The Tower Theatre for the Performing Arts
815 E. Olive Avenue Fresno, CA 93728
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The Leftover Cuties have sparked a fire with music lovers with a timeless jazz-tinged sound, combining sultry vocals, pop-perfect songwriting and seasoned musicianship. Their impeccable and atmospheric live performance draw ever-growing and increasingly passionate crowds throughout the world. They’ve had placement in major ads and shows including the theme song for the Showtime series “The Big C” and the 2012 Olympics Samsung ad and have generated over 3 million YouTube views.
“Last night’s set left me with chills. The way the band’s notes slide around, veering on the precipice, like they’re about to fall off the cliff, and the way McAllen achieves such emotional depth with such nuance and subtlety from her accompanying bandmates made for an inspiring performance.”
VIDEO: “Smile Big”
VIDEO: “Game Called Life”
VIDEO: “One Heart”
One of the biggest stars of R&B, contemporary and straight-ahead jazz, Gerald Albright has earned his reputation as a “musician’s musician.”
During the ’80s, Albright became a highly requested session musician, playing on albums by a wide variety of artists – including Anita Baker, Ray Parker, Lola Folana, Atlantic Starr, Olivia Newton-John, the Temptations and Maurice White. He also toured extensively with Les McCann, Jeff Lorber, Teena Marie, the Winans, Marlena Shaw, Quincy Jones, and Whitney Houston, among many others.
Gerald Albright has appeared on numerous TV shows such as A Different World, Melrose Place and BET Jazz segments, as well as piloting a show in Las Vegas with Designing Women star Meshach Taylor. Albright was selected to be one of 10 saxophonists to play at President Clinton’s inauguration ceremony. Along the way, he has sold over a million albums in the U.S. alone and has appeared on nearly 200 albums by other artists
For over 50 years, John Mayall has served as a pioneer of blues music, rightly earning him the title, "The Godfather of British Blues." In 2013, John signed with producer Eric Corne's label, Forty Below Records, and has since been experiencing a true artistic and career renaissance.
This revival continues with the release of a brilliant new studio album titled ‘Find a Way to Care’, produced by John and Eric at famed House of Blues Studios in Encino, California.
Heralded as an artist’s artist, three-time GRAMMY winner Kris Kristofferson has recorded 27 albums, including three with pals Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings as part of the Highwaymen. Kristofferson has spent three decades performing concerts all over the world, in most recent years in a solo acoustic setting, which puts the focus on the songs.
· Gilbert Esquivel
Gilbert won his first comedy competition just one year into his stand-up career at the world famous Ice House in Pasadena, California. He has been seen on many television shows that include Que Locos and was one of the first Latino Semi-finalists on BET’s ComicView.
· Willie Barcena
A 20-year comedy veteran, never shys away from a challenge. Willie’s talent has garnered him 12 appearances on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” more than any other Latino Comedian in the history of the Tonight Show. Jay even invited Willie to perform for the troops in Afghanistan. Barcena helped provide much-needed laughter to that part of the world. Willie’s numerous jobs prepared him for his comedy career. His security guard, plumber, roofer, and limo driver gigs gave him a background for his humor about everyday life. After years of stand-up road work Willie is now ready for new challenges.
· Jeff Garcia
Jeffrey "Jeff" Garcia is an American voice actor, actor and stand-up comedian, best known for voicing Sheen Estevez in Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius, and its two Nickelodeon spin-off series The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius and Planet Sheen.
The Master of Fine Arts Program in
Creative Writing at Fresno State presents:
The Master of Fine Arts Program in Creative Writing at Fresno State presents the Central California premiere of the documentary film "A Late Style of Fire: Larry Levis, American Poet" in a community screening at the historic Tower Theatre. The brilliant poetry and troubled life of Levis came to an abrupt halt when he died at age 49. This lyric documentary explores his childhood working alongside Mexican field hands in Selma, his friendships with America’s greatest poets, and his own words for answers. With filmmaker appearances. Location: 815 E. Olive Ave., Fresno 93728. General admission is $10. For more details, call (559) 278-1569.
Come and tap your toes as Gilly Girls and Evo Bluestein perform a lively folk and bluegrass concert inside the Tower Theatre Lounge. The Gilly Girls are four talented sisters who are winning the hearts of Valley audiences. Evo Bluestein is a professional musician from the Bluestein Family folk group.
The Blue never stopped being a band, though its members eventually moved on to other projects. But every decade or so, some incarnation of the band would pop up for a gig or two.
In 1994, they played a final two-night stand at The Wild Blue. In 2002, they reunited for a single show at the Tower Theatre and again in 2011 for a show after the death the band’s original drummer, Dave Stewart.
While the Blue had always been a live band, those first albums were studio projects and a bit too sanitary to really capture the essence of the band, Bixler says. For the 13 songs on “Under the Weather,” they ditched the studio and rented out the Tower Theater. They set up on stage and used room microphones to capture the ambient sound, he says. Then, they just played.
Home Free continues to entertain audiences nationwide with their high-energy show peppered with quick-witted humor that meshes Nashville standards with
pop hits dipped in country flavor. They arrive to town on the heals of their debut release on Columbia Records, Crazy Life.
The Atomic Punks are a tribute to early Van Halen, the David Lee Roth era. Formed in 1994, the Atomic Punks have performed well over 300 shows in places like Hollywood, CA, San Diego, CA, Las Vegas, NV, Phoenix, AZ, Scottsdale, AZ, Seattle, WA, Denver, CO, Honolulu, HI, Andover, MN, St. Louis, MO, Pittsburgh, PA, most recently Salt Lake City, UT, and most importantly, Pasadena, CA, where Van Halen started their meteoric rise to stardom.
Voted "Best Tribute Band" by LA's "Rock City News" three years in a row, the Atomic Punks have created a national following that continues to grow by leaps and bounds.
The Emmy Award Winning Fab Four is elevated far above every other Beatles Tribute due to their precise attention to detail. With uncanny, note-for-note live renditions of Beatles' classics such as “Can't Buy Me Love,” “Yesterday,” “A Day In The Life,” “Twist And Shout,” “Here Comes The Sun,” and “Hey Jude,” the Fab Four will make you think you are watching the real thing.
Their incredible stage performances include three costume changes representing every era of the Beatles ever-changing career, and this loving tribute to the Beatles has amazed audiences in countries around the world, including Japan, Australia, France, Hong Kong, The United Kingdom, Germany, Mexico and Brazil.
Voted Best Family Show in Vegas! The most beloved family show in the world, featuring European-style circus extravaganza including physical comedy, juggling, acrobats from the Moscow Circus, highly intelligent dogs and even house cats! All our pets are trained using positive reinforcement techniques and enhancing their natural abilities.
As an artist Jonny Lang has evolved since he began the writing process. He has a keen sense of what he aims to achieve creatively, what music means to him, and is focused on the impact that his songs bring to the lives of those that encounter his repertoire. With the release of his new album, Fight For My Soul, he is entering a chapter wherein he has found his true voice. The album defies categorization by a single genre. Textured arrangements, a broad worldview, gorgeous vocal melodies, and expressive guitar playing are what defines his latest musical journey.
It wouldn't be the holidays without A Peter White Christmas. An annual tradition for Jazz aficionados everywhere, A Peter White Christmas is a perfect way for the whole family to celebrate the season.
· Peter White:
In a career that spans nearly four decades, over a dozen solo recordings and countless performances, White insists that it’s the faces in the crowd and the fans that keep the experience fresh. That’s what keeps me going – the idea that people out there really care about what I do, the idea that I’ve made a difference for someone.”
· Rick Braun:
If you’ve ever seen Rick Braun perform, you know what a high-energy entertainer he is. But ask him to talk about his career and the gregarious, charismatic musician-songwriter-producer becomes visibly uncomfortable and awkwardly quiet. “The collective moments are one big unfolding story that’s still not done. I just sit back and be grateful to still be making music with friends,”
· Euge Groove:
I've been around the world many times and have seen many things good and bad. I know how blessed I am on so many levels. I am truly "Still" Euge. And with that said, I'd like to thank everyone and everything that touches me on a daily basis.
In the year 1970, four young musicians from the South Bay of Los Angeles, came together to create a new invigorating style of music. In it’s brief recording history, Ambrosia garnered 5 Grammy Nominations, 5 Hit Singles, Heavy FM Airplay and the admiration and respect of the musical community. All this was in addition to Sold Out concerts around the world.
Today, the band is more alive and compelling than ever. With three of the original members in tact plus the addition of guitar ace Doug Jackson on electric guitar and backing vocals, Mary Harris contributing amazing keyboards and vocals, and the powerful and contemporary lead vocals and acoustic guitar of Ken Stacey…Ambrosia is exploring new musical territory and continuing to wow life-long fans and new converts alike!
· Al Stewart
For a singer and songwriter whose work is suffused with history and detail, Al Stewart follows no creative timetable. It’s been 10 years since his last US CD of new material, almost 30 years since his “Year of the Cat” single and album became unforgettable international hits, almost 40 years since his first album was released. Al Stewart is not afraid of time and its passages.
In the spellbinding tradition of his signature songs “Year of the Cat,” “Time Passages,” “On the Border,” and “Nostradamus,” among many others, Al’s latest musical short stories are both lyrically meaningful and insidiously catchy.
Player was formed in 1977 by Englishman Peter Beckett, who came to the United States after the demise of his popular English band Paladin. He was soon joined by J.C. Crowley, Ronn Moss and John Friesen. After many rehearsals and songwriting sessions, Player was born.
The group scored several US Hot 100 hits, three of which went into the Top 40; two of those single releases went Top 10 - "Baby Come Back", "This Time I'm in It for Love."
BOSTYX™ features the hits and vibe of two American pop music icons BOSTON and STYX all in one high-energy show that is sure to please classic rock ‘n roll fans of all ages. BOSTYX features DAVID VICTOR, who was featured as a guitarist/vocalist on BOSTON’s summer 2012 and 2014 tours of North America and in 2013 at the sold-out Boston Strong Benefit with Aerosmith at the Boston Garden in front of an audience of nearly 20,000. David Victor’s vocals and guitar playing make this tribute to the amazing music of BOSTON and STYX as real as it can get!
And when it comes to the challenging vocal stylings of STYX and Dennis De Young, no one other than the original artists have ever sung it better than drummer/vocalist Glenn Jost of BOSTYX as you’ll see in the LIVE video below, shot for AXS TV at the Whiskey A Go-Go in Hollywood, CA.
Colleen Ballinger is an actress, comedian and singer, most famous for her character Miranda Sings. Miranda Sings has become an international phenomenon whose YouTube channel has amassed nearly 7 million devoted subscribers and over a billion views. The character Miranda was created in 2008 to parody the young, self-absorbed singers with more far more confidence (and vibrato) than talent which Colleen saw uploading videos to YouTube.
John Edward has brought a fresh, honest and thought provoking attitude to the world of psychic phenomena. As a psychic medium, author and lecturer, he has, over the last 25 years, helped thousands with his uncanny ability to predict future events and communicate with those who have crossed over to the Other Side. No one attending any John Edward event is guaranteed a reading.
For over a decade, Keith has been entertaining comedy fans all over the world. Whether it’s his sarcastic approach, his playful attitude, or his good old-fashioned southern charm, Keith makes his comedy relatable and approachable.
Along the way, he built a solid career that includes such credits as...
• Late Show with David Letterman
• Late Night with Seth Meyers
• Last Comic Standing
• Saturday Night Live’s Weekend Update (contributing writer)
• Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (contributing writer)
• Comics Unleashed
• Eight comedy tours for the troops -- Afghanistan, Iraq, Kuwait, and throughout
the Middle East
• Fox News Red Eye
As one half of Loggins & Messina, co-founder of the country-rock band Poco, member and key contributor to Buffalo Springfield, Jim Messina has left an indelible footprint on popular music. Jim produced, engineered, and composed much of the Loggins & Messina, Poco and Buffalo Springfield albums. Loggins & Messina produced many hits (Angry Eyes, Your Mama Don’t Dance, Danny’s Song, Vahevala, House at Pooh Corner) and sold over 20 million albums domestically.
For 36 years this unique, genre-crossing vocal/guitar jazz duo has cast its passionate musical spell worldwide, capturing the hearts of lovers, the respect of jazz buffs and the jaw-dropping awe of guitarists and singers.
Patti, renowned for her remarkable ability to touch hearts directly with her voice, exudes the soft, centered yet powerful graciousness of a gospel singer; Tuck almost wears his brain on his skin, anticipating the thousands of musical decisions he'll have to send to his ten fingers during the course of a performance. Seeing the virtuosity and complexity of Tuck's guitar work, most are surprised to learn that Patti is the actual writer, arranger and producer. Without even blinking, Tuck-the-problem-solver brags, "Patti writes and arranges; I am just the orchestra."
Before Mötley Crüe, before RATT, even before there was a Metallica, Y&T was slogging away in sweaty rock clubs around America. When the band formed in the early 1970s, little did they know they would set the standard for hard rock bands that trailed. Many of the biggest acts of the '80s became popular opening for headliners Y&T—and cut their teeth on the band, as evidenced by the Y&T mentions in tell-all books by acts such as Metallica and Mötley Crüe.
THE POLICE EXPERIENCE is the most authentic Police tribute band in the world; performing nationally and internationally to deliver the ultra high-energy show The Police were known for in the 1980s. This highly acclaimed tribute to the Police has even won the praise of Stewart Copeland himself, who said of the band…
“…every nuance, all the drum parts, and the singer has Sting down to a tee… “
In a career that took flight in 1985 with commercial and critical acclaim, guitar virtuoso Stanley Jordan has consistently displayed a chameleonic musical persona of openness, imagination, versatility and maverick daring. Be it bold reinventions of classical masterpieces or soulful explorations through pop-rock hits, to blazing straight ahead jazz forays and ultramodern improvisational works—solo or with a group—Jordan can always be counted on to take listeners on breathless journeys into the unexpected.
The Heart of Rock & Roll brings to life all the hits of the 80’s super group Huey Lewis & the News. The concept was born in late 2012 when brothers Tony & Roger Langdon, guitarist & front man respectively, for a variety cover band were performing their usual weekend shows. For years the song The Heart of Rock & Roll was a set list staple mixed in among their band’s other classic rock, pop & R&B songs. One particular night, a show guest made the comment that Roger, “Kind of looks & sounds like Huey Lewis.”
Tony suggested to Roger to go ahead and try a full blown Huey Lewis impersonation to see if there was something to that fan’s comment. After working out a few songs, it became clear that there was something special going on. Roger brings the sound, image & style of Huey Lewis to life with such great detail he’s fooled more than a few fans.
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