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Five Things You Should Do This Weekend

Besides sneaking your way into that George Strait show that’s hella sold out.

1. GO SEE A SHOW AT FULTON 55
You can see another country legend (sorta!) — as Johnny Cash tribute Cash’d Out plays tonight. They’re legit — as in they can make Cash’s daughter cry. Then Saturday, S.F.’s Nicki Bluhm comes to play some fun folky music for you. She’s legit too. [More]

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Local band Poor Man’s Poison wins $100,000 Texaco Country Showdown

Well, you can’t call Hanford band Poor Man’s Poison poor tonight. The Americana/folk/country group won first place and $100,000 at Texaco Country Showdown in Nashville.

The contest started with 50,000 contestants nationwide, with five regional winners duking out tonight in Nashville. Jewel hosted the competition, which eventually will be televised nationally. The country showdown has helped launch the careers of stars such as Garth Brooks, Brad Paisley, Martina McBride and Miranda Lambert.

A simple “They won” was the update on the band’s Facebook page, followed by this picture about 10 minutes later:

In a Q & A that published in today’s Fresno Bee, I asked bass player Dustin Medeiros what he thought winning would do for Poor Man’s Poison. His answer: “I’m not totally sure that winning or not will change our future.” Something tells me Poor Man’s Poison’s future just got a lot brighter.

[photo: Poor Man's Poison's Facebook]

Poor Man’s Poison advances in Texaco Country Showdown

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Local folk/Americana band Poor Man’s Poison won the California portion of the Texaco Country Showdown on Saturday night and advances to a regional final in November with a chance of winning national final worth $100,000.

It’s the latest achievement in what’s proven to be a big year for the Hanford-based band, which sold out the Hanford Fox Theatre in February (becoming the first local band to do so), then got chosen to play for U.S. troops stationed at Guantanamo Bay.

Poor Man’s Poison now moves on to a Nov. 10 competition in Oregon, one of five regional competitions in the country showdown, which will ultimately crown “the best new act in country music.” The winner gets $100,000 and joins names such as Garth Brooks, Brad Paisley and Martina McBride as past winners.

Poor Man’s Poison isn’t the first band from the area to fare well in the competition. Kerman-based Whisky Row made it to the national finals in 2009, back when the event was called the Colgate Country Showdown.

[photo: Poor Man's Poison]

Five Things You Should Do This Weekend

Other than watching that stripper movie or the talking-bear movie.

1. SEE THIS SHOW
I’m hyped for tonight’s show at Fulton 55, which features two of the best bands on our local scene — Strange Vine and Poor Man’s Poison — and SoCal funky folksters He’s My Brother She’s My Sister, who have won over crowds here before. They’re playing the Austin City Limits festival in September too. Anyhow, it’s gonna be a great show and if you don’t go that blue creature on the flier will eat you. [Tickets]

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Win tickets to see a great night of music at Fulton 55

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UPDATE: Congrats to our winners — Kristy, Nicole and Christina F. Enjoy the show. Thanks to all who played. Everybody managed to keep it on topic in the comments. Bless you.

ORIGINAL POST: Dear people of Fresno who have ears: Friday night’s show at Fulton 55 is not one you’ll want to miss. It includes two of the best local bands currently on the scene — Strange Vine and Poor Man’s Poison, as well as SoCal band He’s My Brother She’s My Sister. You might recall that I sang the praises of them in the past.

On their own, I’d recommend HMBSMS. With Strange Vine and Poor Man’s Poison on the bill? This is stellar.

Tickets cost $8 in advance or $10 at the door. But you can win some right here on The Beehive if you’re lucky. We have three pair to give away, courtesy of Strange Vine. To get entered into our contest, just leave a comment below that uses the words “poison” “strange” and “sister.”

We treasure creativity. The winner, however, will be chosen at random and notified by e-mail, so please a leave e-mail address and please check it. Since the show is right around the corner, this is going to be a quick contest. Deadline is 5 p.m. Thursday. Complete rules below.

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Five Things You Should Do This Weekend

Lots to do this weekend. It’s hard to pick just five. A shout out is also due to local bands Poor Man’s Poison and Motel Drive for becoming the first local bands to sell out Hanford Fox Theatre for their Saturday night show.

1. LAISSEZ LES BONS TEMPS ROULER
It’s Mardi Gras time! Sunday is the Tower District is Fresno’s annual parade. The rest of the afternoon should be filled with happenings in Fresno’s most happenin’ part of town. You can catch tunes at Audie’s Olympic (Dusty Buns will be out there too!) or party it up at Starline later in the night.

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Win tickets to see The Growlers at Fulton 55

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UPDATE: Congrats to our winner — Juxtapose.

ORIGINAL POST: The hippest band coming to Fresno this week? Easy. That’s The Growlers. These eclectic SoCal rockers — with dabs of surf-rock and psychedelic inspiration, and haunting vocals — are at Fulton 55 on Thursday night. Fresno is sandwiched between sold-out shows in San Francisco and Los Angeles.

Two cool local bands share the bill too — Strange Vine and Poor Man’s Poison.

If this sounds like something not to be missed, you can snatch up some tickets for $10 over at Ticketfly, Iron Bird Cafe and The Laundry Room. Or you can cross your fingers that you win some right here from your pals at The Beehive.

Just leave a comment below to get entered. We’ll choose a winner at random and notify them via e-mail, so please use a real e-mail address and please, please check it. Deadline to enter is 9 a.m. Thursday. Official rules and a couple videos below.

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Get Familiar: Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit

If you don’t recognize the name Jason Isbell, perhaps you recognize the group he used to be a part of — Drive-By Truckers. Isbell has been doing his solo thing for a while now, picking up his band The 400 Unit along the way. They play alt-country/folk that highlights Isbell’s stellar songwriter. Here’s a good example. It’s called “Alabama Pines” off the recent album “Here We Rest” and I think it’s a beautiful song.

Isbell & Co. are playing Saturday night at Audie’s Olympic (along with Doc Dailey and locals Poor Man’s Poison. Tickets cost $10 in advance, $15 at the door. If you go, don’t try to record anything. Isbell has a “no taping” policy and here’s a funny tidbit from a recent SF Chronicle interview explaining it.

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To-Do Tonight: Thursday Night Travels

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It’s another busy Thursday night, with ArtHop and all its accompanying activity, plus a bunch of other Thursday nights things to do. Here’s as complete a rundown as we can put together. If you know about something we don’t, leave it in the comments.

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Five Things You Should Do This Weekend

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!

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Five Things You Should Do This Weekend

It’s a Grade-A weekend here in Fresno. Any of these things could be the No. 1 weekend option on any a regular weekend. So there’s no reason to sit at home and complain about how there’s “nothing to do.” Of course, there’s a lot more than this happening too, so keep your eyes open for Post No Bills for a bigger rundown.

1. TAKE ME OUT TO THE BALL PARK
It’s opening weekend for the Fresno Grizzlies at The Chuk. First pitch is 7:05 p.m. tonight, 1:05 p.m. Saturday and 2:05 p.m. Sunday. Looks like a nice weekend for baseball too. P.S. They’re playing Fresno rival Portland, so go boo them. Ticket info and whatnot here.

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Win tickets to see Radagun at Tower Theatre

UPDATE: We’ve got our winners. Congrats to James, Paul and Heather. Thanks for playing everybody.

ORIGINAL POST: Once-local pop/rock band Radagun (now living in Jacksonville) is back in town this weekend, and is playing a big welcome-home concert at Tower Theatre. And we’ve got some free tickets for you.

The FIRST, THIRD and FIFTH commenters to this post will each win a pair of tickets to Saturday night’s show, which also include local groups Mercury Bullet, The Escorts and Poor Man’s Poison. Here’s a fancy video with more info and music samples:

A few notes: Winner will be notified in an e-mail, so leave a real one. No repeat comments. You’re ineligible if you’ve won something in the past 30 days. We won’t post any comments until we have a winner. Complete rules after the jump.

If you don’t win, you can buy tickets for $15 here.

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