Fresh off its first-place win and $100,000 grand prize at the Texaco Country Showdown in Nashville, Tenn., last month, local band Poor Man's Poison will headline two Valley venues this weekend, including a sold-out show at its hometown Hanford Fox Theatre.
The folky-acoustic-Americana band has been touring the Valley and will take the stage today at Frank's Place, which is next door to the Warnors Theatre, before returning to the Hanford Fox for its first hometown gig since winning in Nashville.
Today's show is Poor Man's Poison's third Fresno gig in three weeks, after performances at Crossroads and Fresno Brewing Company.
The band will return to Fresno on April 12 at Audie's Olympic.
The Hanford show is Poor Man's Poison's second sellout at the theater, after packing the place almost exactly a year ago (Feb. 18) to become the first local band to accomplish the feat.
Fans at the Hanford show also will get a special hometown treat. The band will show a sneak peek from its new music video, "Come on Down." The song was written before the band's Nashville adventure and the video won't be televised until March 16, says the band's mandolin player, Tommy McCarthy.
Regardless, the local shows always have a little more oomph to them, McCarthy says.
"It's a different kind of fiery passion and we do play a little harder at home," he says.
The band has received incredible amounts of support from fans, who flooded its Facebook page with comments.
"The support has just been awesome," McCarthy says, trying to put his emotions into words.
He and his band mates (Ryan Hakker, Dustin Medeiros and Mike Jacobs) still reminisce of the times when playing music was just a jam session.
"It's just kind of weird where things take you if you just follow your dream," McCarthy says.
Those dreams are becoming a reality for Poor Man's Poison, which is planning a UK tour in July while working on a third studio album to follow their recent Nashville success.
"We won, but it doesn't mean it's over," McCarthy says. "It's just getting started."
Poor Man's Poison, 8 p.m. Friday, Franks Place, 1432 Fulton St. All ages. Tickets are $8 in advance, $12 at the door. Details: tickets.warnors.org. Saturday (sold out), 8 p.m. Hanford Fox Theatre, 326 N. Irwin St. (559) 584-7423.
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