The Tower Theatre for the Performing Arts
815 E. Olive Avenue Fresno, CA 93728
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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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Buck Johnson currently is the keyboardist and backing vocalist for legendary rock band Aerosmith and has also toured and recorded with such notable artists as The Doobie Brothers, Tal Bachman, John Waite, Shawn Mullins, Matthew Sweet, Timothy B. Schmit of the Eagles and many more.
Buck is excited to announce the release of his debut album in 2016 on Spectra Music Group showcasing songs that reflect his life journey with all it’s ups and downs. The album consists of the world class musicians Buck has been recording and playing with in Nashville, Tn.
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.
Singer/songwriter Noel Paul Stookey has been altering both the musical and ethical landscape of this country and the world for decades—both as the “Paul” of the legendary Peter, Paul and Mary and as an independent musician who passionately believes in bringing the spiritual into the practice of daily life. Funny, irreverently reverent, thoughtful, compassionate—passionate—Stookey’s vocal sound is known all across this land: from the “Wedding Song” to “In These Times.”
Multi Grammy nominee Duke Robillard is a 4-time Best Guitarist winner at the Blues Music Awards and 18-time Blues Music Award nominee overall. His guitar work has seamlessly spanned the worlds of jazz, blues, and swing since he founded the renowned big band, Roomful of Blues, in 1967. In addition, Duke's most recent release "The Acoustic Blues and Roots of Duke Robillard has been nominated for a Blues Music Award and was named # 45 of 50 of 2015s best blues CDs by Living Blues magazine.
The Disoriented comics are:
Jenny Yang is an award-winning, Los Angeles-based standup comedian, content creator, comedy tour and festival organizer, speaker, and professional opinion-haver.
Kat Evasco is a writer, stand up comedian, and performance artist living and working in the San Francisco Bay Area and is best known for her touring autobiographical one-woman show, Mommy Queerest.
Shanti Charan is a stand up comedian who was named SF Bay Guardian's “Comic to Watch” and is also the host of the comedy cooking series, Mixing Masala.
The musicians are:
Priska, born Priscilla Liang, is a Taiwanese-American singer/songwriter from Los Angeles, who turned to music as an escape from being bullied while in middle school. She soon began writing her own music and is influenced by the lyrics and styles of singer/songwriters Rachael Yamagata, Jason Mraz, and Sara Bareilles.
Paradise is a Fresno-based Hmong American pop band featuring original members Phong Yang, Long Her, and Ko Yang. Paradise performed with great success throughout the U.S. until 2006. They have reunited to perform at various music festivals and benefit shows and have an upcoming full concert in December 2017.
All proceeds will benefit CCAPW, a 501c3 nonprofit organization that aims to empower generations of Asian American women from the Central Valley.
Steve-O (a.k.a. Stephen Glover) is a household name and it all started when he began producing homemade videos of dangerous stunts mixed with comical behavior. Steve-O graduated from Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Clown College in 1997, and had a career as a circus clown before achieving fame on Jackass and Wildboyz. Since then, he has become a New York Times bestselling author, standup comedian, and actor. His first hour-long comedy special recently premiered on Showtime and
performed in the top one percent of all Showtime comedy specials.
Gina Lenee celebrates the release of her highly anticipated album, 'Red Diamonds'
—a stunning collection of her newest songs produced by Will Ackerman, founder of Windham Hill Records.
A Musical Experience Like Never Before
Expressive, passionate modern piano intensified with brilliant musical contributions from a star-studded cast of these International Recording Artists and Grammy winners
Will Ackerman – GRAMMY winning guitarist, producer, Founder of Windham Hill Records, williamackerman.com
An epoch is defined as an extended period of time typically characterized by a distinctive development or by a memorable series of events, and Scott Hansen, leader of the band Tycho, has named their new album Epoch (Ghostly International) with that in mind. The last installment in a trilogy, Epoch is the culmination of more than a decade's work that has seen the band evolving and maturing through two sublime releases Dive (2011) and Awake (2014), and developing from featuring Hansen as a delicate solo performer into the iconic frontman of a powerful multi-layered live band performing on the world's largest stages.
Filmworks presents the Oscar-winning Iranian thriller “The Salesman” at the historic Tower Theatre. An Oscar winner for Best Foreign Language Film, the film tells the story of a couple who must move into a new home, where they are forced to live with the past left behind by the previous tenants. Iran • 125 minutes • Rated PG-13
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.
On the title track of his new album, Can’t Even Do Wrong Right, legendary blues guitarist, songwriter and singer ELVIN BISHOP spins a tale of a not-too-smart criminal getting caught by his own foolish missteps. The shaggy dog story, fueled by Bishop’s down-home delivery and deep blues slide guitar, is an affirmation of the Chicago Sun-Times’ ebullient praise: “It’s impossible not to like Bishop. He’s always singing something lowbrow and uplifting.” With his buoyant and deceptively loose-sounding ensemble behind him, he’s also playing some of the most spirited and distinctive blues slide guitar today.
The Tubes will go down in the rock history books as one of the most exciting, in-your-face tight-knit group of musicians who epitomized the hilarity of popular American culture by making it into a the ultimate rock’n’roll extravaganza. Their live shows involved mock bondage rituals, simulated sex, 12-foot high rock stars by the name of Quay Lude singing ‘White Punks On Dope’, exploding televisions, chainsaws and an array of semi-clad dancers. In the tradition of Frank Zappa and Captain Beefheart, the Tubes were one of the first bands to write and perform songs in a head-on theatrical onslaught.
Her voice is unique, unmistakable and timeless – The Los Angeles Times’ Robert Hilburn called her “arguably the most charismatic female performer in rock.” And about the Hollywood Bowl concert in 2012, The Hollywood Reporter wrote: Martha Davis, of the Motels, was still strong in voice and admirably delivered hits like “Only The Lonely” and “Suddenly Last Summer.” For Martha Davis, the most important thing has always been the songs she writes.
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.
10-Time GRAMMY Award Winners!!!
Voted Best Country & Western Band by Rolling Stone
Awarded “Touring Band of the Year” by Academy of Country Music
Americana Music Association honored Asleep at the Wheel
with the Lifetime Achievement Award
Asleep at the Wheel is bringing a fresh look and sound into 2017. Now traveling as an 8-piece band, recent additions Katie Shore (fiddle, vocals), Dennis Ludiker (fiddle, mandolin) and Connor Forsyth (keyboard, vocals) have instilled a newfound energy and their own unique style within the band. Between those Texas Twin Fiddles and Boogie Piano, you can bet you’ll be dancin’ down the aisles and swingin’ all night long when the Wheel rolls into town!
With the monumental task of performing signature compositions spanning Frank Zappa's entire career, Dweezil has developed a new way to present this year's live show. The concerts will feature a specialized medley approach inserted throughout the setlist. Layers of Mothers Of Invention material will represent the early years, with special attention focused on "Freak Out". The musical transitions are designed to effortlessly guide the audience through the depth and variety within Frank Zappa's musical universe, allowing for a "live chronological overview" of a broader stretch of Zappa's career.
BeeGees Gold - The Tribute
What better way to celebrate Mother's Day than with the music of one of the best loved bands of all time? "Bee Gees Gold - The Tribute" have performed in over a dozen countries world wide and they were recently featured on the national TV show, "World's Greatest Tribute Bands" on AXS TV. They'll play all the hits including:
"To Love Somebody" - "Nights on Broadway" - "How Deep is Your Love"
"I Started a Joke" - "Stayin' Alive" and so much more!
Eclectic multi-instrumentalist David Lindley has long championed the concept of world music to legions of dedicated fans. His electro-acoustic performances effortlessly combine folk, blues and bluegrass traditions with elements from African, Asian, Celtic and Turkish musical sources. There is something for everyone! Incorporating an incredible array of stringed instruments, David's uncanny vocal mimicry and sense of humor make his onstage banter a show highlight. David has fronted his own band El Rayo-X, collaborated with Ry Cooder and Jackson Brown and lent his skills to Bob Dylan, Rod Stewart, Linda Ronstadt, Crosby & Nash, Ben Harper and Warren Zevon.
Dog 'N' Butterfly performs all the 70's hits loved by die-hard Heart fans worldwide as well as the chart-toppers that brought Heart back into the lime light in the 80's. The members of Dog ‘N’ Butterfly painstakingly recreate every harmony & nuance of Heart’s memorable music down to the last detail. This coupled with their dynamic stage show & retro-inspired costumes makes them a virtual tour-de-force of talent and dedication, providing fans with exactly what they promise.
A Tribute to the Three Great Ones with Mariachi Los Camperos. Offering Mexico’s treasure, with the musician’s expertise and the variety of voices that pay tribute to three of the greatest composers and singers in the history of Mariachi and Mexican Regional music. This performance will highlight songs from Jose Alfredo Jimenes such as: Ella, El Rey, Si Nos Dejan. Joan Sebastan: Tatuajes, Juliantla, Secreto de Amor. & Juan Gabriel: Se Me Olvido Otra Vez, Querida, Amor Eterno and much more.
The Lynyrd Skynyrd & Frynds show also includes hits from southern rock legends like The Allman Brothers, .38 Special and the unforgettable Molly Hatchet. With a recent appearance on the nationally televised AXSTV show “The World’s Greatest Tribute Bands,” Southbound has brought the sound of Skynyrd to a whole new level.
Four seasoned musicians from four corners of the country make up South Bound. The band, born and bred on Classic Rock, dedicate their nightly shows to an exciting true blend of Southern Rock, Country Rock, R&B and Classic Country, all performed with a rural California attitude.
Laurie Morvan’s unique, fiery guitar style has been highlighted in feature articles in the world’s top guitar magazines. “Morvan singes the strings with fast, clean chicken pickin’, reaches heights of lyrical ecstasy through liquid bends, and kicks the rhythm in the pocket with propulsive comping” (Guitar Player). “Fearless and fresh...Morvan plays with plenty of imagination” (Vintage Guitar). “Stunning California axe slinger...exhilarating electric blues guitar style” (Modern Guitars).
“Morvan is a stellar guitar player with consummate phrasing and respect for both the music and the spaces between the notes. She is one of the rising stars in the blues guitar world and anyone who wants to hear the future of blues guitar should pick up one of her CDs and check her out.” - Blues Blast
“Guitarist Laurie Morvan and crew make a strong case for more awards to fill their trophy case. With Morvan’s muscular, yet lyrical, guitar lines leading the charge…” - Blues Source
In short, the Laurie Morvan Band plays red hot blues rock that feeds your soul!
Since suffering a near-fatal illness at the age of six, George Anderson has had a special relationship with the souls in the Hereafter who depend on his ability to bring peace and comfort to their grieving families. George has conducted more than 35,000 sessions and is the most scientifically tested medium in the world. He has earned the respect and acclaim of those in the scientific, medical and religious fields. In 1982, George became the first medium to appear weekly in a television series (Psychic Channels). In 1987, his book We Don't Die became the first best-seller by a medium. His books have sold more than a million copies worldwide. George's work is referenced in more than 60 books and has been filmed for dozens of television programs including his own primetime network special Contact: Talking to the Dead. He continues to work with people from all over the world.
Join world-renowned medium and New York Times best-selling author George Anderson for a Live seminar and group reading where he will be talking about his ability and delivering messages from the Hereafter to members of the audience. George will also be signing copies of his latest book "Life Between Heaven and Earth" following the seminar.
$74.50 ticket includes a reserved copy of "Life Between Heaven and Earth"
*Limited* additional copies of the book will be available
for purchase at the event on a first come, first serve basis.
***purchase of ticket does not guarantee a reading***
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.
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