Other than watching people go “Over the Edge” on Fulton Mall.
1. RE-LIVE THE KRZR DAYS
Hard rockin’ Fresno radio station KRZR — which broke the hearts of local headbangers when it flipped formats a couple years ago — is the subject of a documentary that’s premiering Saturday night at Tower Theatre. It’s called “Long Live the Wild Hare,” and it looks at all the hijinks of the era plus puts the station’s legacy in context. Many of the old KRZR jocks will be at the premiere and afterparty. You can read more about the movie here. [Tickets]
2. COOL IT NOW
New Edition struts into Save Mart Center tonight, giving us 30 years worth of soul hits from the group itself and its members. You’ll hear everything from “If It Isn’t Love” to “Poison” to “Every Little Step.” To get you prepped, read my interview with Johnny Gill from today’s Fresno Bee. [Tickets]
3. EAT SOME RIBS
Fresno hosts a big rib cook-off this weekend — the Veterans Giving Back BBQ Rib Cook Off, happening today through Sunday at the corner of Friant Road and Fresno Street. It’s the same barbecue festival that was downtown the past two years under different names. You’ll get to sample champion ribbers imported from various locales around the country. [More]
4. PUT SOME GINN IN YOUR EARS
Greg Ginn, best known for his time leading punk band Black Flag, is at Fulton 55 on Saturday night showing us his new electro-instrumental project called Greg Ginn and the Royal We. It’s a different take from Ginn, for sure. But it’s been pretty well received. He did, after all, play Coachella a few months back. [Tickets]
5. CELEBRATE DAD WITH SOME TUNES
Two worthwhile Sunday music options with a Father’s Day twist: First is the Father’s Day Blues Festival in the Tower District. It features a number of blues musicians, both local and from around the state, playing on the St. Therese Church lawn.
In Visalia, you can see indie rock singer Jenny Lewis (of Rilo Kiley and “The Wizard” fame). The Father’s Day part of that? Well, Lewis’ dad Eddie Gordon was a longtime harmonica player in the Valley. He passed away two years ago, but will most certainly be honored at her show at College of the Sequoias Theatre. Look for a story about their relationship in Sunday’s Bee. Definitely deserving of a shout-out too: Visalia native Nik Freitas, who has been playing in The Shins, Broken Bells and Conor Oberst’s band, is opening the show. [Tickets | Tickets]