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Concert News: A Day to Remember returns to Fresno

Rock band A Day to Remember — popular with the teenage/Warped Tour crowd — will roll back into Fresno on April 19, as part of a just-announced spring tour.

The all-ages show is at Rainbow Ballroom and also features Of Mice & Men and Issues. Tickets are on sale Friday and cost $28.50. Here’s a Facebook event link and the ticket page via Vallitix.

We’ve seen ADTR in Fresno numerous times over the years, the most recently at the New Rock 104.1 Nightmare Before Christmas concert at Selland Arena in December 2011. Before that, it was at the Rotary Amphitheater at Woodward Park in April 2011 and at Rainbow Ballroom in May 2010.

Like that previous Rainbow show, this one is being promoted by Numbskull Productions. Below is a video from the band’s Woodward Park appearance.

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Tonight: Five Finger Death Punch


Rainbow Ballroom oughta be filled with heavy metal hysteria tonight as Five Finger Death Punch returns to Fresno with Soulfly in tow. Tickets for the show cost $33.50 and are a hot commodity, since the band has a good fanbase here in Fresno.

I talked to guitarist and co-founder Zoltan Bathory for a story that was in last Friday’s Bee and he talked about the band’s Fresno ties.

“One of our very first shows was in Fresno,” he says. “We weren’t even signed yet. We have a pretty good connection to Fresno because of that.”

Oh, you don’t believe him? Think the band is just trying to butter up the local fans so they buy tickets?

“I remember names even,” Bathory says. “There was this huge guy. His name was Ogar. These same kids were always coming out. We remember that.”

Indeed they do. Bathory says in other cities, the band plays at bigger venues and could easily skip Fresno altogether on its touring plans. But it’s loyal, too.

“Fresno is more of a historic thing,” he says. “It’s a second home, so to speak.”

Tonight: The attack of Attack Attack!

Young hard rockers Attack Attack! return to Fresno’s Rainbow Ballroom tonight for an all-ages show with a successful new album under their belt. The Ohio band — parts metal, hardcore and electronica — released “This Means War” on Jan. 17 and it debuted at No. 11 on the Billboard charts and No. 2 on the independent charts.

Joining Attack Attack! on its current tour are The Ghost Inside, Sleeping With Sirens, Dream On Dreamer and the most interestingly named band I’ve seen in a while: Chunk! No Captain Chunk! It looks to be a big night for the young rock crowd in Fresno. Tickets cost $20.


Concert News: Five Finger Death Punch hits us again


Not to be lost in all the Drake talk, heavy metal juggernauts Five Finger Death Punch released a new batch of tour dates on Monday and Fresno is, once again, on the list.

Five Finger Death Punch has twice sold out Crest Theatre, so this time the band moves up to Rainbow Ballroom for a March 26 show.

Soulfly is the main support, with Windowpane and Persist also on the bill.

It’s an all-ages, general admission concert. Tickets cost $33.50 in advance, $37 at the door.

Ticket sales start Friday through Vallitix, at SBI or by phone, (888) 825-5484.

PREVIOUSLY: Sublime with Rome and Everlast hit Rainbow Ballroom

Concert News: Sublime with Rome and Everlast hit Rainbow Ballroom


Sublime with Rome — the new incarnation of Sublime — and Everlast will join forces for a March 13 gig at Fresno’s Rainbow Ballroom.

Tickets for the show cost $45 and go on sale Saturday at 10 a.m. via Hard tickets are available starting Jan. 28 at Valentino’s, SBI and The Rainbow Ballroom. New Rock 104.1 is having a pre-sale starting at 10 a.m. Friday. More details on that here.

Sublime with Rome includes original Sublime member Eric Wilson on bass. Sublime drummer Bud Gaugh was with the band too, but left in late 2011. Rome is singer/guitarist Rome Ramirez, who fills the void of famed Sublime singer Bradley Nowell. The band got started in 2010 after a 14-year Sublime absence. It released a new album, “Yours Truly,” in 2011.

Everlast, meanwhile, is the former House of Pain rapper turned rock/blues singer. He had his biggest success with the 1998 song, “What It’s Like.”

The March 13 Fresno concert is open to all-ages.

Five Things You Should Do This Weekend

Other than waiting for a table at Yard House.

This weekend brings us a couple of new holiday-themed events that are a little different than the usual Christmas fare. It’s something I wrote about in my Bee column today. There’s the inaugural SantaCon Fresno happening Saturday with people dressed as Santas bar-hopping around the Tower District. Then there’s Fresno’s first-ever festival celebrating the “Seinfeld”-created holiday, Festivus, which is happening tonight at Fulton 55. It’s organized by the Dirty Dowdy Podcast and features local bands and comics as well as many of the Festivus traditions as outlined on “Seinfeld” — the Festivus pole, Airing of Grievances and so forth.


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Win tickets to see Steve Aoki


UPDATE: Our winner is Fefe. Congrats! Thanks for playing, everybody.

Famed DJ/remixer Steve Aoki brings his party to Fresno on Saturday night, playing at Rainbow Ballroom. It’s another score for Fresno’s young and hungry EDM scene.

Tickets to see Aoki cost $30 (general) and $40 (VIP), but we are The Beehive are happy to save you and three friends some cash. We’re giving a four-pack of VIP tickets to Saturday’s show.

To enter, just leave a comment telling us what song you’d love to hear Aoki remix. Deadline to enter is 5 p.m. Thursday. Winner will chosen at random and notified by e-mail, so please leave a real e-mail address and please check it. Multiple entries not allowed. Complete rules below.

If you don’t win, you can buy your tickets right here. While you’re here, be sure to read my interview with Aoki.

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To-Do Tonight: Crazy Thursday edition


There’s a whole lot to do on this Thursday night, whether you’re a country music lover, you’re looking to celebration Mexico’s independence right here in Fresno … or you’re just somewhere in between.

Have a look:

  • Kiss Country has its last $5 Concert of the summer at Woodward Park. [info]
  • Twilight Park in Woodlake hosts a big ho-down with Big & Rich and Gretchen Wilson. [tix]
  • Bassnectar with have Rainbow Ballroom rattling with bass for the EDM crowd. [info]
  • Bluegrass star Larry Stephenson brings his band to Unitarian Universalist Church. [info]
  • Local band Clouded Vision has its CD release party at Yosemite Ranch. It’s free and oughta be packed. [info]
  • Fresno’s El Grito celebration is tonight on the Fulton Mall. We hear the party’s already started. [info]
  • Mezcal hosts what looks to be a big Mexican Independence Day party. [info]
  • For its popular weekly music series, Eureka! Burger hosts blues guitar titan Rudy Parris Band. [info]
  • Reedley hosts its Taste of the Town tonight. [info]

Win tickets to see Bassnectar


UPDATE: Winners have been notified. Enjoy the show! Thanks for playing everybody.

ORIGINAL POST: As I’ve written about recently, the EDM scene is Fresno has really gotten a boost this year. Dubstep and electro have gone pop and consequently, local promoters are luring bigger names to Fresno and having them play at venues like Crest Theatre and Rainbow Ballroom.

The next of these big shows is Thursday’s gig with Bassnectar, who is playing Rainbow. The show was originally scheduled for Valdez Hall, but shifted venues recently. Tickets cost $31 in advance and you can get yours via EventBrite … or you can get some from us.

We’ve got 10 individual tickets to give away. To enter, just leave a comment below telling us what your DJ name would be — as you can tell, this current generation of electro DJs have some rather interesting monikers. Right, Bassnectar and Big Gigantic? So be creative.

Deadline to enter is 4 p.m. Wednesday. Winners will be chosen at random and notified via e-mail, so please leave a real e-mail address and please check it. No duplicate entries please. Official rules — and a taste of Thursday’s show — below.

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To-Do Tonight: Molotov


Latin rock heavy-hitters Molotov are in Fresno tonight for a gig at Rainbow Ballroom. The Grammy-winning band mixes funky basslines with witty lyrics for an in-your-face sound that has been compared to American bands like Red Hot Chili Peppers and Rage Against the Machine.

Not really sure what the advance ticketing situation is like, this show kinda just crept up on me. I’d recommend calling the number on the flier for ticket info. You should also be able to get tickets at the door.

ELSEWHERE: The Madera Fair begins its four-day run tonight out in Mad Town. Starting things off concert-wise is classic rock group Grand Funk Railroad. Reserved seats cost $10 and general admission seats are free with paid fair admission. More info on tonight’s concert and the rest of the fair’s concert series — which features One Republic and Billy Currington — over here.

So about that Snoop Dogg show …


UPDATE: Here’s the explanation I got from show promoters Level 10 Productions:

“Unfortunately, we got stuck with a case of classic Snoop Dogg. He is notorious for being late,” says Level 10′s Luke Vicente. “We had him scheduled for 11:30 p.m. We did all we could to get him there on time, but his personal entourage made sure it was their way or the highway. Our hands were tied.”

ORIGINAL POST: The rumblings around the Fresno Internets late last night and this morning are that Snoop Dogg took his time rolling up on stage last night at Rainbow Ballroom.

He didn’t hit the stage until 1:25 a.m. (on a Wednesday night, mind you) and then only performed for about 40 minutes.

The show had a start time of 8:30 p.m., and we all know those times on the tickets are never when the show starts — especially at hip-hop shows. But five hours later?!? Isn’t that a little much? Some ticket buyers (who spent between $35 and $50 to get in) were none too happy, some even walked out before Snoop bow-wow-wowed for Fresno.

Here’s a timeline of events sent to us by a Beehive reader:

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To-Do Tonight: Hump Day, doggystyle


Snoop Dogg is in town on this Wednesday night and, I’m sorry, I just couldn’t resist that headline.

Snoop is at Rainbow Ballroom at 8:30 p.m. — and while I personally haven’t really dug an album of his since “Doggystyle,” his classic 1993 debut, he’s got enough of a rep as a West Coast rap legend that there’s sure to be a big crowd.

Nowadays, Snoop is as much a pop culture icon as he is a rap star. He’s had his own reality show, made cameos in movies and on TV. He’s also become the most famous weed-puffer in music since Willie Nelson.

Joining Snoop D-O-Double-G are locals Ray Yung and B. Wash, plus DJ D-Soto. Tickets cost $37 and $47 (VIP). You can still get them online.

The Week Ahead: Snoop Dogg, Michael Buble, figs, ice cream, murals and more

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SNOOP DOGG: Bow-wow-yippee-yo-yippee-yay — West Coast rap hero Snoop Dogg is at Rainbow Ballroom on Wednesday night, playing for the 18+ crowd. Tickets and info here.

MICHAEL BUBLE: Crooner Michael Buble is, in effect, rounding up the women of Fresno and bringing them to Save Mart Center on Sunday. The pop singer created quite a rush for tickets in our recent giveaway. Sorry, it’s way too late, but you can still buy them at the Save Mart Center box office or via Ticketmaster.

ALSO IN TOWN: Also visiting our Valley in the week ahead: Dave Koz (Thurs. at Tower Theatre), Andrea Balency Trio at Fulton 55, PK (Fri. at Kuppajoe), ! ! ! (Fri at The Cellar Door), Javelin (Sat. at The Cellar Door w/ Fashawn), As Artifacts (Sat. at The Bel-Tower) and Tyrone Wells (Sat. at Chowchilla High)

A MURAL PARTY: Teen mural-makers The Muralistics unveil and celebrate their newest piece — at 1724 Broadway St. — at a Friday evening event. More info here.

TO EAT: Have a tasty weekend between the 8th annual Fig Fest (Saturday at Fresno State), Chaffee Zoo’s yearly all-you-you-can-eat Ice Cream Zoofari (Saturday at the zoo) and the revival of the Tower District Neighborhood BBQ (Sunday at St. Therese Church).

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To-Do Tonight: Social D does Fresno

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It’s the day that all the Social Distortion fans have been waiting for — Mike Ness and the boys are playing Rainbow Ballroom. (Remember about that venue change.)

This, from last Friday’s Bee, should get you up to speed on what’s been happening lately with Social D:

Just when you thought there was nothing left for this iconic Orange County punk band to achieve, Social D and its famed frontman Mike Ness pulled out a few more tricks.

The band released its first album since 2004 in January with “Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes.”

That earned Social D its highest spot on the Billboard charts ever (No. 4), its biggest first week of sales (46,366) and landed the band its first-ever live TV performance in 32 years.

Spin Magazine wrote in its review that 48-year-old Ness, “still howls with a raspy, exhilarating fury like Joe Strummer’s American cousin, sounding every bit the noble, road-tempered electric troubadour.”

Lucero and Chuck Ragan open the show. Tickets are still available online and last I heard (this morning), they were still on sale at The Laundry Room, SBI/Wavelengths and Valentino’s. The box office opens at 4:30 p.m., showtime is 6:30 p.m. Tickets cost $36

Nary one of you better complain about tickets being too expensive, either. Otherwise Angry Social D commenter will put down our entire city again.

Concert News: Social D gets a venue change

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Word this morning from promoter Tim Gardea is that his Feb. 16 Social Distortion show is moving to a different venue — Rainbow Ballroom, which will be familiar to Social D fans, because that’s where the iconic punk band’s last Fresno show took place.

Otherwise, not much has changed with the show. Tickets already purchased are still good at the new venue. Originally, the show was scheduled for the EOC Events Center, a new gymnasium that would have been hosting its first big concert.

Gardea attributed the move to “circumstances with the original venue beyond our control.” (Let’s be real — you kinda saw this coming, right, Social D fans?)

Tickets are on sale for $36 at The Laundry Room, Valentino’s, SBI and

BTW, the band’s new album, “Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes” is out next Tuesday.

Five Things You Should Do This Weekend

While we see if Josh Koscheck “brings the belt back to Fresno”

The big concert of the weekend is Alternative Press-sponsored Christmas Pageant Tour, which brings the “crunk” sounds of Family Force 5 and tourmates Forever the Sickest Kids and Secondhand Serenade to town. It oughta be a sweaty, all-ages affair at Rainbow Ballroom. Family Force 5, in particular, puts on a crazy show — and it’s going to be Christmas-ified. Read this interview for more. Tickets here.


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To-Do Tonight: Attack! of Pecha Kucha


The next installment of the popular Pecha Kucha Night kinda crept up on us. It’s tonight at 7 at Starline. If you’re unfamiliar with Pecha Kucha Night, it’s a show-and-tell of sorts, put on by the local creatives. It’s the format that separates Pecha Kucha night from an average slideshow lecture. Presenters show 20 slides each for 20 seconds, making for a rapid-fire look at a single subject.

The Pecha Kucha concept was developed in Tokyo and has expanded globally. Fresno’s Pecha Kucha nights are popular, and often are standing-room only. So get there early. The theme this time around is “Tradition,” which is particularly fitting this week. You can check out the list of the presenters — including a photographer, a shop owner, a principal and a coffee maker — here. Cover change is $5, or $3 for Creative Fresno members.

ELSEWHERE: There’s a big concert tonight at Rainbow Ballroom. Scenesters will be out en masse to see Attack Attack!, Emmure, Pierce the Veil and others. It’s most definitely an all-ages show, almost like a mini Warped Tour. More info on the flier below:

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Concert Watch: No Age, Ozomatli, Tim Kasher, Barrington Levy and many more

Dunno if you all have been noticing, but the cool shows coming soon to the Valley keep stacking up. This week, in particular, I’ve heard about some good stuff — No Age at Howie & Son’s in Visalia on Dec. 10 and Barrington Levy at Audie’s on Oct. 23.

Add this to shows by Ozomatli, The Weepies, Attack Attack!, Fun that I’ve covered in my weekly Concert Watch in The Bee (Sunday’s, y’all!), and it’s a nice list of upcoming shows. Fittingly, here’s a list:

Oct. 14: Electric Wire Hustle at Audie’s Olympic [tix]
Oct. 15: Ozomatli at Starline. [tix]
Oct. 15: The Weepies at Visalia Fox Theatre [tix]
Oct. 15: Street Dogs at Frank’s Place [tix]
Oct. 15: We Barbarians at Audie’s Olympic [tix]
Oct. 15: James Cotton at Tower Theatre [tix]
Oct. 16: This Charming Band at Audie’s Olympic [$12]

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Fres-Know: Blackstone hotels hate us too

WATCH THIS: The naked guy from “Borat” loves him some Fresno. [Khanversations]

NEWS: Family says Visalia church shooter was mentally ill. [The Bee]

GOOD READ: After shooting, Visalia Times Delta scolds online commenters. [VTD]

NEWS: Sounds like Fresno State athletics needs $5 mil. Kickstarter anyone? [The Bee]

YUM: The newer, bigger Charlotte’s Bakery opens today in the Tower [Facebook]

BLOGGINGS: Introducing a new blog dedicated to loving Fresno [We Heart Fresno]

LOOK AT THIS: Slideshow of the Rainbow Ballroom — and its hidden pool. [The Bee]

GOOD READ: You know Fashawn; meet his crew: Grafik and Bravo. [Fresno Famous]

LETTER TO THE EDITOR O’ THE DAY: Devin Nunes rules, Fresno Bee drools. [The Bee]

GO TO THIS: Creative Fresno’s monthly blender this Friday. [Creative Fresno]

LISTEN TO THIS: Your first taste of Niilo Smeds’ new band [High Winds]

To-Do Tonight … and the week ahead


There’s a big rock show at Rainbow Ballroom tonight, as A Day to Remember returns to Fresno.

Also part of the hard-rocking bill are August Burns Red, Silverstein, Enter Shikari, Veara. It’s an all-ages show, so you show happy kids can get in. Tickets cost $22.


  • Cinco De Mayo is Wednesday, so you know there’s a lot of club parties centered around that. Of note: Baby Bash is at Bliss.
  • Soulmotor, Bane and Floater all make tour stops.
  • Swede Fest 5 is Saturday. Even if you didn’t make a swede, you can still show up and watch for free.
  • Million Too launches a new Friday night party, Body Rock. And The Lamp Post launches a live music night on Fridays.

And a whole bunch more in the fliers below …

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To-Do Tonight: AFI rocks Fresno

Tonight is the night AFI fans have been long waiting for — the rock band hits Rainbow Ballroom to give Fresno some of its high-energy, hooky, alt-rock-meets-electronica. Last I heard there were still tickets available.


If you haven’t yet read my feature story on AFI (for which I talked to frontman Davey Havok), click here to do so. After the show, come back and tell us what you thought of it.

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To-Do Tonight … and the week ahead

It’s a relatively quiet Monday night. The calm before the storm, you might call it. The week ahead brings us a sold-out show from Never Shout Never at Starline, AFI at Rainbow Ballroom, Fruits Bats in Visalia, a Haiti benefit concert at Kuppajoe and — what we’re most excited for — a “Jersey Shore” themed party at Thai Palms. You can see graphics for those plus more below.


For tonight: Visalia Brewing Cohas some local music from Lotus Veil and This Planet Prelude. Sure, it’s not in Fresno. But we don’t think we’ve written about a VBC event on The Beehive before.

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