Close the book on 2012. The calendar has flipped. The numbers have been counted. And now it's time to look back at the year that was in the Fresno concert and local music scene.
As I do every year at this time, I'll analyze some of the numbers behind the concerts we saw -- what was a big hit and what flopped. (Note: All attendance figures are from Pollstar). I'll also dole out some awards aimed at the local scene.
Top five attended concerts at Save Mart Center: Rock and Worship Roadshow (12,594), Justin Bieber (11,965), Drake (11,890), Lady Antebellum (11,364) and Mana (10,881).
Did you know? Rock and Worship tops the list for the second straight year. Though it had the highest ticket sales, it was eighth from the bottom in gross. That's what happens when you have $10 tickets. The highest grossing single show was Bieber ($845,709). By comparison, Rock and Worship made $139,000.
This is always a fun category: World Wrestling Entertainment's August show drew 7,378, which is more than the following music acts who visited Save Mart Center: Miranda Lambert (6,544), The Black Keys (4,795), New Edition (2,844), Daughtry and 3 Doors Down (3,792), Trans-Siberian Orchestra (2,641), Luis Miguel (4,632) and Rick Ross (2,212).
A tough year for hip-hop: Rick Ross' 2,212 is surprising for such a big hip-hop star. It wasn't the lowest draw of the year, though. But close. That (dis)honor went to the April 13 Speakers on Blast rap show with The Game, E-40 and Slaughterhouse, which drew 2,112.
"Ouch" of the year: New Edition. Considering their legacy, less than 3,000 people in attendance is unfortunate.
Surprise of the year: That 4,453 people showed up to see Katt Williams, with the downward spiral he was in the middle of. His show here was a trainwreck too, as 4,453 people will tell you.
At Saroyan Theatre: Saroyan saw a fair share of stars this year, but do you know who drew the most people? Comedian Kevin Hart, who sold out the theater in August, totaling 2,357 tickets. That beat out Jackie Evancho (2,148), Jerry Seinfeld (2,040), Kristin Chenoweth (1,652), Bill Cosby (1,699), Ray Romano/Kevin James (1,950), Yanni (1,665) and Gabriel Iglesias (2,184).
Local show of the year: Catacomb Party, an outdoor festival on the Fulton Mall that doubled as the release party for local band Fierce Creatures. It showed us that Fresno can have a big, outdoor festival fueled by local music and it can do it on the Fulton Mall.
Local album of the year: The "Cen Cal Everything" hip-hop compilation, curated and organized by DJ Kay Rich, which featured more than 30 local artists. In a year where Fresno's hip-hop scene made significant strides in unifying itself, this was a strong vehicle.
Local artist of the year: Ryan Beatty. You can't deny the ascent of the teen pop singer who went from Clovis to a viral sensation. Runners up: Poor Man's Poison, 40 Watt Hype, Old Tire Swingers, Strange Vine, Fierce Creatures.
New artists of the year: Two great, new local bands caught my ear in 2012: Copper & Glass and Sea of Sound. Both seem poised for big things in 2013. Keep an ear open for them.
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