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Brooks & Dunn, Keak Da Sneak Bring the Cool to Sizzling Fresno
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By Steven Sanchez
Published 2 weeks ago on
June 5, 2024

Country stars Brooks & Dunn, left, and rapper Keak Da Sneak will bring the cool to Fresno as temperatures sizzle. (GV Wire Composite)

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It’s a hot week, but there are plenty of events to help keep cool and not think about the warm summer days ahead.

Country stars Brooks & Dunn and rapper Keak Da Sneak are this week’s Valley headliners.

And, the Fresno Fairgrounds is hosting the Fresno Cactus and Succulent Society’s Annual Show & Plant Sale, and the Central Valley Reptile Expo.

It all gets started Thursday with ArtHop, comedy, and music at the Shinzen Friendship Garden.

Check out our expanded list of events at this link.

Brooks and Dunn

Country superstars Brooks & Dunn bring their “Reboot” 2024 tour to the Save Mart Center on Thursday. David Lee Murphy and country hitmaker Ernest will open for them.

Country Music Hall of Famers Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn elevated the popularity of country in the ’90s. They went on hiatus in 2010 but reunited in 2015 and have never sounded better.

Their music is known for containing influences of honky-tonk, mainstream country, and rock. Their defining hit is “Boot Scootin’ Boogie,” which helped bring back line dancing in America. Another single, “Only in America,” was used by both George W. Bush and Barack Obama for their presidential campaigns.

The Grammy winners have a tremendous inventory of classic tunes to choose from for the concert. Twenty of their songs went to No. 1 on the Hot Country Songs charts, and 19 more reached the top 10.

The Fresno crowd will be boot scootin’ boogiein’ all night long.

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ApCal Rock’n Ranch

ApCal Rock’n Ranch is bringing Ray Carrion and Thee Latin Allstars to the Central Valley Saturday with Pepe Marquez and music from Monsanto the Band opening the show. They’re bringing the Latin flavor to the venue. Ray and Pepe have been to the area before and the people here seem to love them.

There’ll be beer, dancing, and cigars along with gourmet food trucks. Be sure to bring a lawn chair

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Rainbow Family Day at Fresno Chaffee Zoo

The Fresno Chaffee Zoo is celebrating Rainbow Family Day on Saturday to show support for the LGBTQIA+ community during Pride Month.

The event is free with the cost of a general admission ticket and will include family fun crafts, entertainment, local food vendors, and community resource booths.

You can enjoy the festivities while getting the chance to visit with the animals.

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Hyphy Night Pool Party: Keak Da Sneak

The Hyphy Night Pool Party will feature Keak Da Sneak as he performs live at Club Encore this Saturday.

He’s a rapper from Oakland with a gravelly voice, and he coined the term “hyphy” in 1994. He has collaborated with E-40. Sneak has released nearly 20 albums and several mixtapes.

It’s a 21 and over event. There’ll be a meet and greet. Bust out the swimsuit and great ready to party.

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Central Valley Reptile Expo

You can see incredible reptiles and amphibians from all over the globe at the Central Valley Reptile Expo at the Fresno Fairgrounds on Saturday and Sunday. There’s going to be snakes, lizards, geckos, chameleons, turtles, tortoises, gators, and so much more.

This show includes a baboon, a Capuchin monkey, a very large snake, and even an alligator.

Not only can you see them, but they’ll let you physically interact with the animals as well. The vendors are industry leaders, curators, and lovers of animals.

The first show in 2017 was a success and it has grown to become one of the best reptile shows, educational workshops, and animal adoption events in California.

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ArtHop, Thursday

ArtHop takes place during the 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month and features free entry to exhibitions, gallery shows, special performances, and unique art experiences for art lovers of all ages.

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Music in the Garden – Ike Tecson Trio, Thursday

Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, and enjoy a musical journey with the Ike Tecson Trio at the Shinzen Friendship Garden at Woodward Park. As a pianist, bandleader, and composer, he’s traversed in jazz, fusion, rock, captivating audiences worldwide. He’s opened for Bon Jovi and the Black Eyed Peas.

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Slice of Comedy Quincy Johnson II, Thursday

Danny Minch hosts these comedic events every weekend at DiCicco’s in Old Town Clovis. Headlining will be Quincy Johnson II. He’s opened for Joey “Coco” Diaz, Darren Carter, Flip Schultz, Theo Von, Al Jackson, Greg Behrendt, Quincy Jones and more. Quincy has been in movies like “C?mon Man” and “Dope,” including television shows like “Community,” “Black-ish,” “VH1’s Walk Of Shame Shuttle,” and “BET’s Real Husbands Of Hollywood.”

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Saturday U-Pick, Saturday

You can pick lavenders at the Solace Lavender farm this Saturday. They do U-Picks on Saturdays throughout the month. Entry is free. They’ll have their other lavender goods available for purchase.​ ​They’ll be serving lavender lemonade, coffee, and boba as well as their full menu during each of their U-Pick Days.

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Summer Nights: A Tribute to Grease, Saturday

Summer Nights is the electrifying Grease tribute band playing at the Tower Theatre. They capture the spirit of the classic movie “Grease,” with songs, dances, costumes, characters, and summer lovin’. Performing all the songs from the film. Opening the night will be The Olivia Show, the premiere international touring tribute honoring the life and musical legacy of the late-great actress and singer Olivia Newton-John.

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Fresno Cactus & Succulent Society’s Annual Show & Plant Sale, Saturday-Sunday

The nonprofit Fresno Cactus and Succulent Society is having its Annual Show & Plant Sale this weekend. This is your chance to find rare, unique, and colorful drought tolerant cacti and succulents for your home. Over 20 vendors will have thousands of plants for sale and one of a kind handmade pottery. A judged plant show will feature hundreds of top-quality plants. Admission is free.

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KOFP Radio 103.3 FM Black Music Month & Community Love Block Party Awards, Saturday

Enjoy good food, music, and a historical local tribute to Black Music Month as KOFP Radio honors awardees David Haynes, radio personality and retired Fresno State professor Robert Mikell, and educator Chris Finley. During the celebration, KOFP Radio will intertwine Black music history while highlighting local Central Valley musicians and bands.

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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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