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Jose Ramirez Bout, Clovis Rodeo Are Center Stage in a Weekend Crammed With Events
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By Steven Sanchez
Published 1 month ago on
April 25, 2024

Left to right: the Clovis Rodeo, comedian Rob Schneider, and local boxer Jose Ramirez headline the top events in the Central Valley this weekend. (GV Wire Composite)

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April is closing out with a bang with a great variety of events.
The Golden Boy Boxing promotions match between Jose Ramirez and Rances Barthelemy, the Clovis Rodeo, and comedian Rob Schneider are the main events in the Valley over the weekend.

Here’s a look:

Rob Schneider: Table Mountain Casino

“SNL” alum Rob Schneider has entertained audiences with his comedy since the late 80s. He’s also remembered for films like “Home Alone 2: Lost in New York,” “Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo,” “The Animal,” “The Hot Chick,” “The Benchwarmers,” and being featured in Adam Sandler-produced films like “The Waterboy,” “Grown Ups,” and its sequel. He’s starred in sitcoms with his name featured in the title and did a Netflix stand up special, “Rob Schneider: Asian Momma, Mexican Kids.”

He’s bringing his humor to Table Mountain Casino on Friday. Being a husband and a father and having worked with Sandler, he’s got a wealth of stories to pull from and that’s what makes his comedy relatable. His act has taken on political issues lately, but there’s no telling what punch lines he’ll deliver in Fresno.

Table Mountain Casino is bringing big-name acts to their new casino hotel and adding Schneider to that list is a good call.

Get your tickets here

Ramirez vs. Barthelemy: Save Mart Center

Local boxing hero, U.S. Olympian and former unified world champion Jose Ramirez facing Rances Barthelemy in the main event at the Save Mart Center on Saturday. He’s set to make his Golden Boy Promotions debut in a homecoming that is geared to be one of the biggest fights Fresno has hosted.
Ramirez former promoter was Top Rank, having signed with Bob Arum’s group in 2012.
After a year hiatus, Ramirez looks to show he can get back to the top again in a scheduled 12-rounder against Las Vegas fighter Barthelemy. The 31-year-old Ramirez (28-1, 18 KOs) is ESPN’s No. 7 boxer at 140 pounds. He only fought once last year with an 11th-round KO of Richard Commey in March 2023. He’s primed and conditioned to give it his all this fight while Barthelemy (30-2-1, 15 KOs) is looking to someday become Cuba’s first three-division world champion. Barthelemy also is hoping to bounce back from his title bout loss to Kiryl Relikh.

Golden Boy Promotions is owned by 10-time world champion in six divisions Oscar De La Hoya. In its 15 years, De La Hoya’s group has put on matches in packed venues around the world with some of them being the highest grossing events in boxing history.

Vergil Ortiz Jr.  faces Thomas Dulorme in the other featured bout.
Ortiz (20-0, 20 KOs) is ESPN’s No. 7 junior middleweight. The 25-year-old from Dallas is coming off a first-round TKO win over Fredrick Lawson in January after a 17-month layoff. The fight was Ortiz’s first at 154 pounds. Since March 2022, Ortiz has withdrawn from three fights due to health issues related to rhabdomyolysis. He’s reportedly healthy again and is the No. 1 contender for  the WBA title held by Israil Madrimov.
Dulorme (26-6-1, 17 KOs) has suffered three consecutive defeats, including a first-round KO loss to rising star Jaron Ennis in October 2021, before recovering in a third-round TKO victory over Abraham Peralta in July 2022.  He’s won only two of his past seven bouts. The 34-year-old Puerto Rican fighter will enter the ring on the heels of a career-long 21-month layoff.
The fights will be broadcast by DAZN.
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Alicia Villarreal: Saroyan Theatre 

Alicia Villarreal is a Mexican singer, who began performing with Grupo Límite, where she soared to fame with hits like “Por Puro Amor,” and has had a successful solo career. Her albums, including “Soy Lo Prohibido,” “Cuando el Corazon Se Cruza,” and “Orgullo de Mujer,” not only secured her a Grammy nomination but also captivated audiences during extensive tours across Mexico and the U.S.

After a four-year hiatus marked by personal tragedy, Alicia made a triumphant return in 2017 with the release of “La Villarreal,” an album produced by her husband, Cruz Martinez. This comeback showcased her traditional Mexican roots alongside hit singles like “Haz Lo Que Quieras” and “Te Aprovechas.” Her fans adore her for her signature rancheras, heartfelt ballads, and energy. She’s bringing the Latina heat to the Saroyan Theatre this Saturday.

Get your tickets here.

Tower Porchfest

Tower Porchfest is a grassroots community music event in Fresno’s Tower District, where front porches become stages, and yards become venues. The mission of Tower Porchfest is to build community through music and art. You can see it for yourself this Saturday.
Think of it as one big block party. There’s incredible array of classic housing types – ranging from granny flats, townhouses, and apartments to craftsman bungalows and mansions. The event boundaries are for porches Fruit to Blackstone and Belmont to Shields. The event is spread across the entire neighborhood, filling roughly 3 square miles. Artists and bands from all genres will perform.
The event is organized by Creative Fresno and the Tower Porchfest Organizing Committee, countless musicians, Tower neighbors, and volunteers. It’s for the people by the people. I attended a few years back and the whole setup was interesting and entertaining.
For more information click here.

Clovis Rodeo

This event is always the last full weekend in April. The Clovis Rodeo is your chance to experience western culture from Wednesday through Sunday. According to rodeo officials, they attract more than 55,000 fans, 550 cowboys, 50 mutton busters, 70 cowgirls, 746 animal athletes, and 8,500 pounds of tri-tip, making it one of the most popular events in Fresno County.
There’s a board that plans and puts this event on to primarily focus on a month of festivities that raise more than $350,000 annually for 21 local charities. The all-volunteer Clovis Rodeo Association is dedicated to giving back to the community with 700 members. Among the beneficiaries: 4-H, FFA, Clovis Schools, Clovis Community Hospital, Valley Children’s Healthcare, Fresno State Rodeo Team, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Break the Barriers, Boy Scouts of America, and the Central California Blood Center.

If you’re into PBR and have a thirst for anything country, this event is for you. It’s been around since 1914 making this the 110th year. Dust off the boots and put on that country hat and get into the spirit of the rodeo. There’s going to be bull riding, a parade, and concerts by Bryan Martin, Michael Ray, and Matt Stell presented by 93.7 KISS Country Radio.

For more information click here.

Fresno Grizzlies vs San Jose Giants

The Fresno Grizzlies baseball team plan on clawing through the San Jose Giants on their way to victory in a series that began Tuesday and goes through Sunday.
The California League affiliate of the Colorado Rockies have started the season strong at 12-3 and are riding a six-game win streak.
There will be different themes for the fans starting on Friday and going to Sunday.
On Friday it’s “Halfway to Halloween!” a spooktacular evening filled with eerie entertainment, ghoulish delights, and bone-chilling fun and “Community Outreach Night” by spreading goodwill throughout the community. The first 1,500 fans will receive a fang-tastic Tote Bag along with a nighttime fireworks show.
On Saturday they’re having “Zoo Night.” On Sunday it’s “Meet Bluey and Bingo Day” where fans can meet and take pictures with puppy characters from the hit show “Bluey.” Sunday’s game also includes “Bark in the Park.” Bring and watch the game with your furry friend.
Get your tickets here.

Chocolicious 15k, 5k and 2 Mile Run/Walk

I’ve seen it all… a chocolate themed marathon! Yes, if Willy Wonka wanted to put on an event that combined chocolate and fitness, this would be it.

It’s the Chocolicious 15k, 5k and 2 Mile Run/Walk! There are three courses and the 15k is the seventh race in the Cal Classic Runner of the Year Series. This one-of-a-kind festivity will take place at Shinzen Activity Area at Woodward Park on Saturday.

Their charity partner is Habitat for Humanity, and when I say it’s chocolate everything, I mean it. There’s chocolate themed tech event shirts and they’ll have a lot of chocolate goodies. There’ll be music on the course and free downloadable photos. Awards will be handed out.

I’ve been to a marathon out at the park, not this specific themed one, but the course out there gives you a good workout while still being joyous. They’ve done Zombie runs and obstacles, a Bully dog rescue run, and I believe this one can join if not surpass them in terms of uniqueness and creativity.

For more information click here.

Fresno State Football Spring Preview

Come see the Fresno State football team’s Spring Preview/Bulldog Block Party on Saturday. It’s free to attend at Valley Children’s Stadium. Fresno State is providing a limited number of 2024 football schedule posters to fans, and they’ll have the opportunity to get autographs and meet the team after the scrimmage.

You’ll get a taste to see what’s in store for the 2024 season. You can see returning quarterback Mikey Keene, running back Malik Sherrod, and the rest of the team.  An exciting addition is defensive end Korey Foreman, the transfer from USC who was ranked as the nation’s No. 1 recruit out of high school with a five star rating.

Mikey Keene returns at quarterback for coach Jeff Tedford’s Bulldogs in 2024. (GV Wire Composite/Paul Marshall)

Fresno Master Chorale’s Performance of The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci and Illuminare

With the world’s most advanced digital sync technology, Fresno Master Chorale will combine orchestral music with dynamic visuals for their upcoming performance of The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci on Sunday at Paul Shaghoian Concert Hall.

This multimedia symphony is the first-of-its-kind for the Central Valley, and the first large concert work created with MUSÈIK — a software that follows the conductor’s tempo in real time. With perfectly timed video projections, concertgoers experience an immersive audio-visual event that’s likened to watching a film with a dynamic score.

The show is brought to you by Fresno Community Chorus, Inc. The Fresno Master Chorale will be conducted under Anna Hamre Hall. It’ll be a unique musical experience.

Get your tickets here.

Check it Out:

Slice of Comedy Headlining Rob Smallwood 

Danny Minch hosts these comedic events every weekend at DiCicco’s in Old Town Clovis. Headlining this Friday will be comedian Rob Smallwood.

Get your tickets here.

Movies at the Historic Crest Theatre, Friday – Saturday

The Historic Crest Theatre in downtown Fresno shows old movies on the big screen on the weekends. Friday, it will be filmmaker Quentin Tarantino’s film debut “Reservoir Dogs,” Saturday they’re screening the Disney animated classic “Sleeping Beauty,” and Sunday they’re showing one of John Candy’s comedic hits, “Uncle Buck.”

Tickets are $5

Fore more information click here.

Reggaeton Fest, Club Encore, Saturday

There’s a reggaeton party going down at the newest and poppin’ nightclub in Fresno on Saturday, Club Encore. There’ll be a lot of grooovin’ and dancin’. I’ve been to a few of these and it’s always been a good time. It’s 21 and up, and there is a dress code.

Get your tickets here

Garden Bros Nuclear Circus, Fresno Fairgrounds, Thursday-Sunday

This is considered the largest Circus on Earth, and it’s here in Fresno from Thursday to Sunday. Featuring the world’s smallest person at just 23 inches tall, awe-inspiring human cannonball, and 7 Man-team in the Globe of Death under the world’s largest big top tent. There’ll be fair food, a circus midway with the world’s largest inflatable slides, face painting, bouncy houses, pony rides, and more.

Get your tickets here.

University High School “Afro-American Symphony” 

University High School presents Symphony Orchestra Concert led by Dr. Randall Cornelison on Saturday evening at Paul Shaghoian Concert Hall.

They’ll showcase a special rendition of William Grant Still’s “Afro-American Symphony.”

For more information, click here.

Events Recap:

Lauren Daigle

The two-time Grammy Award-winning Christian singer-songwriter put on a very upbeat show April 19th at the Save Mart Center for The Kaleidoscope Tour. Her wardrobe, lighting, and stage presentation was bright and colorful.

The most unique thing about her is that she’s labeled a Christian artist, but she doesn’t come across that way. She parades around like a free spirit with a bohemian persona. I equate her to Janis Joplin or Joni Mitchell who decided to sing Christian music, that’ll be her. Her lyrics aren’t preachy or overly gospel. She sings about hope, salvation, and positivity, and we definitely need it during these times. And her fans felt it when she sang them live.

Lauren Daigle at the Save Mart Center on April 19, 2024. (GV Wire/Steven Sanchez)

Of course, her fans cheered when they heard her hits like “Trust in You,” “You Say,” and “Thank God I do,” but the songs that resonated with me were, “Valuable,” “Hold onto Me,” and “Rescue.” The former American Idol contestant took the music industry by storm in 2018 when her album placed higher on the charts above mainstream acts like rapper Drake and pop star Ariana Grande. Proving that people want to hear positive music, whether it’s Christian music or not. Lauren is one of the few that can cross paths between Christian music and Adult Contemporary.

The Louisiana beauty set the tone for the night starting the show with “These Are The Days” with a full horn section and backup singers to support her. The show was a way to draw attention to the Price Fund, a charity she founded to establish care for children, elderly, and those in need around the world through communal initiatives and outreach.

One thing is for sure, she adores her fans. She was admiring her fans’ signs and shirts, spreading positive message throughout the night, and even sang Happy Birthday for a fan with audience participation. The combination of her infectious energy and positive-driven music that has mass appeal, this is one of the most entertaining shows I’ve been to this year.

Lauren Daigle at the Save Mart Center on April 19t, 2024. (GV Wire/Steven Sanchez)

Geoff Tate

There’s no question that singing virtuoso and former frontman of Queensryche, Geoff Tate, is one of the best rock singers in history.

His voice singlehandedly steamrolled through the Fresno crowd at Tower Theatre on Tuesday night.  Decked out in his familiar shades and a cowboy hat to match, everything about him oozed rock ‘n’ roll. This was my third time seeing him, all here in Fresno, and his voice has never wavered.

He’s been a solo act since 2012 but he’s most remembered for his time in the band that made him popular. Queensryche has sold over 20 million albums worldwide and has performed in upwards of 50 countries. “Operation: Mindcrime” is their masterpiece, but “Empire,” brought them to the mainstream. It entered the Top Ten on the Billboard charts, selling more than three million copies, and producing their hugely popular hit, “Silent Lucidity.”

Geoff Tate at Tower Theatre on April 23, 2024. (GV Wire/Steven Sanchez)

He played new songs and the classics, but the Queensryche songs pack the biggest punch. He did something new I’d never seen before — play the saxophone. A nice touch to his show. But it doesn’t matter what he sings, even though his most devoted fans care, it’s the voice that draws people in. There’s no body that sounds like him. Everyone in attendance was mesmerized by his vocals. That’s why Fresno turns out for him every time he comes here.

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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