Your monthly dump (of area concerts for Feb. 2023)
Frank's Place is reopen, Belmont Sound System debuts and .... Mac Sabbath.
February is the shortest month of the year, which doesn’t stop it from being jam-packed with concert happenings.
Here is the month’s semi curated, and somewhat, but not entirely comprehensive Fresno-area concerts list (grouped by week for sake of ease).
If you do make it out, let the venues/bands know where you found out about the show.
Week 1 (Feb. 1-7)
Local metal (and punk) show alert: Days Under Authority are doing an album release show with Centerpath, Severed One and Life Jacket. The show happens Feb. 2 at Strummers. Start time is 7 p.m. Tickets are $8-$10 and all ages.
Blink 180 True, with Damaged Goods and Lifejacket, 8 p.m. Feb. 3, Strummers. Tickets, $10-$12, all ages.
LMC presents, San Pacho, 8 p.m. Feb. 4, Fulton 55. Tickets, $15-$25.
In the End, Linkin Park Experience, 6:30 p.m. Feb 5, Fulton 55. Tickets, $17-$20.
Week 2 (Feb. 8-14)
Sounds of Mardi Gras Festival, Feb 9-12, Double Tree by the Hilton. Tickets, 25.75-$154.50 (for four-day pass + pre-party).
Militarie Gun, plus Death Lens, Supercrush. 7 p.m. Feb. 9, Strummers. Tickets, $16, all ages.
156/Silence, with Running With Scissors Prey 4 Reign No Silence Dontcryformeimalreadydead, 5:30 p.m. Feb. 9, Full Circle Brewery District. Tickets, $12-$15, all ages.
Valentine’s Super Love Jam, with Keith Sweat, All-4-One, Color ME Badd, The Jets, Deniece Williams and Evelyn Champagne King, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 10, Save Mart Center. Tickets, $53.50-$93.50.
Bloodflowers, a tribute to The Cure, 7 p.m. Feb. 10, Cellar Door, Visalia. Tickets, $13-$15.
Band debut alert: Belmont Sound System is a trad ska/reggae/rocksteady band featuring Chris Estep (Sparklejet, Motel Drive, Blackcoats). The band opens for the Lowrider tribute band RAW, Feb. 11 at Fulton 55 in a concert presented by the Valley Music Hall of Fame. Showtime is 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $13-$15.
Noise-pop and shoegaze alert: Austin Texas noise-pop band (and official SWSW 2023 artist) Daiistar stops through Fresno on Feb. 11 at Full Circle Brewery District. Local shoegaze legends Sleep Over Disaster open the show, with Visalia songwriter Victor Salazar, aka Brother M. Show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15-$20 and all ages.
Los Humildes, Los Morros Del Norte, 8 p.m. Feb. 11, Rainbow Ballroom. Tickets, $40.
Week 3 (Feb. 15-21)
King Crimson alert: The Stick Men is a supergroup trio featuring ex King Crimson bandmates Tony Levin and Pat Mastelotto (along with Markus Reuter). The name is a reference to the instruments played, including the Chapman Stick (ask Brian Kenny Fresno). The band plays Feb. 15 at The Painted Table Event Center. Tickets are $50-$55.
The Frights, with Sad Park, Blade Trip, 7 p.m. Feb. 15, Strummers. Tickets, $25, all ages.
Reopening venue alert: Franks Place, the club venue inside the Warnors Theater Complex looks to be booking again. It hosts Outlaw Mariachi (OG members of Metalachi), Feb. 16. Show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10.
On that note: Metalachi, is also playing that at Fulton 55. Showtime, 8 p.m. Tickets are $20-$25.
The Elovaters, Surfer Girl, Claire Wright, Girl Named Pixie, Beyond California and DJ Murdock. 5:30 p.m. Feb. 16, Full Circle Brewery District. Tickets, $20-$25.
Big Elk with Stoneshiver and Pyrograph, 8:30 p.m. Feb. 17, Fulton 55. Tickets, $10-$15.
Benise, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 18, Tower Theater. Tickets, $29.50 - $95.50.
Week 4 (Feb. 22-28)
Country Chaos, with Chayce Beckham, Drake Milligan and Kolby Cooper. 6 p.m. Feb. 22, Tower Theater. Tickets, $13-$18.
Deeper Purpose, 9 p.m. Feb. 24, Fulton 55. Tickets, $12-$18.
The Artourage's 11 Year Anniversary, with Society 1, 7 p.m. Feb. 24, at The Fulton. Tickets, $19.
Pick of the month alert: Technically, Mac Sabbath is a parody band, turning Black Sabbath tunes into fast-food jingles. It’s a bit of nightmare fuel. Think Gwar if Gwar was your favorite childhood fast-food mascots and not the scum dogs of the universe. The band plays Feb. 24 at Strummer’s as part of the Fresno Tattoo Expo. Show starts at 9 p.m. Tickets are $25 an all ages.
Elder Devil, with Anxious Arms, Roman Lions, Cel Damage, Fatal Wounds, 7 p.m. Feb 24, Destructive Warehouse. Tickets, $10.
Reopening venue alert pt. 2: Speaking o fthe Warnors Theater Complex, the theater proper is also back up and running with its first show in more than two years.
Brad Jaurique brings in another installment of his Ladies Night Out series. This one features Frankie J, MC Magic and DJ Cane.
The show happens Feb. 25. Show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $29-$65.
40 watt Hype, 8:30 p.m. Feb. 25, Fulton 55. Tickets, $15-$20.
Bronco, 6 p.m. Feb. 26, Saroryan Theatre. Tickets, $55-$185, plus.
Jonny Craig, with Keep My Secrets, 7 p.m. Feb. 26, Strummers. Tickets, $17, all ages.
Bleeding Through, with Ov Sulfer, Saltwound, Fire To The Throne, Centerpath, 6:30 p.m. Feb. 26, Full Circle Brewery District. Tickets $20-$25, all ages.
That’s it for this week. Remember you can now hear me on the Homegrown Show Sundays at 8 p.m. on New Rock 104.1 FM. If you have anything you think I need to be looking at or listening to, feel free to let me know: firstname.lastname@example.org