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Bandgeek: Mr. Rude, Rudy Parris and Ballyhoo!


As you’re out and about this weekend, seeing one of the dozens of local, live music performances (presented here in our weekly BANDGEEK post), remember Fresno cabbies want your business (for their own, it seems). It’s nice to feel wanted, right?


  • Campfire Cassettes.
    W/Todd N Todd, Bededonia and Santa Mira. At Full Circle Brewing Co. 8 p.m. $4. (Flier link)

  • Rudy Parris.
    At Old Town Saloon. 7:30 p.m. Free. (Flier link)

  • White Glove Service.
    W/Wordsauce. At Cellar Door Visalia. 9:30 p.m. $7. (Flier link)

  • Shockwave.
    At ApCal. 7 p.m. Free.

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    Three reasons for Rudy Parris fans to be excited

    Starting tonight, we’ll be seeing a lot more of Rudy Parris, the Visalia singer/guitarist who competed on the current season of NBC’s “The Voice.” Here are three tidbits that his fans should be excited about:

    1. Though he was eliminated in October — in a knockout round against current finalist  Terry McDermott – Parris will be back for the final two episodes of “The Voice” tonight and Tuesday. It’ll be in look-back fashion, of course, but it’s still nice to see local musicians on popular, national TV shows.

    2. Fresno fans can see Parris in person twice in the coming weeks. Friday night, he plays at Fresno’s Fulton 55. It’s his first Fresno show since his appearance on “The Voice.” Ticket info here. He’s also playing at World Sports Cafe at River Park on New Year’s Eve. 9 p.m. $20.

    3. Since it’s Christmas music season, Parris fans can find him on the new Christmas album from his “Voice” coach Blake Shelton. Parris and the rest of Shelton’s team sing background on “White Christmas.”

    Visalia’s Rudy Parris KO’d on ‘The Voice’

    Visalia singer Rudy Parris — who had made it through the first two rounds of popular NBC singing competition “The Voice” — couldn’t make it past Tuesday night’s knockout round. He was matched up against Terry McDermott, a Scottish singer with undeniable classic rock pipes. McDermott’s already a judge and fan favorite, making Parris an underdog from the get-go.

    Parris also didn’t do himself any favors with his song choice. He sung Chris Brown’s “Forever.” In practice sessions, his coach (and country star) Blake Shelton was skeptical of Parris’ decision. Shelton’s fellow judges later agreed, forcing Parris’ dismissal.

    After the show, Parris posted on Facebook, thanking the show, Shelton and adding “God has opened a door.” He shared this video, he said, as a thank you to his fans. Know this, local fans, we’ll certainly see more of Parris. He was a busy and popular local artist before “The Voice” and there’s no reason he shouldn’t be afterward.

    PREVIOUSLY: Rudy Parris advances again on ‘The Voice’

    Rudy Parris advances again on ‘The Voice’

    If you were watching “The Voice” closely on Tuesday night to see our local singer Rudy Parris, you actually had to watch VERY closely. While some of the head-to-head match-ups in the show’s battle rounds got 10 minutes of airtime, Parris only got about 30 seconds.

    But there’s good news: He won and is still a member of Blake Shelton’s team. Here’s some video:

    Parris now moves on to the show’s “knockout rounds,” where teams will be knocked down to five competitors. Given the pace of the show, and the fact that the battle rounds just started this week, we’ll have a few more weeks before we see Parris competing again.

    In the meantime, you can watch this web exclusive from “The Voice“: An “After the Battle” segment with Parris and his opponent Charlie Rey.

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    Tonight: Watch ‘The Voice’ with Rudy Parris

    Rudy Parris, the Visalia singer, who is part of this year’s crop of singers on “The Voice” will be at a viewing party tonight at Crawdaddy’s in downtown Vice City. The show is in its “battle rounds” right now, which are pre-recorded. There’s no confirmation that Rudy will be on the show tonight, but he’s certainly encouraging people to watch.

    Last night’s episode of “The Voice” did show a brief clip of Parris, so perhaps that’s an indication that he’s on soon. In “The Voice’s” battle rounds, two singers duet together and one of them will be sent home by their coach. So if Parris is on again tonight, hanging with him in Visalia could either be a victory party or a consolation session. The event starts at 7 p.m. The show begins at 8.

    For more on Parris, his background and his apperance on the show, read this story from Monday’s Bee.

    Visalia’s Rudy Parris joins Blake Shelton’s team on ‘The Voice’

    Visalia singer/guitarist Rudy Parris is in the national spotlight today after a successful stint on NBC’s “The Voice” on Monday night. Parris passed the show’s blind auditions and eventually picked country singer Blake Shelton as his coach. You can watch his performance and the judges’ reaction below.

    Here’s the pre-song bio segment on Rudy, which gives you more his story.

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    Look for local musician Rudy Parris on ‘The Voice’ this week … we think


    UPDATE: We’re still awaiting local singer/guitarist Rudy Parris‘ appearance on “The Voice.” It wasn’t last week. Now there are only eight spots left. So if you’re looking for Rudy, tonight is a good night to tune in, it would seem.

    ORIGINAL POST, 9/24: Visalia’s Rudy Parris — a blues/rock singer and guitarist — is maybe, probably, likely going to appear on NBC’s “The Voice” this week.

    As usual with these reality/competition shows, things have to be a secret until they air. Parris has been hinting at an appearance on the show (like the above graphic on his Facebook page) but can’t offer specifics.

    The show’s blind auditions continue this week and are soon winding to a close. He hasn’t appeared yet. So you do the math.

    “The Voice” is on tonight and Tuesday at 8 p.m. on NBC.

    R.I.P. Corby Yates, guitar prodigy


    UPDATE: A sad update to the Corby Yates story. Corby took his own life Monday night after struggling with schizophrenia and mental illness in recent years. Read my Fresno Bee column for more of the story. I’m told funeral services are private, but there will, eventually, be musical tributes to him. I’ll give you info on those when they’re announced.

    ORIGINAL POST, 9/25: Sad news hitting the local music scene today: Corby Yates, the once-teenage blues guitar prodigy, has died. Details are few at this time, but musicians he played with and a few of his close friends are verifying that Yates died Monday night.

    Yates started to play guitar at age 6 and when he was 11, he won the Charlie Daniels Guitar Wars Competition. He was the national winner of the Jimi Hendrix Music Competition when he was a junior in high school. He attended Sierra High School in Auberry.

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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]

    Helping Haiti 2: More help from the local music scene


    Last week, I wrote about a number of local music events aimed at helping Haiti. The list has kept growing, so I figured an update was in order.

    Remember that Rock 4 Haiti is still coming up on Tuesday at Starline, and the Sound-N-Vision benefit in Visalia is also this weekend. Here are a few that are new to schedule.


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