The Tower Theatre for the Performing Arts
815 E. Olive Avenue Fresno, CA 93728
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The Tower Theatre's non-profit operation relies upon generous donations from individuals, corporations and foundations. Help us to keep the Performing Arts thriving in Fresno.
We consistently bring exciting and renowned music artists, comedians, alternative movies, special events, and world-class entertainment to Fresno's Historic Tower District.
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Heralded as one of our country's foremost comics, Paula Poundstone's quick-thinking, unscripted approach to comedy makes for a perfect fit on NPR's #1 show, the screwball weekly news quiz show WAIT WAIT…. DON’T TELL ME! , where she holds the record for game losses. Now, in May 2017, Paula's first book, "The Totally Unscientific Study of the Search For Human Happiness," has been released to glowing reviews. "A deeply revealing memoir in which the pathos doesn't kill the humor," wrote the Kirkus Reviews.
Paula also has her own podcast called "Live From The Poundstone Institute" coming out July 8 via NPR. With Paula at the helm, the show will explore and riff on research studies that are so odd they just beg for someone to stand up and say, "wait, what?" The weekly episodes will be taped in front of a live audience.
The Martial Artists and Acrobats of Tianjin, People’s Republic of China was established in 1957 as a combination of the former China Circus & Acrobats that was founded in 1948. It is one of the best acrobatic troupes in China with over one hundred acrobatic, magical and martial arts performers. With novelty and superior techniques, the acrobatic troupe is favored by the audiences all over the world.
Fresno Filmworks presents “Lucky,” a film that follows the spiritual journey of a ninety-year-old atheist. Having lived most of his life in the same arid town, alongside a cast of quirky and eccentric characters, Lucky discovers that the road to true enlightenment requires an unflinchingly honest, and at times, uncomfortable look at life, death and everything in between. 88 minutes • Not Rated
Advance tickets cost $10 general and $8 for students and seniors. Purchase tickets online below, or by check/cash at the Tower Theatre Box Office, 815 E. Olive Ave.
Elliott Yamin returns with his fourth album, ‘As Time Goes By’, a genre-bending collection of emotive originals highlighted by his soulful and evocative voice. Influenced by some of his favorite music of the last few decades, Yamin has crafted and co-written a timeless set of original songs by fusing R&B, urban, rock and contemporary elements all while remaining true to what his fans love about him the most: his expressive voice and performance. Unafraid of experimenting with multiple production styles in a single song, the album ranges from emotional ballads with an 80's flair to Motown-style upbeat grooves with a modern edge.
While Yamin was working in a pharmacy when he took a chance and drove to Boston, Massachusetts to audition for American Idol and won a spot on Season 5. His signature performances on the show, with renditions of James Moody’s “Moody’s Mood For Love’, Leon Russell’s ‘A Song for You’, Elvis Presley’s ‘Trouble’ and Stevie Wonder’s ‘If You Really Love Me’ made him a fan favorite and catapulted him to 3rd place in that season. Simon Cowell described him as “potentially the best male vocalist” of the competition, while Stevie Wonder encouraged him to pursue music full-time. It’s been full steam ever since.
The music of the Beatles—John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr—continues to stand the test of time. "In My Life - A Musical Theatre Tribute to the Beatles" will give you a fresh perspective on the band's history. It's more than a tribute concert; the show has a narrative element that depicts everything from the famed "Ed Sullivan Show" appearance to the final performance atop the Apple Corps offices. You'll see the Fab Four through the eyes of their late manager, Brian Epstein, who serves as narrator to reknowned Beatles tribute band Abbey Road as they perform 33 of the group's classic hits. "In My Life" performed to capacity shows at Tower Theatre in 2012, 2013 and 2014 and Abbey Road's "Beatles vs. Stones" played to an enthused Tower crowd in 2015.
Two Big Bands! 30 Musicians! Roger Lloyd Wood's Big Bands provides an afternoon concert of the most popular songs from the 1940's featuring the"original" Big Band sounds of Glenn Miller and Tommy Dorsey. Be dazzled and charmed by vocalists Bill A. Jones and Nancy Osborne.
Bill A. Jones is known to millions from his multiple appearances as news anchor 'Rod Remington' on the hit Fox TV show "GLEE". As a singer, Bill has opened for Tony Bennett and Steve Tyrell, and has toured with The Glenn Miller Orchestra. Bill swings the great standards in the tradition of Frank Sinatra, Michael Buble & others.
Nancy Osborne's career includes performing with some of the greatest bands and orchestras, led by legendary Leaders Nelson Riddle, Tex Beneke, Ray Anthony, and Pat Longo. Nancy's recently released jazz combo CD "Songs in the Key of Love," has received rave reviews.
The show provides a "non-stop" 1940s music experience. The audience will "vote" for their favorite!
Two-time GRAMMY nominee Mindi Abair has made her mark as one of the most recognizable saxophonists in the US. You may know her as the saxophonist on American Idol, or the only saxophonist to tour with rock legends Aerosmith since 1973. You may have seen her on stage with Bruce Springsteen for a historic night at the Beacon Theater, or tuned in as she joined Paul Shaffer and the CBS Orchestra on the Late Show with David Letterman, sat in with The Roots on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, caught her recent appearances at The Grand Ole Opry, or recognized her as Al Pacino’s sax player in the movie Danny Collins.
This is a story about our lives. We all know life can be gray or colorful…Don’t worry…this time it is going to be very colorful!
Mr. B finds himself transported as if by magic to a special, colorful, happy place called Bubblelandia, a place to linger, to dream, to listen, to watch, to savor, and to marvel but, above all, a place to dream.
The “inhabitants” of Bubblelandia – seahorses, dragon fish, starfish, mermaids, clown fish and others – will carry Mr. B along his imaginary journey in this beautiful underwater world where fantasy becomes reality and you are invited to follow him.
The standout jazz vocalist of his generation.” Newsweek
With over ten recordings as a leader, vocalist, businessman and educator Kevin Mahogany has been the standard setter for jazz vocalists for three decades.
His broad baritone was forged in his hometown: the legendary jazz metropolis known as Kansas City; where he learned to swing like Charlie Parker, shout the blues like Big Joe Turner, and cry a ballad like Lester Young; while, extending, elaborating and refining the jazz vocal legacies of Lambert, Hendricks & Ross, Eddie Jefferson and Al Jarreau into the myriad, interwoven dimensions of music – from gutbucket, the Great American Songbook, and gospel, to Mingus to Motown.
When a near-decade old murder case involving a movie star threatens to reopen, adult child Duke Moody decides to make a true crime documentary, financed by his mother. A Wesley Curtis Production. Produced by Grant Garry. Written and Directed by Peter Pardini.
Sunday, December 3, 2017 - 3:00 p.m.
ALL CENTRAL VALLEY PRINCESSES!
Come spend an evening with
"Something Enchanted Princess Parties" at
SPARKLE - All New Show For 2017! Imagine This...
* A beautiful Castle on stage
* Snow White will sing, dance and play fun games
* The Little Mermaid will share treasures from her treasure box
* Rapunzel will tell an original Christmas Story
* A Princess skit is performed with a Magical Mirror
* A Princess and Christmas Sing-a-Long
* After the show, you may meet the princesses and take photos
* Come visit our "Sparkle Boutique" before the show begins.
Cash only please.
Christopher Titus has done the work, paid his dues and has the history to show that he is one of the best comics working today. Not happy to just write bit after unrelated bit, Titus always brings a cohesive, complete show. Titus’ comedy is part rant, part confession, part therapy, but ALWAYS funny. His reputation is one of a hard, funny comic who takes no prisoners and gives the audience everything he has, in every show he does. He has tackled the world, relationships, families, the human race and most of all, himself.
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.
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.
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!
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
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