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Concert News: More country is a-comin’

We already got a Kenny Chesney concert announcement this week, now comes two — yes TWO — notable country acts coming to the Clovis Rodeo in April. Rising duo Love & Theft will perform April 25 (a Thursday night) and Dustin Lynch plays April 26 (Friday).

The Friday night concerts at the rodeo have long been a tradition, but you might recall last year, the rodeo added a Thursday night show. The first one, was a 180-degree turn, going pop with “American Idol” winner David Cook. This time, the rodeo is back in its country comfort zone.

Both concerts start after that night’s rodeo. Tickets are available now, costing $20-$30 per show, or $50 for both. Tickets also include admission to the rodeo. Get tickets at For you buy-in-person types, get the tickets at the rodeo grounds starting March 5.

If you’re looking for a live country trifecta, don’t forget about the recently-announced Dierks Bentley show at Table Mountain Casino, which is happening just a couple days later, on April 29. Tickets for that one cost $25-$45. They, however, are not on sale until March 18.

Concert News: George Strait and Rick Ross on the way, Tiesto postponed


UPDATE: The Rick Ross concert was officially announced today. Tickets are on sale this Friday at 10 a.m. with tickets costing $39.75, $49.75 & $69.75.

ORIGINAL POST, 9/27: Country legend George Strait and hot-rapper-of-the-moment Rick Ross are Fresno-bound, according to new tour announcements from each artist.

Strait announced 2013 tour plans at a Wednesday news conference at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville. Strait said the tour, titled “A Cowboy Rides Away,” would be his last. Strait will perform Feb. 1 at Save Mart Center. The tour includes Martina McBride. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Oct. 12. They’ll cost $72.50 and $92.50.

Meanwhile, rapper Rick Ross announced his Maybach Music Group tour would stop at Save Mart Center, too. Tour dates tweeted by the rapper include a Nov. 29 show in Fresno. That tour includes Ross labelmates Meek Mill, Wale and Machine Gun Kelly. Save Mart Center has not confirmed the Ross date, nor have ticket details been announced. Watch for those in future updates.

Also: Superstar DJ Tiësto has postponed his October concerts because of a back injury. His Fresno show, originally Oct. 17, has been rescheduled for March 6. Tickets from Oct. 17 will be honored at new date. But refunds are also available.

Concert News: Fair adds Gary Allan

Gary Allan_2.jpgBig Fresno Fair concert tickets go on sale today for members of the Big Fair Fan (BFF) Club, the Fair’s free email newsletter. You can join the list here. If you don’t want to join the club, tickets will go on sale to the general public at 9 a.m. Monday.

There’s a new show in the mix: Gary Allan. He will play Friday, Oct. 5. Tickets cost $30/$24. The show is the same night as the Justin Bieber concert at the Save Mart Center.

The fair has a good mix of shows this year. Among the shows that should be hot sellers: Lynyrd Skynyrd (Oct. 4), Weezer (Oct. 10), Foreigner (Oct. 11) and Chevelle (Oct. 12).

Concert News: Fair adds Weezer

Weezer_1.jpgThe Big Fresno Fair added another concert to its 2012 schedule: alternative rock band Weezer.

The band will perform at the Paul Paul Theater on Wednesday, Oct. 10. Ticket prices will be announced soon and go on-sale Aug. 6. An exclusive pre-sale for members of the Big Fair Fan Club starts July 30. You can join the e-mail list for free here.

Weezer is known for its popular songs “Buddy Holly,” “Say It Ain’t So” and “Beverly Hills.” They’re the latest in a series of concerts announced for this year’s fair. For a complete list, read this story and blog post from Mike Oz.

Mystery concert announcement(s): the plot thickens


If you’re like me, you’re on the edge of your seat waiting for the Save Mart Center’s “major” concert announcement coming Friday at 10 a.m. Heck, I had a dream last night I was at the press conference and the band was revealed to be Fried Green Brains — a new supergroup with Sammy Hagar, Carlos Santana and Ty Segall. Yes. it’s my brain that’s fried.

Weird dreams aside, the plot has thickened** for what I’m now calling Mystery Concert Announcement Friday. There will now be two big concerts announced.

In addition to the Save Mart Center’s announcement, New Rock 104.1 is teasing a big concert announcement during tomorrow’s morning show. Originally, that announcement was due Monday, but it’s been moved up to Friday. To be clear: this is a DIFFERENT concert than what’s being announced at the press conference.

Back to that “major” announcement: I have one piece of info that might help with any predictions. Classic rock radio station 95.7 The Fox says it will be broadcasting live from the presser. That means two things: (1) It’s not Bieber, Gaga, etc. (2) You can listen in for yourself.

Of course, we’ll have both concert announcements up on The Beehive ASAP.

**Obviously, because there are more question marks on the picture now.

Concert News: Bush will help New Rock 104.1 blow out its candle

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Reunited ’90s alt-rockers Bush are making a summer stop in Fresno, playing June 19 at The Rotary Amphitheater at Woodward Park.

The show is the “Birthday Bash” for radio station New Rock 104.1 (*ahem* ozmosis9pmsundays *ahem*). Unwritten Law is also on the bill, and local band Session will open up.

Tickets cost $34 and go on sale to the public at 10 a.m. on April 21. They can be purchased online at on in person at Valentino’s and SBI. There’s a pre-sale for radio listeners that starts at 10 a.m. April 19.

After enjoying much success in the mid ’90s, Bush reformed in 2010 and released “The Sea of Memories,” which included the No. 1 single, “The Sound of Winter.” Currently, Bush is on an arena tour with Nickelback, but is playing Fresno on an off day.

ANOTHER SHOW OF NOTE: Jazz pianist and singer Diana Krall oughta be a hot ticket at the Fox Theatre in Hanford, which hosts her on Aug. 22. Tickets go on sale Saturday, costing $58, $78 and $98.

Comedy Watch: Jeff Dunham, Brian Regan and Shaq’s All Star Jam


A few noteworthy comedy shows now on the concert calendar:

Concert News: Built to Spill & Surfer Blood in Visalia

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UPDATE: You heard it here first: Surfer Blood has been added to the show.

ORIGINAL POST, 12/15: Indie rock band Built to Spill will perform at the Visalia Fox Theatre on Feb. 24, according to promoter Sound N Vision Foundation.

The show was just finalized yesterday and tickets are set to go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. They cost $23 and are available online, at the Fox box office or at Velouria Records in Visalia. The show is open to all-ages.

Built to Spill has released seven albums, the last five of which have been with Warner Bros. Records, most recently 2009′s “There is No Enemy.”

Concert News: Sevendust & Tech N9ne headed to Woodward Park


After bringing Deftones to the Woodward Park Rotary Amphitheatre two weekends ago, Bakersfield-based promoter Tim Gardea has booked two more Woodward Park concerts — an Oct. 5 date with rapper Tech N9ne and an Oct. 30 with rock band Sevendust.

Tickets for the Sevendust show go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday via or at Valentino’s. Also on the bill for that one are 10 Years, Since October and locals Say Swear.

Tickets to see Tech N9ne (pictured), meanwhile, are on sale now online and should be at Valentino’s within the next few days, Gardea says. Also on the tour are E-40, Krizz Kaliko and Glasses Malone.

Concert Watch: What’s Tony! Toni! Toné! without Raphael Saadiq?

Nineties R&B group Tony! Toni! Toné! is due in Fresno on Aug. 21 for a concert at Woodward Park Amphitheater. Now you’d think a guy who likes “If I Had No Loot” as much as I do, would be excited about this. But there’s one problem — original singer (and best known TTT member Raphael Saadiq isn’t with them). Sigh.


Also part of the show — billed as a clash between old and new R&B acts — are J. Holiday and Bobby Valentino, neither of whom make up for Saadiq not being there. If this sounds like you’re kinda thing, though, you can get tickets here for $15 or $50.

Another R&B at Woodward Park note: Keith Sweat will play the amphitheater on Sept. 11. It’s a Mega 97.9 shindig. Tickets are on sale Thursday and can be purchased here.

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Jonas Brothers in Fresno — canceled!

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The Jonas Brothers have canceled their Sept. 21 date at Fresno’s Save Mart Center. The band released a statement this morning saying:

“Due to recent changes in the Jonas Brothers schedule and the addition of several international tour markets on their upcoming Live In Concert world tour, the show in Fresno has been removed from the current routing, however the Jonas Brothers remain committed to their fans and will look to return to Fresno as soon as possible.”

Tickets can be refunded at the point of purchase.

The band released a new world tour schedule on Friday, adding new shows in Latin America and Europe. As a consequence, concerts in Fresno, Tulsa, Charlotte and more cities were canceled.

Concert News: Jonas Brothers return, Aventura arrives and more

UPDATE: Details on the Jonas Brothers stop in Fresno have been confirmed — the trio is playing Save Mart Center (no surprise there). Tickets cost $32, $52, $72 and $82, and go on sale starting at 11 a.m. Saturday (May 22).


ORIGINAL POST, 4/27: Jonas Brothers are scheduled to make their Fresno return on Sept. 21. There aren’t many other details yet, not even a venue. Odds are very good it’s going to be Save Mart Center, but wouldn’t it be cool to do it at Chukchansi Park? Just sayin’.

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Concert News: Backstreet’s Back (again)


It almost feels like déjà vu saying this — Backstreet Boys are coming to Fresno.

It was April when the all-grown-up boy banders played one of those Y101 Unplugged concerts at Twist. This morning comes word that they’ll be at Save Mart Center on July 1.

Tickets cost as little as $19.50, but as much as $150. Which begs the question: Are there still people out there willing to pay $150 (plus fees) to see Backstreet Boys? I suppose we’ll find out July 1.

Tickets, btw, go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday.