1. MAKE YOURSELF EXPENDABLE
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]
1. ROW, ROW, ROW YOUR CANOE TO FULTON 55 If you ask me, the coolest show in Fresno this week stars Canadian band Royal Canoe, who is at Fulton 55 tonight and whose sound I really dig. They lead a plump lineup that also includes local indie rock faves Fierce Creatures and been-here-a-few-times-and-knocked-em-dead soul artist Ssssnake. [More]
1. FILL YOUR EARS WITH LOCAL MUSIC Tonight is the kick off of an interesting campaign by the folks behind Fuse Fest. They’re starting a Fresno Covers Fresno compilation. In short, as the name suggests, it’ll be Fresno musicians covering the music of other Fresno musicians. Hope is for the comp to be done at this time next year. This Tokyo Garden show is the start of fund-raising efforts for Fresno Covers Fresno. [More]
Reminder for you: Popular local magician Tony Blanco will be honored tonight at Full Circle Brewing Co. Blanco passed away last week after a hush-hush battle with cancer. His death surprised many in the performing arts community, so they’ve pitched in their time for tonight’s event. It includes various performance and raffle/auction items to raise money to pay Blanco’s final bills.
Pianists David Hull and Andrew Hall are starting a dueling pianos karaoke night at Revue Cafe in the Tower District. They’ll do the dueling pianos part and people can either sing karaoke or join a group sing-along. It runs 8-10 p.m. and is free with purchase at Revue. The event will run each Wednesday in June.
I’m soldiering through a taco throwdown hangover and have quite the busy day ahead, so please pardon my lack of full explanations on these. You don’t read the words anyway, you just look at the fliers, right? So here are the Five Things You Should Do This Weekend, in flier form … aside from, of course, stuffing your face.
FULL CIRCLE TURNS 10 Full Circle Brewing Co., the fun little brewery in Chinatown, celebrates its 10-year anniversary with ArtHop and live music. If you’ve never been, it’s quite the interesting place to explore.
ROCK AND WORSHIP
The Rock and Worship Roadshow stops at Save Mart Center again. Last year, it was one of the biggest attended concerts of the year, drawing more than 13,000 people. Read up on what to expect at this year’s show in this interview with headliners Mercy Me. Tickets cost a mere $10 and are available at the door only.
BURLESQUE AT AUDIE’S
April Fool’s Burlesque? Well, tease me twice. It’s happening at Audie’s Olympic, for your post-ArtHop pleasure.
It was way back in January, but who can forget Joan’s Scoopy ice sculpture? I finally got the photos organized I took of Beehive Birthday V, which attracted hundreds of Beehivers to the Full Circle Brewery.
To make up for me not posting a Rogue Recommendation yesterday, I’m giving you two today. Consider is “Beehive Birthday Redux” — as both performed at Beehive Birthday V.
CAP’N SCURVY’S APOCALYPSE HOEDOWN REVIVAL
If it doesn’t have you by name alone, know that Scurvy also breathes fire and juggles machetes. We didn’t see this at the Beehive bash, but apparently, there’s banjo playing too. Sounds like one heck of a good time.
SHOW INFO:Cap’n Scurvy’s Apocalypse Hoedown Revival plays 2:30 p.m., Saturday, 1 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Sunday, and 8:30 p.m. March 13 at Million Too, 1153 N Fulton St. Admission: $5.
VALLEY BURLESQUE SOCIETY
The tantalizing ladies of the Valley Burlesque Society are Roguing again this year — with three different shows, all at Full Circle Brewing Co. These will be full shows, beyond the teases we saw at Beehive Birthday. If you haven’t been to a VBS show, the Rogue is the perfect chance to expose yourself to something new.
SHOW INFO: 8:30 p.m. Saturday, 10 p.m. March 12 and 10 p.m. March 13 at Full Circle Brewing Co., 620 F St. Admission: $7.
We’re a week away from my favorite annual Fresno event — the Rogue Festival.
Year after year, the Rogue has proven to be a jewel of Fresno’s entertainment community, offering theater, music, dance, visual art, movies and comedy during its 10-day run. All told, more than 70 different shows are part of this year’s Rogue.
Everything gets started with the Rogue’s annual kick-off on Thursday — including RogueHop at Ashtree Studios, 5-8 p.m., and the Rogue preview at Full Circle Brewing Co. at 8:30 p.m. The festival opens on Friday and continues through the weekend.
As usual, the Beehive will be buzzing with Rogue coverage this year. Check out fresnobeehive.com/rogue for all our reviews from last year. That’s where everything will land once the fest gets going this year too.
The Rogue can be daunting to navigate, so we suggest you start planning now. Aileen from Ashtree Studios says this year’s Rogue Maps (basically: the Rogue program) are available to be picked up at her studio. Use that to see what shows are offered this year, and when they’re playing. Get your Rogue Map today until 6 p.m. or 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. If you’re stuck behind a computer, you can download a PDF of the Rogue Map here.
Let’s start the Rogue talk with one simple question: What shows are looking forward to this year? (And, yes, performers, feel free to plug your show).
1. WISH AUDIE A HAPPY B-DAY
Over at Audie’s Olympic, it’s owner Audie’s birthday, but he’s got a present for Fresno music lovers. His two-night Audiepalooza is jam-packed with talent. Tonight is rockabilly/Americana night, while Saturday is straight up rock.
We owe a hearty thanks to Beehive readers for making Saturday’s Beehive Birthday V a roaring success. I’m sure I speak for the rest of the bloggers here when I say we were blown away by the turnout, and happy that everybody seemed to have so much fun.
Personally, I’m always worried when we have events, because it’s not something we do every weekend. So I wonder whether people will really show up. You could ask Kathy or Heather — I was pretty nervous this time around. But by 8 p.m., just an hour in, the turnout was more than I had ever dreamed.
Beyond the sheer numbers, I was happy to see such a diverse sampling of the community. Downtown businessmen, bloggers, teachers, librarians, punk rock dudes, film-makers, art gallery owners, bar hoppers, roller derby players, furry mascots and many, many more were there trying to master our games (tough, huh?) and win some great prizes.
It’s our hope that many of you experienced something new — whether it was Full Circle’s brews, or the ladies of the Valley Burlesque Society, or just a Fresnan you met for the first time. And hopefully you came away loving Fresno just a little bit more.
OK, I’m going to step off that soapbox now, because there are many people who deserved to be thanked for making the party success.
1. PICK PICKFORD
Jazz lovers, head down to Club One Casino tonight to see saxophonist Loren Pickford. It’s nice to see Pickford, considered a Fresno music icon by many, back in town. He’s a Fresno native, who spent many years in New Orleans, then set up shop in Kansas City after Hurricane Katrina. Pickford was nominated for a Grammy in 1991, making him one of the few Fresno musicians to get that honor. It’s also nice to see Club One Casino doing more concerts. It was a great venue at the re:FUSE Festival. More details here.
It’s another of those a-dozen-cool-things-happening Thursdays. We already told about the Cirque Du Noel event and the theater offerings tonight. But there’s plenty happening in the music and club scene too.
We start at the Crest Theatre, where Breathe Carolina oughta pull in the youngsters with its screamo-meets-electronica sound. A bunch of other like-minded groups such as Cash Cash and Kill Paradise are on the bill too. Tell the nearest teenager.
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.
We’ve got quite a Thursday night on our hands, folks. There are some seriously cool touring acts in the area tonight. I’m not going to waste anymore time and just get into it.
TORI SPARKS: I guarantee you Tori Sparks is going to earn some new fans tonight in Fresno. This Nashville singer is equal parts soul, blues and folk — an intersection that leads to comparisons to both Bonnie Raitt and Joni Mitchell. She’s at Full Circle Brewing Co. at 8 p.m. $6.
MELT BANANA: As one of Japan’s most famous rock bands, Melt Banana has made a considerable name for itself in the United States — having toured with Tool and Lou Reed. Expect a night of noisy and fast rock ‘n’ roll at Visalia’s The Cellar Door. 9:30 p.m. $10.