The Sounds of Summer Seventeen

It is no secret that 2017 has been a great year for music, and the songs that graced the airwaves this summer further reveal that.    Singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran has been all over the radio with his song “Shape of ...

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Bad Suns gives shining performance at Strummer’s

The last time Los-Angeles-based rock band Bad Suns played in Fresno, their crowd was small. “The first time … we played to ten people and two stuffed cheeseburgers,” singer Chris Bowman said. “This feels good.” The band returned to Fresno ...

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Parade of Lights is electric

Parade of Lights is an electronic rock band from Los Angeles that makes feel-good music one can dance and sing to. Formed in 2010, Parade of Lights consists of lead vocalist and guitarist Ryan Daly, bassist Randy Schulte, keyboardist Michelle ...

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“Brightening” up the indie-pop scene

Brighten is an indie-pop band from Chico, California that consists of guitarist and lead vocalist Justin Richards, drummer Jimmy Richards and bassist Alex Draper.   Being a band for 13 years means Brighten’s history is a long one and can ...

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Exposing the Valley’s long heritage in folk music

The Wahlberg Recital Hall filled with folk music lovers on April 22 as local folk artist Evo Bluestein and his musical guests kicked off the Music of America Concert Series at Fresno State. “Folk [music], bluegrass and Zydeco that you ...

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Humans of Fresno State: Coachella Edition

Many Fresno State students attended the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival April 14-16 and many more may attend the festival’s second weekend, April 20-22. The celebrity-filled event is best known for its amazing headliners and expensive tickets. This week, ...

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Pianist Rafal Blechacz brings Fresno State to its feet

International award-winning pianist Rafal Blechacz brought his talents to Fresno State, performing works by J.S. Bach, Beethoven and Chopin at the concert hall in the Music Building. Blechacz has performed around the world in countries in Europe, North America and ...

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FresYes Fest shines a light on local music

Thousands of people made their way to downtown Fresno on March 25 for Tioga-Sequoia’s annual FresYes Fest, a celebration of local beer, food and music. The festival took place at the brewery’s beer garden with Fulton Street being blocked off ...

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Wind festival shows music is thriving in schools

The Fresno State Music Building was lively as piccolo players fluttered through scales, clarinet players tuned their instruments and trumpet solos rang through the halls. The College of Arts and Humanities welcomed approximately 1,500 students to campus for the 39th ...

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Amoret rocks the USU during “Tunes at Noon”

Every Wednesday in March, when the clock strikes noon, The Pit comes to life with USU Productions’ “Tunes at Noon.” “Tunes at Noon” brings a different local band to the The Pit to play live music from noon to 1:00 ...

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Night Riots give Fresno a night to remember

Alternative rock band Night Riots returned to Fresno on March 11 to perform in front of a sold out crowd at Strummer’s. Based out of Templeton, California, Night Riots has been together since 2011. The group consists of singer Travis ...

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Blake brings buzz to Fresno

Save Mart Center was the place to be on Friday night when Blake Shelton made his stop in Fresno to bring the “Doing it to Country Songs” tour to a full house of country music fans. The Oklahoma native and ...

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Grammy-winning cellist performs with Fresno State music faculty

  In the music industry, many artist’s break off from a group to start a solo career, but self proclaimed team player Lynn Harrell enjoys performing with others. Harrell, two-time Grammy Award-winner, performed with other guest artists in a string ...

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Nothing ‘Cliche’ about marching to a new beat

Snares are sizzling, bass drums are rumbling and marimba keys are skipping because the Bulldog Marching Band has taken the floor with its new indoor winter percussion team, Red Wave Indoor. Its 2017 show is titled “Cliche.” The concept is ...

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Girl power punk band: no ‘Regrettes’

Los Angeles-based punk band The Regrettes played in front of a sold-out crowd at Strummer’s on Friday, Feb. 24.   The band opened for San Diego-based band The Frights and Orange County duo The Garden. The Regrettes’ lineup consists of ...

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Rock meets sci-fi at Fulton 55

  Cinematic rock band Starset took to Fulton 55’s stage on Jan. 29 and performed a high-energy sci-fi rock demonstration. The Ohio-based band comes with its own sci-fi backstory. It exists to push “The Message” of The Starset Society, an ...

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Music Monday: The Frights

Hailing from San Diego, The Frights are a three-piece surf punk band that formed in 2012. Their style is a form of punk-rock music derived from surf culture. The current lineup consists of singer and guitarist Mikey Carnevale, bassist Richard ...

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Marimba, cello players steal the show

Melodies echoed through the halls of the Music Building Jan. 20 and 21 as the Fresno State music department held its 10th annual Concerto Competition. Fresno State music students were featured both days as they performed a variety of pieces ...

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