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Five Things You Should Do This Weekend


If a weekend at the movies seem boring …

1. Rush Day/Ozmosis Holiday Happy Hour
Beer + coffee. Need I say more? OK, Tioga-Sequoia + Cafe Corzon. More? Mike Oz + New Rock 104.

2. From Indian Lakes
Indie-rock fans will want to keep an eye on this band. This’ll be your chance to see them before they blow up.

3. Crescent Concert
Eva Scow curates a world-rhythm jazz concert.

4. A Peter White Christmas
Your holiday favorites rendered in smooth jazz.

5. Christmas Light Displays
Let the spirit of the season wash over you in a wave of twinkling lights.

For music-specific options, by sure to check out our weekly BANDGEEK post.

Win tickets to Eva Scow’s Brazilian Nights at Arte Americas Nights in the Plaza

nightsFresno’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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Five Things You Should Do This Weekend

In addition to watching the daredevil dude jump all those semi-trucks at the Spokes ‘N’ Rods festival, seeing the new offering from Woodward Shakespearse Festival or getting risque with Fresno Filmworks .

The Soulflower Group hosts its popular annual Prince tribute at Audie’s Olympic on Saturday. It features a handful of DJs dipping into their stashes to play Prince gems. A movie will shown and, if I know The Soulflower Group, there’s some more cool stuff planned too. [More]


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Five Things You Should Do This Weekend

Other than buying me a Lexus

OK, so maybe some thugs ruined Christmas Tree Lane for ya this year, but there’s still the great display at Cindy Lane (below, my personal fave), the synced light displays (I’m mapping it out for you later today), Zoo Lights, Holiday Fun in the Tower or just whatever’s in your neighborhood.


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To-Do Tonight: Remember B.I.G.


Tonight, fallen rapper Notorious B.I.G., who died 13 years ago Tuesday, will be remembered in a tribute show at Audie’s Olympic. DJs Hecktik and Lace will be spinning, and a live band featuring Eva Scow and Armen Nalbandian will bring new flavor to some of B.I.G.’s gems.

The music of Gang Starr, whose emcee Guru is recovering from a recent heart attack and coma, will be saluted as well.

Word is there will be a special guest emcee in the house, somebody who’s doing BIG things around here lately. Hmmm.

The Hub — the name for the weekly hip-hop night at Audie’s — has unveiled its schedule for the next few weeks.

It includes a March 24 show with U-N-I and El Prez, and a March 31 date with Dilated Peoples, which oughta be huge.

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Downtown’s live music lunch buffet

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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.

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Five Things You Should Do This Weekend

Other than walking Christmas Tree Lane

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.


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