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Five Things You Should Do This Weekend

Unless you’re busy clearing out the weeds

1. The Rogue Festival
Week two of Fresno’s festival of weird.

2. Chinese New Year Parade and Festival
Don’t be scared! Celebrate the year of the Ram in one of Fresno’s oldest (and awesome-est) neighborhoods).

3. Life in Color
If you think a paint party is some kind of home-improvement thing, just stay home.

4. Tulare Sci-Fi Con II
NERDS! And geeks and other assorted lovers of science-fiction-y stuff.

5. Armenian Genocide Centennial Concert
Featuring Fresno-based Chookasian Armenian Concert Ensemble,

And a bonus five concert choices.

1. Spindrift
2. Tommy Castro and the Painkillers
3. Songwriters in the Round
4. Farooq
5. Dirty Limbs

For more music-specific offerings, be sure to check out my weekly BANDGEEK! post. For other entertainment options, go to

Five Things You Should Do This Weekend

OK, we know what you’ll be doing on Sunday. That leaves at least a day for …

1. Bizare Art Festival
A reminder that graffiti is art. Calwa Park has a quarter-mile legal graffiti wall. More than 65 artists will put it to good use.

2. Sun Maid Kennel Club Dog Show
If you’re interested in the intricacies of dog shows, or just want admire all the beautiful dogs.

3. Mad Caddies
The ska/punk/soul/dixieland/reggae rock band returns to Fresno with the Aggrolites and The Bunny Gang (w/Nathen Maxwell of Flogging Molly).

4. The Appletones
Ray Appleton’s rock band.

BassVentures: Ultimate GLOW Experience
I’m all about that bass.

BANDGEEK: Comrades, Mad Caddies and the Ultimate Glow Experience

Right about now you may be looking to lock yourself up in full quarantine. Brave it out and get to one of these awesome concerts happening through the week. They are once again collected here in out weekly BANDGEEEEEK! roundup.


  • The Long Black Veils.
    W/Lezayr. At Fulton 55. 9 p.m. $6-$8.

  • Ozmosis Happy Hour.
    W/Johnathan Sterling. At Tioga Sequoia Beer Garden. 6 p.m. Free. (Flier link)

  • Brother Love And The Breakups.
    At Full Circle Brewing Co. 8 p.m. $6.

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    Five Things To Do This Weekend


    If you’re not recovering from Christmas, planning for New Year’s Eve or seeing “The Interview,” how about …

    1. “Silent Night, Deadly Night
    A post-Christmas alternative dance party by the DJs behind Meatball Magic.

    2. Maintain, w/Mike Efex
    For those who like their dance music electronic.

    3. Sh&%ty Christmas Episode III
    Sort of like The Misfats, only here all the songs are about poop.

    4. Kat Jones
    Support a Fresno expat.

    5. Ice Skate (indoors or out)
    It’s winter. Act like it.

    Electronic group AndDrop! plays the “Discovery Stage” at EDC

    25153Pro tip: If you want to get some hometown press for your accomplishments, just tell your mom. I’ve said it before, proud parents make the best PR reps (at least with me).

    So there’s the preface.
    Here’s the story: AndDrop, a group of electronic DJ/producers (and Fresno natives) from Los Angeles, was chosen to play the Discovery Stage at this year’s Electric Daisy Carnival. The carnival, which takes place this weekend, is like an overgrown version of your local warehouse rave. It’s a three-day event that draws close to 300,000 people, making it the largest electronic music festival and dance music event in North America.

    So, it’s pretty impressive if you can get on the bill. We emailed producer (and Fresno native) Harris Kauffman to get the full scoop on the group, the festival and the rise of EDM (electronic Dance Music).

    First tell me about AndDrop! Who does what and how did you all come together?

    AndDrop! is comprised of DJ Joe Wiseman (Washington, DC) and producers/brothers Harris and Sylvain Kauffman. Joe and I met in the dorms at UC Berkeley, and instantly bonded over a shared appreciation of hip-hop and dub reggae. All three of us were very interested in the rise of new wave electronic/dance music. Artists like Crookers, Jack Beats, and Wolfgang Gartner were driving the scene in 2008. Sylvain and I had been working on hip-hop instrumentals and Joe had been developing his skills on the tables when the three decided to combine forces under one name.

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    Win tickets: Tiesto’s Club Life College Invasion

    Tiesto brings his Club Life College Invasion Tour to the Save Mart Center.

    I had a chance to see Tiesto at Coachella in 2010. I saw Major Lazer instead. So I missed finding out what’s with all the hype on this guy. In the EDM scene, he’s a big name and his Club Life College Invasion tour (in town on Wednesday) will no doubt be packed with fans–sweaty, pulsating fans.

    Maybe you. We’ve got two pair of tickets for Beehive readers. All you need to do is tell us what’s your favorite genre (or subgenre) of EDM (also, what is EDM? Just kidding). Winners will be chosen at random and notified by email.

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    Five Things You Should Do This Weekend

    After you read my “farewell” column from today’s Bee.

    Latin R & B group Tierra, 40-year vets of the music biz, are a perfect fit for this oldies-leaning town. Fresno music lovers should gobble up their Saturday night show at Fulton 55. Also: My favorite show poster of the week. [More]

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    Five Things You Should Do This Weekend

    While starting down the “20 ways to be a better Fresnan” checklist.

    Laid-back reggae/rockers The Expendables are playing what’s probably the biggest gig of the weekend, tonight at Fulton 55. If you like Slightly Stoopid, you’ll like them. We hear it’s closed to selling out. So don’t slack. [More]

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    Tonight: Dance a ‘Moonlight Groove’

    Looking to get out and dance on a Tuesday night? The Venue, the restaurant and hookah lounge where Twist used to be, has Moonlight Groove, a party organized by the Society of Dance Muzik.

    What’s Society of Dance Muzik? It’s a group of EDM enthusiasts looking to unite the scene in Fresno. It used to hold private events, but has recently expanded into more public parties such as this weekly gig at The Venue.

    For more about Society of Dance Muzik, check out this interview that Johnny Amparano of Society of Dance Muzik did with Lifestyle Brilliance. Here’s one quote to chew on:

    So right now we’ve been all over Fresno preaching the dance music gospel from downtown to the east side to tower to the north side. Now we have found a home on the North side every Tuesday at The Venue. We bring legitimate artists and DJs for our crowd week in and week out and are always looking to collaborate.

    Five Things You Should Do This Weekend

    Other than hoping Fresno State football can cover the spread.

    Were this feature called “One Thing You Should Do This Weekend,” this would be it. Fuse Fest, or Fresno Urban Sound Experience, is our annual all-local music festival that acts as an all-you-can-eat buffet of local music of various genres. It’s tonight and Saturday, with a total of 40 acts playing on 10 stages, all in downtown Fresno. Tickets can be purchased for $15 per night or $20 for both, good for maximum stage hopping. For more about the festival, read this story from today’s Bee about its evolution, check out the band lineup/schedule, listen to my podcast, or Famous’ podcast, check out The Fresnan or hit up the Facebook page. If there were one weekend to get out and support the Fresno music scene, this is it. [More]


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