She plays the arena Jan. 30. Tickets are $39.75, $69.75 and$ 99.75 and go on sale noon Saturday at ticketmaster.com.
While Pink rose to fame in the early 2000s, she quickly set herself apart from what she saw as the “cookie cutter pop stars” of the time. In doing so, she has become a mega-star of her generation and has seen continued success. She was just nominated for two Grammy Awards, including Song of the Year, and named as the Woman of the Year by Billboard Magazine. She sold 886,000 albums in 2013.
OK, so after taking off a couple weeks, I’m back with a new round of 7 picks for 7 days – a list of fun thing to do each day Friday, Nov. 15 through Thursday, Nov. 21. This week’s picks include a hot country band live at the Save Mart Center, a touring Broadway musical at Saroyan Theatre and this month’s silent movie at the Warnors Theatre.
There is still a month before Florida Georgia Line brings its “Here’s to the Good Times,” tour to the Save Mart Center. The 32-city tour is the first headlining tour for the band, which just won two Country Music Awards. Tickets for the Dec. 11 show are on sale at select Save Mart Supermarkets, online at ticketmaster.com or on the phone at 800-745-3000 or at the Save Mart Center Box Office, but we have a pair to give away to one lucky Beehiver reader.
To enter, just leave a comment on this post. Tell us what makes for a good time in your mind. The contest will run through Sunday. Winners will be chosen by random Monday morning and notified via email. So check your email if you enter. One comment per person, please.
When you spend your time at bars and clubs, you forget what a big-time arena-rock show can be like. So, the moment the curtain drops and the stage-lights blast and the band kicks in full-throttle — it can be sort of awesome.
Which pretty much sums up last night’s Paramore show at the Save Mart Center.
The last time Fresno fans saw Paramore, it was as the opening act for No Doubt. When the band returns to the Save Mart Center on Tuesday, it will be on its own headlining tour, with a chart-topping album (“Paramore”) and hit single (“Still Into You).
The show should be solid throughout. Opening acts Metric and Hellogoodbye have some strong buzz these days.
We have a pair of tickets, we’ll give away to one lucky Beehiver.
To enter, just leave a comment on this post. We want to know your favorite Paramore song and why. The deadline to enter is 5 p.m. Monday. Winners will be chosen by random. One comment per person, please. I’ll be informing winners via email, so check yours.
October is full of things to do, including these 7 picks for Oct. 17-23. From a silent film at the historic downtown Warnors Theatre to Fresno State Football, a beer festival and a big-time rock concert, these are some of the best bets for your entertainment.
In July, country duo Florida Georgia Lineannounced that Fresno’s Save Mart Center would be part of its “Here’s to the Good Times” tour. The 32-city tour is the first headlining tour for the band, which had become popular in the last year. Its first single, “Cruise,” hit quadruple platinum.
Tickets for the Dec. 11 show go on sale 10 a.m. Friday at select Save Mart Supermarkets, online at ticketmaster.com or on the phone at 800-745-3000 or at the Save Mart Center Box Office. Prices are $29.75, $34.75 and $39.75.
Also on sale Friday: Professional Bull Riders, which brings its nationally televised”Built Ford Tour” series to the Save Mart Center March 29-30. The top 35 bull riders in the world will compete against the fiercest bucking bulls to earn toward the Professional Bull Riders World Championship. Tickets go on sale at noon and start at $18.
This was a big week for the Save Mart Center. On Tuesday the venue hosted Bon Jovi, who has proven to be one of heck of a popular band (and put on a good show, from the sound of it).
Last night, country singer Jason Aldean brought his Night Train tour to the arena. Fresno loves its country music and Aldean is a rising star. He sold out two nights at Boston’s Fenway Park, breaking the venue’s single- and two-night attendance records. So, did Fresno’s country loyalists turn out to see Aldean? If you were there, let us know.
How did Aldean stack up against other country acts who played recently? What about the openers Jake Owen, Thomas Rhett and Dee Jay Silver?
What Bon Jovi has done in the last decade is kind of amazing. While many of their contemporaries languished in classic rock purgatory, becoming so much reality-tv show fodder, these New Jersey boys managed to become the biggest band in the world (at least when looking at gross ticket sales).
Which means, its “Because We Can” tour (which stopped tonight at the Save Mart Center) has a lot to live up to. Here’s your chance to let us know if it did. If you were there, tell us all about the show. How was the set list? Did they play the hits? Was it all you hoped it would be, or was it, as at least one Tweet said, so bad people were leaving.
UPDATE: It’s indeed a busy morning for Save Mart Center and Live Nation announcements. After news of the Zac Brown Date, Live Nation also announced Jay Z will be in Fresno as part of his Magna Carter world tour. Rumors that the tour would stop in Fresno have been swirling for months and now we know Jay Z will play the Save Mart Center Dec. 10 on the North American leg of his tour, which kicks off on Nov. 30.
Tickets go on sale 10 a.m. Thursday, with pre-sale available Sept. 11 (you can RSVP here).
ORIGINAL POST (9:51 a.m.)
This morning, Live Nation announced that the Zac Brown Band will return to the Save Mart Center Nov. 15. The Grammy winning Southern folk jam band last played Fresno in 2010 and has only grown in popularity. The band’s 2012 release “Uncaged” debuted at No. 1, with first-week sales of 234,000. copies. Tickets are $49.50, $59.50 and $69.50 and go on sale 10 a.m. Sept. 13. You can find them at select Save Mart Supermarkets, online at www.ticketmaster.com, or on the phone at (800O) 745-3000 or at the Save Mart Center Box Office.
Today, the band announced it is extending the Take Me Downtown Tour with 40 additional dates. Opening acts Kip Moore and Kacey Musgraves will remain on the second leg of the tour.
Tickets go on sale Sept. 27 at ticketmaster.com, at 800-745-3000, at the Save Mart Center Box Office and Save Mart Supermarkets. Ticket prices won’t be released until the week tickets go on sale. Find updates at Lady A’s website, where you can also explore VIP info.
Lady Antebellum last played the Save Mart Center in March 2012. Check out The Beehive recap here, which includes great photos from the show by The Bee’s Craig Kohlruss along with fan reviews.
There was a moment in my life where everyone I knew seemed tuned into World Wrestling Entertainment (popularly known as the WWE). While that may say something about my chosen friends, it’s more likely that WWE was (and remains) just that popular. When the live show came to the Save Mart Center this time last year, the arena didn’t quite sell out, but at close to 7,500 fans, it was near capacity.
We can expect as much when WWE Live returns to Fresno on Friday. The show will feature more than 20 WWE superstars, including Rey Mysterio (who was just added), The World’s Strongest Man Mark Henry, The Shield, the high-flying Sin Cara, The Primetime Players, Jack Swagger, Kofi Kingston, Fandango and the Wyatt Family (in Fresno for the first time).
We’ve got a family four-pack of tickets for one lucky Beehive reader. Leave a comment below telling us who is your favorite WWE star (past or present. Heck, you can even include WWF stars) and why. We’ll choose a winner at random for the entries. The contest is open until 5 p.m. Thursday and the winner will be notified via email.
Winter Jam, which bills itself as Christian music’s largest annual tour, makes it way to Fresno for a third year, this time with headline-act The Newsboys.
The tour, which touts 10 bands for $10, will be at Save Mart Center Nov. 11. Tickets are available the day of and only at the venue. Last year’s tour (with headliner Toby Mac) was in the top 20 in worldwide ticket sales, according to Pollstar Magazine’s mid-year special edition. It sold close to 9,000 tickets for its Save Mart Center date.
Kenny Chesney brought his No Shoes Nation tour to the Save Mart Center last night. Country shows always do well in Fresno and Chesney is arguably country music’s biggest star. The Wall Street Journal dubbed Chesney the king of the road, a nod to the old country song and the fact that his shows draw crowds. Big time. He’s already sold more than a million tickets on this tour.
So, members of the No Shoes Nation, what did you think? Did Chesney deliver the goods? How does he stack up with other country notables you’ve seen? How was the turnout? What about the openers, Eli Young Band and Kacey Musgraves? Be sure to check out The Bee’s picture gallery from the show.
Remember Bieber Fever? Remember when Justin Bieber, the teen-pop sensation came to Fresno last October? How months before that, tickets to the show went on sale, and 500 people lined up outside the Save Mart Center starting at five in morning? How, more than a few of them were turned away, because the show sold out so quickly?
Turns out, the quick sell-out was somewhat fabricated.
Of 12,000 seats, only 940 were actually available for purchase the day tickets went on sale, according to a story from the Rossen Report, which aired this morning on NBC’s “The Today Show.” The other 92 percent of tickets were held for special groups or made available via presale — although that didn’t go too smoothly for some fans, either.
Bieber isn’t the only artist to hold back a percentage of tickets for pre-sales and the like (the report also mentioned Pink, One Direction and Maroon 5), but his Fresno show was the the most dramatic example of such, according to the report. So, that’s another notch in the belt for our fine city.
While, none of this should come as a shock, it does throw into question the idea of ticket scarcity and makes you wonder about all those shows that “sold out in minutes.” What do you think? Is this even a story? Are general ticket buyers being lied to? Do we need some kind of consumer protection? Or is this just life in the age of the internet, where being connected (via fan clubs and the like) gets you the best access?
Here’s what you need to know about TGT: It’s short for Tyrese, Ginuwine and Tank, a sort of R & B super group that formed in 2007 and picks up where Jodeci left off (that’s according to Tyrese himself). The group got a revamp last year and kicked off its brand-new 3 Kings tour Wednesday night it Oakland. The tour hits Fresno on Friday with a stop at the Save Mart Center.
We have a pair of tickets for one lucky Beehive reader. To enter, leave a comment below. Tell us which letter (the T, G or T) is your favorite and why. I thought Tyrese was funny in “The Fast and the Furious 6.” The contest runs through noon Friday. Winners will be chosen by random and notified via email.
Check out the official video for TGT’s single “Sex Never Felt Better,” plus the-full contest rules on the jump.
The award for best Tony Awards closing number goes to: Neil Patrick Harris and five-time Tony winner (and Fresnan) Audra McDonald in a reworked version of Jay-Z’s “Empire State of Mind.” [Audra McDonald's Facebook]
Just a Peach: The much-loved Masumoto family’s peaches take center stage with the release Tuesday of their new book, “The Perfect Peach.”[The Bee]
Not a joke: Fresno pair featured on TLC’s “My Teen is Pregnant & So Am I.” [The Bee]
A rotten ranking: Lots of so-called national surveys that give Fresno low rankings are a little silly. (Remember when we were declared America’s drunkest city?) But a new one from the Trust for Public Land, which lists us as the lowest ranked of the nation’s top 40 cities in terms of citywide parks systems, is just plain sobering. Politicians, are you paying attention? [Atlantic magazine]
Once upon a time: Create your own “Modern Fairytale.” [The Germ]
There’s another set of show announcements coming through this morning.
UPDATE: And now we have confirmation from the Save Mart Center that tickets for Bon Jovi’s Oct. 8 show will go on sale at 10 a.m. next Monday (June 10). Tickets will start at $19.50 and be available at select Save Mart Supermarkets, online at
www.ticketmaster.com, on the phone at (800) 745-3000 or at the Save Mart
Center Box Office.
FYI: If you are an American Express card member, you’ll have access to advanced tickets starting 10 a.m. Wednesday (June 5). The offer runs through Friday. Go to www.BonJovi.com for more details.
Original post (May 30):
It seems like I’ve been hearing rumor of this show for awhile, but ’80s hair-metal icon (and current mega-rock band) Bon Jovi is coming to the Save Mart Center. According to Pollstar, the band will be stopping in Fresno Oct 8. on the West Coast swing of its “Because We Can” tour. This should come as welcome news for fans. The last time Bon Jovi was in town was in 2006. The Save Mart Center has announced the show, but there’s no word on when tickets go on sale. We’ll keep you updated.
When Q97 announced the “Light It Up Tour” in March, it marked the return of hip-hip to the Save Mart Center. It seemed like it would be a big one, with young hip-hop star Wiz Khalifa, plus neo soul singer Miguel, John Hart and others.
Now that it is all done, what did you think?
How was the turnout?
How were Khalifa and Miguel? What about the openers?
And did any one in the crowd take the name literally and “light it up” during the show?
In case you forgot how great it is to have an arena like the Save Mart Center in town (from both an entertainment and an economic standpoint), the venue was just ranked 50th in the world (the world) for first-quarter ticket sales (for events between Jan. 1 and March 30 of this year), according to trade-publication Pollstar. It ranked 27th, when looking at U.S. venues only, and was 2nd for venues on a college campus.
To recap the year so far: The Save Mart Center has had George Strait, Carrie Underwood, Tiesto, Jeff Dunham, Rock & Worship Roadshow, WWE Super Show, Run For The Dream Indoor Track and Field Invitational meet, Harlem Globetrotters, Professional Bull Riders Invitational and Monster Jam. Plus Fresno State men and women’s basketball. And you can still look forward to: Chris Tomlin, Q97’s Light It up Tour starring Wiz Khalifa, Sesame Street Live’s “Can’t Stop Singing,” A Ladies Dream Night Out (featuring Tyrese, Ginuwine and Tank)and Kenny Chesney.
Steve Tadlock, regional general manager for SMG, the company that runs the arena, says the ranking validates Save Mart Center’s position as the premier entertainment venues in Central California.
Either Wiz Khalifa isn’t playing many shows soon or Fresno has some clout, because when the Grammy-nominated rapper was on Jay Leno the other night to perform his single “Let It Go,” Leno gives him a nice intro, which mentioned his May 3 show at the Save Mart Center.
If that seems a bit quaint, keep in mind Dunham has a puppet, Achmed, who is a dead terrorist. So this isn’t you father’sgrand-father’s … it’s not what you’d expect, let’s say. Unless you’re one of Dunham’s millions of fans. Time Magazine called “the most popular comedian in the United States.”
He brings his “Disorderly Conduct” tour to the Save Mart Center on Sunday, and we have a pair of tickets to give away. Just leave a comment and tell us which is your favorite Dunham character. Deadline for the contest is 3 p.m. Friday.
UPDATE: If you’re eagerly waiting to get tickets, there will be a student pre-sale 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. tomorrow. The tickets are available to students only (with valid ID) and only at the Save Mart Box Office. There’s an 8-ticket limit. Good only while supplies last.
Original post: Here’s one that should end any question about hip-hop shows returning to the Save Mart Center after the incident at a Rick Ross show last year.
Q97 announced the “Light It Up Tour,” will be in Fresno May 3. The tour features the return of young hip-hop star Wiz Khalifa, along with R&B neo-soul artist Miguel and a whole bunch of others (Jonn Hart, Baby Bash, DJ Pauly D and more). Tickets are $28-$78 and go on sale Friday.
Khalifa last played Fresno headlining a show with Common and Aesop Rock in 2011.