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Concert Watch: Aaron Lewis, Steve Earle, The Original Wailers and a Bruce Conte benefit

Four recent concert additions you should know about:

- Rock-turned-country singer Aaron Lewis (you know him best from Staind) is coming back to the Visalia Fox Theatre on Feb. 22. Tickets are on sale now, costing $25-$60. Get ‘em at More info here.

- Alt-country/folk singer Steve Earle, a legend in his world, has added a Jan. 8 date at the Hanford Fox Theatre. Tickets: $32.50, on sale now. More info here.

- Upcoming at Fulton 55: The Original Wailers, the reggae band that can be traced back to Bob Marley. This incarnation of the band is led by Marley guitarist Al Anderson. It plays Nov. 16. Tickets: $12-$15.

- Fresno-bred guitar star Bruce Conte, best known for his work with Tower of Power, was recently diagnosed with leukemia. To help with his mounting medical bills, friends organized a benefit concert in Conte’s honor Nov. 24 at Tower Theatre. Conte will play, as will his friends. More details here.  Tickets: $29 and $39.

Concert News: Bush will help New Rock 104.1 blow out its candle

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Reunited ’90s alt-rockers Bush are making a summer stop in Fresno, playing June 19 at The Rotary Amphitheater at Woodward Park.

The show is the “Birthday Bash” for radio station New Rock 104.1 (*ahem* ozmosis9pmsundays *ahem*). Unwritten Law is also on the bill, and local band Session will open up.

Tickets cost $34 and go on sale to the public at 10 a.m. on April 21. They can be purchased online at on in person at Valentino’s and SBI. There’s a pre-sale for radio listeners that starts at 10 a.m. April 19.

After enjoying much success in the mid ’90s, Bush reformed in 2010 and released “The Sea of Memories,” which included the No. 1 single, “The Sound of Winter.” Currently, Bush is on an arena tour with Nickelback, but is playing Fresno on an off day.

ANOTHER SHOW OF NOTE: Jazz pianist and singer Diana Krall oughta be a hot ticket at the Fox Theatre in Hanford, which hosts her on Aug. 22. Tickets go on sale Saturday, costing $58, $78 and $98.

To-Do Tonight: Lots of great music


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.

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