Fernandez, seemingly in better health, will now perform at Selland Arena on April 12. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, costing $48, $70, $95, $150 and $175. In case you’re wondering: these are the same prices as the previous show. So just consider that a warm-up run. Tickets will go fast the second time around. Maybe even faster.
You can buy them at Ticketmaster.com, Ticketmaster outlets or the Fresno Convention Center box office.
Powerhouse lineup aside, the ticketing model is what makes Rock and Worship so alluring to concertgoers. Tickets cost $10, but are only available the day of the concert, at the door, on a first-come, first-serve basis. Last year’s Rock and Worship Roadshow brought out 12,594 fans to Save Mart Center. In 2011, attendance was 14,462. In previous years, the tour sold more tickets in Fresno than Dave Matthews, AC/DC and No Doubt.
Hardcore Rock and Worship Roadshow fans can purchase VIP advance tickets. Those cost $50 and include early entrance and seat selection, a tour T-shirt and VIP lanyard. They’re available for purchase at the tour website.
The news that my son* has been waiting for: “Yo Gabba Gabba” is coming back to Fresno. The trippy toddler show — often referred to as hipster “Sesame Street” — is doing a live show at Saroyan Theatre on March 7. It’s previously played Save Mart Center twice. The live show features the main “Yo Gabba Gabba” characters, plus hip-hop legend Biz Markie, who does a beat-boxing segment with the Gabba gang. Tickets go on sale Dec. 7, but prices haven’t been announced yet.
Lewis Black plays Saroyan Theatre on Feb. 7 as part of his “The Rant is Due” tour. Black is a Grammy winner, who used to be a regular on “The Daily Show” and now performs more than 200 dates a year, selling-out shows in places such as Las Vegas, Carnegie Hall, the Lincoln Center and Broadway. Tickets are on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, costing $39.50 and $49.50. Get ‘em at the Fresno Convention Center box office or through Ticketmaster. If you’re wondering: Black last appeared in the area in 2009, for a Table Mountain Casino show.
Jeff Dunham, a popular ventriloquist and stand-up comedian, is back at Save Mart Center, which is a regular stop for him. He’s starting his new “Disorderly Conduct” tour this month and it stops in Fresno on March 24. Tickets cost $46.50. They go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday. They’ll be available at the Save Mart Center box office or through Ticketmaster. Dunham played Table Mountain in May and was at Save Mart Center last in January of 2011.
Several studies have been carried out on the singer and in the next days Don Vicente will undergo surgery to remove the lump on his liver. Due to the nature of the surgery and the recovery, the concerts programmed for the rest of 2012 will be canceled.
After the operation it is necessary to carry out the pertinent pathology. These results will be communicated to the mass media. Likewise, we will continue to inform the media regarding the state of health of Vicente Fernández as he advances in the procedures.
Ticket refunds will be available starting on Monday at original point of purchase.
That, however, is about all we know. Neither the Save Mart Center nor Underwood’s camp has released ticketing info for the Fresno show. We’ll update when we hear more. We do know the show is one of 40 new shows that Underwood announced today, a few days before she hosts the 46th Annual CMA Awards with Brad Paisley on Thursday. The March 5 date will be her first Fresno show since May 2010, when she played a 7,126 sell-out at Save Mart Center.
Rapper Tyga — the dude behind “Rack City” and “Faded” — will indeed perform Oct. 13 at the Big Fresno Fair this year. It’s sort of a weird story, but here it goes: Tyga was announced as part of the fair lineup back in May. Then he pulled out of the show to go on tour with labelmate Nicki Minaj. Now comes word that Minaj’s Euro dates got shuffled around, freeing up Tyga to come to Fresno.
Tickets go on sale at 9 a.m. Friday, costing $15 and $20. You can also — as the graphic above says — get 50% off a fair ticket when you buy a concert ticket on Friday. The Tyga announcement also closes the book on this year’s fair concert lineup, except for the Latin concerts, which are usually announced later in the year. You can view the entire fair lineup and buy tickets here.
Tickets are on sale now for $5 and are available at the Kiss Country studios, 1071 W. Shaw Ave., Boot Barn stores in Clovis and Tulare, Valley First Credit Union in Fresno and Madera and online at ksks.com.
Don’t wait around though. I saw one of the Kiss Country DJs telling people on Facebook to buy tickets today because they’re going fast.
Two up-and-coming headliners and two comedy vets are the latest additions to The Big Fresno Fair’s concert lineup. And there are two ticket price changes you should know about too.
The fair added teen pop singer Ariana Grande (from the Nickelodeon’s “Victorious”) as the afternoon act on Oct. 13. She’ll play at 1 p.m. and be joined by local pop singer Ryan Beatty, a rising star in his own right. Tickets cost $12.
Rapper Kendrick Lamar, current protege of Dr. Dre., has been added for Oct. 6. Tickets cost $10-$15. We last saw him opening for Drake at Save Mart Center.
Comics Cheech & Chong will now join funk band War on Oct. 3, the fair’s opening night. Tickets have been bumped up to $20-$25. In another ticket price change: the Lynyrd Skynyrd concert on Oct. 4 has dropped to $40-$45 from $42-$49.
Justin Bieber will play at Fresno’s Save Mart Center on Oct. 5. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. June 2 and can be purchased at select Save Mart Supermarkets, online at ticketmaster.com, charged by phone at (800) 745-3000 or at the Save Mart Center Box Office. Ticket prices are $39.50, $55, $65, $79.50.
Fresno will be the fifth stop on Bieber’s “Believe” tour, which opens Sept. 29 in Glendale, Ariz. The tour continues in Las Vegas before two shows in Los Angeles at the Staples Center.
Though there’s a June 2 date for general ticket sales, big concerts these days usually come with an array of pre-sale options. After the jump, you can see the official tour release detailing your chance for early tickets to see the Biebs (as soon as today!) if you join a fan club, are an American Express ticket holder, are willing to sacrifice your first-born child, etc.
In the meantime, it’s kind of fun to watch the early-morning cranks on fresnobee.com react with predictable generational prickliness to the concert announcement. One writes:
you gotta feel bad for this generation of kids growing up with the worst period of music ever. embarassing.
I bet many, many decades ago that commenter’s parents said exactly the same thing.
After all that build-up, the press conference, the reveal that Van Halen was coming back to Fresno and even a street name-change comes this news: The Van Halen concert, scheduled for Aug. 28 at Save Mart Center, is now being postponed.
Because you’re wondering: Van Halen (with Roth singing) was last in Fresno in November 2007, playing to a crowd of 8,035. Before that, Van Halen (or Van Hagar) played Save Mart Center in August 2004. It also played Selland Arena in 1982, back-to-back days in 1992 and 1995.
Tickets cost $49.50. Floor seats are general admission. The rest of the seating is reserved. Ticket sales start for the general public at noon on May 18. But, like the Drake concert, there will be a pre-sale exclusive to Fresno State students.
Students with a valid I.D. can buy tickets 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday (May 15) and Wednesday (May 16). These pre-sale tickets are available only at the Save Mart Center box office.
The Black Keys have risen from longtime indie-rock faves to arena-level rock stars in recent years, behind their successful albums “Brothers” and “El Camino,” which include songs such as “Tighten Up” and “Lonely Boy.” This will be the band’s first time in Fresno. But it did play in Sacramento last weekend.
The Intrust Bank Arena in Wichita held a press conference on Monday to announce a concert. Does that scenario sound familiar? This is what happened in Kansas.
Seems to fit our situation, right? Keep in mind that Van Halen recently added dates in Sacramento and Reno to its tour schedule. If this is the case — and I’m not saying it is, it could just be a coincidence — would such news make you happy?
The Save Mart Center announced today that it would be making a “major concert announcement” on Friday. When you announce you plan to make an announcement, that’s big, right? Needless to say, this has sent the people who eye the concert scene here into game-show-contestant mode, throwing out guess after guess.
As far as I can remember, Save Mart Center has only once held a press conference to announce a concert. That was the Rolling Stones. That doesn’t, of course, mean that it has to be an act of the Stones’ caliber. Times, and marketing tactics, change. But it’s gotta be somebody who will make a splash, right?
Justin Bieber? He’s going on tour soon. Aerosmith? Van Halen? Those are two big rock tours happening soon that could land here based on their current routing. But they’ve both been here before. Do they warrant a press conference? I’ve heard from a couple of people who think it’s Bruce Springsteen. My dark horse? Garth Brooks! Probably not, but that sure would warrant a press conference.
Kathy and I have spent the last few hours trading ideas and theories. Here’s how they break down. Any good guesses? Or just a wish list? Sound off in the comments?
Mark your calendar for these newly announced shows.
Reverend Horton Heat + Supersuckers Reverend Horton Heat comes revving back to Fresno on July 19, headlining Fulton 55. The rockabilly/alt-country veteran has been to Fresno numerous times, but this is his first concert here since 2009, when he played Tower Theatre.
Rock band Supersuckers is also on the bill, a coup since many would consider them headliner-worthy on their own. Tickets cost $21 and are available now at fulton55.com, tgptix.com, Valentino’s and SBI.
Also at Fulton 55: Murs, Rachel Platten and Middle Class Rut A few other noteworthy shows added to the Fulton 55 show include rapper Murs (May 7, $15), singer Rachel Platten (May 16, $10-$12) and rock band Middle Class Rut (May 2, $12-$14).
Miller, well known for songs such as “The Joker” and “Fly Like an Eagle,” will play at the Friant casino on July 10. Tickets don’t go on sale until May 28, but when they do, they’ll cost $25, $35 and $45.
Lewis — with his band, The News, in tow — will perform at Table Mountain on Aug. 29. Tickets cost $25-$45 and are on sale July 16.
If you’re a big fan, you might want to circle those date on the calendar because tickets for Table Mountain Casino concerts sometimes sell out quickly. Tickets for the casino’s April 17 date with Crosby, Stills & Nash sold out in a week.
CINCO DE MEGA WITH MORRIS DAY AND THE TIME Fresno is about to get a dose of “Jungle Love” and “The Bird” right before Cinco De Mayo. Morris Day and The Time have been announced as headliners for the Cinco De Mega concert, organized by radio station Mega 97.9 on May 4 at Rotary Amphitheatre at Woodward Park.
Eclectic Latin/hip-hop band Ozomatli returns to Fresno to headline Tower Theatre on April 20. Last time it was in Fresno, Ozomatli packed Starline. It’s also played at Rainbow Ballroom in the past.
Tickets for this show go on sale at 10 a.m. March 9. They cost $20, $25 and $30 in advance, and $3 more the day of the show. Details: (559) 485-9050.
General tickets aren’t on sale yet, but the rapper is selling VIP ticket packages on his website for $125 that include a one-hour meet-and-greet, a T-shirt and all sorts of knick-knacks like playing cards and sticky notes. Details: strangevip.com.