5. “1915-2015: Tradition, Legacy, Culture”
The first of many events planned to help raise awareness about the Armenian Genocide of 1915. One-point-five million Armenians were killed by the Ottoman Turkish government.
While I am trying figure out whether to care about this whole deflate-gate thing (I also heard it referred to as the much funnier ball-gate), you’ll all be checking out one of the awesome concerts happening in town this week. Right? We’ve collated them again in out weekly BANDGEEEEEEK! roundup.
You may want to spend the weekend getting caught up on the Oscar-nominated films showing. Be sure to set aside some time for music. Here’s a list of this week’s local concerts, collated in our BANDGEEEEK! roundup.
Sad to say, it’ll still be another 10 years (at least) before you’ll get to take high-speed rail anywhere to see a good show. That’s fine though, because there is plenty to see right here, right now. I’ve collected this week’s music options in another installment of BANDGEEEEEK!
The show, sponsored by 105.1 the Blaze, in conjunction with the Artourtage promotions team, will feature performances on both floors of the venue from eight local acts including the return of the rock band Stoneshiver, plus Sharks of Dance, Llama Boy and more. Tickets for the show are $20 and on sale now.
Alien Ant Farm is best known (to me at least) for its funked-up metal version of Michael Jackson’s “Smooth Criminal.” The band has a new album in the works, which is available for pre-order.
Get nostalgic and check out the video for “Smooth Criminal” on the jump.
The organizers behind the annual Catacomb Party music festival are masters of creating atmosphere, of taking a space (a stretch of the Fulton Mall for example) and turning it something else.
The environment becomes the event.
Last year, the team collaborated with Fresno Dance Collective to create a New Year’s Eve dance party in the Banker’s Ballroom in the Pacific Southwest Building, complete with aerial dance and art installations.
This year, they take over Fulton 55 for NYE ’69 a retro dance party, full of funk, soul and disco.
I emailed the group to find out what exactly is in store.
What inspired the theme for the night?
The night was inspired by our unrequited love for classic Motown-era soul, funk and disco. We were already working on a New Year’s party but after seeing the success of the monthly Motown night at Audie’s [Olympic Tavern] we approached the organizers, Mr. Leonard and Conor Miles, to bring their energy to Fulton 55 for an all out ’60′s themed affair. We thought it would be mega fun to celebrate by dropping the ball on 1969 and welcoming the ’70s, with all the flair and insanity of epic party scenes like Studio 54 (which was also the inspiration for Fulton 55′s branding).
That, and the venue said we could do whatever we wanted.
Those who don’t get The Bee dropped on their doorsteps each morning may have missed the extensive calendar of “Don’t Miss” events that ran in today’s paper. Suffice it to say, there is no shortage of events happening this month.
It kicks off tonight, with the first in a trio of noteworthy mid-week concerts.
Lookit here, forgo the leftovers, forget about the Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday business. Go see one of these awesome live music performances. We’ve collated them for y’all in another installment of The Beehive’s weekly BANDGEEK roundup.
Fans have to wait until April to see Christian singer Chris Tomlin, who announced his “Love Ran Red” tour will stop at the Save Mart Center April 16. Tickets are $28.50-$38.50 and available at noon today at the arena box office, select Save Mart Supermarkets, online at ticketmaster.com or on the phone at (800) 745-3000. Tomlin, who has 10 No. 1 singles, 18 Dove Awards and three Grammy nominations, played was in town last year on his “Burning Lights Tour.”
Perry Hodge, a guy who has been a vital part of scene since the 1980s, is in the hospital. And it looks to be bad. Currently, he’s too ill to perform, which is devastating (financially at the very least) for someone who makes their living as a musician.
To help defray medical bills and costs of living (and other costs that are sure to arise) Fulton 55 will be hosting a benefit concert 4:30 p.m. Nov. 7.
Details on the show are still being worked out, but expect performances from Hodge’s friends and band mates and others in the scene. Tickets will be on sale soon via Fulton 55 (online and at door). If you cannot attend but want to contribute or you wish to donate a significant amount, you will be able to do so via Fulton 55′s website.
I’d met Perry a couple of times, but was able to perform with him earlier this year when he stepped in to play the role of Malcolm Young (or was it Angus) in my AC/DC tribute band. The guy is a pro in a way that I can only aspire to be. His presence from the scene will no doubt be heavily felt.
From his fresh lyrics in The Lone Wolf Gang with Joe Rosato; to thrilling harmonies and mean guitar in Roger Perry’s various bands; to all encompassing variety in Vince Warner’s Rockville and Beatleville, Perry Hodge is a Fresno Music Scene staple … Please come out to celebrate his life, his love of music, and his gift of sharing it all with us. We are indeed forever changed and grateful for the time we have with Mr. Perry Lee Hodge.
For many, the big decision this weekend will be between baseball and figuring out what’s up with Renée Zellweger’s face (hint, it’s nothing). Of course, there are dozen of musical happenings through next week, if you’d rather. I’ve collected them here in another weekly BANDEGEEEEK! roundup.
While you are locked in your house worrying about whether it’s ebola or tuberculosis that will kill you first, the rest of us will be enjoying some live music. If you care to join, here is a list of happenings through next week. We call it BANDGEEEK!
Instead of sitting at home wondering whether it’s OK to continue watching football (American, that is), head out on the town and catch one of the dozens of live concerts happening in the next week. We’ve listed them here in our weekly BANDGEEK roundup.