Anecdotally, Thanksgiving weekend is always great for area bars and clubs – lots of people in town visiting family and catching up with friends. So, entertainment options tend be more informal and not big productions. But there are some solid choices worth checking out. Here are my picks, which include two event happening next week.
The event: Alternative hip-hop band 40 Watt Hype continues to celebrate.
The draw: Over the last 15 years, 40 Watt Hype established itself as Fresno’s foremost party band. It did so, partly, by not overplaying and making its shows into special events. The group has stepped up some for its 15-year anniversary. This is the second “quince” show for the band this year. The first was in June. Here, the group will be joined by local psych-rock powerhouse Light Thieves and the south Valley hip-hop duo, The Faculty, which has been getting its own share of hype these days.
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Details: 8:30 p.m. Saturday. Fulton 55, 875 Divisadero Ave. $5-$10. 559-412-7400, www.fulton55.com
Lethal dose of DJs
The event: DJ Lethal and Sid Wilson share the stage for an all-age show at Strummer’s.
The draw: These are two of the most iconic DJs in metal music. Lethal was the turntablist/producer for the rap metal band Limp Bizkit. He was also a founding member of the hip-hop group House of Pain. Wilson also goes by the name DJ Starscream and is best known for his work with the metal band Slipknot. Earlier this year, the pair teamed up for a collaborative project called Lethal Wilson. Because its an Artourage event, the show is loaded up with locals openers, including Centerpath and Devilkin Assailant.
Details: 7 p.m. Saturday. Strummer’s, 833 Fern Ave. $23-$70. 559-485-5356, www.strummerclub.com
Fresno’s punk rock doc
The event: The do-it-yourself punk-rock documentary “Floradora” gets the first of three Valley screenings.
The draw: In August, I wrote about “Floradora,” the documentary film being culled together from 25-year-old footage of a Fugzai performance at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Fresno. At the time, the project was still being put together. It has now been completed and is being screened at a small series of events around the Central Valley. The hour-and-25-minute final cut features live footage along with interviews from several Fresno personalities – and Fugazi singer Ian MacKaye.
Details: 8 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 1. Fresno Soap Co. 1470 N. Van Ness Ave. Free. All ages. #floradorafilm on Facebook
The event: Snow Tha Product comes to Fresno on her #beenwoke tour.
The draw: Claudia Feliciano is a bilingual emcee who is hot on the underground scene. Though she’s been on performing for the better part of a decade, she got hype for her EP, which was released on Atlantic Records in June, and for being featured on Lin Manuel Miranda’s “Hamilton Mixtape.”
Details: 8 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 1. Strummer’s, 833 Fern Ave. $15. 559-485-5356, www.strummerclub.com