Here’s something different for Fresno: A Mexican restaurant that is always vegan, has organic and non-genetically modified food whenever possible and has a mostly gluten-free menu. Flacos has opened inside Strummer’s in the Tower District. (If you need a reminder, Strummer’s is the former Starline at 833 E. Fern St. in the Tower District and the restaurant is in the half that used to be called Starline Grill.) Strummer’s is still Strummer’s and has the same bar service and loud music that the bar has always had. (You may remember Flacos tested out serving meals on Fridays back in March. Now it’s a permanent restaurant.)
Some of the dishes at Flacos use a meat substitute, such as the textured soy protein in the taquitos (it tastes like chicken). Other dishes don’t require any meat substitutes, such as the pozole or huarache — an organic corn tortilla with avocado, refried pinto beans (no lard in ‘em), rice, cilantro, onions, cabbage, radish and salsa. (Pictured at right is the banana leaf tamale with avocado salsa.) You can see the full menu online here. Owner Antonio Magaña owns a restaurant with the same name and menu in Berkeley.
This may be old news to anyone who reads this blog, but Sunday’s paper had a story on the old Starline/new Strummer’s. It was a reminder of the legacy (both good and bad) of the Starline, along with a look at what the new owners have in store for the venue. Here’s a hint: Awesome shows (and vegan food). Already, the venue has had one for-sure sellout show (Panic in the Disco) and one that had to be close (Flag).
Read the full story over at the Fresno Bee website, then watch this video from the Flag show.
Facebook is great. It’s where I get all my news tips (just kidding, I’m a professional).
But I did see: News that a group of locals (including Paul Cruikshank, Jason Pistoresi, Steve Richard and Eddy from Numbskull Productions) is buying (or according to the post I saw already bought) the Starline and Starline Grill. I am working to confirm and track down some more info on what this might mean if it’s true, but my initial reaction is this will be great for the scene. So…stay tuned for more.
UPDATE: Tickets go on sale 10 a.m. Saturday (March 30). You can get them online at American Made Concerts or in physical form at A U-Neek Boo-Teek (4561 N Blackstone Ave,) Valentino’s (814 E Olive Ave) and The Starline Box Office (convenience fee may apply.)
Original post: Metal fans have been waiting for this one since news got out that ex-Metallica bassist Jason Newsted has two Fresnans playing in his new band. And here it is: According to his website (and verified by the guys at American Made Concerts) Newsted will be in town April 24 playing at the Starline.
Tickets haven’t gone on sale yet. When they do, we’ll let you know.
1. FIND YOUR LATIN R & B GROOVE AT FULTON 55
Latin R & B group Tierra, 40-year vets of the music biz, are a perfect fit for this oldies-leaning town. Fresno music lovers should gobble up their Saturday night show at Fulton 55. Also: My favorite show poster of the week. [More]
1. MAKE YOURSELF EXPENDABLE
Laid-back reggae/rockers The Expendables are playing what’s probably the biggest gig of the weekend, tonight at Fulton 55. If you like Slightly Stoopid, you’ll like them. We hear it’s closed to selling out. So don’t slack. [More]
1. SAY HAPPY 15TH TO KUPPAJOE
All-ages music club Kuppajoe celebrates its 15-year anniversary tonight with a hard rockin’ show featuring Phinehas and many others. Check out my feature on Kuppajoe’s anniversary. [More]
1. PAINT THE TOWN RAD The event dominating chatter this week is the Color Me Rad 5K, happening Saturday at Woodward Park. This ain’t any ol’ 5K. Runners get splattered with “color bombs” of paint as they run and end up looking like a life-size bag of Skittles. Color Me Rad is so popular that advanced registration sold out (and people have actually been re-selling their entries — is it a Justin Bieber concert?). But what you can do, is go watch. It’ll be colorful show, no doubt. [More]
1. ROW, ROW, ROW YOUR CANOE TO FULTON 55 If you ask me, the coolest show in Fresno this week stars Canadian band Royal Canoe, who is at Fulton 55 tonight and whose sound I really dig. They lead a plump lineup that also includes local indie rock faves Fierce Creatures and been-here-a-few-times-and-knocked-em-dead soul artist Ssssnake. [More]
1. TAKE A DIP, HEAR SOME TUNES
Seems like a good weekend for a pool party, right? Good, because it’s time for another of the Blue Lagoon parties at Sierra Sport and Racquet Club. Modeled after a Las Vegas pool party, it has booze and DJs, and is only for the 21+. This time, local band Clouded Vision plays too. [More]
While bachata — a popular style of dance music from the Dominican Republic — has become more popular worldwide in recent years thanks to artists such as Aventura and Prince Royce giving it a pop-friendly spin, Soriano sticks to the music’s roots.
Catch him tonight at Starline for Starline Salsa Club’s recurring bachata night. There’s a dance lesson at 9:15 p.m. Soriano and his family band begin at 10 p.m.
CATACOMB PARTY: Indie rockers Fierce Creatures have their big Catacomb Party album release concert on Saturday. It’s a free, all-ages event with nine other bands joining Fierce Creatures outdoors on the Fulton Mall. It’s the local music event of the week, for sure.
CAN I GET AN ENCORE? Looks like Encore Nightclub is having a big “grand opening” weekend — it’s been open, but ya know how these things go. It’s fully operational as an 18+ place, which is worth a note. This is, if you’re wondering, the most re-named club in Fresno. It’s the former On the Rocks, Bliss, Bisla’s, XO and most recently NVS.
1. SPIT RHYMES WITH THE KNUX Alt-hip-hop dudes The Knux return to Audie’s Olympic on Sunday night. They’re a bit atypical in that they, ya know, play instruments and stuff. Here’s a good example of their sound. [More]
1. GO POP WITH THE GRIZZLIES
The Fresno Grizzlies have a pop culture-heavy weekend planned. Tonight is “Super Hero” night, where the team will be wearing “Dark Knight Rises” theme jerseys — as seen on ESPN.com, FYI. If you dress like super heroes, you get in free. Saturday, the Grizz host Disney actress/singer Zendaya Coleman from “Shake It Up.” She’ll be singing the National Anthem and signing autographs. [More]
1. GO TO A PARTY FIT FOR ROYALTY The Soulflower Group hosts its popular annual Prince tribute at Audie’s Olympic on Saturday. It features a handful of DJs dipping into their stashes to play Prince gems. A movie will shown and, if I know The Soulflower Group, there’s some more cool stuff planned too. [More]
Singer Vicci Martinez, who finished third on the first season of NBC’s “The Voice,” is in Fresno tonight, playing another of radio station Y101′s “Unplugged” concerts. It’s happening at The Standard at 7 p.m. and is free for folks 21-and-up. But it’s first come, first serve and doors open at 4:30 p.m. For what it’s worth: I’d recommend not moseying in at 7:30 p.m. and expecting to have a spot.
Since “The Voice,” Martinez signed a recording with with Cee-Lo (her coach on the show) and is about to release her major-label debut album. The first single is “Come Along.”
BLACK MILK: If you like hip-hop like I like hip-hop — which is to say, not the stuff on the radio — then see Black Milk at Fulton 55 on Wednesday night. Dude is doooooope.
XZIBIT: If you like hip-hop that I liked in 1996, then go see Xzibit at Rome Nightclub on Thursday night. I honestly can’t tell ya what Xzibit has done in the last five years, but his first two albums were also doooooope.
WILD BLUE: Iconic Fresno band The Wild Blue gets together again for a reunion show on Saturday night at Fulton 55. Last time it did one of these, the show was paaaaaaacked.
CELEBRATE THE EXPRESS + XOTICA: It’s anniversary time at The Express, Fresno’s popular gay nightclub. On Thursday night, the Xotica drag show celebrates its eight-year anniversary then The Express itself celebrates nine years on Saturday night.
Fitzsimmons plays gentle folk music with a little electronica on the edges now and then. You might recall that he played in Fresno previously at Frank’s Place.
Tickets cost $15 and you can get them in advance from Love the Captive. It’s an all-ages show, which means Starline won’t be serving booze. But you can pop next door to Starline Grill and grab one if you’re old enough to imbibe.
A big shout-out on the illustrated flier. Diggin’ it very much. I hear it’s the work of Jordan Wiebe and Neighbor Collective, which also did one for the upcoming Black Milk show. Bravo!
1. LAISSEZ LES BONS TEMPS ROULER
It’s Mardi Gras time! Sunday is the Tower District is Fresno’s annual parade. The rest of the afternoon should be filled with happenings in Fresno’s most happenin’ part of town. You can catch tunes at Audie’s Olympic (Dusty Buns will be out there too!) or party it up at Starline later in the night.
Local metalheads Death Alley Motor Cult are releasing a new CD at a gig Friday night at Starline (show flier below). But if you haven’t checked out their previous CD — “Dead to the World” — here’s a chance to join the cult for free. The band sent us over this song, “American Nightmare” that’s all yours with a download.
1. CELEBRATE WITH SOME MOFOS Local blues ambassadors MoFo Party Band have a big show at Starline on Saturday night to celebrate their 23rd anniversary as a band and their new CD. It’ll be packed. And MoFo always delivers. [More]