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.
By making a purchase of our one-of-a-kind Tower Theatre Memorabilia, you are helping the Tower Theatre, a nationally recognized Historical Landmark, run strong for generations...
Not many living blues musicians can say they have performed with and recorded for legends like Big Mama Thornton, Tina Turner, Bruce Willis, Luther Tucker, Jimmy McCracklin, Pee Wee Crayton, Carla Thomas, Booker T. Jones, Percy Mayfield, Etta James, B.B. King, and Jimmy Reed. Ron Thompson can, and that's just the beginning!
Buckethead is famously known for wearing a KFC bucket on his head, emblazoned with an orange bumper sticker that reads FUNERAL in capital black block letters, and an expressionless plain white costume mask. He also incorporates nunchucks and robot dancing into his stage performances.
An instrumentalist, Buckethead is best known for his electric guitar playing. He has been voted number 8 on a list in GuitarOne magazine of the "Top 10 Greatest Guitar Shredders of All Time" as well as being included in Guitar World's lists of the "25 all-time weirdest guitarists" and is also known for being in the "50 fastest guitarists of all time list".
The historic Tower Theatre welcomes 559 Fights, the best
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Come out and groove to the timeless sounds of Motown. Featuring tributes to such legends as the Temptations, The Spinners, and The Marvelettes. Come experience the Magic, the Memories and the Music of your favorite Motown Hits.
Fresno rock band Wild Blue Yonder, now known simply as The Blue, releases its first new music in 35 years. 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, then, they just played.
A new film by musician, composer, actor, and director Neil Norman tells the fantastic, gleeful, tragic tale of 1960's garage rock wunderkinds The Seeds, a band credited with creating the idea of flower power, whose front man Sky Saxon is the prototypical rock god, who like Icarus, flew too close to the sun and plummeted back to earth in an inglorious heap. Q&A with Writer/Director following movie.
The Broadway actor, MTV star, American Idol finalist, and viral YouTube personality is putting a new twist on L. Frank Baum’s classic creation, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, with a show featuring 20 original songs.
Todrick Hall auditioned for the ninth season of American Idol, where he made it to the semi-finals. Since then, Hall has been performing on Broadway and YouTube.
Bobby Bones, who recently nabbed his second ACM award for "National On-Air Personality of the Year” and is best known as “the biggest thing in country radio,” (New York Times) has proven to be one of the genre’s most influential tastemakers, breaking some of country music's freshest talent. The host of iHeartMedia’s, The Bobby Bones Show, the show reaches millions of listeners on nearly 100 stations.
The LMB made their first big splash on the national blues scene in 2008 at the International Blues Challenge, where they were Finalists in both the live band and CD competitions, the only band in IBC history to reach both finals at a single competition. Other accolades include twice being named the House of Blues Radio Hour “Blues Breaker” artist of the week, a B.B. King’s Bluesville “Picks to Click”, and winning the Blues Festival Guide’s Blues Artist on the Rise Award.
“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
Pianist, composer and humanitarian Keiko Matsui’s spirit and music knows no boundaries. The first Japanese musician to top the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Charts, Keiko’s borderless tapestry of sound, fueled by her alluring, spiritual, healing and earthy mix of jazz, classical and world influences, have put her in a class by herself.
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.”
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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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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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."
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