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Concert Watch: Aaron Lewis, Steve Earle, The Original Wailers and a Bruce Conte benefit

Four recent concert additions you should know about:

- Rock-turned-country singer Aaron Lewis (you know him best from Staind) is coming back to the Visalia Fox Theatre on Feb. 22. Tickets are on sale now, costing $25-$60. Get ‘em at More info here.

- Alt-country/folk singer Steve Earle, a legend in his world, has added a Jan. 8 date at the Hanford Fox Theatre. Tickets: $32.50, on sale now. More info here.

- Upcoming at Fulton 55: The Original Wailers, the reggae band that can be traced back to Bob Marley. This incarnation of the band is led by Marley guitarist Al Anderson. It plays Nov. 16. Tickets: $12-$15.

- Fresno-bred guitar star Bruce Conte, best known for his work with Tower of Power, was recently diagnosed with leukemia. To help with his mounting medical bills, friends organized a benefit concert in Conte’s honor Nov. 24 at Tower Theatre. Conte will play, as will his friends. More details here.  Tickets: $29 and $39.

The Week Ahead: The Wailers, Zoe, Brother Luke, Midnight Run and more

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THE WAILERS: If you dig the sounds of Bob Marley — and really who doesn’t — then about the closest you’re going to get to a live show is seeing his band The Wailers, who play Sunday at Tower Theatre.

ALSO IN TOWN THIS WEEK: Latin alt-rock group Zoe (Tues. at Fulton 55), The Fling w/ local faves Strange Vine (Thurs. at Fulton 55), hip-hoppers Rej3ctz (Friday at Tulare Fairgrounds) and Aaron Lewis of Staind (Fri. at Visalia Fox).

BROTHER LUKE & EVERYBODY HE KNOWS: Indie vet Brother Luke isn’t just bringing his Comrades to Tuesday night’s CD release/tour kick-off show at Audie’s Olympic. He’s bringing a handful of Fresno friends — 14 people total, including musicians from bands such as Rademacher, Achievement House and Fay Wrays.

IT ALWAYS GROWS BACK: Punk vets It’ll Grow Back — featuring our blogging friend Famous Whitewater — have a CD record release party this week too. It’s happening Friday at Tokyo Garden.

MORE JOURNEY: If it seems like the music of Journey is everywhere — then I’m happy to know I’m not the only one who thinks that right now. Here’s another example: You can catch popular local tribute band Midnight Run headlining Tower Theatre on Saturday night.

ALL LAUGHS: On-the-rise comic Ian Edwards is at Starline on Saturday night, and a lot of the local comedy folks are gushing over this one. Here’s one routine of his I especially dig.

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To-Do Tonight: Aaron Lewis in Visalia, plus local overload at Starline


I’ve heard mixed reviews of Aaron Lewis‘ past shows in the area. The Staind frontman has brought his acoustic solo show to Tachi Palace a few times in the past. I’ve heard people saying his stripped down shows were awesome, and people say one was a total mess.

If you’re a Staind fan, you’re probably keen on Lewis. But he ventures beyond just Staind material in his solo shows. He usually throws in some interesting covers.

When I interviewed Lewis in 2007, he said: “I don’t really ever know what they’re going to be. A lot of times people yell out for the same covers over and over and over again. So I end up playing a lot of the same covers, but that’s just because people are yelling for them, and they won’t shut up about it.”

This time around, Lewis is playing at the Visalia Fox Theatre. You can find more info and ticket details at The Fox’s Web site.

ELSEWHERE: It’s Indie Tuesday over at Starline, and Love the Captive has another lineup jam-packed with local rock talent. Beastmaker and Tokyo Death Match are joined by upstart band Otis (with ex-members of Murdoc).

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Concert Watch: Hendrix Experience, Y & T, The Grouch, Delta Spirit and more


Fresh off the news that it scored a Harry Connick Jr. date, the word is now that Table Mountain Casino has landed a date on the Experience Hendrix tour. It features an all-star line-up paying homage to Jimi — folks such as Joe Satriani, Jonny Lang, Eric Johnson, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Brad Whitford (of Aerosmith). There’s no confirmation from Table Mountain yet, but the March 9 date is listed on the tour’s Web site. We’ll give you more details when we get them.

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