Other than tracking down Bill Cosby while he’s in town and
asking him begging him for some pudding pops.
1. CELEBRATE WITH SOME MOFOS
Local blues ambassadors MoFo Party Band have a big show at Starline on Saturday night to celebrate their 23rd anniversary as a band and their new CD. It’ll be packed. And MoFo always delivers. [More]
2. TAKE YOUR KIDS … OR BE A KID
It’s opening weekend at Rotary Storyland and Playland. It’s a big one for Storyland, which celebrates 50 years. Read more about the new season, get ticket info and re-familiarize yourself with the attractions. Just because, here’s a video of me being the train conductor.
3. GET ROMANTIC WITH WINE & CHOCOLATE
From kid business to adult business: This weekend also has two Wine & Chocolate events for the pre-Valentine’s crowd. One is organized by the Madera Wine Trail and the other by Fresno County Wine Journey. The point at both is the same: indulge in some sweetness with your sweetie. Both events run Saturday and Sunday. One thing worth noting: the Fresno wineries offer free tastings if you bring your own glass.
BONUS: GET SOME GUMBO
Vineyard Farmers Market has your Mardi Gras warm-up event — Saturday’s Gumbo Throwdown. Some top-notch chefs are competing to serve up the best cup of gumbo. Let your tastebuds help pick the winner.
4. HEAR SOME FRESH VOICES
Two young musicians who have caught my attention in recent months combine for a Saturday night at The Lamp Post. They are El Joe of the River (go check out “What Were You Expecting,” a song I dig of his) and Gabriel Ramirez (check out his YouTube videos, including a cool Drake cover). At $4, it’s a good deal. And if you missed this Fresno Famous piece about why you’ll love the new Lamp Post, be sure to give it a read.
5. CAMP OUT WITH CAMPER VAN BEETHOVEN
Camper Van Beethoven — a pioneering indie rock/college rock band dating back to the ’80s — is at Visalia’s The Cellar Door on Sunday night. The band is close to putting out some new material, its first album in eight years. Hope for some new material and expect old favorites such as “Take the Skinheads Bowling” and “All Her Favorite Fruits.” Also on the bill is Modesto alt-country band Not an Airplane, whose new album, “It Could Just Be This Place” earned a glowing 4.5-star review from Rolling Stone. [Tickets]
BONUS: RECORD BAG VOYEURISM
Because this is my blog post and I make the rules — and because The Soulflower Group never lets us down — here’s another bonus pick.