Pop culture, entertainment & all things Fresno

BANDGEEK: Haunted Summer, Mane Horse and Dictators NYC

Sad to say, it’ll still be another 10 years (at least) before you’ll get to take high-speed rail anywhere to see a good show. That’s fine though, because there is plenty to see right here, right now. I’ve collected this week’s music options in another installment of BANDGEEEEEK!


  • The Notones.
    After Art-Hop party. At Peeve’s Public House. 9 p.m. Free.

  • Karen Marguth and David Aus.
    The Art of the Song. At Bloo Hookah Lounge. 7 p.m. Free. (Flier link)

  • Where the Sidewalk Ends.
    W/Brave City, Santa Mira and Brave At Last. At CYC. 7 p.m. $5. All ages. (Flier link)

  • Mane Horse.
    W/Stateless, Meet me in Montauk, Sleep Spindles, Cabin Fire and Chokeslam. At The Escape to Milf Mountain. 6 p.m. $2. (Flier link)

  • EZ Mark’s Honky Tonk.
    At Full circle Brewing Company. 5:30 p.m. Free.

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    TONIGHT: Easton Corbin

    PR AOTR by Jim WrightAs a young country artist, Easton Corbin knows that success can’t be measured in months. Having one hit single, or two, or even an entire album, can’t be enough. Neither can being named to Billboard’s list of country music’s top male artists — though Corbin found himself there in 2010, sandwiched between Blake Shelton and Tim McGraw.

    Those things are great markers, but real success is built over years, and takes a consistency that only comes from being true to yourself.

    “It’s a marathon, not a sprint,” says Corbin, who brings his brand of chart-topping traditional country music to Table Mountain Casino tonight. “You have to be yourself, whether you are the flavor of the month or not.”

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    Concert Announcement: 3 Doors Down

    3doorsdown3 Door Down‘s “Songs from the Basement” tour, which stopped at Visalia’s Fox Theatre in January, was such a success that the band went back “in the basement” and dug up some more deep cuts, which they will play during the summer run of a just-announced tour.

    The tour will kick off May 30 at Table Mountain Casino. While the band will be playing acoustic sets for the majority of the tour, which runs through September, they will plug in for full electric sets on a few select dates, including the Fresno show.

    3 Doors Down also confirmed that they are writing songs for their sixth studio album to be released in 2015.

    Tickets for the Fresno date are $50-$100 and on sale now at Table Mountain Casino.

    Watch a video of Brad Arnold announcing the tour on the jump.

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    Concert News: More country is a-comin’

    We already got a Kenny Chesney concert announcement this week, now comes two — yes TWO — notable country acts coming to the Clovis Rodeo in April. Rising duo Love & Theft will perform April 25 (a Thursday night) and Dustin Lynch plays April 26 (Friday).

    The Friday night concerts at the rodeo have long been a tradition, but you might recall last year, the rodeo added a Thursday night show. The first one, was a 180-degree turn, going pop with “American Idol” winner David Cook. This time, the rodeo is back in its country comfort zone.

    Both concerts start after that night’s rodeo. Tickets are available now, costing $20-$30 per show, or $50 for both. Tickets also include admission to the rodeo. Get tickets at For you buy-in-person types, get the tickets at the rodeo grounds starting March 5.

    If you’re looking for a live country trifecta, don’t forget about the recently-announced Dierks Bentley show at Table Mountain Casino, which is happening just a couple days later, on April 29. Tickets for that one cost $25-$45. They, however, are not on sale until March 18.

    Concert News: Merle Haggard, Toto and Los Lonely Boys


    Three recently announced concerts you may dig:

    Comedy Watch: Jeff Dunham, Brian Regan and Shaq’s All Star Jam


    A few noteworthy comedy shows now on the concert calendar:

    Concert Watch: Steve Miller Band, Huey Lewis, Morris Day and more

    SMB_web.gifTable Mountain Casino’s concert lineup has seen two additions in the past two weeks — Steve Miller Band and Huey Lewis.

    Miller, well known for songs such as “The Joker” and “Fly Like an Eagle,” will play at the Friant casino on July 10. Tickets don’t go on sale until May 28, but when they do, they’ll cost $25, $35 and $45.

    Lewis — with his band, The News, in tow — will perform at Table Mountain on Aug. 29. Tickets cost $25-$45 and are on sale July 16.

    If you’re a big fan, you might want to circle those date on the calendar because tickets for Table Mountain Casino concerts sometimes sell out quickly. Tickets for the casino’s April 17 date with Crosby, Stills & Nash sold out in a week.

    Fresno is about to get a dose of “Jungle Love” and “The Bird” right before Cinco De Mayo. Morris Day and The Time have been announced as headliners for the Cinco De Mega concert, organized by radio station Mega 97.9 on May 4 at Rotary Amphitheatre at Woodward Park.

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    To-Do Tonight: Dueling country, new club nights plus Boats and Hoes


    It’s another busy Thursday night in and around Fresno. The casinos headline the local music options, but the entertainment doesn’t stop there. Here’s a look:

    • Table Mountain and Chukchansi have dueling country shows tonight — Table Mountain hosts alt-country vet Lyle Lovett while Chukchansi has the more Nashville-ish Craig Morgan, doing a pre-Veterans Day “Salute to Troops” concert.
    • Fulton 55 had a date scheduled with blues/roots rocker Shane Dwight, but it was canceled earlier this week. Sorry, Dwight fans.
    • Chinatown Youth Center hosts an all-ager headlined by hardcore band Trapped Under Ice. The Fresnan has more.
    • On the club circuit: Million Too has the new “Take Over Thursdays” while NVS (the former Bliss) launches its Thursday night party. Apparently it’s not doing that 18+ thing anymore, shrug. Fliers below.
    • Can’t finish this post without a shout to the event you’ll all been waiting for — the Boats & Hoes pre-Veterans Day birthday party. (Huh?) Obviously it’s going to be a super classy affair.

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    To-Do Tonight: Tears for Fears

    British new wave group Tears for Fears makes a stop at Table Mountain Casino tonight, no doubt telling us about how “Everybody Wants the Rule the World.” While most Table Mountain concerts sell out in advance, I’m told there are still some tickets for tonight. You have to buy them in person, though, as online ticket sales have stopped. Tickets cost $45 and $55.

    If you want to call before heading up there, the number is (559) 822-7777.

    To-Do Tonight: Simon Says see Pharoahe Monch


    Two big concerts in town tonight.

    One is alt-rock mainstays Goo Goo Dolls, who are up at Table Mountain Casino. Tickets are gone, but you can at least still read my Q & A with bass player Robby Takac.

    The other big show of the night is rap hero Pharoahe Monch at Fulton 55. Or perhaps I should I say unsung rap hero.

    I wrote a bit about Mr. Monch last week. In brief: He’s one of the most-slept-on hip-hop greats. Many people might know him from “Simon Says” (warning: language NSFW), which is his biggest commercial success, but his whole catalog is impressive. Local hip-hop fans should support this, if they want more shows of this caliber to come to town.

    Tickets are still available, cost $15 and are available in advance at TicketFly, Iron Bird Cafe and The Laundry Room.

    Concert News: Goo Goo Dolls and Tears for Fears headed to Table Mountain Casino


    Table Mountain Casino sent over a batch of new concert bookings. Two that jump out are alt-rock band Goo Goo Dolls (June 1) and ’80s British pop duo Tears for Fears (Sept. 13).

    Tickets to see Goo Goo Dolls cost $45-$65 and go on sale May 2. Tickets for Tears for Fears aren’t on sale until Aug. 8 and cost $35-$55.

    Also added to the concert lineup: Lao pop singer Alexandra Bounxouei (June 5, prices TBA, on sale May 2) and Latin/tropical singer Luis Enrique (July 28, $25-$45, on sale June 20).

    To-Do Tonight: See Kris Allen

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    It still remains to be seen whether Kris Allen becomes an “American Idol” winner of the Carrie Underwood variety, the Taylor Hicks variety, or somewhere in between.

    If you wanna see him with your own eyes, then head down to Tower Theatre tonight, where Allen is headlining. As of a few minutes ago, tickets were still available, according to the Tower. They cost $22.

    It’s a GA show, with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. and the show starting at 7:30. Rock band Thriving Ivory is opening.

    It’s something of a star-studded Monday, which is rare because Monday nights are usually pretty quiet around here. Up at Table Mountain Casino, Latin legend Julio Iglesias is playing. That’s sold out.

    You should, however, check out my interview with Iglesias. It’s a hoot. As regular Beehive readers know, he and his Christmas cards are quite entertaining.

    Concert News: Rob Thomas + Big Fresno Fair shows


    Here’s a concert news 2-for-1 …

    It feels like we’re saying this every week: Table Mountain Casino lands another notable concert. Today, the casino announced an Aug. 9 date with Rob Thomas. Thomas, in addition to his solo work, is known for fronting Matchbox Twenty.

    Tickets go on sale July 5, costing $25-$45. He joins Lenny Kravtiz and Hall & Oates as recent additions to the Table Mountain calendar.

    The Big Fresno Fair told us the first three concerts on the schedule for this year’s fair, which runs Oct. 6-17.

    Country acts Julianne Hough (Oct. 8) and Montgomery Gentry (Oct. 15) are locked in, as is a classic rock show with Foghat & Blue Oyster Cult (Oct. 12). No tickets prices determined yet. Expect ticket sales to start “mid-summer.” More concert should be announced in the coming months.

    Concerts News: Lenny Kravitz is a-comin’


    The concerts keep coming up at Table Mountain Casino, which just announced a June 9 date with rocker Lenny Kravitz.

    Tickets will cost $25-$45, but don’t go on sale until May 3.

    Last week, Table Mountain announced a show with Hall & Oates for September. And today, tickets went on sale for a Jason Aldean show on April 28. The casino also has an upcoming date with Julio Iglesias on June 28 (on sale May 24), and it has a sold-out concert with Chicago on Thursday.

    Concert News: Toby Keith, Trace Adkins & Julio Iglesias

    Looks like another big country concert is headed our way. Toby Keith and Trace Adkin’s tour is slated to stop in Fresno on Aug. 1, according to an itinerary on Keith’s site.


    The tour list doesn’t name venues, just “Fresno.” It’d be hard to imagine it going anywhere but Save Mart Center. I asked the arena, and haven’t heard back. I bet we’ll hear something official once Brad Paisley comes and goes.

    If you’re keeping track that gives us the following upcoming country shows — April 10: Taylor Swift | May 18: Carrie Underwood | May 25: Tim McGraw | Aug. 1: Keith/Adkins.

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    Concert Watch: Experience Hendrix confirmed and Chicago added


    Table Mountain Casino confirmed an Experience Hendrix concert date for March 9, 2010. Last week, Mike Oz reported the show was in the works. Here are the details: Tickets cost $25-$45 and go on sale Jan. 25.

    They also announced Chicago will play March 25. Tickets cost $25-$45 and go on sale Feb. 15.

    Concert news: Harry Connick Jr. returns


    Looks like local Harry Connick Jr. fans are in luck — the crooner is due back in the area on Jan. 27, per a list of tour dates on his Web site. Connick will be performing at Table Mountain Casino. UPDATE: Tickets cost $25-$45 and go on sale Dec. 21.

    Connick was last here in 2007 and 2005, both times performing at Saroyan Theatre. His most recent album is “Your Songs,” which came in September.

    To-Do Tonight: Cookin’ up some options

    David Cook is at Table Mountain Casino tonight, and that heads up a nice list of happenings tonight in and around our great city. Cook’s show is long sold out, so if you’re a David Diehard, hope you already got some tickets. If you haven’t yet, you can read my Q & A with the “American Idol” winner.


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    Concert news: John Legend returns

    I’m a big fan, so I was thrilled to find out this morning that John Legend will soon be performing in the Fresno area again. He’s locked in for a Sept. 15 date at Table Mountain Casino. Tickets are set to go on sale Aug. 3, costing $25.$45.


    The above photo is from Legend’s May 2007 tour stop at Saroyan Theatre. You can re-live more of that here.

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