The tournament starts Friday and runs through Sunday, making for three days of fast-paced, hard-hitting action. Teams from the around the country will converge on Fresno with hopes of national glory.
This is a coup for Fresno and the Central Valley, which is already a hotbed for roller derby action. There are four bouts on Friday, six on Saturday and four more on Sunday. Tickets cost $20 per day and $50 for the entire weekend. Kids 7 and under are free.
1. DO SOMETHING HALLOWEEN-ISH
With that unfortunate Halloween-falling-on-a-Wednesday thing, this weekend promises to be full of slutty nurses roaming your neighborhood bar. We’ll be back with a full rundown of Halloween happenings, but here are a few top options. The party at The Standard is pretty big each year. King Sugar‘s Eureka Burger show makes the list off the flier alone — but they’ve got cool ska flavors too. And who doesn’t want to parade their dog around the Tower District?
If you’re looking for cool live music tonight, the place to be is Audie’s Olympic in the Tower, which hosts Austin rock band Ume, whom I’ve heard a lot of good things about. Two strong local bands back them up — Light Thieves, the new cool-indie-rockers-of-the-moment in Fresno and Style Like Revelators, a quality bluesy-rock band.
1. SWING BY AUDIE’S
Let’s all give a round of applause for local band Old Tire Swingers, who recently completed a five-month tour that circled the country and put 15,000 miles on its tour van. Now, the group plays its homecoming show at Audie’s Olympic on Saturday with equally-cool local band Poor Man’s Poison, plus Copper & Glass and direct-from-North Carolina, Deep Chatham. Old Tire Swingers play old-time string music and bluegrass, but its members have a history in rock bands, so they’re trying to get people to recognize it’s not just overall and straw hat music. Read my interview with Old Tire Swingers for more. [Tickets]
This week, we’re helping you get to know some of the team through our Ladies of NOtown series. We already met Hurricane Huckaby. Today, we meet Spanky Sample. Oh, and be sure to read all the way to the bottom if you’re interested in free tickets to Saturday’s bout.
OK, guys. We’re a day away from Beehive Birthday 7 at Rotary Playland. I know it’s a soggy day today, but the forecast is clear for the party. Let’s all just keep our fingers crossed.
A few of the key details: The party runs from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults. Kids 12 and under are free. Rides are unlimited for everybody once you’re in. Keep reading for all the fun and Fresnocentric things we have planned and the long list of prizes you could win. We hope to see you there!
While you’re figuring out that last-minute Halloween costume.
1. LIVE LIKE A NEANDERTHAL Neanderthals — one of Fresno’s favorite party bands in the late ’80s — has a reunion gig Saturday night at Fulton 55. If it’s anyting like that Wild Blue Yonder reunion, you can expect a big ol’ crowd. [Tickets]
TONIGHT: Looking for live music this evening? You’ve got two very distinct and very good options — Sub Pop Records rockers Obits, who make a tour stop at The Cellar Door in Visalia and Italian surf/rock group Surfer Joe and his Boss Combo, who are at Fulton 55 with local faves The Neptunes.
UPDATE: Congrats to our winners — Leann, Chris and Mallory. Hope you all have fun.
ORIGINAL POST: While we’re happily introducing you to members of NOtown Roller Derby all week, we still think the best way to get indoctrinated into the world of Fresno roller derby is face-to-face.
That’s why we’re giving away tickets to Saturday night’s bout against the OC Roller Girls at Fresno Fairgrounds. It’s a derby doubleheader that’s headlined by a match-up with NOtown’s All-Stars and OC’s Wheel Housewives (clever, right?)
Speaking of clever: You’ll need to bring some of your own to win tickets. Just leave a comment telling us what would YOUR derby name would — for example, NOtown skaters have names such as Hari Kari, Mick Dagger and Betty Rocker. We did this last year and it was fun, so check that if you need inspiration.
Deadline to enter is 4 p.m. Thursday. We’ll pick three winners at random and give them a pair of tickets. Winners will be notified by e-mail, so include a real one and check it. You’re ineligible if you’ve won something in the past month. Full rules below.
1. MAKE THE BLUES YOUR MUSE Blues at the Muse in the third installment of the concert series at Fresno Art Museum that has brought us Rock the Muse and Jazz at the Muse. For the blues version, there are performances from Joe Walton and the West Fresno All-Stars giving us a taste of the west side’s blues legacy, plus Joel Pickford & The Hell Hounds, who will surely be raising hell. Money raised helps the museum. Advance tickets here.
Unless you’re scared of clowns, this looks like a lot of fun — comedy, lots of good local music, circus theme. Before, there’s an ArtHop stop across the street that involved NoTown Roller Derby Girls and boobs, all for a good cause. How could you not go?
Then I darted over to Star Palace for Fashawn’s big show. Nearly 700 people showed up to see the young rapper’s first local show of the year, many of them crowding up close to the stage and rapping along. If there was a show where you looked at Fash and said, “This kid is a star in Fresno,” it was this show.
Here are some videos of Fashawn and co-headliner Curren$y. (NSFW language)
Many of these shouldn’t be a surprise, if you’ve been reading the site this week …
1. GET GRIZZLY WITH FASHAWN
Rapper Fashawn – the biggest national artist we Fresnans can call our own right now — is doing his first local show of the year tonight at Star Palace. He’s celebrating the release of his new mixtape, “Grizzly City 3,” (which is out via download today). He’s also got another buzzy hip-hopper coming to help out — Curren$y. Expect a big crowd.
UPDATE: Congrats to our winners — Matt H. and Monica. Enjoy this Frestastic event! Thanks to everyone else for the great names. It was a hoot reading ‘em.
ORIGINAL POST: We’ve been introducing you to NoTown Roller Derby members to lead up to its FresYES Fest on Saturday — where the ladies will split up into three Fresno-themed teams (The Shaw Shankers, The Fulton Maulers and The Huntington Blvd. Harlots) and battle it out.
We’re also getting a couple readers in to see some hard-hitting derby action FREE.
Just leave a comment below telling us what YOUR roller derby name would be. The NoTown gals have names like Betty Rocker, Suzy Sweetknuckles, Karma Kaze and Darth Brawl. So get creative.
Deadline to enter is 3 p.m. Friday. We’ll pick two winners at random and notify them by e-mail, so leave a real one and check it. No repeat comments please. You’re ineligible if you’ve won something in the past 30 days. Complete rules are on the jump.
How did your team come up with its name? I’m now a proud member of the Fulton Maulers (insert growl here). I believe our very own Lucky Eddie came up with our name.
How is your team gonna show its Fresno pride this weekend? I don’t want to give too much away, you’ll have to come see us play to find out! But, we are wearing all aspects of the nature of Fresno, on our sleeves so to speak.