The Tower Theatre for the Performing Arts
815 E. Olive Avenue Fresno, CA 93728
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The Tower Theatre's non-profit operation relies upon generous donations from individuals, corporations and foundations. Help us to keep the Performing Arts thriving in Fresno.
We consistently bring exciting and renowned music artists, comedians, alternative movies, special events, and world-class entertainment to Fresno's Historic Tower District.
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Lyfe Jennings is a platinum-selling American R&B and soul singer-songwriter, record producer, and instrumentalist. He plays the guitar, bass, and piano, which he integrates into his music. The New York Times referred to him as a "socially minded R&B singer".
Without prefabricated hype, glossy ad campaigns or sexed up videos, Lyfe’s message has become a phenomenon. He offers, “You can talk about something real and relevant and still get some record spins.”
Lyfe has cemented that relationship with his live performances; ones that possess you with the spirit to share the lived-in truths learned first-hand from his relationships, betrayal and the streets.
"I don't care if people remember my name as long as they remember the music."
Ottmar Liebert’s global success can be attributed to a myriad of things - his creative vision, his determination, and a strong sense of melody. Liebert founded the first incarnation of his band, Luna Negra, in 1989. Liebert has since become one of the most successful instrumental artists of the past decades, entertaining audiences around the world and releasing a catalog of 33 classic albums including live recordings, an orchestral album for Sony Classical, a binaural surround sound recording, remix albums, a lullaby and a flamenco-reggae album. Ottmar Liebert has been nominated for five Grammy awards.
Tinsley Ellis has achieved a lot of success and worked with some of the best in the business. He has toured the globe, released 19 albums (with Red Clay Soul), and hit the heights of commercial success with songs covered by other artists – notably, Jonny Lang recording "A Quitter Never Wins." Ellis even gave Derek Trucks his recording debut on Ellis' Storm Warning. He won Rock/Blues Album Of The Year with Tough Love in 2015 from Blues Blast Magazine and made many "Best Of" lists within Downbeat and others. Tinsley Ellis continues to release compelling music. And he continues to bring it night after night at one venue after another across the globe, sharing his blues-steeped legacy, fine songwriting.
“Feral blues guitar...non-stop gigging has sharpened his six-string to a razor’s edge...his eloquence dazzles...he achieves pyrotechnics that rival early Jeff Beck and Eric Clapton.”
- Rolling Stone
Tinsley Ellis featured in Blues Music Magazine, January 2017
”Circuit Rider” from Red Clay Soul #1 on Roots Music Report
Top 50 Blues Rock Song Chart
Red Clay Soul is #1 on Living Blues Radio Chart, June 2016
BOSTYX™ features the hits and vibe of two American pop music icons BOSTON and STYX all in one high-energy show that is sure to please classic rock ‘n roll fans of all ages. BOSTYX™ features DAVID VICTOR, who was featured as a guitarist/vocalist on BOSTON’s summer 2012 and 2014 tours of North America and in 2013 at the sold-out Boston Strong Benefit with Aerosmith at the Boston Garden in front of an audience of nearly 20,000. David Victor’s vocals and guitar playing make this tribute to the amazing music of BOSTON and STYX as real as it can get!
And when it comes to the challenging vocal stylings of STYX and Dennis De Young, no one other than the original artists have ever sung it better than drummer/vocalist Glenn Jost of BOSTYX™ as you’ll see in the LIVE video below, shot for AXS TV at the Whiskey A Go-Go in Hollywood, CA.
Known for his energetic strumming on the ukulele, Jake’s performance incorporates elements of thoughtful, sophisticated arrangements to spontaneous, improvised passages. In addition to his original compositions, his repertoire includes Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody, Schubert’s Ave Maria and Cohen’s Hallelujah.
He has topped Billboard’s World Music Chart numerous times, been declared a musical “hero” by Rolling Stone Magazine, which also stated: “one of the hottest axemen of the past few years doesn’t actually play guitar.” Jake has been the subject of an award winning documentary “Jake Shimabukuro: Life On Four Strings,” currently on Netflix.
Fresno Filmworks presents director Fatih Akin’s film “In The Fade”. When her husband and son are killed in a bomb attack, Katja’s life is turned upside down. Unable to properly mourn and get on with her life, Katja decides to take matters into her own hands and seek justice in any way possible. Starring the Cannes Festival Best Actress winner Diane Kruger with Denis Moschitto, and Numan Acar. Presented in German with English subtitles. Assistive listening services are not available for this film. Germany • 90 minutes • R
Advance tickets cost $10 general and $8 for students and seniors. Purchase tickets online below, or by check/cash at the Tower Theatre Box Office, 815 E. Olive Ave.
Ph. (559) 485-9050
Recognized by the Guinness World Records as “The World’s Youngest Solo Musician to Head-line His Own Concert Tour,” 16-year-old Ethan Bortnick has been performing around the world, raising over $50,000,000 for charities across the globe. At these charity events, he’s shared the stage with artists such as Elton John, Andrea Bocelli, Beyoncé, Josh Groban and Reba McEntire, among many others.
Billy Joel's Musical Director, Dave Rosenthal, renowned globally for his work with Billy for over twenty years is also Ethan's Musical Director.
Ethan has performed at venues around the globe, charity functions, performing arts centers, large arenas with over 70,000 people and for Ethan, the most fulfilling aspect of success is bringing people joy.
"Ethan’s imagination and ability to create music from stories is unbelievable." - QUINCY JONES
"I'm amazed by your songwriting." - CELINE DION
Professional Boxing at the Tower Theater for the first time
in its long history featuring the Central Valley’s
top prospects in 6 Professional Bouts.
Jose Salinas, 3-0
Julian Lopez, 4-0
Jesus Ibarra Sanchez, 3-1
William Flenoy, Pro Debut
Eduardo Sanchez – Pro Debut vs Jose Rodriguez - Pro Debut
Ivan Varela, Pro Debut
Don’t miss the Central Valley’s Prospects with action packed bouts. Come and support your local fighters!
Nationally touring band, Wiley Ray and the Big O Band, are bringing you, Roy Orbison Returns! Bringing you all of Roy's hits, including Pretty Woman, Crying, and more! Come out for a night to celebrate Roy and be taken back to experience what he was best known for, his humor and amazing music.
Opening the show will be Rockabilly Friday with the Only Cash Band, as well as a Dash of Patsy Cline.
Radio DJ. Stand-up comedian. Best-selling author. Chart-topping recording artist. TV personality. Philanthropist. Bobby Bones has built his career on the ability to multi-task. Channeling humor, honesty, and hard work, he’s also built the largest nationally syndicated morning show in country radio - "The Bobby Bones Show.”
The PettyBreakers is the nation’s premier “Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers” tribute act. Based out of Southern California, this band accurately recreates the sights, sounds and concert experience of a Tom Petty concert. All the classics… American Girl…Break Down… Free Fallin’… Mary Jane’s Last Dance…Refugee… Runnin’ Down a Dream… and so many more... perfectly reproduced. Playing to packed houses all over the U.S., the band is comprised of excellent musicians who have performed and recorded with international artists. The PettyBreakers were chosen to perform on AXS TV’s “The World’s Greatest Tribute Bands,” honoring the music of this legendary American icon.
Adrian Legg is an English guitar player who has been called "impossible to categorize". He plays custom guitars that are a hybrid of electric and acoustic, and his fingerstyle picking technique has been acknowledged by the readers of Guitar Player who voted Legg the "best acoustic fingerstyle" player four years in a row (1993–1996).
Legg shared the stage with acclaimed guitar experts Joe Satriani, Eric Johnson and Steve Vai as part of the G3 tour. Vai called Legg "Uncle Adrian" and Satriani said of Legg's musicianship "He's simply the best acoustic guitar player I've ever heard. I don't know anyone else who can create such a cascade of beautiful notes... Adrian plays like he's got hammers for fingers."
A 20-year comedy veteran, never shys away from a challenge. Willie’s talent has garnered him 12 appearances on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” more than any other Latino Comedian in the history of the Tonight Show. Jay even invited Willie to perform for the troops in Afghanistan.
In addition to being a comedy road warrior, Willie has appeared on many TV shows including: “Moesha,” “The Wayans Brothers,” and he was chosen to be the host of the popular Si-Tv production “Latino Laugh Festival – The Show.” He’s also made multiple appearances on tours such as “Que Locos,” “Latino Laugh Festival,” “Montreal’s Just for Laughs,” and “Crown Royal Latin All Stars Comedy Explosion.” Willie had his one hour Comedy Central which was received with rave reviews.
George Lopez refered to Gilbert as one of the "elite" Latino comedians working today! TV credits include "Que Locos," ABC's "Laugh Out Loud," BET's "Comic View," and on the dvd "Thou Shalt Laugh".
Johnny Sanchez is one of America's premiere comedians. Johnny was a cast member on FOX's hit sketch comedy series MADtv for the show's last two seasons. Most notably with his fan favorite character, "Lil Joker." Johnny also lent his voice to the Oscar Winning Animated film Happy Feet as Lombardo, alongside Robin Williams and Elijah Wood.
Critically acclaimed musical virtuosos, The Dixie Dregs, or The Dregs, have announced they will perform a limited number of concerts in select U.S. cities.
“This tour is the result of the overwhelming requests we’ve received from a loyal audience of diehard Dregheads, and new fans who have never seen us perform live, but discovered the band for the first time through Steve’s membership in Deep Purple, or Rod as the drummer for Winger,” said Dreg’s bassist, Andy West. “We can’t wait to play for them all,” adds West.
Gordon Meredith Lightfoot Jr is a Canadian singer-songwriter who achieved international success in folk, folk-rock, and country music. He is credited with helping to define the folk-pop sound of the 1960s and 1970s. He is often referred to as Canada's greatest songwriter and is known internationally as a folk-rock legend.
Lightfoot's songs, including "For Lovin' Me", "Early Morning Rain", "Steel Rail Blues", "Ribbon of Darkness"—a number one hit on the U.S. country chart with Marty Robbins's cover in 1965—and "Black Day in July" about the 1967 Detroit riot, brought him wide recognition in the 1960s. Canadian chart success with his own recordings began in 1962 with the No. 3 hit "(Remember Me) I'm the One", followed by recognition and charting abroad in the 1970s. His first US top 10 hit "If You Could Read My Mind" (1970) reached #5; "Sundown" (1974), #1; "Carefree Highway" (1974), #10, "Rainy Day People (1975), #25, and "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald" (1976) #2, Hot 100.
Maria Bamford stars in the semi-autobiographical Netflix comedy series Lady Dynamite. She was the first female comic to have two half-hour Comedy Central Presents specials and starred alongside Patton Oswalt, Zach Galifianakis and Brian Posehn in the Comedy Central series The Comedians of Comedy and Netflix’s Comedians of Comedy: The Movie.
Maria had a recurring role as DeBrie Bardeaux on Netflix’s Arrested Development reboot and on the ABC hit Fresh Off the Boat. Her new Netflix special Old Baby will premiere on Netflix in 2017.
Brian Culbertson is an award-winning multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and producer known for his distinct brand of genre-crossing contemporary jazz, R&B and funk.
With love, romance and his recent twentieth wedding anniversary serving as his inspiration, Culbertson crafted thirteen new songs that will be released as “Colors of Love” on Valentine’s Day. The seduction begins with the first single, the amorous title track, which is a sensual R&B groove illuminated by lyrical acoustic piano melodies typical of the collection’s contents.
Regardless of his success and numerous accomplishments, fans can rest assured that Culbertson always brings his very best – and brings the very best out of others – in all of his broad-ranging musical and creative endeavors.
Laurie Morvan’s unique, fiery guitar style has been highlighted in feature articles in the world’s top guitar magazines:
“Morvan singes the strings with fast, clean chicken pickin’, reaches heights of lyrical ecstasy through liquid bends, and kicks the rhythm in the pocket with propulsive comping.”
- Guitar Player Magazine
“Stunning California axe slinger...exhilarating electric blues guitar style” - Modern Guitars
Fresno Bee Top Pick of the week
August 17, 2017
"Laurie Morvan could have come from some parallel universe where Stevie Ray Vaughan and Bonnie Raitt had a daughter who grew up to play guitar" - Fresno Bee
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