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Line up of music groups for FresYes Fest in downtown Fresno, CA


Some details of this year’s FresYes Fest are still under wraps.

What we do know is that the annual beer, food and music festival is happening from 1 p.m. to 11 p.m. on March 21 on the stretch of Fulton Street near the Brewery District in downtown Fresno.

And we know which bands will be performing as part of the festivities. On Tuesday, organizers announced that seven groups would take the stage. Once again, the lineup presents itself as a valuable introduction to the Fresno music scene.

“As usual with FresYes Fest, we are looking for bands and artists who have left their mark on the local music scene and have become one of the pillars of our region,” explains Mike Osegueda, one of the festival organizers. .

“It’s always difficult to pick the bands for this each year as there are so many immensely talented musicians in the Fresno area, but we aim to build a lineup that spans various genres and spans decades of local music. “

Who plays at FresYes Fest 2020

40 Watt Hype seems like an obvious choice. The Latin fusion hip-hop group knows how to thrill a crowd and is used to playing big Fresno events. It was at Grizzly Fest last year and Taco Truck Throwdown in 2018.

Violinist Patrick Contreras reinvented itself over the years; from doing hip-hop and dub-step covers to commentary-loaded Hendrix-style rock and his own brand of “Chicano violin music”, which he performed under the nickname El Violin. Contreras is a must-have for places looking to pack the house.

There’s a reason he played the opening night of Fulton 55 in 2011.

Rudy Parris has serious country roots. He cut his teeth playing with Buck Owens at Crystal Palace in Bakersfield and last year sang and played guitar with the Buckaroos. He was also on #teamshelton (yes, this Blake Shelton) on the 2012 season of “The Voice” on NBC.

Some will remember Kevin Kayashi from his days leading the reggae rock band Clouded Vision. As a solo artist, he keeps the acoustic vibrations relaxed.

Guitarist Bill clifton is one half of the Clifton Brothers, who formed the MoFo Party Band in the late 1980s and have maintained a loyal following playing West Coast blues for at least 25 years. Clifton’s brother John performed at FresYes Fest with his blues band in 2017. Here, Bill Clifton performs with the chicken and whiskey strip.

The morning walk are the new kids in the neighborhood, so to speak. The funk, soul and blues group have only been performing since 2014, but have established an following (both locally and in places like San Francisco) for energetic but somewhat loaded sets.

As the unofficial house band of FresYes Fest, The box has been participating in the festival for four years. Once again, they’ll close the night with your dose of nostalgic ’90s hip-hop, R&B, dance and pop.

This story was originally published February 4, 2020 4:35 pm.

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Joshua Tehee covers the latest news for The Fresno Bee, writing on a wide range of topics from law enforcement, politics and weather, to the arts and entertainment in the Central Valley.


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