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Smokey Robinson, Anthony Jeselnik, and Brit Floyd Are Top Choices for Father's Day Weekend
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By Steven Sanchez
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June 13, 2024

From left to right: R&B singer Smokey Robinson, comedian Anthony Jeselnik, and Pink Floyd tribute band Brit Floyd are great entertainment options for dad this Father's Day weekend in the Central Valley. (GV Wire Composite)

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There’ll be an assortment of events you can do with your dad this Father’s Day Weekend. R&B singer Smokey Robinson, comedian Anthony Jeselnik, and Pink Floyd tribute band Brit Floyd are some of the top choices.

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If you’re looking to party and listen to great music, returning this summer is the Party Outback Tribute Series at Chukchansi Resort and Boots N’ Booze at Evanelle Vineyards.

On the actual day we celebrate our dads, there’ll be themed activities like the Father’s Day Run at Woodward Park and The Dad Games at Dave & Buster’s.

Check out our expanded list of events at this link.

Smokey Robinson

The legendary Smokey Robinson will perform at the Saroyan Theatre on Thursday. With a career spanning over four decades, Robinson’s influence in music is unparalleled. His legend is fortified by hits like “Shop Around,” “Just to See Her,” and “Cruisin’.” Guaranteed you’ll see him play those jams.

From his days with The Miracles to his solo success, the Motown soul man continues to captivate audiences worldwide. You can’t deny his soulful melodies and impeccable talent.

I saw him perform live at The Big Fresno Fair back in 2021. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer can belt out those tunes and showed the crowd he’s still got it. My personal favorite of his is “Love Machine.”

It figures to be an unforgettable night of timeless classics and chart-topping hits.

Get your tickets here.

Party Outback Tribute Series — Metalachi

Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino’s 2024 Party Out Back Tribute Series kicks with a fantastic lineup of iconic tribute bands and legendary performances. This free concert series starts Friday with Metalachi.

I’ve heard about this group for the longest time. Metalachi hails from Los Angeles and they’ve been entertaining audiences for over a decade. They’ve performed at Heavy Montreal, Megacruise, and the Monsters of Rock Cruise.

Their niche is classic rock and heavy metal tunes in the style of mariachi music. It’s funny, entertaining, and captivating all at once. A fun event to attend.

For more information

Boots N’ Booze

Boots N’ Booze is back this Saturday at Evanelle Vineyards in Madera at 8444 Road 29. The event is both indoors and outdoors. DJ Garrett Gaynor will spin country hits and country star Franklin Wall is headlining the stage.

There’ll be multiple full bars serving beer, wine, and cocktails. The food trucks include Gonzalez Taqueria, Jill & Jill Artisan Pizzas, Ms. Chilosa Candy, and Flavor Flame. The other amenities are  Kash + Easton Permanent Jewelry, Culture Vaquera selling cowboy attire, and Aldo Cigar Lounge. At the 8o5 Beer cooling tents there’ll be corn hole and beer pong. You can test your luck on the mechanical bull.

Evanelle Vineyards has been growing and establishing itself not only as a wedding venue but a great setting for entertainment. They do outdoor movies. I attended one during Halloween last year and it was so much fun.

Gather your friends, put on your boots, and have a good time.

Get your tickets here.

Anthony Jeselnik

Stand-up comedian Anthony Jeselnik is providing the laughs this Saturday at Saroyan Theatre. Renowned for his Netflix specials, uproarious podcast, and Comedy Central Roasts, Jeselnik is a force to be reckoned with.

In 2013, he hosted his own Comedy Central series for two seasons, “The Jeselnik Offensive.” He also hosted NBC’s Emmy Award-nominated series “Last Comic Standing” in 2015. With his deep voice and deadpan humor, he has a delivery so unique that only he can pull it off.

He kills it when he performs at roasts. He’s given it to former President Donald Trump and comedian Roseanne Barr. My personal favorite was when he cooked actor Charlie Sheen.

Get your tickets here.

Brit Floyd

Pink Floyd tribute band Brit Floyd will its return to the Saroyan Theatre on Sunday. They’re commemorating 50 years of the band’s iconic album, “The Dark Side of the Moon.” This new production promises a mesmerizing 2.5-hour set featuring classic hits like “Time,” “Money,” and more.

It’ll be led by musical director Damian Darlington. They get the details right when it comes to the legendary visual presentation of the band. Without a doubt, there’s going be a laser and light show accompanying every song and a bewildering theatrical production.

They’re considered one of the best tribute acts to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band. They once played at a birthday party for the original singer-guitarist David Gilmour at his invitation. During that performance they played with the late great original keyboardist Rick Wright. Gilmour enjoyed it and gave them his approval.

Get your tickets here.

Fresno Grizzlies vs Rancho Cucamonga Quakes

The Fresno Grizzlies returned to Chukchansi Park after a two-week road trip and have started a six-game set against the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes. This home series runs through Sunday.  There are themed nights throughout Father’s Day weekend.

This Friday is Fresno Tacos Night. It’s going to be a festive evening featuring an array of taco trucks and the return of the Grizzlies’ iconic alter ego, the Fresno Tacos. Fans will also have the chance to win tickets to Taco Truck Throwdown throughout the evening. The night caps off with fireworks.

Saturday is Fresno Tigers Night. Chukchansi Park is celebrating the 1946 West Coast Negro League baseball team, the Fresno Tigers. The first 1,500 fans will receive a replica Fresno Tigers jersey.

Sunday is Father’s Day Celebration. There’ll be special food offerings including the return of the Father of all Burgers – a monster burger with bacon, avocado, fried onions, and more. The Grizzlies invite fans to have a catch on the field before every Sunday home game.

Get your tickets here.

Father’s Day Run

The 60th annual Father’s Day Run takes place Sunday at Woodward Park. The Fresno Father’s Day Run is the longest running themed event west of the Rockies. You have your choice between running the 10k or doing the 2 mile run/walk.

Amenities for participants will be custom finisher medallions, a root beer float with a custom mug, event tech shirt, Spirit Award, free downloadable photos and a downloadable finisher certificate.

You can enter the father/daughter or father/son team competition with awards.

Get your tickets here.

Check it Out:

When Doves Cry — The Prince Tribute Show, Friday

An exciting and dynamic live concert experience, “When Doves Cry-The Prince Tribute Show” is a multi-talented 8-piece tribute show to the music of Prince. The band is performing the iconic “Purple Rain” album in its entirety at the Tower Theatre.

Get your ticket here.

Slice of Comedy Mario Hodge, Friday

Comic Danny Minch is the host every weekend at DiCicco’s in Old Town Clovis. Mario Hodge is headlining. In 2016, he had the No. 1 selling, 1 hour comedy special in California called “I Can’t with You” which he wrote and co-produced. He worked with Kevin Hart on “Hart of the City” that aired on Comedy Central in 2019.

Get your tickets here.

Juneteenth Freedom Run, Saturday

Juneteenth Freedom Run 5K/5Mi run/walk is the African American community’s addendum to Independence Day. Proceeds from the race will continue to fund scholarships for college-bound youth and community service projects. Additionally, fitness promotion scholarships will be awarded to organizations that promote running and health, and have 20+ participants on their team. It takes place at Woodward Park.

Get your tickets here.

3rd Annual Jalen Moreno-Cropper and Friends Football Camp, Saturday

Designed for young athletes aged 8-13, this camp offers an opportunity to learn from the pros, improve your skills, and make new friends. Young athletes will have their football abilities enhanced with position-specific training, agility drills, and team-building activities. The event takes place at Tom Flores Stadium at Sanger High School. It’s hosted by Fresno State alum and Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Jalen Moreno-Cropper. It concludes with a Q&A session and autograph opportunities.

For more information

ApCal Rock’n Ranch, Saturday

Valley favorite Faithfully Live: Journey Tribute performs the sounds of Journey and the voice of Steve Perry at ApCal Rock’n Ranch. There’ll be beer and cigars along with gourmet food trucks. Be sure to bring a lawn chair.

Get your tickets here.

Stand Up Special: Chris Cruz, Saturday

Veteran stand-up comic Chris Cruz will perform an hour of material at Full Circle Brewing Company. This will be a special taping and the submission tape will be used for any major network that’ll take it.

Get your tickets here.

The Dad Games, Sunday

The first-ever Dad Games takes place at Dave & Buster’s. There’ll be an epic arcade showdown. Team colors, matching t-shirts, or themed-family outfits encouraged. The grand prize is free game play for a year at D&B. There’ll be access to an appetizer banquet, soft drinks and unlimited video games all day.

Get your tickets here.

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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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