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Concert News: Rock and Worship Roadshow will return to Fresno in 2013

The Rock and Worship Roadshow, the highest drawing concert in Fresno two years running, will see if it can earn the trifecta when it returns in March.

The return-to-Fresno for this popular Christian rock tour — known for its $10 tickets — was announced today. It’s at Save Mart Center on March 10, fittingly, a Sunday. This year’s Rock and Worship lineup includes Mercy Me (the tour’s founder), Jeremy Camp, Tedashii, Kutless, Family Force 5, Luminate, Adam Cappa, Rhett Walker Band and Tim Timmons.

Powerhouse lineup aside, the ticketing model is what makes Rock and Worship so alluring to concertgoers. Tickets cost $10, but are only available the day of the concert, at the door, on a first-come, first-serve basis.  Last year’s Rock and Worship Roadshow brought out 12,594 fans to Save Mart Center. In 2011, attendance was 14,462. In previous years, the tour sold more tickets in Fresno than Dave Matthews, AC/DC and No Doubt.

Hardcore Rock and Worship Roadshow fans can purchase VIP advance tickets. Those cost $50 and include early entrance and seat selection, a tour T-shirt and VIP lanyard. They’re available for purchase at the tour website.

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Other than watching Drake videos on YouTube.

Believe it or not, the Drake concert probably won’t even be the biggest concert at Save Mart Center this week. The popular Rock and Worship Roadshow, a Christian rock festival-style concert, arrives on Sunday. It was the top-drawing concert in Fresno last year. Tickets cost only $10 and are only available at the door. For more about Rock & Worship’s success, read this feature story from today’s Bee.


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Concert News: Winter Jam heads to Fresno


The Save Mart Center has landed another Christian music festival — Winter Jam 2011, which brings Newsboys, Kutless, Matthew West, RED, Fireflight, Newsong and KJ-52 to town on Nov. 19 with speaker Tony Nolan in tow.

The tour has a ticketing model similar to the Rock and Worship Roadshow, which has become an annual hit in Fresno. Tickets are only available at the door and are modestly priced at $10. The Winter Jam tour has actually been around longer, though. This is its 16th year, though, as far as I know, its first time in Fresno.

The arena has also recently announced two events that may be of interest: WWE’s “Raw” returns Aug. 6 while “Barney Live in Concert” arrives for two shows Aug. 9

Weekend Rewind: A HUGE music weekend

So how was your weekend? For the music scene, seems like the last three days were filled with big crowds and big statements.

The Fierce Creatures show at Fulton 55 was all kinds of huge. The venue reports 562 people through the door. (That’s hitting capacity, people leaving, then hitting capacity again — numerous times, probably). It was a big statement for Fierce Creatures, who are off to win over the rest of the world at South by Southwest this week. Can we all agree now that they’re the coolest band in town?

Here’s a show review from Fresno Famous and video from Religious Appeal. If you missed it last week, I wrote a big feature story on Fierce Creatures.

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To-Do Tonight: ArtHop is just the start


Welcome to another busy Thursday in Fresno. Donald already gave you the scoop on the ArtHop options, but here are some other things to do in town tonight:

Full Circle Brewing Co., the fun little brewery in Chinatown, celebrates its 10-year anniversary with ArtHop and live music. If you’ve never been, it’s quite the interesting place to explore.

The Rock and Worship Roadshow stops at Save Mart Center again. Last year, it was one of the biggest attended concerts of the year, drawing more than 13,000 people. Read up on what to expect at this year’s show in this interview with headliners Mercy Me. Tickets cost a mere $10 and are available at the door only.

April Fool’s Burlesque? Well, tease me twice. It’s happening at Audie’s Olympic, for your post-ArtHop pleasure.

The kings of post-ArtHop indie rock shows, Rademacher, return to Tokyo Garden tonight, heading up a nice bill of music that includes Trumpet Solo and It’ll Grow Back.

A bunch more event fliers below …

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Concert News: Daughtry, Rock and Worship Roadshow return

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UPDATE: Save Mart Center has now confirmed the Daughtry date. Tickets will go on sale Jan. 29, costing $29.50 and $39.50.

ORIGINAL POST: “American Idol” alum Daughtry released plans this morning for an area tour that will bring him and his band back to Fresno.

Daughtry will play Save Mart Center on April 26, according to a tour itinerary on his Web site. The Save Mart Center has yet to confirm the show.

For the tour, Daughtry is joined by rock bands Lifehouse and Cavo. Tickets should go on sale in the next few weeks. Daughtry previously played locally at The Big Fresno Fair in 2007.

ALSO: The Rock and Worship Roadshow is returning to Save Mart Center on April 1. Fueled by contemporary Christian artists, the tour is a $10 ticket that last year attracted a sold-out crowd of 13,700.

On the tour this year are Mercy Me, The David Crowder Band, Family Force 5, Francesca Battistelli, Fee, Remedy Drive and Sidewalk Prophets. Tickets are only available the day of the show.