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Concert announcement: 3 Doors Down

3DDAcoustic_LogoMississippi rock band 3 Doors Down just announced new dates for its “Songs from the Basement Tour,” which kicks off Jan. 10 in Reno. The tour will include a Central Valley Stop. The band plays Jan. 15 at the Visalia Fox Theatre.

For this outing, the band — best known for the 2000 hit “Kryptonite” — will play acoustic versions of its catalog of music.

“We experimented with an acoustic show in Nashville and had such a great response that we decided to take it on the road,” says singer Brad Arnold. “We’ve never toured like this before, some of these songs have never been played live.”

Tickets for the Visalia show go on sale 10 a.m. Friday and cost $30-$60. They will be available at theater box office, (559) 625-FOX, or online at It also looks like a limited number of special VIP on-stage seating will be available starting tomorrow.

3 Doors Down has sold more than 16 million albums, have had three Grammy nominations, won two American Music Awards and five BMI Pop Awards for songwriting, including “Songwriter of the Year.” Last year the band released a greatest hits collection, which featured three new songs, including “One Light.” Follow this link to see the official video for the song.

Tonight: 3 Doors Down, Daughtry and P.O.D., plus a new night for Jazz Hop

If you can’t find a live band in Fresno tonight, you’re looking in the wrong place.

Save Mart Center hosts a rock trifecta with 3 Doors Down, Daughtry and P.O.D. Be sure to check out my feature story on 3 Doors Down from last Friday’s Bee. I talk to guitarist Chris Henderson about the band’s “anonymous” fame. Tickets are still available. They cost $26.50-$46.50. Hit up Ticketmaster if you need some.

Fresno’s Jazz Hop — the monthly celebration of live jazz in dozens of venues — cuts itself from the ArtHop umbilical cord with a new second-Thursday-of-the-month calendar spot. Not much else has changed: still plenty of live music to see for free.

Says Jazz Hop coordinator Kate McKnight: “I’m seeking to highlight jazz music (and other genres) and the musicians by dedicating a night to hop just for music. ArtHop is so big now, and people couldn’t get around to see or experience all that they want to.” Tonight’s Jazz Hop is a bit smaller because of the holidays, she says. The schedule is below.

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Concert News: 3 Doors Down, Daughtry coming to Fresno

A December rock doubleheader is coming to Fresno’s Save Mart Center3 Doors Down and Daughtry.

The two rock bands announced their co-headlining tour on Monday morning, and Fresno is on the itinerary for Dec. 13. P.O.D. opens. Tickets for the show go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday, costing $29.50, $39.50 and $49.50.

They’ll be available at the Save Mart Center box office, at Ticketmaster locations, including many Save Mart supermarkets, online at or by calling (800) 745-3000.

It’ll be 3 Doors Down’s first time at Save Mart Center. For Daughtry, it’ll be a second trip. He played there in 2010.

Some people might think this is a homecoming for Daughtry bass player Josh Paul, who lives in Clovis. But it, in fact, is not. Paul recently announced he is leaving Daughtry and his run with the band is ending before the upcoming U.S. tour.

Chowchilla’s Shaun Silva cleans up at the CMT Awards

Here’s another “Local Boy Done Good” story: Chowchilla native Shaun Silva took the director of the year honors at Wednesday night’s CMT Music Awards, which celebrates the best videos in country music.

Silva’s body of work had already made him one of country music’s premiere directors (he’s done videos for the likes of Rascal Flatts and Kenny Chesney), but this award cements that. It’s his first win for this fan-voted award, though he’d been nominated previously, and his videos have won plenty of past CMT Awards.

His 2009 credits include: “Indian Summer” by Brooks & Dunn; “Out Last Night Out” and “I’m Alive” by Kenny Chesney; “Rain is a Good Thing” and “Do I” by Luke Bryan; “Here Comes Goodbye” and “Summer Nights” by Rascal Flatts; “Living For The Night” by George Strait; “Nightswimming/Joey” and “Keep You” by Sugarland. Outside of the country genre, he also did 3 Doors Down’s “Let Me Be Myself,”.

Here’s “Indian Summer,” which won duo video of the year as well, and was partially shot in Chowchilla: