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]
Because your weekend often starts early on Thursdays, here’s a rundown of some places you might want to go tonight, if you’re looking to party, hear some music, be surrounded by creativity. One top pick is The Germ, a community film event happening at 7 p.m. at Windsong Productions. It’s a good place to get your creative juices flowing by watching films made by local folks — from novices to pros. More events in the fliers below. Click ‘em to enlarge.
1. BE A BARBARIAN Audie’s Olympic hosts a great lineup of indie rock bands tonight, in what promises to be a packed show. We Barbarians headline, and if you dig bands like Cold War Kids and The Walkmen, you’ll like them. Florida duo ANR, which gets a lot of MGMT comparisons, joins, as does local faves Strange Vine. We Barbarians sold out Audie’s earlier this year. With a new EP getting rave reviews, the show should be even bigger this time around. So get there early. [info]
Note: I’m off work today, so I’m not doing a Post No Bills today. Enjoy these weekend options. Post No Bills will return next week. Last week’s edition still has plenty of options for this weekend, if you need ‘em.
1. HAVE A BIG LAUGH
Good weekend for comedy ahead of us. Daniel Tosh, of “Tosh.0″ fame, is doing two shows tonight at Saroyan Theatre. The first show is sold out, but the 10 p.m. show still has tickets available. If you’re looking for something with a local angle: Darren Carter, the most famous comedian to come outta Fresno, returns for a homecoming gig at Tower Theatre on Saturday. [Tix / Tix]
Y101′s Unplugged concert series is back tonight with a free gig featuring Carolina Liar. The band has a catchy pop/rock sound that you might be hearing more about by the time its sophomore album drops in September. Check out “I’m Not Over” for an example. Interesting fact on the band: They were formed in Sweden, but if the singer doesn’t sound like that, it’s ’cause he’s from South Carolina.
Never seen a Sweden-by-way-of-South Carolina band before? Hey, that’s one reason to get to Twist tonight. The concert starts at 9 p.m. There’s no tickets, so just show up. But you might wanna get there early to make sure you get a spot.
Brother Luke (aka Luke Freeman) is getting a little extra Comrade-y, by inviting some friends in the music scene to sit in with him and the band. Tonight you can expect Jonathan Hadden (from Porch Yellers and Rademacher) and Amanda Valdez (from Fierce Creatures).
Next week, Benji McEntee of Fay Wrays will be a guest. The series closes with a July 25 collaboration with local photographer (and musician!) Ryan C. Jones, who also took the picture above. All the performances are free and start at 10 p.m.
While you may have the day off work today, Fresno, some people are working hard to keep you entertaining. There are big events tonight at Saroyan Theatre and Save Mart Center, as both B.B. King and World Wrestling Entertainment are in town.
King is at Saroyan Theatre, and a quick check of Ticketmaster showed there were still some pretty good tickets left. So jump on that if you’re looking for tickets to one of the greatest bluesmen we’ve ever seen.
The WWE, meanwhile, has one of its live-for-TV shows tonight, which are always one of the biggest events of the year at Save Mart Center. Last week, The Rock returned to WWE. Don’t count on him being in Fresno tonight (but ya never know). The WWE, however, has been teasing the return of another legend tonight — The Undertaker.
Tickets are still available. Because the event starts at 5:30 p.m., the Save Mart Center has been issuing traffic warnings all weekend, obviously trying to avoid a repeat of what happened last week.
There’s no doubt that Fresno concert promoter Love the Captive had its most ambitious year to date in 2010. It booked shows at Starline and Audie’s Olympic, had its own venue called The Captive for a short time and was the chief promoter behind the resurrection of Frank’s Place this summer.
Well, not everything penciled out for Love the Captive, so it has put together a benefit dinner for Dec. 27 at Veni Vidi Vici. VVV’s head chef Tony Briceno is preparing a four-course meal that starts with appetizers at 6:30 p.m. Tickets cost $32 and are available in advance via Ticketfly.
Writes LTC’s head honcho Johnny Quiroz:
In the 6 years of our existence, we’ve worked with some great bands and met some amazing people. Unfortunately 2010 had its share of hardships and trials, thankfully we made it through the year alive. It has always been a pleasure helping bands chase their dreams, to me that’s what LTC is all about. And, for the first time in six years, LTC is crying out for help. This dinner is designed to help us pay off a few LTC bills that are over our head.
Money raised, he says, will help Love the Captive recover from 2010 and plan for 2011.
College Kids — the new band from Malcolm Sosa of Rademacher – is playing a free gig tonight at Veni Vidi Vici. You might recall hearing College Kids and their “Big Fresno Fair” song in Sounds of the City a while back. The group is a collabo between Malcolm Sosa and Kim Haden, ex of Light FM. We hear VVV recently got a crackdown for dancing, so expect more bands and less DJs over there in the near future.
“This is me inviting people to my house and playing music for them,” [Jacqueline] Deniston says.
To be fair, they’ve been at this since July and have 13 hours worth to choose from. She started with a giant list if all the bands she loved — the Cure and Joy Division, OMD, Pet Shop Boys — then spent time with Pandora and Last FM sort of rediscovering things.
It starts at 8 p.m. Cover is $5. Plans are for Big Brother to continue monthly.
Two events that I’ll endorse as good destinations tonight:
First up, is a comedy show with Boston’s Amy Tee, who is making a return trip to Fresno. Money raised at the show will go toward The Trevor Project, a suicide prevention group for gay teens. Tee, herself, is a lesbian. Not far away, Veni Vidi Vici is hosting a funky night of music with Mr. Leonard and Frank Dee squaring off as your selectors. This was supposed to happen last Wednesday, but got pushed ’til tonight.
On Sunday, I went to brunch — yes, brunch — at Veni Vidi Vici. It was a special event called “Soulful Sundays,” organized by the fabulous Devoya Mayo. It was part of an occasional series of themed Sunday brunches. This one was a tribute to Michael Jackson, with San Francisco’s (by way of Fresno) DJ 4 a.m. spinning.
Here are a couple other options for tonight, which may or may not interest Hyper Crush fans. (OK, they probably won’t)
Jeremy “Elvis” Pearce, Fresno’s chief Elvis tribute artist, is having a show at Roger Rocka’s focusing on The King’s blues catalog. Tickets cost $55 — but that includes dinner, I think.
Portland duo John Heart Jackie is in town and playing a free 10 p.m. show at Veni Vidi Vici. NPR Music has said nice things about them: “Add John Heart Jackie to the growing list of artists to watch from Portland, Oregon. the duo manages to pack a lot of beauty into [its] handmade music, largely because of the enchanting two-part harmonies.”
1. REV IT UP
Today starts the second annual Fulton Rev Fest, a festival of all things motorcycles on the Fulton Mall. There’s a lot happening: A parade down the mall tonight, an afterparty at Club One Casino with Motel Drive, a full day of live music on Saturday, a day-long motorcycle show. Oh, and admission is totally free. Vroom, vroom.