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By Steven Sanchez
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April 18, 2024

Left to right: rapper Lil Jon, comedian Daniel Tosh, and singer Lauren Daigle are bringing top quality entertainment to the Valley this weekend. (GV Wire Composite)

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Two-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Lauren Daigle, gospel legend CeCe Winans, rapper Lil Jon, and comedian Daniel Tosh are some of the top names headlining the Fresno area entertainment scene in the coming days.

Here’s a look at this week’s big events:

CeCe Winans

CeCe Winans is the undisputed queen of gospel. The numbers prove it. And she’s bringing her vocals and holy spirit to Visalia First Church this Thursday with The Goodness Tour.

She has garnered 15 Grammy Awards, the most for a female gospel singer; 31 GMA Dove Awards, 17 Stellar Awards, and 7 NAACP Image Awards.

To go along with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, she has 17 million in record sales certified by RIAA, and more than 19 million estimated in total sales as a solo artist. As busy as she is, CeCe’s also authored three books.

I attended a documentary showing and Q&A with Korn guitarist Brian “Head ” Welch and his daughter Jenna, at the church and it’s a great venue.

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Lil Jon

What! What! I’m saying that rapper, DJ, and record producer, Lil Jon, will be getting crunk at Tachi Palace in Lemoore this Friday.

He’s fresh off his stellar collaborative performance during this year’s Super Bowl halftime show with Ludacris and Usher where they played their Grammy Award winning hit “Yeah.” He’s got plenty of jams in his discography like, “Salt Shaker,” “Cyclone,” “Get Low,” “Snap Yo Fingers,” “Damn!”, “Freek-a-Leek,” “Lovers and Friends,” and “Goodies.” All these songs were party anthems that made you want to get low at high school dances and college parties.

The Atlanta-based rapper started out with his original crew, The East Side Boyz. Now he’s solo or contributing his distinct voice as a guest artist with other musicians. He’s best known for shouting one liners like “yeah,” “what,” and “OK.” Comedian Dave Chappelle used to spoof Lil Jon and his liners on his  sketch show, “Chappelle Show.” Before you knew it, everybody would shout those words and you knew who they were referring to.

I had the pleasure to see him live last year in Fresno at Chukchansi Park for the annual Tequila Fest. He was there with Rick Ross and T.I. His music made me “turn down for what” and it was a good time.

If you see him live, take your “shots,” and his performance will make you get “outta your mind.”

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Lauren Daigle

The two-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Lauren Daigle is bringing The Kaleidoscope Tour to Save Mart Center on Friday.

This young lady has won seven GMA Dove Awards, five Billboard Music Awards, two American Music Awards, and has had four No. 1 singles on the Billboard Christian Airplay and Hot Christian Songs charts.

The former “American Idol” contestant has more than 2 million followers on Instagram and Facebook. She has collaborated with CeCe Winans, along with other great artists like Jon Foreman, Reba McEntire, and Blessing Offor.

Daigle sings, plays her instruments, and writes songs from a spiritual perspective. You can feel it in songs like “Trust in You,” and “You Say,” which are among her biggest hits. Her fans love her because she sings from the heart.

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Los Angeles Azules

The Los Angeles Azules are a Mexican musical group playing the cumbia sonidera genre. Specifically, it’s a cumbia subgenre using the accordion and synthesizers. The band was launched in the early ’80s by a half-dozen siblings of the Mejía Avante family. The name means Blue Angels.

They’ve been mainstays in the Latin music genre. Last year, the song, “Esto sí es cumbia “(“This Is Cumbia”), hit the Regional Mexican Albums Top 10. 2019’s “Nunca es suficiente” (“It’s Never Enough”) was written and sung by Natalia Lafourcade, which became the Azules’ first Regional Mexican chart-topper in 19 years. The song has over 2 billion views on YouTube.

Amongst their fans they’re known for hits like “Cómo te voy a olvidar” (“How Could I Forget You”), “Por el amor a mi madre” (“For the Love of My Mother”), and “El nuevo sonido de la cumbia” (“The New Sound of Cumbia”). They’ll bring the Latin flavor to the Saroyan Theatre this Friday.

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Daniel Tosh

Daniel Tosh has been making people laugh for a long time and across many platforms. The comedian, host, writer, and producer will bring his observational black comedy and sarcastic humor to the Saroyan Theatre on Saturday.

Since his breakout performance on “The Late Show with David Letterman” in 2001, he’s been seen across television screens with “Comedy Central Presents” and “The Tonight Show.” He’s been a key player for Comedy Central, and they released his debut album, “True Stories I Made Up,” in 2005, followed by three hour-long specials: “Completely Serious” (2007), “Happy Thoughts” (2011), and “People Pleaser” (2016).

He became famous for hosting and creating “Tosh.0,” which ran 2009-2020 on Comedy Central. The show’s premise was Tosh making fun of internet clips. Also, for the network, he executive produced and starred in the animated sitcom “Brickleberry,” where he hilariously voiced the character Malloy, a talking bear. The show is in the family tree of adult cartoon shows like “South Park.”

He’s done voiceover work for other animated shows like “Paradise PD” and “The Life and Times of Tim.” Nowadays he’s hosting the “Tosh Show,” a video podcast for iHeart Media.

Daniel is one of the funniest comedians out there. If you miss it, there’ll be no web redemption for that.

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Fresno State Vintage Days, Friday-Sunday

The free event features vendors selling locally made goods, live entertainment, and delicious food. There’s the Kids Zone, packed with mini adventures like pony rides, train rides, and inflatables.  There’ll be photo opportunities to be had with Fresno State mascots, and for the adults there’s the beer and wine garden.

Spring Fest 2024, Chukchansi Park, Saturday

A huge lineup of Latin artists will perform at this festival. There’ll be Marca MP, Edén Muñoz, Edgardo Nuñez, Chino Pacas, Los Primos Del Este, Herencia de Patrones, Beto Sierra, Manuel Rodríguez, Mala Conducta, and Deorro.

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Bones Love Milk Presents: Gravity Tour, Saturday

Producers Dairy is teaming up with Bones Love Milk again this year to bring professional skateboarding to Fresno on Saturday at Lions Skatepark. Some of the nation’s leading skateboarders will be present, including Christian Hosoi, Dalton Dern, Kanaan Dern, Zach Doelling, Le’Andre “SkateGoat” Sanders, Katelyn West, and Reggie Kelly. It’s free to the public.

There’ll be local food trucks curated by Fresno Street Eats, live music, art stations provided by Allard’s Art Supply, and free skateboard helmets from the Fresno Fire Department. Free Milk & Cookies provided by Producers Dairy and Dad’s Cookies. The contest is from 10 a.m. to  4 p.m. The pros ride 4 p.m.-5 p.m. Contestants can sign up the day of the event or at Impact Skate in Bakersfield, Prodigy Boardshop in Clovis, and Sifu Skate in Fresno.

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Slice of Comedy, DiCicco’s Old Town Clovis, Friday-Saturday

My good friend, comedian Danny Minch, brings laughs to Old Town. It happens every weekend. On Friday, Justin Foster is the headliner and Danny takes over on Saturday.

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Movies at the Historic Crest Theatre, Friday-Sunday

The Historic Crest Theatre in downtown Fresno shows old movies on the big screen on the weekends. Very nostalgic. Feels like the good ol’ days watching a movie in a decorative theatre, the way films were meant to be watched. Friday will be the Ice Cube and Chris Tucker film, “Friday,” Saturday they’ll screen the Disney animated classic “Alice in Wonderland” and Sunday they’re showing the horror film based on the Stephen King novel, “Misery.”

Tickets are $5

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The Artist Tree 4/20 Celebration, Saturday

The Artist Tree in Fresno is hosting a big 4/20 celebration honoring cannabis from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday. They’re partnering with Planet Vegan and other neighboring restaurants on the food. There’ll be music and art, too.

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Praise Fest 2024, Saturday

Kierra Sheard, Charles Jenkins & Vanessa Bell Armstrong will be performing including Christian David & The Blackout Choir, Leah Marie, Tiffany Binion Mangum, Iris Person and Cornell Archie! Praise and Worship with your friends and family at this great event at the Regency Event Center in Clovis.

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If there’s an event you want us to consider, contact steven.sanchez@gvwire.com.

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Steven Sanchez,
Content Manager/Entertainment Editor
Steven Sanchez, a resident of Clovis, graduated from Buchanan High School in the class of 2007 and obtained his film degree from University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Steven is a multifaceted artist, working as a filmmaker, writer, photographer, videographer, and published author. He has a profound passion for movies, comic books, and rock ‘n’ roll. A dedicated football enthusiast, he cheers for the Las Vegas Raiders. In his leisure time, he indulges in reading and collecting vinyl records. Steven is often found attending rock shows in town, a keen enthusiast of live music. He holds a special fondness for his grandma's homemade meals and spending time with his twin sister.

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