- 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.
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.
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.
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]
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.