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.
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.
Tickets for the show cost $45 and go on sale Saturday at 10 a.m. via timgardeapresents.com. 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.
1. START A NEW CHRISTMAS TRADITION
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.
UPDATE: Our winner is Fefe. Congrats! Thanks for playing, everybody.
ORIGINAL POST: 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.
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.
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.
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.”
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:
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.
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.
This just in: Rapper Snoop Dogg will perform Aug. 10 at Rainbow Ballroom — or perhaps, for one night only, they’ll call it the Rainbow-bow-wow-wow Ballroom. It’s an 18+ event. Tickets cost $37.50 and are on sale July 9. More info here.
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.”
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 tgptix.com.
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.
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:
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.
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.