No Shoes Nation
If you want to know where the country fans will be Wednesday night, just check the parking lot outside the Save Mart Center around rush hour. That's when folks should arrive to see country star Kenny Chesney, who brings his No Shoes Nation tour to the arena.
Country music always does well in Fresno, especially the Save Mart Center. And this should be no different. Chesney has sold more than a million tickets to each of his past 10 tours. He's also had 24 No. 1 hits.
The Eli Young Band and Kacey Musgraves open the show.
3 p.m. Sunday / Selland Arena, Fresno / $14-$89 /
(559) 445-8100, www.fresnoconventioncenter.com
Fresno Mariachi Festival: Viva Mexico! brings the heritage, music, cuisine, arts and beauty of Mexico to the Selland Arena, 3 p.m. Sunday. The show will include Grammy Award-winning band Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano (pictured), plus Mexican singer/actress Ninel Conde and telenovela leading man Jorge Salinas.
A Wild West ride
8:30 p.m. Friday / Dry Creek Park, 945 N. Clovis Ave. Clovis / fresnobikeparty.comfresnobikeparty.com
The Fresno Bike Party is, pretty much, a party on wheels.
Each month the group meets for informal bicycle rides around town. There is always a different route and theme. For July it's a Wild West Ride. The group rolls out at 8:30 p.m. from Dry Creek Park in Clovis.
On Saturday, the group has another ride heading to the Catacomb Party on the Fulton Mall. That ride leaves from the Tower District at 11 a.m.
5 p.m. Sunday / The First Congregational Church of Fresno, 2131 N. Van Ness Blvd., Fresno / $5-$15 / (559) 577-2256
The First Congregational Church of Fresno will host a Native American flute concert at 5 p.m. Sunday. The concert features flutist Joe Young, whose performances mix new age and jazz styles with the melancholy melodies associated with the traditional instrument. The concert benefits the church's Casavant Pipe Organ Project.
Through Sunday / Fresno Convention Center, 848 M St., Fresno / $12-$20 / (559) 445-8100, www.discoverthedinosaurs.com
If we can't have "Jurassic Park", at least we can visit an interactive prehistoric adventure that comes to the Fresno Convention Center this weekend. The program features dinosaur exhibits with lighting, sound effects, animatronics and fog to re-create "the land of the lost."
The Road Home
7 p.m. Saturday / The OAB Auditorium at Fresno City College / $10 / (559) 265-3098 ext. 3524
When The Fresno County Youth Choir presents "The Road Home," on Saturday, the performance will have special meaning. The concert program is themed around the ideas of home and homelessness and grew out of a trip the choir took to San Francisco last year, where members performed at a couple of homeless shelters. Along with this performance, the choir will donate community outreach performances to shelters in Fresno and on tour to San Diego.
Comedy at Club One
7:30 p.m. Saturday / Club One Casino, 1033 Van Ness Ave., Fresno / $15 in advance / (559) 497-3000, www.LiveMusicCity.com
Actor comedian Mike Marino headlines the second installment of Club One Casino's "Automatic Body Comedy Series."
Marino is known as New Jersey's Bad Boy of Comedy," and in 2008 was inducted into the New Jersey Comedy Hall of Fame which probably came with its share of jokes. He's appeared in more than 200 commercials, several prime-time television shows and films. As a stand-up, he's toured the country and has been a headliner at both the Laugh Factory and The Comedy Store in Hollywood. This is Marino's first appearance in Fresno.
8 p.m. Friday, Audie's Olympic Tavern, 1426 N. Van Ness Ave., Fresno / (559) 233-3733, hotbloodorkestar.com
Hot Blood Orkestar is in a new class of world music, a band that is as inspired by traditional Balkan folk music as jazz and funk. The band stops in Fresno as part of a three-day mini-tour to support the release of a self-titled album.
This is sure to be an eclectic show. Also playing: The jazz-fusion band Three Bags Full and the one-man musical dynamo known as Brian Kenney Fresno.
8 p.m. Saturday / Chukchansi Gold Resort, 711 Lucky Lane, Coarsegold / $30-$50 / (866) 794-6946, www.chukchansigold.com
For those of us of a certain age, the B-52s will forever be associated with high-school dances, where the band's "Love Shack," was guaranteed to get people on their feet. Those of another age will remember songs like "Rock Lobster," and "My Private Idaho." The go-go inspired party band has been playing for 35 years and still continues to tour the country. The band plays Saturday night at Chukchansi Gold Resort and Casino. This is the band's first show in the area since playing Visalia's Fox Theatre in 2009.
8 p.m. Tuesday / Strummer's, formerly The Starline, 833 E. Fern Ave., Fresno / $13 / (559) 485-5356, numbskullshows.com
Punk rock fans get an old-school doubleheader of a show, with Guttermouth and Agent Orange. Both bands came out of Southern California's underground punk scene. Agent Orange has been playing its mix of surf and punk rock since the early 1980s. Guttermouth became known in the mid-to-late 1990s for its sarcastic lyrics and outrageous live performances. Newcomer Tyrannosaurus Zebra from Visalia opens the show.