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!
As 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.”
3 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.
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 clovisrodeo.com. For you buy-in-person types, get the tickets at the rodeo grounds starting March 5.
Shaq’s All-Star Comedy Jam — a comedy tour organized by former NBA star Shaquille O’Neal — is coming to Fresno’s Saroyan Theatre on May 25. Specific comedians haven’t yet been announced, but tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, costing $39.75-$63.75.
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.
CINCO DE MEGA WITH MORRIS DAY AND THE TIME 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.