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Jackson Browne announces concert date for Hanford Fox Theatre

Songwriter and ’70s soft-rock icon Jackson Browne will play April 30 at the Hanford Fox Theatre. It is the first show announced at the theater since its closing almost two years ago.
Songwriter and ’70s soft-rock icon Jackson Browne will play April 30 at the Hanford Fox Theatre. It is the first show announced at the theater since its closing almost two years ago. AP

After being closed for renovations for close to two years, the Hanford Fox Theatre will reopen in early 2016.

While an exact date has not been set, the theater, on Irwin Street in downtown Hanford, has announced an April 30 concert with Jackson Browne. Tickets for the show are $69-$89 and on sale Friday, Jan. 15, at the theater box office, online at www.foxhanford.com or by calling 559-584-7823.

Browne was the quintessential songwriter of the 1970s, having penned a number of soft-rock hits including the Eagles’ “Take it Easy,” which he co-wrote with Glenn Frey, and 1977’s “Running on Empty.” The singer is a member of both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Songwriters Hall of Fame. His latest record, “Standing in the Breach,” was one of Rolling Stone’s 50 best releases of 2014.

The Hanford Fox will have its official grand-reopening before the show, sometime in ealry 2016, according to Dan Humason, who runs the theater. In the meantime, Humason has taken to booking concerts at other venues in the area. That includes shows with Dwight Yoakam, who performs Jan. 21 the Visalia Fox Theatre, and the western comedy group Riders in the Sky, which plays Jan. 29 at the Tower Theater in Fresno. Tickets for both shows are on sale now. Check with individual theater box offices for ticket information.

Also announced:

The Grammy award-winning “Texican” rock group Los Lonely Boys return to Fresno for a May 31 date at Fulton 55. Tickets for the show are $25-$30 and on sale now at the club, online at Fulton55.com or by calling 559-412-7400.

The trio – brothers Henry, JoJo and Ringo Garza – last played Fresno in 2014. It was the band’s first tour following an on-stage accident that left Henry Garza with serious spinal injuries and coincided with the release of “Revelation.” The album features collaborations with country icon Radney Foster, pop writers Matthew Gerrard and David Quiñones and Raul Pacheco of the band Ozomatli.

Joshua Tehee: 559-441-6479, @joshuatehee

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