Fresno’s summer days can be brutal. But our nights … our nights are so very lovely.
Which is why Arte Americas hosts a series of Friday-night concerts in it outdoor pavilion each summer. The Nights in the Plaza series features local and regional bands playing Latin lazz and mariachi, Brazilian, Son Jarocho and rockabilly.
We’ll be giving away passes each week (except Sept. 26) for the rest of the series’ run, which has just two weeks left. The countdown begins this week with Brazilian Nights, a special showcase curated by Eva Scow and featuring her band Espacio and San Francisco vocalist Sarah Cabral.
To enter to win passes to see the band, leave a comment in this post. Tell us your favorite way to spend a warm summer’s night in the Valley. The contest runs through noon Thursday. Winners will be chosen at random, notified by email and be able to pick up the passes at The Fresno Bee office (1626 E. Street) during normal business hours. Passes are good for any concert night, but do not guarantee entry, so early arrival is suggested.
We’ll have a new contest up every Monday so keep checking back. Complete performer schedule and contest rules on the jump.
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YET ANOTHER UPDATE: Austin’s is now going three-day-a-week with the live music at lunch. Starting today, the incomparable Ron Thompson will play during lunch on Thursdays. If you’ve never seen him, he’s great. He also plays every Thursday night at Babylon.
UPDATE, 2/2: Starting today, Austin’s live music lunch buffet is expanding to Tuesdays, when you catch Rudy Parris performing 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. If you like blues guitar, then be sure to check him out. Again, it costs $10 and that access to the lunch buffet and the music upstairs.
Also worth a note for blues fans, Austin’s has L.A. band The 44′s playing on Friday night. The group was in Fresno a few weeks ago playing MoFo Party Band’s 21st anniversary party at Audie’s Olympic.
1. HAVE A TASTE OF BRAZIL
Local music wunderkind Eva Scow has brought her most recent band to Fresno (seriously, she’s in more bands than probably even she can keep count of). This one is the Brazilian Jazz Collective and it’s playing Saturday night at Hero’s. You can also try the under-new-ownership Hero’s and report back to us.