And, just like that, the Save Mart Center lands what may arguably be one of the most-anticipated tours of 2015.
Female rap/pop star Iggy Azalea will stop at the arena April 14 to kick off “The Great Escape” tour, a 24-date North American trek with recording artist/actor Nick Jonas and R&B/hip-hop favorites Tinashe and DJ Wizz Kidd.
Tickets for the Fresno date are $39.50-$69.50 and on sale 9 a.m. Dec. 19 at the arena box office and select Save Mart Supermarkets, online at ticketmaster.com or AEGLive.com or by phone at (800) 745-3000. Platinum and VIP packages, which include premium tickets plus exclusive autographed items, will also be available.
Presale tickets are available for American Express card members 9 a.m. Dec. 15 (through 9 p.m. Dec. 18).
Azalea was easily one of the biggest pop stars of 2014. Her single “Fancy” broke all sorts of airplay records and was the longest-leading No. 1 by a female rapper. It was Billboard’s 2014 Song of the Summer, iTunes Best Song of 2014, the year’s most-streamed song on Spotify and the most-watched video on VEVO (and also a parody hit for Weird Al). Azalea was nominated for four Grammy Awards this year, including best new artist, best rap album, record of the year and best pop duo/group performance. Her latest, “Black Widow,” featuring Rita Ora, also reached No. 1 on Billboard’s Top 40 chart.
You can watch the Tarantino-inspired video for “Black Widow” on the jump (it’s slightly NSFW).
Tickets go on sale Friday, Nov. 15, and cost $27, $37, $51, $76, $112. They are available at the convention center main box office at Selland Arena, 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. Monday-Friday and weekends on show dates, or through the Ticketmaster website, by phone (800) 745-3000 and all Ticketmasteroutlets, including select Vallarta and Save Mart Supermarkets.
Update III: The announcements keep coming. Included today are updates from the Fresno Fair and Strummer’s (formerly the Starline).
The Big Fresno Fair has added classic rock-band Tesla to it’s schedule at the Paul Paul Theatre. The band will the opening Friday, Oct. 4. Tickets are $20-$25 and go on sale Aug. 12. Pre-sale tickets will be available to Big Fair Fan Club members starting July 31.
While tickets to the recently announced Panic at the Disco! show have sold out, Numbskull Productions has announced another round of upcoming shows, including rapper IAMSU! (Sept. 18), metal band Otep (Sept. 20) and party-master Andrew WK (Oct. 16). All tickets on sale tomorrow.
UPDATE: If you weren’t excited before, The Catacomb Party has released an updated lineup and poster. The official schedule now stands at 40-plus band/musicians and DJs for the all-ages music festival. Those added include Strange Vine, Copper & Glass and the Visalia band Stable Hands, along with some acoustic acts (including Dim Peaks, the new project from Niilo Smeds) and a punk/hardcore contingent (It’ll Grow Back, Wallflower, Dependence). You can check out the updated flier on the jump.
Original post (June 10): The official lineup of this year’s Catacomb Party has just been released. It’s got some big names and a couple of surprises for hardcore fans of the scene.
Let’s get right in and discuss.
Headliners: Last year the festival was headlined by Fierce Creatures (it was the band’s party, after all). This year, Nigerian drummer Tony Allen will co-headline the show with Fresno’s own Fashawn. Allen has been making music since the 1960s and is an Afrobeat legend. Fashawn is home-town hero. This alone will secure a crowd.
Out-of-towners: While the lineup is heavy on the locals, there is a good draw of national, touring acts. Most have played the area before, including post-punk band Seahaven (who has established a following), San Francisco indie-band Animal Friend and hip-hop sample-master Diabase.
The locals: Putting Fashawn aside, the local lineup is solid and includes workhorse band like Sahab and Light Thieves, along with the much hyped Le Wolves and Sci-Fi Caper. The big surprise is the reunion of Sleepover Disaster. There is a generation who may have never seen this influential local band. This will be a welcomed introduction.
Again, the whole event takes place July 20 on the Fulton Mall. It will be free and all ages.
In case you’ve forgotten, last year’s Catacomb Party (essentially the Fierce Creatures’ album release show), was a free mini- music festival on the Fulton Mall. It was such a success, organizers decided to run with the idea for another year.
Take a look at the full lineup and tell us what you think?
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?