a “Starlets of the 50s” burlesque show on Friday night with sexy performers embodying icons such as Bettie Page, Audrey Hepburn and Lucille Ball.

More happenings for this week, flier style:

Responses to "The Week Ahead: Bass Monsters, roller derby, lots of music and lots to eat"

mdub420 says:

i’m starving myself today and tomorrow so i can be ready to devour all the tacos in my presence on Thursday!!

Thanks for the shout out Mr. Oz! We need to merge tacos with ROCK THE MALL next year!

M says:

The Greek Festival is by far the biggest event you mentioned yet it’s almost an afterthought?

Mike Oz says:

How is it an after thought? Not like it’s under the “elsewhere” heading. It says there’s going to be another post tomorrow. Chill.

Ernest Sopp says:

Mr. Oz,
I think having approximately 25,000 people over a weekend classifies the Greek Food Festival as a major event. The event has built a reputation for having great food and entertainment. People dance until midnight and all, even children, have a great time. Those who come once are hooked and continue to return for the “Greek Houspitality”. I think before you consider this an after thought, you should come to the festival and see for yourself.

Donald Munro says:

Mr. Sopp, if this is indeed a serious comment and not just an attempt to get a rise out of Mike, I’d suggest you go back and read the original post and the ensuing comments rather than falsely assert that Mike considers the festival an “afterthought.” Better yet, perhaps you can go back and read the Greek Fest Beehive entry that Mike promised in this roundup post and later delivered — not to mention the cover story I helped write in our 7 Friday entertainment section. Wow. It’s one thing when we get blasted for not covering an event to the extent that its fans would like. But when we give an event more ink than anything else that week and still get called out by people who don’t bother to read — that’s annoying.