In the past five months, Gregor Ross has become a country music up-and-comer.
In May, the local singer released his first batch of tunes on a six-song EP called “Turn Up the Noise,” then put together a band so he could start performing the tunes on stage. Almost immediately, he earned a slot on Kiss Country’s $5 concert series as the opener for Chris Janson.
Now, Ross and his band the Four Horsemen are set to travel to Nashville as finalists in Cumulus Media’s Nash Next Virtual Country Challenge. The band will play Tuesday, Oct., 25, at Mercy Lounge in front of dedicated country fans and Kix Books, Jay DeMarcus of Rascal Flatts, Danielle Bradbery and Scott Borchetta of Big Machine Label Group. If chosen as the winner, Ross will receive a record deal with Big Machine. The singer made the finals on the strength of his song “Don’t Mean Maybe.”
But before they go, they will get a sendoff from local fans on Saturday, Oct. 22, at Fulton 55’s Country Music Throwdown with 82 Deluxe and the Danny Millsap band.
“We are so proud of Gregor and everything he represents,” says Darrin Arriens, program director at 93.7 KISS Country, which hosted the competition locally. “We wish him the best of luck in Nashville.”
Details: 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, at Fulton 55, 875 Divisadero St. $5-$10. 559-412-7400, www.fulton55.com
Other entertainment options for the week include:
Metal music witchcraft
The event: Just in time for Halloween, Spanish language metal band Brujeria lands in Fresno on its Make America Hate Again tour.
The draw: This is one for fans of extreme metal. The Los Angeles group has been playing its brand of Mexican death metal and grind core since the late 1980s. In September, it released “Pocho Aztlan,” its first new album in 16 years. The band is now on tour with San Diego’s Cattle Decapitation and the Tex-Mex punk band Piñata Protest. Visalia’s Maggot Colony represents the Valley.
Details: 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21, at Strummer’s, 833 E. Fern Ave. $18. All ages. 559-485-5356, www.strummersclub.com
A brain teaser
The event: It’s the second year of the Fresno Puzzle Hunt, the brainteaser/social gathering event inspired by The Washington Post’s annual Post Hunt.
The draw: This is a scavenger hunt done as an IQ test, or vice versa, depending on your outlook. Working in teams, competitors will solve a series of quirky, complicated (and slightly less complicated) puzzles that will lead them around Fresno’s Tower District. If the brain workout alone isn’t incentive enough, there’s also the $500 grand prize. Added to this year’s event is a Halloween costume contest.
Details: Noon, Saturday, Oct. 22, at The Landmark, 644 E. Olive Ave. Registration starts at $18. fresnopuzzlehunt.org
Dogs on parade (in costumes)
The event: The Tower District hosts its 10th annual Pooch Parade, Canine Carnival and Costume Contest.
The draw: If Pinterest has shown us anything, it’s that dogs love to put on costumes and Halloween has ceased being just for kids. So, think of this as pet friendly trick-or-treating without the hassle of going door to door. The event starts with a vendor fair, with products and services for you and your dog, plus live entertainment and a Beer and Bone garden – because humans like to drink and dogs love puns.
It culminates in the official parade and costume judging. Awards will be given for best costume, best dog/owner combo costume, best dog float and cutest dog.
Details: 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23, Olive and Yosemite avenues in Fresno’s Tower District. Free to attend, $10 contest entry. 559-497-8362, www.towerdistrict.org