Music News & Reviews

Valley favorites return to play closer to their roots

Thanksgiving week has a knack for bringing people home. Perhaps that's why the local music clubs have a lot of familiar faces scheduled this weekend. 'Tis the weekend to play at home.

Here are a few of those familiar faces:

Cerro Negro: Flamenco band Cerro Negro is calling Fresno home again and wants everybody to know it.

Cerro Negro left in 2003 to be artists in residence at the Sociedad Flamenco Cultural de San Diego.

They're marking their return to Fresno with a concert called "Bringing it Home" Saturday at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 2672 E. Alluvial Ave. Expect Flamenco rhythms, rich percussion and a worldly blend of sounds.

Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $15 in advance or $20 at the door. Details:

40 Watt Hype: The always busy 40 Watt Hype is home in Fresno tonight, then in Visalia on Saturday.

The hip-hop-meets-Latin band sets up shop tonight (9 p.m., $8) at Audie's Olympic, 1426 N. Van Ness Ave.

They'll be joined by Waffle, plus a one-night-only reunion of local funk/hip-hop band Buzzbomb.

Saturday night takes 40 Watt to Visalia's The Cellar Door, 101 W Main St., where they'll be on stage all night. (9 p.m., $5).

Double Doors: Local Doors tribute band The Double Doors only plays a couple of dates per year, and the day after Thanksgiving is always one of them.

The band (with local music mainstay Nate Butler as Jim Morrison) is at Starline, 831 E. Fern Ave., starting at 9:30 p.m. Cover is $10. Expect your favorite Doors songs, plus a good dose of theatrics.

CVBS All-Stars: The Central Valley Blues Society is hosting another of its "All-Stars" shows, where some of the best local blues players share the stage.

It's the first one since CVBS began holding its shows at Babylon, 1064 N. Fulton St. Under its previous ownership, Crossroads used to be the venue of choice for CVBS.

Scheduled for tonight is Deja Blues, Coleman Head, Joe Walton and Ron Thompson (who plays at Babylon every Thursday).

It starts at 8 p.m. Cover is $5. CVBS also will be collecting canned food donations for Poverello House.

Mezcal: Visalia favorite Mezcal is a Latin/rock band that knows how to start a party.

For its latest party, it's pulling out a new trick: It's pegged a mariachi band, Mariachi Colonial, to open its show tonight at 9:30 at The Cellar Door, 101 W. Main St., in Visalia. Cover is $10.


8 p.m. Saturday / Crossroads, 3315 N. Cedar Ave. / $12 /

Metal band Flaw heads what will be an intense night of rock at Crossroads on Saturday.

Flaw was once signed to Universal Records and toured on Ozzfest, among other things. It's best known for songs such as "Payback" and "Whole."

In addition to Flaw, three of Fresno's top local rocks are also on the bill: Six Ounce Gloves, Grooveyard and Mercury Bullet.


9 p.m. Saturday / Audie's Olympic, 1426 N. Van Ness Ave. / $7 / (559) 233-3733

The music of Norwegian punk band Turbonegro gets a female spin when tribute band Turbonegra comes to town on Saturday night.

The Bay Area-based group is made up of a bunch of punk-rock playing gals with backgrounds in bands such as MDC and Boy in a Bubble.

Also on the bill is psychobilly acts Lightnin' Woodcock and local metal/hard-core Handlebarz.

California Love Fest

2 p.m. Saturday, 1 p.m. Sunday / Sanger Community Center, 730 Recreation St.

Nearly 40 bands will be part of the second California Love Fest, a two-day rock romp in Sanger.

It starts at 2 p.m. Saturday and continues at 1 p.m. Sunday with a number of local and out-of-town rock bands performing. It's firmly aimed at the all-ages rock crowd. Tickets cost $10 per day or $17 for both days.

Go to for a full list of bands.