Just as a small update, after the big meeting Monday, The Bel-Tower is still closed. Yes, there is hope they can work it out but... well, we should stay positive but experience says not to hold your breath. The city doesn't make things easy to run a venue, no matter how many times they say they're cutting more red tape. A meeting with the Fresno Fire Department Wednesday will yield more info.
In a related thought, Famous Whitewater's post about The Bel-Tower got us thinking and commenting: Maybe we should just shut our nerd-trap about shows at DIY places like The Bel-Tower. These venues are sorta meant to be underground and not listed on Fresno's mainstream blogs - yeah we're not mainstream but work with us here.
Not saying a lot of people read this blog but it just takes one sorta Internet savvy city official, cop, (or big venue owner that's getting annoyed that these kids are putting on all these shows and not paying the same permit fees they're paying) to read about all the shows happening and call the city to go over there and shut it down.
We saw on the facebooks that a lot of the Bel-Tower shows are getting moved to another DIY venue, a place we know. But now we don't want to post the info and make it easier to find THAT venue and inadvertently help shut IT down... what to do, what to do...
Over the weekend, the Fresno PD and Alcohol Beverage Control, shut down all ages music venue The Bel-Tower. Citing a lack of proper permits. Bel-Tower volunteers are meeting at Noon today with ABC to see what can be done to re-open the place. Fresno PD and the City Of Fresno has never been to welcoming to all ages clubs, but hopefully something can get worked out. We'd hate to lose a music venue in town.
The Bel-Tower folks put a humble video together - very much worth watching - to illustrate what they mean to the all-ages music crowd:
Wow, man. This is just a HORRIBLE weekend to be out of town. Hor_rib_le. Both Friday and Saturday are packed out with big quality local talent. Insane stuff for those staying around, having fun in the 'no. Lucky bastards. The fun is explained below... BANDGEEK!!:
AUDIE'S OLYMPIC: Professional musician (in every sense) Patrick Contreras has pretty much done it all locally. Yeah, I know what you're thinking "Well he doesn't know the first thing about dubstep." UP YOURS! You are wrong, my friend. He's been trying that too and he'll be doing some of it tonight:
THE CYC: Dude if Jabba The Hut has a bounty on your ass, best not go to this show as it seems bounty hunter, Boba The Fett, will be in attendance. The flier says "no disintigration" but it doesn't say anything about freezing people in carbonite:
BABYLON: We don't believe this to be Hands That Kill's last Fresno show... but go as if it is... that's really how we should treat all shows, right?
In case you didn't see this over on Fresno Famous or on Facebook this week; local DIY venue, The Bel-Tower, has had a bad few days. Obviously the most tragic is the death of local promoter, musician and Bel-Tower volunteer, Ariel Gieseman. She was killed in a fog related accident near Hanford. Our hearts go out to her friends and family.
Also, The Bel-Tower needs to get some expensive code-related repairs done soon and are never rolling in cash given the nature of this kind of place. They're asking for some donation help in order to keep things running, hopefully we can all help out soon.
Alright, let's change the mood here and start looking forward to some shows this weekend. Let's BANDGEEK!!
AUDIE'S OLYMPIC: Big one right here. Sorta Fresno band, The Mallard, comes to town. As you can learn from Fresno Famous, Fresno natives Greer McGrettrick and Dylan Tidyman-Jones lead this now Bay Area band. They'll be partying for their EP release and stopping by to do stuff with them is Aussie band, Woollen Kits, and Portland band The Woolen Men. Fresno's Quiet Americans will be playing and rethinking why the didn't call themselves The Woolen Americans. [$5, 9pm, 21+]
The Bel-Tower: Nice enough to come all the way from Tucson is Signals. Locals Troubled By Insects, The Milford Higgins and Restaurnaut will be filling things out... hopefully. We say hopefully because we heard the drummer and bass player for The Milford Higgins left the band on Tuesday - maybe Eli Reyes (a drummer in, like, six local bands) is looking to pick up a new one.
Sorry for the halfass-ness of this week's "Bandgeek" post. We were busy Thursday night with drinking messing up our podcast and we didn't do up Bandgeek as much as usual. But hey, you'll still get the gist of what's happening this weekend... It's BANDGEEK!:
FULTON 55: Big Birthday or Anniversary show for Fulton 55. It's been one year of greatness for Fulton 55 and this local themed show matches up with Patrick Contreras. We don't get a chance to see Patrick enough anymore as he seems to have tuned down the amount of shows, so that makes this one so much more special doesn't it!? Plus, the local band that sold out F55: 40 Watt Hype. Also playing, Doc's Holiday, whom are very awesome. It's a perfect show, basically. [FREE!, 9:30, 21+]
@ Audie's Olympic: Country music has cast them out. Shunned them. Told them "We don't like yer kind 'round these parts. Either you'n play country music liken we wantn ya ta, or else we shut yous up fer good." Well these bands refused to conform. That's why they are forever branded as... OUTLAW COUNTRY! The Dan Family (Fort Worth TX), 800 Mile Monday (Lubbock TX) and Walker & The Texas Dangers (Weatherford TX) will make an outlaw out of you ifn ya go:
Back to back holiday weekends are cool and all, but it's good to have all the regular venues back and in show-having order - especially for the all-ages folk. So let's see what's out there to choose from. Let's BANDGEEK!!:
This is the most thin we've seen a Friday night in Fresno, like, ever. New Year's Eve on Saturday sorta makes up for it but jeezzz. Whatever you do, don't drive dirty 'cause Chief "Retire? Who, Me?" Jerry Dome will be waiting for you.
Happy Damn New Year, Fresnans! Hope you've been able to use this post once or twice this year. Enough talk. Let's... BANDGEEEEEK!:
THE NEXT BAR: Bandgeek... geeks will notice this is the first appearance of The Next Bar in Bandgeek. That's because they've got a pretty damn good show happening with Fresno's Bully The Kid and I Do Not Exist. Plus Merced's Stigmurder. [$?, Doors 8pm, 21+]
STARLINE: Fresno’s own Beatle tribute band: The Beetles, will be putting on a special New Years Eve event. They'll perform, from start to finish, The Beatle’s acclaimed 1965 album: Rubber Soul. “Even after all these years, there were a handful of songs from this record that we’d never performed live,” says drummer Stan Schaffer. “We took a lot of time deciphering the vocal harmonies. With all of their other qualities as songwriters, etc., we forget what a great vocal band The Beatles were. We’re looking forward to sharing these tunes on New Year’s.” [$20, Doors 8:30 - music 9:30, 21+]
AUDIE'S OLYMPIC: If select Fresno bands were needed to form a Megatron, these three bands would be used for sure: Strange Vine, 40 Watt Hype and Motel Drive. Insanely all three of these outfits are playing a special New Year's Eve party at Audie's. The question is who would be the headliner of these three:
This post is for finding where bands are doing stuff in Fresno purposes only. It's not to be used to pick up chicks or be read while on any hallucinogens... cause that be a waste of good hallucinogens. It's Bandgeek!:
FULTON 55: If you know what an Exiting Posada and Christmas party is then maybe you'll understand what's going on at Fulton tonight more than us. It's Posada Cumbia & Rock N Roll with Fresno's Spanish rock band, La Sambina. Check out the details.
Well that's what we found. If you know of a local band playing, or even a weekend event that's not on here or you want to pimp or muse about what IS on here, please use the comment section of this post to its fullest!
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