You might want to get downtown for that $10 cup of coffee you’ve always dreamed of. Let that fuel you through the rest of the week, which is chock full of live music. Here is your weekly collated list. It’s another BANDGEEEEEK!
This video (from the comic site Funny or Die) cinches it: I am a Michael Bolton fan.
Not that I particularly love his music.
What I love is the amount of self awareness he seems to possess. What I love is that he doesn’t take himself (or his career) too seriously. Real artists, those with staying power, are able to reinvent themselves at opportune times.
Bolton did it when he cut his hair is 1997. He did it again on “Dancing with the Stars” and “Two and a Half Men” and “Jack Sparrow,” the hilarious hip-hop parody from Andy Samberg’s musical comedy group The Lonely Island. There’s also these ridiculous(ly cool) personalized birthday and Valentine’s Day e-cards from American Greetings.
Read the interview I did with the singer prior to his sold-out show at Table Mountain last month.
Iration wants to stay ahead of the reggae curve.
While the Santa Barbara band takes cues from traditional Jamaican roots reggae, it happily veers off into pop and rock realms.
“We want to be setting trends,” says Micah Pueschel, who sings and plays guitar in the band, which plays a sold-out show tonight at Strummer’s with Stick Figure and Hours Eastly.
Iration hasn’t worried much with fitting genre definitions. Instead, the band focuses on writing good songs; songs that are well produced and thought out.
“Songs that are real to us,” Pueschel says. “That’s what’s successful.”
The band last album “Automatic” was No. 1 on both the Billboard and iTunes Reggae Albums charts, No. 7 on the iTunes Overall Albums chart, No. 17 on the Billboard Independent Albums and No. 75 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart when it was released in 2013. (Click through the jump for a video from “Automatic”).
The band just finished the studio work on a new album to be released this year.
UPDATE: Heads up: The Australian Bee Gees March 12 date at the Saroyan Theatre has been canceled. No word from promoters as to why the show was canceled or if the rest of the show’s tour will be affected. Ticket refunds will be available at point-of-purchase locations, or through Ticketmaster beginning Monday, March 9.
Answer that in the comments section of this post and you’ll be entered to win tickets to see The Australian Bee Gees (a tribute to the brothers Gibb).
The multimedia touring concert show stops 7:30 p.m. March 12 at the Saroyan Theatre. The Beehive will give away several pairs of tickets this week (and next week, too. So stayed tuned). You have until 5 p.m. Friday March 6 to enter this round of the contest. Winners will be notified by email and must be able to pick the tickets up at the Fresno Bee office (1626 E. St.) during normal business hours.
While the Bee Gees (Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb) are most often linked to disco (thank you “Saturday Night Fever”), the Australian-by-way-of-England group formed in 1958 and already had a successful career in the rock scene in the late ’60s. That success continued well into the 2000s with the deaths of Maurice (in 2003) and Robin (in 2012). Today, the band ranks among the Beatles, Paul McCartney, Elvis and Michael Jackson as one of the best-selling recording artist of all time. They are part of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and more than 2,500 artists have recorded covers of their songs.
The Australian Bee Gees celebrate the band’s full career, playing selections from its early days (“To Love Somebody”), the disco era (“Stayin’ Alive”) and beyond. The band also does a weekend residency at the Excalibur Casino in Las Vegas.
Watch a trailer for the show (and get the complete contest rules) on the jump.
Today is the release of the Danny Trejo’s straight-to-DVD-film “VANish.” The film, which Screen Rant calls “Reservoir Dogs” meets “Buried,” is the debut from writer/director Bryan Bockbrader and takes place completely inside a kidnapper’s van (which you could probably surmise from the name).
Of local note: the film’s opening sequence features music from electronic musician/singer/producer Sahab. Click through the jump to see a quick video from the film screening earlier this month.
You’ll remember Sahab released his second album “Kittysiclosis,” in November. The guys over at the Spanspek blog compared it to Kanye West’s “808s” and “Heartbreak.”
You can catch the singer next Thursday (March 5) at Audie’s Olympic Tavern with guests Mike G and Left Brain (of Odd Future fame). It’ll be a Sahabratory Experience.
Tim Kasher is back on tour with his band Cursive, and doesn’t see it being particularly different from when he was doing it rather full time back in the early 2000s.
The band is older, sure, but its members are kind of an anomaly, in that they haven’t started families or had kids.
“At this juncture in our lives, in our careers, it’s totally the same,” says Kasher, in town tonight for a show at Strummer’s with the Philadelphia band Beach Slang and Omaha’s Twinsmith, which will release its sophomore album on Saddle Creek in May.
The fans have changed some, Kasher says.
“When you’ve been doing it for awhile, you play through generations,” he says.
You may want to travel some this weekend, while the gas is still cheap. Or, you can just take your car to one (or more) of the awesome concerts happening through the week. Here’s a handy-dandy compiled list for you. Here’s your BANDGEEEEEK!
W/ Barry McGuire, Terry Talbot, Steph Stoltenberg, Eva Scow, Ray Haney, Carl Deese, Jimmy McCartey, Roger Perry and the Terry Talbot Student Band. At Tower Theatre. 7:30 p.m. $18.50-$53.50. (Flier link)
Here is a crazy thought: More than 80% of students in Fresno Unified School District qualify for free school meals and for some it might be the only daily meal they get.
That means between lunch on Friday and breakfast on Monday, there are students who struggle to find food, says Jessica Nazaroff, who along with Shelby Dart started the nonprofit Feed our Future last march.
Each week, the pair provides bags of non-perishable, easily prepared food items to students at Addams Elementary. These are students with chronic food insecurity, Nazaroff says.
In less than a year, the program has grown from 50 students to 125 students.
Nazaroff would like to do more.
“I would love to see at at 300 by the end of the year,” she says.
The Catacomb Party kicks off the week by announcing the second batch of artists playing this year’s festival (April 4 on the Fulton Mall).
If you remember, the first announcement had its share of locals (with rapper Zee Will as the main draw), plus Fresno-by-proxy band The Stone Foxes and Chicago songwriter Tom Krell, who performs under the moniker How to Dress Well.
All said, this lineup is shaping up to be stronger and more focused than 2013′s, which included Afrobeat legend Tony Allen, Fresno rapper Fashawn and local blues-rock duo Strange Vine (among dozen of others).
Check out a video of Deacon, plus the complete list of bands on the jump.
Right about now you may be looking to lock yourself up in full quarantine. Brave it out and get to one of these awesome concerts happening through the week. They are once again collected here in out weekly BANDGEEEEEK! roundup.
Tioga Sequoia’s Beer Garden is what I’ve wanted in downtown for years. It’s a low-key spot where you can hangout and sample really solid craft beer without being overly saturated with hipsterness.
Also, its’ walking distance from where I live, which is a bonus and a half.
It’s good to hear that Mike Oz‘ monthly Ozmosis Happy Hour, which he does in conjunction with his radio show on New Rock 104, is taking up residence in the garden this year.
If you remember, the event had been jumping between different venues/bars around town. Having the Happy Hour at one spot gives it consistency, a struggle for lots of events around town. Each month will feature a rotating roster of live music, food trucks and other Fresno fare.
For January, local singer/songwriter Johnathan Sterling will be providing the entertainment. La Elegante will serves up tacos (arguably some of the best in town) and local crafter Janice Keith of Nola Love will be selling work — like a handy dandy beer caddy. It’s made of wood.
Tioga Sequoia Brewing Company will be pouring its new Belgian Quad Ale (which has me intrigued to no end). Also expect prizes and music from Mike Oz and the New Rock crew.
The whole thing kicks off at 6 p.m. and runs until 9 p.m.
There’s no charge to get in.
Pete Salazar doesn’t label himself as a “promoter,” even though his company, Diehardz Music, has been booking and promoting live music in Fresno for more than a half decade.
“We are fans of pop-culture, music, movie, sports and selling collectibles,” Salazar says.
Along with concerts, his team helps with band merchandising and printing and created the biannual Rock N Shop indoor mall show.
Diehardz celebrates its seventh anniversary on Saturday with Stellar, a tribute to Incubus, plus locals Amorata, Days Under Authority and Rise the Ruler. We emailed with Salazar, just to get nostalgic.
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.