The Tower Theatre for the Performing Arts
815 E. Olive Avenue Fresno, CA 93728
Y & T
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Formed in 2001, The Iron Maidens have quickly established themselves as one of southern California’s most popular tribute acts and are rapidly gaining international recognition. The band boasts beauty as well as excellent musicianship, lively stage presence, and a remarkable stage show with theatrical scenes interspersed throughout.
The Iron Maidens cover Iron Maiden material from all eras of the band’s career, encompassing the band’s biggest hits as well as fan favorites. The stage show includes appearances by Maiden mascot Eddie, the grimreaper, the devil and more.
Five guys in Fresno take a pledge to bring The Dictators music to life, even though there isn't a White Castle within 2000 miles. Manifest Destiny has been touted as the World's Greatest Tribute to The World's Greatest Band Who You Never Heard Of. In fact, the Dictators are represented in The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame's punk section. Rolling Stone described them as the missing link between 70's glam and punk rock. And members of Manifest Destiny have actually done 2 tours as support act with The Dictators! Manifest Destiny... SWORN TO FUN AND LOYAL TO NONE!!! DFFD (Dictators Forever, Forever Dictators!)
The Olate Dogs are the winning participants from Season 7 of America's Got Talent, capturing the $1 million prize. Since that day, their lives have been a non-stop roller-coaster! Led by father Richard Olate and his son Nicholas Olate, the Olate Dogs are a high-energy, fast-paced act filled with doggie friendly and amazing pet tricks.
The all-new LIVE theatrical show include the famous jumping rope, twirling spinning and fun-loving Olate Dogs made famous on America’s Got Talent… but there’s much more. With a doggy fashion show, a classic comedic routine by Richard Olate, music by Nicholas Olate and amazing cycling and juggling by his wife, the Olate Dogs show is fun for kids of all ages.
Internationally Acclaimed & Celebrated Pianist, Composer & Humanitarian Keiko Matsui Marks 30th Anniversary Of Recording Debut With Journey To The Heart
Matsui Continues to Find Inspiration Reinventing Her Sound & Ensemble-Embarking On New Chapter
"Keiko Matsui is appreciated not just as an artist but as a humanitarian. She dedicates every song she writes to causes that move her..."-NPR
One of the hardest tasks in creating an album is naming it. I know that might sound odd, but it is what it is. This time it was not the case. "Still Euge", my tenth solo project (why are we so enamored at whole numbers like that?), perfectly sums up my feelings while making this disc. First, "Still" represents me being able to be me! What I was going for on the album is exactly what I was going for 16 years ago when Euge Groove came out. It's smooth jazz and I'm proud to call it that."
From the first note, Lindsey Webster captivates listeners. Her rich, soulful voice enchants a dedicated following who connect with the raw emotion she shares with them. As a Soul R&B artist, she combines an admirable natural talent with a genuine, accessible stage presence.
It has been an exciting past year for Guitarist Adam Hawley, who’s debut record “Just The Beginning” was released on March 18. All three of Adam’s singles have topped the charts to become #1 hits. And, Adam has been named both Smooth Jazz News and JazzTrax Debut Artist of the Year.
Imagine a Rock & Roll Tribute show, so realistic, it will overwhelm your senses of sight and sound. L.A.VATION is that band, and U2 its inspiration! Based in Los Angeles, California, the entertainment capitol of the world, L.A.VATION derives it's name from the hit song "Elevation", the third single released from U2's 2000 album, All That You Can't Leave Behind.
L.A.VATION has faithfully crafted an amazingly accurate show, incorporating memorable stage elements from past U2 concerts with "spot-on" musical execution, all the while emphasizing the pride and passion of the four lads from Dublin.
There’s a science to assembling the parts, and Tommy Emmanuel’s technical gift has earned him multiple awards from Guitar Player magazine and made him a Member of the Order of Australia, an honor bestowed by the Queen in his homeland. But the average fan could listen without even considering the precision behind the work, focusing instead on the artful tension and release of Emmanuel’s melodies. That’s how he intends it.
“I write as if I’m writing for a singer,” he explains. “I don’t think, ‘Ah, it’s just a solo guitar piece.’ I try to imagine I’m playing with a band or with a singer, but then I play the whole thing as a solo piece and look for ways to give it space.”
*Note: Tommy Emmanuel's CGP designation stands for "Certified Guitar Player" – the title given by the great Chet Atkins to only 5 guitarists in the entire world.
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.
Band Members: Ray Appleton-Bass, Jason Barnett-Guitar,
Jon Kapetan-Vocals, Marc Kapetan-Guitar, Daniel Burt-Drums
A fundraiser for The Tower Theatre. Y&T will sign a guitar that will be raffled off on show night. Be sure to stay for the whole show to see if are the WINNER. Must have Y&T show ticket to enter raffle. No limit on raffle ticket purchase. Raffle tickets can also be purchased on show night, at the box office prior to Y&T show.
If you want to experience the best Beatles tribute ever, you won’t want to miss The Fab Four-The Ultimate Tribute. 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. The Fab Four is truly the Ultimate tribute.
Some people are just born communicators and Lucas Hoge has that gift. Fans know this because Hoge's new album Dirty South ascended to the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Country Album Sales chart during its debut week. Hoge's title track "Dirty South" is also currently climbing the charts and gaining momentum at country radio.
His new EP is the culmination of years of hard work, writing incessantly and performing for crowds all over the world. “I feel I’ve been hoeing my row for a long time and I’ve stayed true to exactly who I am,” he says. “I’m just going to be a nice guy and put good out there and hopefully get good back because that’s how mom and dad taught me. I’m going to cling to my roots and keep my head about myself. I just want to be the best me I can be.”
Aja Vu has long performed the music of Steely Dan and now they've added a generous set of Chicago favorites to a show of stellar and totally classic music. That's right: one great band, two great tributes.
Now you can hear songs you know and love played live! From Reelin in the Years and Hey 19, to Saturday in the Park and 25 or 6 to 4, they perform the music with pure love for the harmonies and classic horns of the original recordings.
Credited with launching American folk music into mainstream popularity, the legendary Kingston Trio topped the charts in the 1960s with songs from the storytelling “Tom Dooley” to the humorous “Tijuana Jail.” Their iconic sound influenced the musical tastes of a generation, paving the way for the folk singers who followed.
While hits such as “M.T.A.” and “Where Have All The Flowers Gone?” fit the music-with-a-message era and remain relevant today, part of their charm isthat they never take themselves too seriously. Awarded the Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award in 2011, the Kingston Trio’s songs sound as good today as they did when they first soared up the radio playlists. Any evening spent with the tight harmonies and smooth vocals of the Kingston Trio is about more than just memories, it’s memorable.
Offering Mexico’s treasure, with the musician’s expertise and the variety of voices that will create an intimate and unforgettable night. The group will perform classical love songs from Mexican composers, without forgetting the Mariachi favorites and some of the most requested songs from Mariachi Los Camperos. This performance is made for the whole family, it will be a night to remember.
Combined, Marianne and Yvette have a tremendous history in show business performing with such luminaries as Wayne Newton, Debbie Reynolds, and Dolly Parton. That’s just to name a few! These two women have been connected in spirit and song for a lifetime, both began singing at age five! Come share in this family affair where you will experience love, laughter and great fun! These gals were born to sing! These talented ladies parody their own lifelong attempts to “make it big” in show business, and celebrate the magic that happened when their journeys brought them on stage together. This show is a treat that will entertain you, move you, and leave you laughing!
Lee Ann Womack's new album The Lonely, The Lonesome & The Gone begins, appropriately, with just her voice. "All the Trouble" starts with a nearly acapella verse from Womack, evoking an eerie calm that foreshadows the track's forthcoming lyrical storm. By track's end, her vocals sparkle like lightning, sinewy gold melodies crackling against a rough and tumble backdrop.
On this new LP, though, Womack reminds us that she's much more than just a pretty voice. Start-to-finish, The Lonely, The Lonesome & The Gone has a cinematic quality to it, one buoyed both by lush, dynamic arrangements and by a skillfully executed sequence, which effortlessly ebbs and flows between torch songs and Texas twang giving equal credence to the bedroom and the bar.
Lyfe Jennings is a platinum-selling American R&B and soul singer-songwriter, record producer, and instrumentalist. He plays the guitar, bass, and piano, which he integrates into his music. The New York Times referred to him as a "socially minded R&B singer".
Without prefabricated hype, glossy ad campaigns or sexed up videos, Lyfe’s message has become a phenomenon. He offers, “You can talk about something real and relevant and still get some record spins.”
Lyfe has cemented that relationship with his live performances; ones that possess you with the spirit to share the lived-in truths learned first-hand from his relationships, betrayal and the streets.
"I don't care if people remember my name as long as they remember the music."
Ottmar Liebert’s global success can be attributed to a myriad of things - his creative vision, his determination, and a strong sense of melody. Liebert founded the first incarnation of his band, Luna Negra, in 1989. Liebert has since become one of the most successful instrumental artists of the past decades, entertaining audiences around the world and releasing a catalog of 33 classic albums including live recordings, an orchestral album for Sony Classical, a binaural surround sound recording, remix albums, a lullaby and a flamenco-reggae album. Ottmar Liebert has been nominated for five Grammy awards.
Tinsley Ellis has achieved a lot of success and worked with some of the best in the business. He has toured the globe, released 19 albums (with Red Clay Soul), and hit the heights of commercial success with songs covered by other artists – notably, Jonny Lang recording "A Quitter Never Wins." Ellis even gave Derek Trucks his recording debut on Ellis' Storm Warning. He won Rock/Blues Album Of The Year with Tough Love in 2015 from Blues Blast Magazine and made many "Best Of" lists within Downbeat and others. Tinsley Ellis continues to release compelling music. And he continues to bring it night after night at one venue after another across the globe, sharing his blues-steeped legacy, fine songwriting.
“Feral blues guitar...non-stop gigging has sharpened his six-string to a razor’s edge...his eloquence dazzles...he achieves pyrotechnics that rival early Jeff Beck and Eric Clapton.”
- Rolling Stone
Tinsley Ellis featured in Blues Music Magazine, January 2017
”Circuit Rider” from Red Clay Soul #1 on Roots Music Report
Top 50 Blues Rock Song Chart
Red Clay Soul is #1 on Living Blues Radio Chart, June 2016
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.
Known for his energetic strumming on the ukulele, Jake’s performance incorporates elements of thoughtful, sophisticated arrangements to spontaneous, improvised passages. In addition to his original compositions, his repertoire includes Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody, Schubert’s Ave Maria and Cohen’s Hallelujah.
He has topped Billboard’s World Music Chart numerous times, been declared a musical “hero” by Rolling Stone Magazine, which also stated: “one of the hottest axemen of the past few years doesn’t actually play guitar.” Jake has been the subject of an award winning documentary “Jake Shimabukuro: Life On Four Strings,” currently on Netflix.
Recognized by the Guinness World Records as “The World’s Youngest Solo Musician to Head-line His Own Concert Tour,” 16-year-old Ethan Bortnick has been performing around the world, raising over $50,000,000 for charities across the globe. At these charity events, he’s shared the stage with artists such as Elton John, Andrea Bocelli, Beyoncé, Josh Groban and Reba McEntire, among many others.
Billy Joel's Musical Director, Dave Rosenthal, renowned globally for his work with Billy for over twenty years is also Ethan's Musical Director.
Ethan has performed at venues around the globe, charity functions, performing arts centers, large arenas with over 70,000 people and for Ethan, the most fulfilling aspect of success is bringing people joy.
"Ethan’s imagination and ability to create music from stories is unbelievable." - QUINCY JONES
"I'm amazed by your songwriting." - CELINE DION
Brian Culbertson is an award-winning multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and producer known for his distinct brand of genre-crossing contemporary jazz, R&B and funk.
With love, romance and his recent twentieth wedding anniversary serving as his inspiration, Culbertson crafted thirteen new songs that will be released as “Colors of Love” on Valentine’s Day. The seduction begins with the first single, the amorous title track, which is a sensual R&B groove illuminated by lyrical acoustic piano melodies typical of the collection’s contents.
Regardless of his success and numerous accomplishments, fans can rest assured that Culbertson always brings his very best – and brings the very best out of others – in all of his broad-ranging musical and creative endeavors.
The PettyBreakers is the nation’s premier “Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers” tribute act. Based out of Southern California, this band accurately recreates the sights, sounds and concert experience of a Tom Petty concert. All the classics… American Girl…Break Down… Free Fallin’… Mary Jane’s Last Dance…Refugee… Runnin’ Down a Dream… and so many more... perfectly reproduced. Playing to packed houses all over the U.S., the band is comprised of excellent musicians who have performed and recorded with international artists. The PettyBreakers were chosen to perform on AXS TV’s “The World’s Greatest Tribute Bands,” honoring the music of this legendary American icon.
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