There are three major concerts happening in the Valley this week, representing three (more than three, technically) decades’ worth of classic rock. From a genre-bending guitar icon, to a 1990s heartland rocker and a 2000s alternative metal act, here’s the quick breakdown.
An evening with Santana
The draw: Fresno has seen no shortage of Santana tribute bands and family members (the guitarist’s son, Salvador Santana, played Fulton 55 in 2012).
Now, we get Santana himself stopping in Fresno for one of a half-dozen California dates that also includes a concert on Sunday, Sept. 4, at San Francisco’s AT&T Park. (The Day on Green-style festival will feature a quadruple bill with Journey, the Steve Miller band and the Doobie Brothers.)
Earlier this year, Santana reunited his band’s iconic 1970s lineup, which includes Journey guitarist Neal Schon, plus Gregg Rolie, Michael Carabello and Michael Shrieve. That band released a new album, Santana IV, and has been playing select live dates. You may remember that Journey had to cancel its Fresno tour stop.
Sadly, it doesn’t look like Schon will be playing with Santana in Fresno, either. Journey has a tour stop in Wheatland.
Details: 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 2, Selland Arena, 700 M St. $39.50-$129.50. 800-745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com
This is M.E.
The draw: Etheridge was one of the standout female voices of the ’90s rock scene with a run of hit songs that included “Come to My Window,” “I’m The Only One” and “I Want To Come Over.” In 2011, the singer replaced Billy Joe Armstrong on stage in the Green Day-penned Broadway rock opera, “American Idiot.” Here, Etheridge will perform a selection of her hits, along with material from her 2014 album, “This Is M.E.” A new album of cover tunes, called “MEmphis Rock and Soul,” is slated for release on Friday, Oct. 7.
Details: 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 2, Chukchansi Gold Resort and Casino, 711 Lucky Lane, Coarsegold. $45-$55. 866-794-6946, chukchansigold.com
Make America Rock Again
The event: Alternative metal band Alien Ant Farm brings its Make America Rock Again tour to The Wakehouse in Reedley.
The draw: This is The Wakehouse’s second multi-act concert in as many weeks. Last weekend it hosted the Summer Sweatblock party.
This time, the riverside music venue gets a dose of early 2000s throwback rock with Alien Ant Farm, Trapt, Crazy Town and Tantric. Both Trapt and Alien Ant Farm have been in Fresno in the past year. Crazytown played the Rainbow Ballroom in 2003. Trantric played the KRZR-sponsored Manfest in 2004.
Also on tap are a host of regional and local acts, including LAW (the Long Beach rock band from Jakob Nowell, son of Sublime frontman Bradley Nowell), Hail Sagan (featuring Nick Quijano of Powerman 5000), Way Off Starboard, TakeAction, For The Record, Anchor City, The Jacktones and Robert Cruz and The Rage.
Details: 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 3, The Wakehouse, 850 N. Kings River Road, Reedley. $20, $50 VIP. www.theartourage.com