Wee Beasties is a new local alternative rock band that’s already earned its share of hype.
It’s played a total of four shows since forming last year; including a coveted spot at Grizzly Fest earlier this month. Now, it headlines its own show Friday, May 20, at Strummer’s with Dirty Limbs, Hate Drugs, Sharks of Dance and Sagey.
After that, the band will only surface for a few choice gigs the rest of the year.
“This year is all about building the buzz,” says the band’s front man Codie Collins. “We have a plan.”
Wee Beasties sprang onto the scene in January, with a hard-to-pin-down style of alternative rock. At times Collins channels Jim Morrison or Frank Sinatra, while the band flashes at Talking Heads or The Police.
People in the scene knew Collins had a new project because he’d quit his previous band, but he had kept things pretty much under wraps until Wee Beasties’ first show. It was local support for the indie group Gardens and Villa.
All the while, the band was working through songs three or four times a week, Collins says.
“We were pretty weathered and versed in our songs before we even played,” he says.
If Collins looks familiar, it’s because he was part of the Fresno indie rock band Rogues, and before that, the popular rock group Session.
Some will remember Session as the New Rock 104.1 house band.
If Collins doesn’t look familiar, it’s because, until now, he had always been behind the drum kit, doing backing vocals and playing the Don Henley role.
“I was always the closeted singer,” he says. “I realized it was time for me to step out from behind the kit.”
Details: 8:30 p.m. Friday, May 20, Strummer’s, 833 E. Fern Ave. $5. All ages. 559-485-5356, www.strummers.com
Here are a few other entertainment options of note this week.
Music in the plaza
The event: Arte Americas begins another season of its Nights in the Plaza concert series, which runs Friday nights through September.
The draw: The weekly concerts are Latin heavy, with local and regional bands playing jazz and mariachi, Mexican blues, AfroLatin world beats and cumbia, in the museum’s outdoor plaza.
It is not at all a bad way to spend a summer evening downtown. The series opens with the New Monsanto Band, a 10-piece specializing in Tejano and Cumbias, and old-school funk, R&B and oldies.
Details: 7 p.m. Friday, May 20, at Arte Americas, 1630 Van Ness Ave. $5-12. 559-266-2623, www.arteamericas.com
The geeks inherit the earth
The event: Hordes of cosplayers take to the streets for the Tower District’s annual Comic Crawl.
The draw: Celebrate National Geek Pride Day the way it was meant to be celebrated – by dressing up in tights and wandering nightclubs with your closest friends. More than a dozen restaurants and bars will be offering drink specials and entertainment for costumed crawlers. There will also be vendors (selling geeky goods) and a photo scavenger hunt (with prizes).
Any superhero/villain, sci-fi, horror movie or action-movie character is appropriate. Expect a few Rylo Ken look alikes.
Details: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 21, behind Livingstone’s and Bank of America, Wishon and Fern. $5 wristband, 21-plus. Comic Crawl 2016 on Facebook
Say goodbye to Full Circle
The event: Full Circle Brewing Company hosts a farewell party, with performances from Merlinda Espenosa, Box Car Figaro, Scats on the Sly, Deja Blue and Llama Boy.
The draw: Full Circle Brewing Company was one of the first of Fresno’s contemporary craft breweries. It’s 8,700 square foot warehouse on F street in Chinatown is the kind of venue where you can have a beer while listening to a folk singer, or watching a burlesque show (or a straight-up circus, complete with a fire breather). It’s the kind of place that would obviously host Fresno’s beard and moustache contest (and have its brewmasters be competitive).
The brewery is closing after 16 years.
Details: 6 p.m. Saturday, May 21, 620 F. St. Free. 559-264-6323, www.fullcirclebrewing.com