An all-star cast of Valley performers is staging a music-variety show to benefit one of their own: classical organist Tony Imperatrice.
Imperatrice, who has played in Fresno for 40 years and is well-known in the music and arts scene, has been battling polycystic kidney disease. He will need a transplant within the year. His wife, Fresno artist Aileen Imperatrice, and another friend have tested as positive matches and have volunteered for the Paired Exchange Program, which increases his chances of finding an exact donor match.
The benefit performance will help pay for the various expenses leading up to – and following – the procedure.
“I am truly humbled by the outpouring of love and support I have received from my friends in the arts community,” Imperatrice says. “I wouldn’t wish this disease on anyone, but the help and encouragement I have gotten from my fellow artists has been amazing.”
The event is being hosted by comedian/actor Jaguar Bennett and musician/actor Nate Butler and will feature music from Richie Blue (who knows a thing or two about organ donation), plus Sparklejet frontman Victor Sotelo, Ron “Doc” Morse, Pieter Moerdyk and Chelsea Jones. There will also be performances from Banat Tanjora Ghawazee Bellydance and poets from the Inner Ear Poetry Jam, including Bryan Medina.
This is the first of two benefits for Imperatrice.
The other, an adults-only evening (with burlesque dance and dirty jokes) will be Saturday, Oct. 14, at Fulton 55 with Blake Jones and the Trikeshop and Scats on the Sly, plus comedy from Bennett and Shane “Scurvy” Spears, burlesque from Peekaboo Pansy and Felina Bella, and belly-dancing from Lydia Fortner.
Details: 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27, Full Circle Brewing Company, 620 F St. $15. minion-productions.ticketleap.com.
The draw: Sweat is one of those performers who does a bit of everything. At 55 years old, Sweat is a singer-songwriter, record producer, actor and radio personality (his syndicated show, The Sweat Hotel, can be heard on iHeartRadio). And he still performs, playing the classic R&B that earned him a series of radio hits (“Make You Sweat” and “I’ll Give All My Love to You”), as well as a lifetime achievement award from Soul Train.
Here, Sweat plays with fellow R&B acts Guy, Jon B and Silk, the latter of which was discovered and produced in the late 1990s.
Details: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26, Selland Arena, 700 M St. $32.50-$69.50. 800-745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com.
Speaking of Sweat
The event: More than a dozen bands and performers will be on hand for the third installment of the Summer Sweat block party.
The draw: For two years, the promoter behind Love the Captive has staged a series of monthly mini music festivals during the Valley’s hottest months.
The aptly named Summer Sweat party is switching things up, venturing into the South Valley for this month’s event, which is being hosted at The Wakehouse Woodfire Grill and Barrel. The campfire music venue/campground is just off the Kings River in Reedley.
It’s the first time the festival has been outside downtown Fresno and the first time the lineup has been 100 percent local.
Appropriately, organizers went big. The lineup includes some of the most hyped acts from across genres, from hip-hop (40 Watt Hype, Kam Cooks, Cockamamie Jamie) to pop and electronic music (Amoret, M the Myth, Personal Computer) and some straight up rock and roll (Style Like Revelators).
Summer Sweat will return to downtown Fresno for its next event on Friday, Sept. 30.
Details: 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27, The Wakehouse, 850 Kings Rover Road, Reedley. $10. All ages. www.lovethecaptive.com.
A Joni Michelle tribute
The draw: Ford lives in Santa Barbara, where her six-piece band sold out its first show at the popular SOhO Restaurant and Music Club. They also performed to a standing-room only crowd at the Ojai Art Center. The band plays selections from across Mitchell’s catalog of folk, rock and jazz music, including selections from “Clouds,” “Ladies of the Canyon” and, of course, the 1971 folk classic “Blue.”
“Her articulation of love, loss and the constant search for truth have both a spare and laser accuracy,” Ford says.
Details: 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27, Tower Theatre Lounge, 815 E. Olive Ave. $25-$40. 559-485-9050, www.towertheatrefresno.com.