The Catacomb Party isn’t the only local music festival – F.U.S.E (Fresno Urban Sound Experience) is entering its sixth year with another great lineup of local bands.
15 bucks gets you two nights of music at some great venues. There are some changes this year – the festival is smaller (as a result of Catacomb…?) but that doesn’t mean it’s not worth visiting. Seriously, $15 for two nights of music? It’s a steal.
While previous years have included up to a dozen venues, this year it’s limited to 8 stages in 4 venues, all at the northern side of downtown. The first night is exclusively at Fulton 55, alternating between the main stage and a smaller stage upstairs, while the second night is mostly at the Warnor’s theater complex. One cool thing is that they’re apparently using the main stage, which should be fun for the bands. As usual, Tokyo Garden closes out the night – but you have to get there before the music starts if you want food.
It’s sort of disappointing that the venue hopping aspect is gone, as I thought it was a great way to discover new places. However, for those who like to listen to music while not straying far from a bar, this is a better setup. For me, I personally liked previous years with food venues, like Joe’s Steakhouse, the Casino, and what used to be a downtown sports bar. Maybe if Fresnans actually went out, they’d have enough attendance to support that again?
For comparison purposes:
Here’s a review I did of the 2011 event.
Here’s info of the 2012 event.
Here’s the info from the Catacomb Party, held 2 months ago
Here’s my review of the 2012 Catacomb Party
And here is the setup for this year, courtesy of their facebook page.
FRIDAY (September 20TH):
Fulton 55 – Main Stage (21+)
Fulton 55 – Upstairs Stage (21+)
SATURDAY (September 21ST):
Peeve’s Public House (All Ages) – What used to be Fresno Brewing Company
Warnors Theatre – Mezzanine Stage (All Ages)
Warnors Theatre – Stage ‘Stage’ (All Ages)
Warnors Theatre – Fishbowl Stage (All Ages)
Frank’s Place (All Ages)
Tokyo Garden (21+)
LINEUP and SCHEDULE
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 20
FULTON 55 (21+)
7:30 Copper And Glass
8:30 Sea Of Sound
10:30 Cockamainie Jamie
FULTON 55 UPSTAIRS STAGE (21+)
8:00 Boxcar Figaro
10:00 Tommy Marquez
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21
PEEVE’S PUBLIC HOUSE (All Ages)
7:30 Francis Ward
8:30 Style Like Revelators
9:30 Sci-Fi Caper
FRANK’S PLACE (All Ages)
8:30 Dirty Limbs
9:30 The Sleepover Disaster
FISHBOWL (All Ages)
9:00 Twisted Capz
WARNOR’S STAGE STAGE (All Ages)
7:00 Fatty Cakes and the Puff Pastries
8:00 Le Wolves
9:00 It’ll Grow Back
10:00 Greener By Color
WARNOR’S MEZZANE (All Ages)
6:30 Murder Park
8:30 Black Aesop
TOKYO GARDEN (21+)
10:00 Blake Jones and the Trike Shop
11:00 Isosceles Trio
$15 for all stages including Friday and Saturday
$10 for Fulton 55 only
$15 for all stages Saturday only
$5 for Tokyo Garden only