The Tower Theatre for the Performing Arts
815 E. Olive Avenue Fresno, CA 93728
Y & T
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Kimberly Ford says her singing career is bathed in “Blue.” In the early 1970s, when she was learning to sing, Ford used that Joni Mitchell album as a primer.
Mitchell’s words, music and soul-baring honesty “articulated my experiences before I had language for them,” says Ford, a singer, vocal teacher and president of the Santa Barbara Vocal Jazz Foundation.
Ford is pouring her deep love and respect for Mitchell’s music into a new tribute band, A Celebration of Joni Mitchell. The group — featuring Ford on vocals, George Friedenthal on keyboards, Lee Rollag on guitar and violin, Tom Buckner on saxophone, Tom Etchart on bass and Charles Levin on drums — will perform in the Tower Theatre Lounge.
The group digs deep into the catalog of the legendary Mitchell, who is recovering from a brain aneurysm she suffered in March. They trace her evolution from progressive folkie to rock, jazz and world music master. Expect to hear songs from such classic Mitchell albums as “Clouds,” “Ladies of the Canyon,” “Night Ride Home,” “Both Sides Now” and, of course, “Blue.”
Menopause The Musical® - COME JOIN OUR SISTERHOOD! Four women at a lingerie sale with nothing in common but a black lace bra AND memory loss, hot flashes, night sweats, not enough sex, too much sex and more! This hilarious musical parody set to classic tunes from the ‘60s, ‘70s, and ‘80s will have you cheering and dancing in the aisles! See what millions of women worldwide have been laughing about for over 10 years! It's the Hilarious Celebration of Women and The Change!®
"Last year, just before Thanksgiving, I approached my dad, Leonard Nimoy, about the possibility of working together on a film about Mr. Spock. Dad agreed that now was the right time, and that he was 100% committed to collaborating with me on this project. On July 1st, 2015, we wrapped up a successful Kickstarter campaign, and broke records to become the largest successful documentary project raised on Kickstarter.com to date! Thanks to the incredible support of the community, we're now moving forward with the post-production of the process and are looking forward to completing a project that was important to my dad and has become extremely important to me." Adam Nimoy.
Books, interviews, and endless live clips have been studied by this Fleetwod Mac tribute band in pursuit of sonic and visual accuracy. Everything down to accurate stage beverages are portrayed in the show which covers the band from 1975 - '79.
With the look and soaring, emotion laden vocals, Lisa Margaroli meticulously takes you back in time with her tight, dynamic band while recreating the lush harmonies of Linda Ronstadt's most memorable songs, such as "You're No Good", "It's So Easy", "Blue Bayou", "Desperado", "Different Drum", "When Will I Be Loved", "Just One Look", "That'll Be The Day", "Love Has No Pride", "Heatwave", and MORE!
Rarely is an artist capable of touching the hearts and souls of people of all ages, cultures, and diverse musical backgrounds as BENISE (pronounced Buh-nes-say).
Armed with his Spanish guitar and an amazing world-class band of musicians, Benise pushes the boundaries of traditional Flamenco/Spanish guitar.
BENISE started to promote his own concerts, selling out 2,000 seat theaters through Southern California. A natural performer, BENISE held audiences captive with exotic drums, Gypsy violin, Flamenco dancers, Cirque performers, Brazilian Samba dancers and percussionists, African tribal drummers, Havana horns, and brilliant theatrical lighting to create and unforgettable experience.
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Germán Lopez -- (Canary Islands, Spain) -- Brilliant young star of the "timple", Germán performs in a duo program with guitarist Antonio Toledo and touches audiences with originally-arranged folk music of the Canary Islands. His music brings together Spanish flamenco, West African rhythmic structures, and 21st century approach to "island music." Watch Germán Lopez perform on YouTube.
Ronnie Stewart, a guitarist turned historian, has been promoting the Blues for over 17 years. In addition to being a teacher, Stewart is the founder, executive director, and music historian of the Bay Area Blues Society located in Oakland, California, USA. The Bay Area Blues Society is dedicated to the perpetuation of Blues, Jazz, and Gospel as indigenous American art forms, rooted in African-American communities.
Together At Last
A Match Made In Las Vegas
They never worked together, exactly, but it’s intriguing to think what it would have been like to see Barbra Streisand and Frank Sinatra in concert together! Just imagine the possibilities. Could they share the spotlight? Would one have out-performed the other? Would their stage banter have been everything we’d hoped for?
Unfortunately, Streisand and Sinatra never shared the same stage, that is until Barbra & Frank, The Concert That Never Was, starring Sharon Owens and Sebastian Anzaldo. For more than a decade, Sharon and Sebastian have paid tribute to the superstars they adore, singing the most memorable music and songs ever written.
The rapport between the two icons is immediate and electric. What’s On magazine states, “As good as the music is, the banter between the stars is equally memorable.”
Barbra & Frank have held long-run headline residencies at the historic Riviera and Westin on the Las Vegas strip, played the famous Rainbow Room in New York, NY and toured the US appearing in theaters, showrooms, casinos and at corporate events. International dates include, Germany, Holland, Great Britain and Hong Kong, China.
Whether fans are reliving memories through the songs they’ve loved for years, or are experiencing Barbra & Frank for the first time, this “must see” show captures the imagination and brings to life the spirit of two of the most beloved legends ever to grace a stage.
Brian is always striving to push the boundaries of the jazz scene, which is evident by his forthcoming album, Funk! due out this September. This new set is a throwback to the stanky P-Funk records from back in the day combining infectious bass lines, greasy horn licks, sing-a-long hooks and of course, landing hard on the One. This record is also a follow-up to his widely successful Bringing Back The Funk album from 2008, which was co-produced by the late Maurice White of Earth, Wind & Fire.
Men Are From Mars – Women Are From Venus-LIVE! is a hilarious fusion between theatre and stand-up, based on the number one best selling book from acclaimed author John Gray.
This hysterical 90-minute show will have couples elbowing each other all evening as they see themselves on stage. Presented via different vignettes, topics will cover everything from dating to marriage to the bedroom! Watch the Sneak Peek Video
World-renowned acoustic and electric bassist Brian Bromberg hasn’t released an album in the U.S. since 2012, a fact that might not have been cause for concern if you know that at one point he released three albums in one year. Every man deserves a break. However, once you realize that this chameleon with over 20 projects in his catalog recently had reason to believe that he might never play music again, you understand the gravity of his latest acoustic jazz project, Full Circle—one he says may well be the most important record of his career.
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Christopher Titus is known for his edgy, confrontational material that pushes the envelope instead of brushing the topic under the carpet. Past topics have included custody battles, mental illness, family suicides, heart attacks, domestic abuse, and his relationship with his judgmental father.
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.”
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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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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