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Five Things You Should Do This Weekend

You probably shouldn’t see “The Boy Next Door.” So …

1. Elvis tributes
Elvis has been dead for close to four decades and still gets a pair of kick-ass birthday parties. You have to respect that.

2. Fulton 55 four year anniversary weekend
Four years? Seems like the downtown club has been around longer than that.

3. Urban Hop
Come get schooled on downtown Fresno. Seriously, there is free stuff and you’ll be in a big group.

4. Roy Orbison
Because it’s suddenly on my mind: Have you heard Celine Dion’s version of “I Drove All Night?”

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.

BANDGEEK!: Prince, Presley and Roy Orbison

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.


  • Fulton 55 4th Anniv. Party.
    W/The Purple Ones. At Fulton 55. 8:30 p.m. $13-$16. (Flier link)

  • Agent Orange.
    W/The Infirmities and Plot. At Strummer’s. 8 p.m. $10-$12. All ages. (Flier link)

  • Jordon Page.
    At Peeve’s. 8 p.m. Free. All ages.

  • Tumbao.
    W/Menneo, Erika Nicole and Torres Castro. At Cellar Door Visalia. 9 p.m. $10. (Flier link)

  • Gristle.
    W/Wally Don’t Bite, Descend Factor and The Tripatronix. At Audie’s Olympic. 9 p.m. $6.

  • Slow Season.
    W/Bitter Buffalo and Werebear. At Kelly’s Beach, Reedley. 9 p.m. Free. (Flier link)

  • Smoked Fish.
    Music at Gazebo Garden. 6 p.m. Free. All ages.

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    Bandgeek: Queen Nation, motown and John McCutcheon

    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.


  • Skunkdub.
    W/ONE oz and MKC. At Fulton 55. 8 p.m. $5-$8.

  • American Guitar Masters.
    A touring concert series w/Peter Janson and Steve Davison. At Full Circle Brewing Co. 8 p.m. $21.

  • Fresno’s Monthly Motown Night.
    W/The Experience. Plus DJ Mr. Leonard, Conor Miles and Josh Barrera. At Audie’s Olympic Tavern. 9 p.m. Free. (Flier link)

  • VVomen.
    Brave Season, Midwest Moms, Effort/Recover and Sleeve. At The Escape from Milf Mountain. 8 p.m. $2. (Flier link)

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    BANDGEEK: Haunted Summer, Mane Horse and Dictators NYC

    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 Notones.
    After Art-Hop party. At Peeve’s Public House. 9 p.m. Free.

  • Karen Marguth and David Aus.
    The Art of the Song. At Bloo Hookah Lounge. 7 p.m. Free. (Flier link)

  • Where the Sidewalk Ends.
    W/Brave City, Santa Mira and Brave At Last. At CYC. 7 p.m. $5. All ages. (Flier link)

  • Mane Horse.
    W/Stateless, Meet me in Montauk, Sleep Spindles, Cabin Fire and Chokeslam. At The Escape to Milf Mountain. 6 p.m. $2. (Flier link)

  • EZ Mark’s Honky Tonk.
    At Full circle Brewing Company. 5:30 p.m. Free.

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    Alien Ant Farm plays ’50 Shades of Blaze’ Valentine’s show at Fulton 55

    On the heels of this morning’s Catacomb Party lineup announcement, word comes that alt-rock/metal band Alien Art Farm will return to Fulton 55 Feb. 14 for the “50 Shades of Blaze Valentine’s Ball.”

    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.

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    Five Things You Should Do This Weekend


    Now that the New Year’s Eve celebrations are over …

    1. The Art of the Forty, Part 2
    “I ain’t drank a forty since I became old enough to drink.”

    2. The Pretty Flowers
    The new indie-rock project from drummer (and Fresno expat) Eli Reyes.

    3. Bethel Jazz Mass
    For those who find listening to jazz a spiritual experience.

    4. Fresno Hip-Hop Showcase
    Will 2015 be a big year for hip-hop in Fresno? Show up and see.

    5. “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
    Good Company Players takes on this Tony-award winning Broadway play. It’s a comedy.

    Catacomb Party organizers talk NYE ’69


    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.

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    Five Things You Should Do New Year’s Eve


    There’s a comprehensive look at New Year’s events over at The Bee, but here is a quick list of things you might want to do.

    1. Catacomb’s NYE ’69
    The gang behind the Catacomb Party (and last year’s NYE NOCO collab at the Pacific Southwest Ballroom) are taking over Fulton 55 to recreate New Year’s Eve 1969.

    2. Erna’s Elderberry House
    If you’re going to splurge on a meal, make it five stars, right?

    3. Chuck Leonard/Trey Tosh at Mono Wind Casino
    The Central Valley Buzz host has a party bus headed up the hill and (if you are brave) you can hop on. Once there, you’ll get live music from Trey Tosh.

    4. “Portraits” at Cuvee
    The Tower District lounge will have more than 20 Champagne/sparkling wine options for the night, including the Moet Imperial, at a mere $890.

    5. Stay home
    Let’s face it, some years being around actual people is just too much.

    Five Things To Do This Weekend


    If you’re not recovering from Christmas, planning for New Year’s Eve or seeing “The Interview,” how about …

    1. “Silent Night, Deadly Night
    A post-Christmas alternative dance party by the DJs behind Meatball Magic.

    2. Maintain, w/Mike Efex
    For those who like their dance music electronic.

    3. Sh&%ty Christmas Episode III
    Sort of like The Misfats, only here all the songs are about poop.

    4. Kat Jones
    Support a Fresno expat.

    5. Ice Skate (indoors or out)
    It’s winter. Act like it.

    BANDGEEK: Feliz Skavidad, Fashawn and From Indian Lakes


    Since you won’t be seeing “The Interview,” you’ll have plenty of time to catch a live music show. We’ve collected a full list of what’s around town this week on another BANDGEEEEEK! roundup.


  • StradivariKingOfStrings.
    W/Halo The Human. At Fulton 55. 8:30 p.m. $6-$8. (Flier link)

  • Lisa’s Big Night Out.
    At the Patio Cafe. 6 p.m. Free.

  • Ugly Lovers.
    W/Double Jinx and Olive Avenue. At C.A.F.E. Infoshop. 7:30 p.m. $5 donation. All ages. (Flier link)

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    BANDGEEK: Fab Four, Molotov and Dance Gavin Dance


    We’ve hit the holiday season full on. Time management becomes critical, especially if you want to fit in a couple of live music events.

    Lucky for you, we’ve once again done the heavy lifting and collected them for you in our handy-dandy BANDGEEK roundup.


  • The Jacktones.
    W/Jimmie O. At Fulton 55. 8:30 p.m. $6-$8. (Flier link)

  • Denitia and Sene.
    W/Gentle Jaime and Naelma. At Peeve’s Public House. 8:30 p.m. Free. All ages.

  • Arthop at Studio Itz.
    W/Fatty Cakes & the Puff Pastries, Werebear, Santa Mira and Satellite Era. At Studio Itz. 7 p.m. Free. All ages. (Flier link)

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    Weekday concerts alert: Jazz, pop-punk, rock and roll


    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.

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    BANDGEEK!: Breathe Carolina and Jazz Composers, The Soil and the Sun

    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.


  • 40 Watt Hype.
    W/Patrick Contreras and White Glove Service. At Fulton 55. 8 p.m. $8-$10. (Flier link)

  • Mezcal.
    W/La Marcha. At Cellar Door, Visalia. 9:30 p.m. $10. (Flier link)

  • SJV X DIY premier show.
    W/Reunion Crew, Grow, Make Way, Chokeslam, The River Wilde, Urgency and Step For Change. At CYC. 7 p.m. $5. (Flier link)

  • Vox Mera.
    At Peeve’s Public House. 8 p.m. Free. All ages.

  • Good Medicine.
    Music at Gazebo Gardens. 6 p.m. Free. All ages.

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  • Concert announcements: Bush, Chris Tomlin schedule Fresno dates


    Here’s a couple of quick concert announcements we picked up this morning:

    First up is Bush, Gavin Rossdale’s ’90s alternative “grunge” band, which plays an acoustic show Dec. 9 at Fulton 55.

    The show, presented by New Rock 104.1 as a pre-Christmas party, will also feature acoustic sets from up-and-coming indie-pop act Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness and singer-songwriter Meg Myers. Tickets are $10.41 and are on sale Monday at Fulton 55 box office and Tower District Records, or online at

    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 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.”

    BANDGEEK!: Winter Jam, The Kin and “Kittysiclosis”

    The election is over (sort of). Feel free to go back to not caring about politics for another two years. That’ll leave you plenty of time to enjoy any of the live music happenings this week.

    Here they are, compiled in our weekly BANDGEEEK roundup. Enjoy!


  • Sahab.
    “Kittysiclosis,” release show. W/Zee Will. At Peeve’s Public House. 9 p.m. Free. All ages. (Flier link)

  • Soft-Spoken.
    W/WaterBox Inc. and The Morning Drive. At Fulton 55. 9 p.m. $6-$8. (Flier link)

  • Fortunate Youth.
    W/The Expanders, Thrive and One Oz. At Strummer’s. 8 p.m. $10. All ages.

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    Concert fundraiser for local guitarist Perry Hodge


    Sad news for the local music scene.

    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 the Facebook event page:

    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.

    Watch Hodge on stage with Beatleville on the jump.

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    BANDGEEK: Ape Machine, the Purple Ones and Pierce The Veil


    Well, the series is done. So, that leaves Halloween.

    If you are not in for all costume-party bobbing-for-apples stuff, there are plenty of live music options to get you through the weekend (and into November).

    We present them to you here (in list form) in another installment of our BANDGEEEK roundup.


  • HR7.
    W/Iwanaga. At Fulton 55. 8:30 p.m. $6-$8. (Flier link)

  • The Adicts.
    Dantes Boneyard. At Strummer’s. 8 p.m. $22. All ages. (Flier link)

  • Immigrant Union.
    W/Dirty Limbs and Ted the Block. At Audie’s Olympic. 9 p.m. $5. (Flier link)

  • Ron Thompson.
    The Central Valley Blues Society’s weekly dance party. At Pino Wine Bar. 6 p.m. Free.

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    BANDGEEK!: Dustbowl Revival, Dead or Alive and Twista


    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.


  • Dustbowl Revival.
    W/Doc’s Holiday. At Fulton 55. 9 p.m. $8-$10. (Flier link)

  • Bear Hands.
    W/Fences. At Strummer’s 7:30 p.m. $12. All ages.


  • Introvoys.
    W/Vicki HL, Tata and Paul and Butch from South Border. At Fulton 55. 9 p.m. $25-$30.

  • Twista.
    W/Gillie Da Kid and Halo the Human. At Strummer’s. 8 p.m. $22. 18 + (Flier link)

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    Bandgeek!: The Remones, Red Scare and the Tastmaker’s Festival


    With Halloween one weekend away (technically it’s two weeks and a day, but whatever) you’ll probably spend the weekend working on your costume (I hear Ebola’s trending this year).

    Be sure to take a break for a couple of hours and check out one of the live music performances happening through next week. It’s a long list, which I’ll leave here as your weekly BANDGEEK!


  • Fiji.
    W/Essel and ReLion. At Fulton 55. 9 p.m. $25-$35. (Flier link)

  • Roger Sellers.
    W/Tson. At Peeve’s Public House. 8 p.m. Free. All ages.

  • Curse.
    W/Midwest Moms and The Agonic Line. At C.A.F.E. Infoshop. 8 p.m. $5. All ages. (Flier link)

  • Ron Thompson and his Resistors.
    Central Valley’s Blues Society’s weekly dance party. At Pinot Wine Bar. 6 p.m. Free.

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    Bandgeek!: The Eagles, The Experience and Tony Bennett

    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!


  • The Eagles.
    At the Save Mart Center. 8 p.m. $49.50-$149.50.

  • Katchafire.
    W/White Glove Service and Jordan T. At Strummer’s. 7 p.m. $18. All ages. (Flier link)

  • Lisa’s Big Night Out.
    At the Patio Cafe. 6 p.m. Free.

  • The Body.
    W/Sandworm, Inside the Sun and Keeper. At Audie’s Olympic. 8:30 p.m. $8. (Flier link)

  • Justin Moore.
    At the Big Fresno Fair. $21-$26.

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    BANDGEEK!: Guttermouth, Growlers and Let’s Go Bowling


    No doubt you’ll spend at least part of the weekend wondering how the heck it can be close to 100 degrees in October.

    There will still be plenty of time to catch one of the many live music performances happening through next week. We have once again listed them here in our weekly BANDGEEEK! roundup.


  • J Dubb.
    W/Tone + 1AD7. Remedy, Arcane 9, Chuck Sin, Urbane and J:Pre$ko. At Strummer’s. 7:30 p.m. $10-$12. (Flier link)

  • Waterbox Inc.
    W/Philophobia. At Peeve’s Public House. 8 p.m. Free. All ages.

  • Bryan Vickers Band.
    At ApCal. 7 p.m. Free.

  • Dierks Bentley.
    At the Big Fresno Fair. 7 p.m. $43-$48.

  • Style Like Revelators.
    W/Banshee Bones and Beastmaker. At Audie’s Olympic. 9 p.m. $5. (Flier link)

  • Days Under Authority.
    Saving Temperance, Rise the Ruler and Tomi Jean. At Kuppajoe. 7:30 p.m. $6-$8. All ages. (Flier link)

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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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