1. HAVE AN UPTOWN SATURDAY NIGHT
NYC hip-hop duo Camp Lo — famous for their stellar 1997 album, “Uptown Saturday Night” — are at Fulton 55 on Saturday as part of the anniversary tour for the album. It’s a cool gig, particularly if you’ve never seen “Luchini” pour from the sky. [More]
1. SAY HAPPY 15TH TO KUPPAJOE
All-ages music club Kuppajoe celebrates its 15-year anniversary tonight with a hard rockin’ show featuring Phinehas and many others. Check out my feature on Kuppajoe’s anniversary. [More]
1. SWEDE IT UP Swede Fest is bigger and better, back for its 10th installment Sunday. It’s happening at Tower Theatre, a dream realized for organizers of this quirky film festival. It showcases low-budget parodies made by everyone from average joes to seasoned pros. Creativity, ingenuity and a sense of humor are king at Swede Fest, so you never know what you’re going to see. It’s free and open to movie lovers of all ages. For more on Swede Fest’s growth and rise to popularity, read this Q & A with the organizers. [More]
1. ROLL WITH THE ZOMBIES
Saturday is Fresno’s (now) annual Zombie Pub Crawl in the Tower District. You can get dressed up, hang out with a bunch of zombies and crawl from one Tower bar to the next in search of braiiiiiiiins booze. Some places, such as Babylon as you’ll see below, have their own complementing zombie events. Read more about the zombie craze here.
1. GROOVE WITH SAHAB
Fact: I haven’t been digging a new local artist as much as Sahab since a dude named Fashawn was coming up. Saturday night is Sahab’s album release party at Fulton 55, and it oughta signal his “arrival” on the local scene. Read more about Sahab and his electro/indie/hip-hop vocal stylings in this Q & A. [Tickets]
THE SILENT COMEDY: If you follow the indie scene around here, you’ve probably heard about The Silent Comedy. They’re a San Diego band that’s been here numerous times, and each time they’re a little bit bigger. Last time, they were part of that sold-out Fierce Creatures CD release show. Now they’re back to headline Fulton 55 on Wednesday with SoCal indie cohorts Saint Motel.
PAWN YOUR STUFF: The dudes from America’s most famous pawn shop visit Tachi Palace in Lemoore on Sunday. The “Pawn Stars” make an appearance, and are even buying and appraising your collectibles. It’s $25 to get something appraised, $10 to see them in action. Tickets here. You should also read Rick Bentley’s interview with “Pawn Star” Rick Harrison.
SWAP YOUR GEAR:Full Circle Brewing Co. host a gear swap meet for musicians on Sunday. Got some old gear you wanna sell? Or even wanna sell your music? Bring it.
The contest will eventually lead to two finalists competing against each other on stage at the Bonnaroo festival. But first PK has to be get of the first round, which ends March 2. Eight bands will advance — four based on votes and four chosen by music biz professionals. Read more on how the contest works here.
If you’re a regular at Kuppajoe, you know Mondays are not the day the all-ages rock venue is usually active. That’s Friday and Saturday nights. But tonight, Kuppajoe is having a special benefit show with Seattle alternative band Lybecker headlining and a number of local bands filing things out. Money raised goes toward the venue.
When you’re not hiding from that looming 106-degree heat …
1. GO GLOBAL Ana Tijoux enters Fresno this weekend with a good amount of buzz. She had the single of the week on iTunes this week for her “1977.” She’s a female rapper from South America who has been performing in big cities all over the country — and she’s in Fresno on Sunday, playing at Frank’s Place. Yay us.
I know it’s Thursday, but I’m off tomorrow, so let’s start the weekend talk a bit early, K?
1. GO TO THE ODDEST FILM FESTIVAL IN TOWN
Yep, it’s time for another Swede Fest. A lot of cities have a lot of different types of film festivals, but Saturday’s Swede Fest is all ours. It’s dedicated to Sweded, or cheaply remade, films (see “Be Kind Rewind”). The cool thing is that anybody can take part — so you get films made by people with real interest in film-makings, or from a group of friends just having fun. Plus, it’s free to get in. Win!