Up-and-coming band Free Energy will bring more than its fair share of energy to the South Valley on Saturday. The band, which has a psychedelic/electronic pop-meets-classic rock sound, will co-headline with indie pop artists White Arrows at Visalia's Cellar Door on Saturday.
It's an early show for the Cellar Door, with local indie band Sea of Sound playing an opening set at 7:30 p.m.
Led by frontman Paul Sprangers, Free Energy is known for giving fans more than what they paid for on stage, hence the band's name. Sprangers' enthusiasm as a frontman even earned him a gig at San Francisco's Petty Fest this past Wednesday, where he sang a handful of Tom Petty songs.
While it is the band's first show in Visalia, Sprangers is no stranger to the town, acknowledging the growing appreciation of indie music. Sprangers remembers playing at Howie and Son's Pizza Parlor a few years ago, before Free Energy caught steam.
"Visalia was just a place that always had crazy awesome bands coming through," Sprangers says. "It's a spot you had to play when it came to indie pop on the West Coast."
And now Sprangers and bandmates Scott Wells, Evan Wells, Nicholas Shuminksy and Sheridan Fox will have a chance to give Visalia a taste of Free Energy.
Concertgoers will also see co-headliners White Arrows, who are lined up to play at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival next month.
It's almost unreal for lead singer Mickey Church, who once snuck in to the famed music festival by pretending to be a performer at the age of 14. Then, Church didn't think he'd ever make it to Coachella as a performer, but now that's a reality.
"We've been very fortunate," Church says. "We've come through quite a ways, so we're happy."
The Los Angeles-based band is on tour promoting its most recent album, "Dry Land is Not a Myth," which includes electro-heavy hits "Coming or Going" and "Get Gone."
While White Arrows will bring more of an electronic, psychotropical sound to the stage, Saturday's show will be an eclectic evening of indie pop fusion.
"We've had some great shows in Visalia and the crowd makes us want to come back," Church says.
It's White Arrows' third show in three years at Cellar Door.
"It's a good pairing," Church says of co-headliners Free Energy. "If people are ready to let loose and let go, it will definitely be a good time."
Free Energy and White Arrows,
7:30 p.m. Saturday at The Cellar Door, 101 W. Main St., Visalia. 21-over. $7, ticketweb.com
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