Tim Kasher is talking via cellphone, from inside a van traveling through the middle of nowhere, which is actually somewhere in Wyoming, on the way to Salt Lake City where his band, the Good Life, has a show in several hours. The band is on tour with fellow indie rockers Speedy Ortiz and will be in Fresno on Friday, June 3, for an all-ages show at Strummer’s.
It’s one of the Omaha band’s first big outings in close to a decade.
“We’ve taken a pretty long time off,” says Kasher, who may be better known for fronting the alternative rock band Cursive.
The Good Life was Kasher’s solo project and existed with a rotating roster of friends and touring musicians until 2004, when the lineup coalesced around guitarist Ryan Fox, bassist Stefanie Drootin and drummer Roger Lewis. That lineup released two records on Saddle Creek Records before going on hiatus in 2007, so its members could return to their various other projects.
“We all put out records in different forms, with different bands,” Kasher says. He released a solo under his own name and with Cursive.
The Good Life lineup reunited officially in January 2014 to begin work on “Everybody’s Coming Down.” Released in August, the album is a change from the sleepier folkish tunes that the Good Life is known for. It is much more of a rock record – one that pulls from each member of the band. “Everybody’s Coming Down” represents what the Good Life sounds like when it’s not fitting itself into a particular box, Kasher says.
“This time around there wasn’t any preset style or genre we needed to fit into,” he says.
Details: 8 p.m. Friday, June 3, at Strummer’s, 833 E. Fern Ave. $12-$13. All ages. 559-485-5356, www.strummersclub.com
Here are other entertainment options worth note this week.
Summer concert kick off
The event: Country singer Josh Turner plays Chukchansi Gold Resort and Casino in the first of its summer concerts series.
The draw: Turner sings a style of country called neotraditional – think more bluegrass and gospel, less pop music and hip-hop. His 2012 single “Time Is Love” was the No. 1 country song of the year, according to Billboard.
Details: 7 p.m. Friday, June 3. Chukchansi Gold Resort and Casino, 711 Lucky Lane in Coarsegold. $35-$45. 866-7-WIN-WIN, chukchansigold.com
The event: Local comedy troupe Blimprov presents a Comedy Game Night, where guest comedians battle it out in a series of improv games.
The draw: Blimprov is a professional improvisational comedy troupe (think “Whose Line Is It Anyway?”). For a decade now, its members have performed regionally and locally, while offering in-depth training for everyone from middle school students to seasoned actors. Here, the group pulls local comedians (and former Blimpoved-trained) students for a “fast paced comedy improv showdown where the points do matter.”
This show is open to those over age 16.
Details: 8 p.m. Saturday, June 4. At Fresno Soap Company, 1470 Van Ness Ave. $10. 559-360-0483, www.blimprov.com
Nerd Prom 2016
The event: Fulton 55 plays host to Cosplay Nerd Prom 2016.
The draw: The name says it all. It’s the prom you wish you’d had. It features two floors of all-out nerdtainment – there is anime, video and board gaming, a cosplay contest (with cosplay judges), nerd speed dating and the crowning of Nerd King and Queen.
Because ska (the music) is the nerdiest of musical genres, there will be performances from For The Record and Iwanaga, plus sets from Wintercoat and DJs Matt D and Gabba.
Details: 6:30 p.m. Saturday, June 4, at Fulton 55, 875 Divisadero St. $10. 559-412-7400, www.fulton55.com