The biggest concert of the week – Maná at the Save Mart Center – doesn’t happen until Tuesday. There’s no shortage of concerts in the meantime, including three festivals with multiple acts happening on Saturday.
▪ It’s the 11th year for Orosi’s Spanspek Music and Arts Festival. The highly curated event spotlights the area’s hardest-working up-and-comers across genres. This year, that includes close to a dozen bands, musicians and DJs, headlined by the Sabbath-inspired doom-metal band Beastmaker. The Fresno trio is fresh off a U.S. tour in support of its debut album on Rise Above Records. Each year, organizers commission work from local artists to be displayed at the event and provide scholarship grants for Orosi High School seniors majoring in an artistic discipline. The festival is a project of The Arts Consortium in Tulare County. Details: 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, Orosi Memorial Hall, 41645 Road 128, Orosi. Tickets are $5 for all ages. www.spanspekfestival.com
▪ Radio station Mega 97.9 hosts its follow-up to June’s Summer Jam concert. This one is an old-school party jam with a lineup of ’80s and ’90s hip-hop and R&B hitmakers (and one-hit wonders). The big draw is Salt-N-Pepa (with DJ Spinderella) and Color Me Badd, with C+C Music Factory running a close third, mostly because “Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)” is can’t-get-it-out-of-your-head good. Details: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, Selland Arena, 700 M St. Tickets are $34.50. 800-745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com
▪ Detroit blues singer Laura Rain headlines the 16th annual Blues and Roots Festival in downtown Hanford. Rains and her band, the Caesars, pull from the golden age of soul, funk and blues with major nods to Motown, Stax, Royal and United Sound records. Also on the bill is Fresno’s Glen Delpit and the Subterraneans and Square One. Details: 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, Civic Park, 400 N. Douty St., Hanford. This is a free event. 559-582-9457, www.mainstreethandford.com
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There are also a few nonmusic related events worth noting this week.
Gleaming the cube
The event: Energy drink maker (and action sports lifestyles brand) Red Bull brings its Curb Kings skate contest to downtown Fresno.
The draw: Forget your idea of a skate competition – the vertical ramps and high-flying half-pipe tricks. The Curb Kings contest looks to re-create the obstacles skaters normally find on major urban streets, things like ledges and rails and … sidewalk curbs. Thirty skateboarders were hand picked by local skate shops Shredworthy, The Boardroom and Active to compete before a panel of judges that includes Fresno emcee Fashawn. The guy knows a thing or two about skateboarding.
Details: Noon, Saturday, Sept. 17, Bitwise, South Stadium, 700 Van Ness Ave. Free. #RedBullCurbKings
A highland gathering
The event: Discover your Scottish roots at the annual Fresno Highland Gathering and Games, which returns to Fresno’s Kearney Park.
The draw: The daylong event is presented by the Fresno Scottish Society as a means of sharing and promoting Scottish culture and heritage. It is an ode to all things Scottish, whether that’s food (yes, ale is a food), music (both traditional and contemporary) and games (caber and hammer toss). There will also be historic reenactments and a Clan Row where you can trace your Scottish roots.
Details: 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, Kearney Park, 6725 W. Kearney Blvd. $10-$15. www.fresnoscottishsociety.org
The event: Magic Men, a cabaret-style touring male revue, stops at Saroyan Theatre.
The draw: The success of the 2012 film “Magic Mike” and its sequel “Magic Mike XXL” proves there’s a market for this kind of “ladies’ night out” entertainment. Magic Men, which has no direct connection to the Channing Tatum-backed “Magic Mike Live,” reimagines the Chippendales-style male revue. There are men (including a Latin lover, a country boy and a guy named Mike) but also interactive visuals, sound and lighting design. The touring show is a production of Premier Gentlemen and choreographer Oscar Hernandez.
Details: 8 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 22, Saroyan Theatre, 730 M St., Fresno. $28-$103. 800-745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com