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Concerts, Tribute Bands & Sporting Events: Make Your Pick This Memorial Day Weekend
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By Steven Sanchez
Published 3 weeks ago on
May 22, 2024

Left to right: Latin music icon Gloria Trevi, country singer Aaron Watson, and Jim O'Heir from "Parks and Recreation" are entertaining the Central Valley this Memorial Day Weekend. (GV Wire Composite)

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Memorial Day weekend is going to be packed with exciting events.

For example, Latin music icon Gloria Trevi brings her “Mi Soundtrack” U.S. tour to the Save Mart Center on Friday.

93.7 Kiss Country is bringing back its Summer Concert Series at Woodward Park.

And there’ll be a roster of tribute bands entertaining the area featuring the hits of Journey, Fleetwood Mac, and Sammy Hagar, to name a few.

One more thing: The Fresno Grizzlies are back home and among their many theme nights will be “Fresno Parks & Rec Night” on Saturday. You’ll get a chance to meet the hilarious Jim O’Heir, aka Jerry Gergich from the television show.

Check out our expanded list of events at this link.

93.7 KISS Country Summer Concert Series

93.7 KISS Country returns its Summer Concert Series at Woodward Park on Thursday. The artists include Aaron Watson, Tigirlily Gold, Annie Bosko, and JJ Brown.

Watson, from Texas, has been an independent country artist since 1999. His 2015 album “The Underdog” reached No. 1 on Top Country Albums that year. In 2017, he had his first major radio airplay hit with “Outta Style,” which reached the Top 10 on Country Airplay.

Tigirlily Gold, consisting of sisters Krista and Kendra Slaubaugh from North Dakota, is new to the country scene — and making an immediate impact. Their debut radio single “Shoot Tequila” peaked at No. 47 on Billboard Country Airplay. They won the New Duo or Group of the Year Award at this year’s Academy of Country Music Awards.

Bosko, a California native, is emerging in the country community. She performed at the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena and debuted on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” early this year.

Brown is establishing himself with his high energy shows and color infused lyrics. His latest music release “Blue Eyes” can be streamed or downloaded everywhere. He has shared the stage with other great country stars like Clint Black, Craig Morgan, and Lauren Alaina.

Get your tickets here

Gloria Trevi

The Mexican singer can do it all. She’s a songwriter, dancer, actress, television hostess, music video director, and businesswoman. Earning herself the reputation as being “The Supreme Diva of Mexican Pop.”

“Pelo Suelto”, the lead single from the album, “Tu Ángel de la Guarda (Your Guardian Angel),” was a worldwide success, reaching No. 1 in several Latin America countries and in Spain. Billboard magazine included the album in its list of greatest Latin albums of all time.

She will showcase her evolution through new versions of her iconic classics and new original tracks that represent the different moments of her life. The concept of the tour was inspired by the release of her soundtrack to life, “Mi Soundtrack” (Vol. 1 and Vol. Two).

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ApCal Rock’n Ranch

You’re going to rock your socks off at Apcal Rock N Ranch this Saturday. They’re bringing you one of the most electrifying tribute acts from Las Vegas with Three Lock Box – The Ultimate Sammy Hagar Tribute. Opening for them will be Crackerjack. They’ll take the stage and transport you to a world of legendary rock and roll hits.

Three Lock Box does an amazing job replicating the look, presence, and voice of the “Red Rocker.” Be prepared to hear classics like “I Can’t Drive 55.”

Crackerjack plays a variety of tunes from classic rock, alt rock, and metal.

It’s going to be a night of non-stop rock and roll action that will leave you screaming for an encore. There’ll be beer, dancing, and cigars along with gourmet food trucks. Be sure to bring a lawn chair.

Get your tickets here

Fresno Grizzlies vs. Visalia Rawhide

The Fresno Grizzlies return home in a series against another Valley Single-A affiliate Visalia Rawhide. This weekend is filled with fun them nights at Chukchansi Park.

This Friday is “Growers Night” presented by Stamoules Produce, a celebration of the agricultural heartbeat of our community. The evening will honor the hardworking growers who cultivate our region with fireworks to cap off the evening.

Saturday is “Fresno Parks and Rec Night” featuring the actor Jim O’Heir, who played Jerry Gergich on the television show, “Parks and Recreation.” There’ll also be post-game fireworks.

This Sunday, the park will be celebrating the birthday of the mascot, Parker T. Bear. It’s going to be a “beary” special day filled with other mascots, games, and birthday cheer.

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Club Encore Presents: Steven G Memorial Day Pool Party

Club Encore is throwing the hottest Memorial Day Pool Party in town this Saturday. They’re bringing rapper Steven G from Los Angeles. He’s new to the scene but he raps, and sings with a laidback, sometimes jazzy sound that represents the west coast vibe.

It’ll be hosted by Product1Nine and music will be provided by DJ Banx. Get your swimsuit out, get some drinks, and get ready to party. It’s a 21 and up event.

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One Drop Redemption – The Ultimate Bob Marley & The Wailers Tribute, Friday

One Drop Redemption–The Ultimate Bob Marley & The Wailers Tribute takes its audience on a journey back in time to relive the magic of the music from the iconic reggae singer. This band faithfully delivers timeless Marley classics that have left an indelible mark on music history. They’re performing at the Tower Theatre on Friday.

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Live Music at Engelmann Cellars, Fleetwood Mac Tribute – Stealing Nicks, Friday

It’s going to be a great Friday evening under the stars with wine, beer, frose, food trucks, and lots of dancing to Fleetwood Mac tribute band Stealing Nicks. The Fresno tribute band pays attention to detail recreating the greatness of the band and the gypsy herself. They’ll be playing classics like “Dreams,” “Sara,” “Gold Dust Woman,” and more. Grab your chairs or blankets and find your favorite spot in the Vineyard Park at Engelmann Cellars.

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The 2024 CIF State Track & Field Championships, Friday-Saturday

The 104th CIF State Track & Field Championships is Friday and Saturday at Veterans Memorial Stadium at Buchanan High School in Clovis. All the best high school athletes in the state are competing.

Get your tickets here

Clovis Memorial Run, Saturday

This event honors our military veterans and active-duty service members and their families. It’s a way to honor our legacy of the senior citizens and veterans in our community. The event is for all ages and will be held rain or shine. In conjunction with the races, a resource fair will be held in the parking lot. Vendors and information for seniors, veterans and their families will be available. It includes a timed 5K (3.1 miles) run or walk, a non-timed 2-mile walk, a non-timed 1/2 mile kid’s run, and a non-timed 1/2 mile Senior Walk & Roll.

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Fresno Water Lantern Festival, Saturday

The Fresno Water Lantern Festival brings people together for a celebration of light and community Saturday at Woodward Park. The evening will be filled with tasty food trucks, fun music, activities, and thousands of lanterns lighting up the night with love, hope, and happiness.

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Journey USA, Saturday

Journey USA is the closest thing to ‘70s & ‘80s Journey music you might ever hear. With an emphasis on crowd participation and high-energy performances, this talent-packed tribute band captures the signature sound of the supergroup with hits like “Don’t Stop Believing,” “Open Arms,” “Separate Ways,” and “Any Way You Want It.” If you want one of the best possible Journey experiences out there, look no further, be at the Visalia Fox Theatre on Saturday.

Get your tickets here

Omega Con, Saturday-Monday

Omega Con is at the Fresno Fairgrounds from Saturday to Monday in the Commerce and Agricultural Buildings. Enjoy a weekend filled with vendors, cosplayers, anime, gaming, collectibles, and music. This is a family-friendly event. If you’re into comics books, science fiction, horror, fantasy, mark it on your calendar.

Get your tickets here

Be on the lookout: Brewery District Lights

The city of Fresno is installing string lights in the Brewery District. The lights will adorn the skies along Fulton Street between Inyo and Mono Streets. The project is being funded by the American Rescue Plan Act and will take about four weeks to complete.

A Look Back at a Fantastic Tequila Fest

Tacos, tequila, cigars, vendors, and music…the Tequila Fest was the place to be last Friday — as 7,569 attendees can attest.

Attendees enjoying the tequila at the Tequila Fest at Chukchansi Park on Friday, May 17, 2024. (GV Wire/Steven Sanchez)

It all went down at Chukchansi Park. There were 12 total samplings from tequila brands, an increase from last year. In total, over 40 different tequilas were served at the festival. The Tequila Tastery was under a big tent on the field with offerings from Don Julio, Patrón, 21 Seeds, Cantera Negra, Casamigos, Cazadores, El Jefe, Merezco, brands from Mex-Cal, and more. That tent was filled with lines throughout the night with attendees downing shots. Having to choose a favorite would be tough, you couldn’t go wrong with any of them.

Delicious food at the Tequila Fest at Chukansi Park on Friday, May 17, 2024. (GV Wire/Steven Sanchez)

Then there were the eats. Fresno Street Eats provided the food trucks. Besides Mexican food, there was sushi and cinnamon rolls. The variety was tremendous.

“I went to the Tequila Fest for a date night with my husband, brother, and sister-in-law. Between the 4 of us we have 6 kids, so we needed a night out,” said Kelsie Igasan.

“I think what I enjoyed most was the atmosphere. It was such a good vibe, and everyone was having such a good time. The food truck Tacos Sinaloa was so good. I would go again next year. Definitely a new date night tradition for us.”

DJ Kay Rich 

The music put everybody into a party mood. DJ Kay Rich provided the jams throughout the night. It was a sweet moment when he brought his mother onstage. She apparently hadn’t been to one of his events before but decided to come to the festival. Mother and son received a warm reception.

Sage The Gemini performing at the Tequila Fest at Chukchansi Park on Friday, May 17, 2024. (GV Wire/Steven Sanchez)

Then came the headliners.

Sage The Gemini

Sage The Gemini set the tone for the night. He was reppin’ a Grizzlies jersey during his performance. His hit “Gas Pedal” got the people going. I had the opportunity to shake hand after his set, and I reminded him that he brought the house down at Club Encore a few months back and he did another great job. I hope he continues to come to Fresno because the people turn out for him.

Busta Rhymes

Next to the stage was Busta Rhymes. He was also joined by his hype man and collaborator Spliff Star. Everybody knows him for that deep, growly voice, and his uncanny mile–a-minute flow.

Busta Rhymes performing at the Tequila Fest at Chukchansi Park on Friday, May 17, 2024. (GV Wire/Steven Sanchez)

Busta busted out the hits that got the crowd into a frenzy. There’s no doubt that the songs he rapped to were crowd favorites like “I Know What You Want” and “What’s It Gonna Be?!”

He even got deep and sentimental about having the best time of his life now, after getting bad people out of your life, and living the best you can. The crowd cheered and agreed with his viewpoint.  Busta KO’d the crowd the way he did when he beat up Michael Myers in the film “Halloween: Resurrection.” He capped off the night shooting alcohol into the crowd in a celebratory way and downed it in one sip.

T-Pain

And there was T-Pain. His performance was out of this world, and it was fitting since the projector behind him was showing aliens and outer space. He was known for using auto-tune to enhance his voice, but his set showed that he is a tremendous rapper and vocalist.

T-Pain performing at the Tequila Fest at Chukchansi Park on Friday, May 17, 2024. (GV Wire/Steven Sanchez)

The artist can move. He was dancing and busting moves like nobody’s business. And he played nothing but the hits. Songs that played at my high school dances and college parties with tunes like “Buy U a Drank (Shawty Snappin’),” “I’m ‘n Luv (Wit a Stripper),” “Cyclone,” “Kiss Kiss,” “All I Do Is Win,” “Black & Yello (G-Mix),” “Can’t Believe It,” “Blame It,” and “Bartender.” Definitely a playlist to my youth.

He even got sentimental like Busta talking about how he is in a good place in his life and was appreciative of his collaborations and friendship with Busta.

Tequila Fest was one for the books. The food, tequila, and performances will raise the bar for when they do it again next year.

“It is always a thrill for our organization to bring the best entertainment possible to downtown Fresno for our community. Having national headline-making acts like T-Pain, Busta Rhymes, and Sage the Gemini here at Chukchansi Park was an incredible experience,” said Jonathan Bravo, director of marketing & communications for the Fresno Grizzlies.

“Seeing them embrace Fresno, including Sage the Gemini wearing a Grizzlies jersey during his entire set, was an amazing feeling and we are proud of what we were able to accomplish at this year’s Tequila Fest,” said Bravo. “It is important to us that this event grows bigger and better each year, and we feel like we took a good step with last weekend’s event.”

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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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