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BANDGEEK: Sea Knight, Sleepover Disaster and A Day to Remember

Resist the urge to rewatch “Braveheart.” Instead, check out one of the dozens of live music performances happening over the next week. We’ve collected them for you in this weeks’ BANDGEEEEK!


  • Incoming Rush.
    W/Outside the Wire. At Fulton 55. 8 p.m. $6-$8.

  • The Real McKenzies.
    W/A. Tom Collins. At Strummer’s. 8 p.m. $12-$13. (Flier link)

  • Saint Motel.
    W/The River Wilde. At Peeve’s Public House. 8 p.m. Free. All ages.

  • Los Hooligans.
    At ApCal. 7 p.m. Free.

  • Endings.
    W/Blackwell, Messenger of the Covenant, Know Your Enemy and Once Emperor. At CYC. 6:30 p.m. $5 donation. All ages. (Flier link)

  • Mercy Fist.
    W/Valkyrie Missile, Clockwork Hero and Light of Mine. At Kuppajoe. 7:30 p.m. $6-$8. All ages. (Flier link)

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    Bandgeek: Blake, The Beetles and Blockhead


    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.


  • Zeahorse. W/Midwest Moms and Space Apes.
    At Peeve’s Public House. 10 p.m. Free. All ages.

  • BJ Sings.
    At Full Circle Brewing. 8 p.m. Flat rate (whatever that means).

  • Blake Shelton.
    Ten Times Crazier Tour. W/The Band Perry, Neal McCoy and Dan + Shay. At the Save Mart Center. 7 p.m. $29.75 and $54.75. (Flier link)

  • Morris Day and the Time.
    At the Tulare Country Fair. 8 p.m. Free with fair admission.

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    BANDGEEK: Light Rain, Light Thieves and a September to Dismember


    For those looking to get all cultural, there’s “Seattle to Fresno — the Best of West Coast Fringe.” Also: Mike Tyson’s one-man show. For those looking to spend a couple of hours at a bar, club or theater listening to live music there is … all of this … Here’s your weekly BANDGEEK roundup.


  • TeeFLii.
    W/Ray Yung Omar Aura, B Dot and Eldra Jermaine. At Fulton 55. 9 p.m. $20-$50.

  • White Glove Service.
    W/Comacova, Louder Than Waves. At Strummer’s. 9 p.m. $5.

  • The Jules Winnfield.
    At Peeve’s Public House. 8 p.m. Free. All ages.

  • Endeavor.
    W/Until We Are Ghosts and Dependence. At Kuppajoe. 7:30 p.m. $6-$8. All ages.

  • Light Rain.
    At Full Circle Brewing Co. 8 p.m. $15.

  • Lit Up.
    At ApCal. 7 p.m. Free.

  • R.W. Hampton.
    At Maverick’s Coffee House. 7 p.m. $30.

  • Whisky Row.
    W/JJ Brown. At Engelmann Cellars. 7 p.m. Free.

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    Bandgeek: Rascal Flatts, Man Man and D.R.I.


    It’s Greek Fest weekend. So you’ll be busy dancing and eating and yelling Opa! There are also dozens of live, musical performances happening at the city’s bars, clubs and theater if that’s more your speed. Here’s you weekly BANDGEEK! list.


  • Ando Ehlers.
    Split 7 ” tour. SS Web and It’ll Grow Back. At Audie’s Olympic. 9 p.m. $5. (Flier link)

  • Fashawn.
    The Ecology listening party. At Strummer’s. 8:30 p.m. This show is sold out. (Flier link)

  • Built to Spill.
    W/Slam Dunk and The Warm Hair. At Cellar Door, Visalia. 8 p.m. $20. (Flier link)

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    Bandgeek: Lou Shields, Les Wolves and Zappa Plays Zappa

    Today is National IPA Day. You will want to celebrate. But not too much, because there are dozens of local music happenings you might want to make. Here they are in list form in this week’s BANDGEEEEEK!


  • Queensryche Starring Geoff Tate.
    At Strummer’s. 7 p.m. $32.

  • Lou Shields.
    W/Jimmie O. AT Audie’s Olympic. 9 p.m. No price listed. (Flier link)

  • From The Messenger.
    W/The Rest Will Fall, Bred To Survive, City of Skies and Farooq. At CYC. 6:30 p.m. $4. All ages. (Flier link)

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    BANDGEEK: Possessed Tranquility, Rosie Flores and Rexx


    The “Fifty Shades of Grey” trailer was released this morning. So other than that quick 2 1/2 minutes, you’ll be free to enjoy the dozens of live music events through next week. I give them to you here in list form as a weekly roundup known as BANDGEEEEK!


  • Dorotheo.
    W/Francisco Y Madero and Aire Espacial. At Fulton 55. 9 p.m. $5-$8. (Flier link)

  • Brian Kenney Fresno.
    Birthday Defense tour. W/Jules Winnfield and Style Like Revelators. At Audie’s Olympic. 9 p.m. $5. (Flier link)

  • Apparitions.
    W/Make Way and Nothing Sacred. At CYC. 7 p.m. $3 donation. All ages. (Flier link)

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    BANDGEEK: Shwaye, Sweat and the Summerland tour


    Planes are being shot out of the sky! We won’t fault you for not thinking about getting out to see some live music this weekend. Still, it’s my job to keep you informed. So here it is, your weekly music roundup (back from a short hiatus) … BANDGEEEEK!


  • Ghost Key.
    W/Castaway, Outlier, Rampage and Chip Spacey. At CYC. 6:30 p.m. $4. ALl ages. (Flier link)

  • Electronic Ladyland Tour.
    W/Je4sika Von Rabbit, Maria Del Pilar and Okapi Sun. At Audie’s Olympic. 9 p.m. No ticket price listed. (Flier link)

  • A beach party and potluck.
    W/Math, Suzy’s Dead, The P.I.T.S., Egg Slut and Sci-Fi Caper. At C.A.F.E. Infoshop. 6 p.m. $3-5. All ages. (Flier link)

  • Pinche Culture Night.
    5th Anniversary. W/Marcus Hernandez, Pa’Chango, Resident Alien and Conjunto Califas. At Cellar Door, Visalia. 7 p.m. Free. (Flier link)

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    TONIGHT: Jimbo Mathus

    Jimbo Mathus is an archive of southern musical styles. The Mississippi-born songwriter/guitarist was raised in a musical family and grew up playing those old folk, country and blues tunes.

    “I’ve been studying on this since I was 8 years old,” says Mathus, whose band, the Tri-State Coalition, plays tonight at Fulton 55 with Southern Culture on the Skids.

    “I’m just immersed in it.”

    Mathus’ current album, “Dark Night of the Soul,” serves as a record of both that innate knowledge and of his career in music.

    “It’s the natural progression of the stuff I’ve been doing my whole life. And I’ve been in the game for a minute,” he says.

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    A musical tribute to Kris Kristofferson

    IMG_0313Roger Perry was six when he first heard a Kris Kristofferson song. Johnny Cash was on TV singing “Sunday Morning Coming Down.”

    Perry couldn’t fully comprehend the song’s meaning at the time, but it stuck with him. It wasn’t until later, when Perry saw Kristofferson in the movie “Cisco Pike” that he became a true fan.

    “I was hooked. He became one of my heroes,” says Perry, a local guitarist who, along with Vince Warner, hosts a tribute to Krisofferson Sunday night at Fulton 55 to coincide with the singer’s 78th brithday.

    Kristofferson is an odd ball in the industry, a true renaissance man. He is Country Music Hall of Fame inductee, and also a hugely successful actor (you may have seen him in the “Blade” movies). He was also (in his younger days) a Golden Gloves boxer, a Rhodes Scholar and a captain in the United States Army.

    And he wrote “Me and Bobby McGee.”

    “That song is a part of the fabric of nature,” says Warner, who also considers Kristofferson a personal hero.

    Perry, who did a similar tribute 14 years ago, says this show will be, in a way, the tribute Kristofferson didn’t get at this year’s Grammy Awards — where the singer was recognized for his lifetime achievement.

    Kristofferson performed on the TV broadcast with Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson and Blake Shelton, whose inclusion ruined the show for Perry and set off a Facebook debate on the state of contemporary country music.

    “That’s how this started,” Warner says. “I called Roger after debating the various merits of Blake Shelton.”

    The show will feature close to 20 musicians interpreting the full scope of Kristofferson’s work in two sets. The first set will be low key and acoustic. The night will get progressively more rockin’, Warner says.

    Fans of this kind of musical tribute should note Perry is planning a Leonard Cohen tribute Sept. 21 at Audie’s Olympic Tavern.

    Five Things You Should Do This Weekend

    5things613142Forget World Cup …

    1. Woodward Park Shakespeare Festival
    Forget “House of Cards.” Shakespeare perfected the whole political-intrigue thing. QUICK CORRECTION: Color me embarrassed. “Macbeth,” doesn’t open until Thursday. So, add it to next weekend’s events.

    2. Father’s Day Blues Fest
    Headliner is Johnny Rawls: An old-time road-warrior if there ever was one. He’s been on the road (pretty much constantly) since 1969.

    3. “Austin and Ally” at Fresno Grizzlies
    I haven’t kept up with my Disney stars since Hilary Duff, but Calum Worthy, who plays Dez on “Austin and Ally,” will be at the game.
    4. Table Mountain Rancheria Pow-Wow
    Here’s a part of our area’s cultural heritage that doesn’t get enough positive attention.

    5. Fresno’s Greatest Hits: Comedy Edition
    Yes, Fresno has a comedy scene that you should support.

    And in case you missed this week’s BANDGEEK post …

    1. King Buzzo
    2. Harps
    3. Strange Vine
    4. Lance Canales and the Flood
    5. Jazz Night at Tokyo Garden

    BANDGEEK: Sara Evans, Kings Buzzo and Murs

    6-13-14Between watching the World Cup and getting your head around the dude who was mistakenly released from jail (and then killed), your weekend is spent. Unless you’re up for the dozens of live music events happening around the city, which we (once again) cull together and collate in the weekly feature we call BANDGEEEEEK!


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    TONIGHT: Dizzy Wright

    dizzyIt’ll be awhile before we get an official full-album release from Dizzy Wright.

    But fans are still privy to new music from the Las Vegas rapper, who was named one of XXL Magazine’s freshman class last year (he was the people’s choice). “I’m always releasing stuff. I released a song today,” says Wright, who’s State of Mind Tour stops tonight at Fulton 55.

    That song is “Spark Up The Flame,” a summer-time party anthem that was written just for the season (as things start to heat up) and is available for free.

    Wright has been prolific since his full-length debut “SmokeOut Conversations” was released in 2012. He’s put out a half-dozen mix-tapes and the “State of Mind,” EP, which was released in March.

    He’s also been soaking up the experiences of being a touring musician, of getting out of Las Vegas (in a tour bus this time around) and seeing how other people live. “I get to travel, get to see other people’s environments,” he says. “It gave me a different outlook on how to put on a show.”

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    BANDGEEK: Fierce Creatures, Chapin Sisters and Paul Collins’ Beat

    6-6-14This weekend, it’s all about a horse race. Worry not, you’ll still have time to make it out to at least one of the dozens of these live music events, which we compile each week so you don’t have to. Here’s an all-new BANDGEEEK!


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    BANDGEEK!: Kat Jones, Natural Thrills and Pillar Point

    5-2-14-2You may want to steer clear of The Crossroads. But any of the area’s other bars/clubs/theaters are still fair game and most have something happening this weekend. Check their listings in our weekly music roundup known as BANDGEEEK!


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    Bandgeek!: Punknecks, Millionaires and Circle Takes the Square

    4-25-14Everything is happening this weekend. While that might overwhelm some, the rest of us know it’s pretty par for the course, especially when it comes to the myriad live music options happening each week. We list them all right here in your weekly update BANDGEEEEEK!


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    Bandgeek!: Bear Hands, the Brother Weiss and a tribute to Johnny Cash

    4-4-14While the majority of your friends are out watching “Wicked,” you’d rather be out at a bar somewhere, listening to some low-down dirty rock and roll. Or any of the dozen of other music options happening this weekend (and into next week). Here’s your music roundup known as BANDGEEEEEK!


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    Tonight: Annabella Lwin, the original singer of Bow Wow Wow.

    annebelleAnnabella Lwin makes it clear from the beginning; Regardless of the group of musicians around her on stage, regardless of who’s playing under what band name, she’s still the same — a half-Burmese Buddhist singer, who started her career at 14 years old with the short-lived English new-wave act Bow Wow Wow.

    “I continue to do what I’ve been doing,” says Lwin, now in her 40s and touring under her own name, despite a reunion with the remaining original members of Bow Wow Wow that happened in 2011. Lwin plays with her new band tonight at Fulton 55.

    “I didn’t think I’d be singing at the age of 40 something,” Lwin says. That’s despite the impact she (and Bow Wow Wow) had on a generation of musicians that followed. The band’s single “I Want Candy” became a ’80s classic, ranking 86th on VH1′s 100 Greatest Songs of the decade. The Red Hot Chili Peppers and No Doubt have long cited Bow Wow Wow as a major influence.

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    Bandgeek!: BATHS, Goldboot and The Reverend Horton Heat

    3-28-14If you can pull yourself away from following the Leland Yee story, you’ll find dozens of music events happening this weekend. We’ve compiled them here in another installment of our weekly music roundup BANDGEEEEEK!!


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    Win tickets to: Strange Vine + Soft White Sixties tonight @ Fulton 55

    strangeStrange Vine has a habit of setting up awesome local shows. When they play, you know you’ll be getting your money’s worth. So tonight’s show at Fulton 55 with San Francisco’s Soft White Sixties (plus Light Thieves and Planet Live in Houses) could be the music pick of the weekend.

    You just have to start your weekend on a Thursday, is all.

    The band has hooked us up with a couple tickets to pass along y’all Beehivers. To enter to win, just leave a comment on the post. Tell us who is your favorite rock-n-roll duo. This is a super-last minute, super-quick one. Deadline for entry is 3 p.m., today. Winners will be chosen by random and notified via email within the hour. So, check your email if you entered.

    Check out the full rules and an awesome video from Kevin Figueroa on the jump.

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    Win tickets to Let’s Go Bowling/40 Watt Hype

    lgbThere are few local bands that have the enduring appeal of ska-rockers Let’s Go Bowling.

    The live hip-hop/jazz/soul group 40 Watt Hype would be one.

    Put the two bands on the same bill and you’re assured to get A.) a packed house B.) a great night of live, local music.

    The bands play back to back 9 p.m. Friday at Fulton 55 and we have tickets to give away to a few lucky Beehivers. To enter, just leave a comment on this post. Tell us which band (LGB or 40 Watt) you’re more excited to see and why. The contest will run until 5 p.m. Thursday. Winners will be chosen at random and notified via email (so check yours if you enter).

    Rules and videos on the jump.

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    QnA with Devoya Mayo of the Fresno Handmade Holiday Bazaar

    tumblr_mwr9lvovj31qehjf6o1_1280The Fresno Handmade Holiday Bazaar happens 11 a.m. Saturday at Fulton 55.

    The annual event — put together by the Soulflower Group– is a spot check of the Fresno craft- and hand-made scene, with 28 crafters and artist selling everything from steampunk jewelry to handmade candles and designer nail polish. So, it’s the perfect spot to pick up some last-minute gifts.

    I emailed Ms. Soulflower herself, Devoya Mayo, to find out more.

    Explain the event in three lines or less.

    The Soulflower Group curates a D.I.Y extravaganza by hosting 28 local crafty folks at Fulton 55 for an afternoon of crafts, music, food, prizes and cocktails.

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    Concert announcement: Xiu Xiu at Fulton 55

    San Jose post-punk art-rock band Xiu Xiu (pronounced shoe shoe) will hit Fresno in February. It’s one of just two California shows currently listed on the its FB page. The band (Jamie Stewart and a revoling cast of musicians) plays Feb. 20 at Fulton 55. Tickets are $10 and go on sale 8 a.m. Friday.

    Xiu Xiu just released a collection of Nina Simone covers (“Nina,” out of Graveface Records, today) and recently announced a plans for a new collection of original songs. That album, “Angle Guts: Red Classroom,” is set for release (on CD/LP/tape and MP3) Feb. 4.

    You can hear a track from the album (“Stupid in the Dark“) on the jump.

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    Win ticket to: The Kyle Gass Band

    11143It’s another busy weekend for music fans, which is becoming a common thing. If you doubt it, check out this week’s Bandgeek.

    One show worth note: The Kyle Gass Band returns to Fresno for the ROCK Out For Laughter (ROFL) show Saturday night at Fulton 55. Gass is probably best known as being 1/2 of Tenacious D. Can’t say if he’s the better looking half or not, but his new project brings the RAWK! (and is also funny).

    This is an eclectic line-up (and I don’t say that lightly) featuring locals Cockamamie Jamie, I Kill Cameron, Love Note, 2 Hours Later. The whole thing is hosted by Danny Minch. We have two sets of tickets to give away to our Beehive loyalists. To enter to win, just leave a comment on this post. Tell us who’s your favorite comedy rock (or hip-hop) band. I choose Gwar.

    This is a quicky. The contest ends 5 p.m. tonight. Winners will be chosen by random and notified via email. So check your email if you enter. One comment per person, please.

    In the mean time, here’s a video and the full contest rules.

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    Filipino rock band Introvoys in Fresno tomorrow

    photo (4)Introvoys could be the most interesting band playing in town this weekend. If you haven’t heard the name, it’s probably because you are not from the Philippines. The band, which now works out of Los Angeles, had a string No. 1 hits in the country when it debuted back in 1989.

    The band plays an ’80s-themed dance party/ fashion show on Saturday night at Fulton 55 with locals Lezayr and Vicki HL.

    Before the show, band members will be meeting fans and signing autographs at Jowli’s Filipino Restaurant, 7058 N. Cedar Ave. The event starts at noon and is open to the public.

    Check out a video from the band’s “Line To Heaven,” on the jump.

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    Keeney Nation 3 show is back on

    UPDATE: The Keeney Nation 3 show is back on. The free show is at 7 p.m. Saturday at Fulton 55.


    ORIGINAL POST, July 26, 2013:

    In today’s paper, I wrote about the tight-knit Keeney family, whose connection to the local music scene is vast, and includes a large number of both blood relatives and friends. The family’s Keeney Nation showcase was scheduled for Saturday at Fulton 55. I say was, because the show was cancelled due to a death in the family. The family was notified last night and decided to postpone the show out respect of the dozens of musicians to which the night was dedicated, says Mike Keenney Sr. It will be rescheduled. We’ll keep you updated. In the meantime our thoughts are with the family.