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Concert Watch: Aaron Lewis, Steve Earle, The Original Wailers and a Bruce Conte benefit

Four recent concert additions you should know about:

- Rock-turned-country singer Aaron Lewis (you know him best from Staind) is coming back to the Visalia Fox Theatre on Feb. 22. Tickets are on sale now, costing $25-$60. Get ‘em at foxvisalia.org. More info here.

- Alt-country/folk singer Steve Earle, a legend in his world, has added a Jan. 8 date at the Hanford Fox Theatre. Tickets: $32.50, on sale now. More info here.

- Upcoming at Fulton 55: The Original Wailers, the reggae band that can be traced back to Bob Marley. This incarnation of the band is led by Marley guitarist Al Anderson. It plays Nov. 16. Tickets: $12-$15.

- Fresno-bred guitar star Bruce Conte, best known for his work with Tower of Power, was recently diagnosed with leukemia. To help with his mounting medical bills, friends organized a benefit concert in Conte’s honor Nov. 24 at Tower Theatre. Conte will play, as will his friends. More details here.  Tickets: $29 and $39.

Podcast: Ozmosis #39

I really liked this week’s mix of music on Ozmosis and I hope you will too. There’s brand new stuff from Local Natives, Toro Y Moi and The Black Keys with RZA.

We’ve got a few coming-soon-t0-the-Valley bands in the mix: Lord Huron (12/8 at Visalia Fox, opening for Of Monsters & Men) and UME (Thursday at Audie’s Olympic) and I’m talking all about Thursday’s Ozmosis Happy Hour #2 at Swiggs (BE THERE!)

As always, there’s some great music on the podcast that didn’t make the Sunday airing. Enjoy the podcast below and listen to new episodes of Ozmosis Sundays at 9 p.m. on New Rock 104.1.

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Concert News: Merle Haggard, Toto and Los Lonely Boys

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Three recently announced concerts you may dig:

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

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A few noteworthy comedy shows now on the concert calendar:

The Week Ahead: Grizzlies, BLOBs, lots and lots of great live music + more

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TONIGHT: Mat Kearney is at Fulton 55. The show was sold out, but a few tickets opened up. No guarantees now. But good for you, Fresno, selling out the show. It’s just the start of a great week of live music. Keep reading.

ELECTRIC GUEST: Tuesday is Electric Guest playing Visalia Fox Theatre as part of the TOMS Shoes One Day Without Shoes event. I’ve been co-signing these guys for a while, so you know it’s got my stamp on it. Strange Vine also opens and it’s free. Can’t go wrong there, folks. I’ll be DJing between sets, so come say hi.

CUCKOO CHAOS: Another great show — L.A. indie group Cuckoo Chaos (I’m high on them too) plays Wednesday night at Audie’s Olympic with Strange Vine and Fierce Creatures. It’s a great show for only $5.

OH, AND FIREHOSE: Reunited ’90s rockers Firehose play Fulton 55 on Friday night before heading out to this weekend’s big Coachella music festival. Score another for Fulton 55!

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Five Things You Should Do This Weekend

Other than watching them movie stars collect awards.

1. BUY INTO THE BAZAAR
Saturday’s Fresno Handmade Bazaar at Fulton 55 is a good chance to connect with Fresno’s indie craft scene — and considering the popularity Etsy and Pinterest these days, it’s right on time. There are about 30 vendors, some DJs and speciality cocktails. So it goes without saying, this ain’t your grandma’s craft fair. Read the story behind the bazaar and how it’s an idea five years in the making. [Tickets]

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The Week Ahead: Blues for Dad, local noms, Mickey Avalon, Luis Miguel, Malo and more

HONOR THY FATHER: It’s the second year of the Tower District’s Father’s Day Blues Festival — headlined by Ron Thompson and featuring the likes of Rudy Parris. The African-American Historical and Cultural Museum also starts off its summer concert series with a Father’s Day jazz concert with Bobby Logan and the Professionals.

THE WEEK IN NOMS: Save your space in your tummies. This week brings us the first of the mayor’s Local Bites dinners, the Organic Stone Fruit Jubilee and Fresno’s first Chile Festival on the Fulton Mall.

TOUR DE FORCE: Lots of touring music acts headed our way, including: Kill the Noise and Robotic Pirate Monkey (Thurs. at Karma), Mickey Avalon (Thurs. at Rome Nightclub), Malo (Fri. at Fulton 55), Blue Skies for Black Hearts (Fri. at Audie’s), Surfin’ Safari (Fri. at The Cellar Door), DJ Jay West (Fri at Veni’s), Luis Miguel (Sat. at Save Mart Center), Dance Gavin Dance (Sat. at Karma), Marc Broussard (Sat. at Visalia Fox) and Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit (Sat. at Audie’s).

FOR THE TECHIES: The Hashtag hosts the beta launch party for re.vu, a locally created digital résumé builder that’s getting the full reveal at the upcoming 59 Days of Code. It has music, photos, drinks, etc. — so it sounds like happenin’ social event too.

CHEAP PLUG: Great Fresno Tweetup. Be about it!

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To-Do Tonight: Music, money and high-speed rail

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Some interesting stuff happening tonight, whether you’re a music lover, a money-grabbing clubgoer or a transportation-minded citizen:

To-Do Tonight: Aaron Lewis in Visalia, plus local overload at Starline

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I’ve heard mixed reviews of Aaron Lewis‘ past shows in the area. The Staind frontman has brought his acoustic solo show to Tachi Palace a few times in the past. I’ve heard people saying his stripped down shows were awesome, and people say one was a total mess.

If you’re a Staind fan, you’re probably keen on Lewis. But he ventures beyond just Staind material in his solo shows. He usually throws in some interesting covers.

When I interviewed Lewis in 2007, he said: “I don’t really ever know what they’re going to be. A lot of times people yell out for the same covers over and over and over again. So I end up playing a lot of the same covers, but that’s just because people are yelling for them, and they won’t shut up about it.”

This time around, Lewis is playing at the Visalia Fox Theatre. You can find more info and ticket details at The Fox’s Web site.

ELSEWHERE: It’s Indie Tuesday over at Starline, and Love the Captive has another lineup jam-packed with local rock talent. Beastmaker and Tokyo Death Match are joined by upstart band Otis (with ex-members of Murdoc).

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