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Meet Fever 333, the Travis Barker-backed LA trio whose shows serve as ‘safe spaces’

The Fever 333 is Jason Aalon Butler, Stephen Harrison and Aric Improta. The band hosts a demonstration April 19, 2019 at Strummer’s in Fresno, CA.
The Fever 333 is Jason Aalon Butler, Stephen Harrison and Aric Improta. The band hosts a demonstration April 19, 2019 at Strummer’s in Fresno, CA. Contributed

Fever 333 doesn’t do concerts.

They stage demonstrations; safe-space gatherings where the crowds are encouraged to express their own truths — even if it’s from the center of a mosh pit.

“We’re our own answer to what we felt was lacking artistically and socio-politically,” says vocalist Jason Aalon Butler, talking on the phone from Brazil where the band recently played the Lollapalooza festival. The band is also slated to play the 50th anniversary of Wooddstock in New York in August.

The band hosts a demonstration Friday night at Strummer’s.

Some things to know about The Fever 333: The band is a collaboration between its three members (Butler, guitarist Stephen Harrison and drummer Aric Improta) and punk-rock icons Travis Barker (Blink-182) and John Feldmann (Goldfinger). Its first show was in 2017 at a donut shop parking lot in the back of a U-Haul truck.

Well, technically, Butler was on top of the truck.

The group plays a style of furious rap-rock that’s almost a throwback with comparisons to Rage Against the Machine in terms of lyrics and aesthetic. There’s also plenty of punk rock (Bad Brains, Fishbone) and modern hip (Kendrick Lamar is particularly inspirational, Butler says). The band’s first EP, “Made an America,” was nominated for a Grammy as best rock performance. It lost to Chris Cornell’s “When Bad Does Good.”

While the band is obviously political at its core, it is not looking to co-op a movement, Butler says.

“There was a movement already happening,” he says. “We’re just trying to offer a soundtrack to the movement.”

Fever 333

7:30 p.m. Friday

Strummer’s, 833 E. Fern Ave.

$16.66, all ages

559-485-5356, www.strummersclub.com

Other noteworthy events

Spring Break River Bash, 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday. SmokeHouse Bar and Grill, 38743 Highway 99, Kingsburg. $20 per night, all ages. theartourage.com

Love and Theft, following the Fresno Grizzlies game. 7:05 p.m. Friday. Chukchansi Park, 1800 Tulare St. $13-$55. 559-320-8497, fresnogrizzlies.com

Paw Patrol, 6 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Saroyan Theatre, 730 M Street. $26-$139, 800-745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com

Smack in da Middle, bike polo tournament. 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. East Rotary Park, 6464 N. Cedar Ave. Free for spectators. Search the event on Facebook

Sammy Hagar and the Circle, 8 p.m. April 22. Warnors Theatre, 1400 Fulton street, $49.50-$149.50. 559-264-2848, warnors.org

Russel Dickerson, following the Clovis Rodeo, 5 p.m. April 25. Clovis Rodeo Grounds, 748 Rodeo Drive. $35. 559-299-5203, www.clovisrodeo.com

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