Country superstar and TV singing-competition coach Blake Shelton announced round two of his “Ten Times Crazier” tour, which includes a Sept. 11 date at the Save Mart Center.
Shelton, who’s been CMA’s best male vocalist for four consecutive years, is touring in support of the platinum-selling “Based on a Truth Story…,” which was released last March. The Band Perry, Neal McCoy, and Dan + Shay will join Shelton for the 20-plus dates, which includes shows at Madison Square Garden, Wrigley Field and the Hollywood Bowl.
“I cannot wait to get back out on the road,” says Shelton, who has been a judge on NBC’s “The Voice,” since its inception and has produced three of the show’s five winners. “I had so much fun playing songs from ‘Based On A True Story…’ and getting to see the crowd’s reaction to those songs was unforgettable. It is one of the most validating things for an artist like me, to have people sing along to your songs. It means what I’m doing is right and no matter what I’m doing, whether it is ‘The Voice’ or a TV special, absolutely nothing compares to playing live for me,” he says.
One doesn’t need to read the trade publications to know just what a success the Save Mart Center has become since it opened, just over a decade ago. The 16,000-plus seat venue had become a crucial part of the Valley’s entertainment landscape and has landed its share of top-tier performers — The Rolling Stones, Madonna, Justin Bieber (at the height of Bieber fever).
If you did read the trade pubs, you would know the arena hosted 16 of 2013′s Top 100 tours, including Bon Jovi, Kenny Chesney, Jason Aldean, World Wrestling Entertainment, Carrie Underwood, Paramore, Jay Z, Tiesto and Jeff Dunham. Over all, the arena was ranked No. 52 in the U.S. and No. 98 in the world, as reported by Pollstar magazine. That is based on reported worldwide ticket sale.
The arena has ranked in the Top 100 Arena Venues Worldwide every year since 2004.
The industry publication Venues Today listed the Save Mart Center as a “Top Stop” for venues of its size last year. It was No. 5 in the U.S. and No. 12 worldwide (one of six SMG-managed venues to rank it the Top 20).
“Having recently completed our first decade of operating Save Mart Center, we are honored to have achieved consistent success and to be recognized among our industry peers,” said General Manager Steve Tadlock in a press release. “We look forward to the next decade of creating positive entertainment experiences and lasting memories for the community that has supported our efforts and this facility so well.”
And 2014 is shaping up nicely. The venue already has three big shows under its belt (Nitro Circus Live, Pink’s “Truth About Love” tour and WWE Live). This weekend’s Roadshow tour will surely be filled, as will stops by Lady Antebellum, Bruno Mars and the recently announced Tim McGraw show.
The Krush Groove showcase takes its name from the iconic 1985 movie about the early days of hip-hop. The fifth annual event, started by Los Angeles radio station 93.5 KDAY, announced an April 18 date at the Save Mart Center.
This will be a celebration of old-school rap and hip-hop, with some of heaviest hitters of the ’90s, including Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Redman and Method Man, DJ Quik, Too $hort, Daz and WC, Tha Eastsidaz, Jayo Felony and 2 II None.
Bone Thugs-N-Harmony‘s combination of rapid-fire rhymes and smooth harmonies earned the group a Grammy and helped them sell more than 50 million records. The Cleveland, Ohio five-piece are no strangers to Fresno. The group was part of the similarly themed West Coast Fest last summer and lobbied to have the tour kick-off in Fresno.
Tickets for Krush Groove are $29.50-$69.50 and on sale 10 a.m. Friday. They will be available online at the Save Mart Center box office, select Save Mart Supermarkets, on line at www.ticketmaster.com and www.livenation.com or by calling (800) 745-3000.
A huge crowd turned out for last night’s P!NK show at the Save Mart Center. It was a fun, energetic and creative show. One part concert, one part performance art and one part Broadway production, the show took fans on a journey through the many aspects of love. I really loved it. P!NK sounded great and looked amazing. She is fierce, sassy and strong. I’d see her again in heartbeat.
I’d love to hear from others at the show. Share your reviews in the comments.
I’ve included a few photos I shot on my phone (not the greatest, I admit, but the best I can do since we weren’t able to get permission to have a professional photographer at the show.)
And just today pop-singer Bruno Mars announced dates for the North American leg of his “Moonshine Jungle tour.” It kicks off May 27 in Fresno.
Mars is a star on the rise. He was named Billboard magazine’s “2013 Artist of the Year,” and was among the top nominees for the upcoming Grammy Awards, with nods for both record and song of the year. He will also be headlining this year’s Super Bowl halftime show.
Ticket prices for the Fresno show have not been released, but tickets for all announced shows go on sale Feb. 3, to follow up on his half-time performance. You can find more info on his website.
Watch the official video for “When I was Your Man,” on the jump.
I’m getting back on track with the 7 picks for 7 days feature, a list of fun things to do over the next week. This week’s version — picks for today through next Thursday — offer a variety of entertainment, from acclaimed movies to new TV shows, theater and music.
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).
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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]