Memorial Day weekend is quickly approaching. What does that mean for Fresno music fans? Why, it means that the third annual Nickfest is quickly approaching!
Nickfest has come a long way since the inaugural festival in 2012, which found full-time house/part-time punk basement The Ranch as host – complete with a set from Fierce Creatures and a one-time reunion from old Fresno favorites They Call Me Greyhound. We helped start the festival as a way to remember our friend Nick Henebury. We are extremely lucky to have been approached by the family.
Last year, we were able to hold the festival in the Tower District thanks to The Tower Marketing Committee. Seems only natural to party in one of our favorite neighborhoods, doesn’t it? That year saw performances locals Strange Vine, Achievement House, Light Thieves and touring bands like Weatherbox, Hard Girls, and The Speed of Sound In Seawater.
With the 2014 edition of the festival, we’ve really tried to go big. This year’s festivities will be on May 24th and will again be held at the Golden parking lot, located on Wishon and Olive. We are about ready to announce the complete lineup, but we want to give you guys a taste of what is in store for this year.
We are proud to announce Lemuria , Their/They’re/There and Sci-Fi Caper on this year’s Nickfest lineup.
Buffalo, NY trio Lemuria are creating smart pop songs that please both indie and punk kids alike. The band has shown music listeners that four chords and female-fronted vocals can be a fierce combination. Their latest album, The Distance Is So Big, has launched the band into mainstream rock territory – receiving press from the likes of NPR and Spin magazine. They’ve toured with the likes of Against Me!, New Found Glory and The Queers in the past and just announced a tour with The Menzingers. Recently, they shared the stage with Slayer, MGMT and Washed Out at Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin, TX.
Fun fact: Hayley Williams of Paramore attended a Lemuria show and helped get them signed to their current label, Bridge Nine.
Their/They’re/There’s members need no introduction. Singer Evan Weiss is known for his part-time solo/part-time band project Into It. Over It. His project has been considered by many to be the leader of the latest wave of ‘emo revival.’ His rigorous touring schedule led to an opening spot for Owen, the celebrated acoustic act started by Mike Kinsella. Kinsella has grown from Chicago scene staple to music nerd hero, having been a member of influential bands such as Cap’n Jazz and American Football. Their/They’re/There finds Weiss offering his hooks that fans have come to know and love with Kinsella on drums and Matthew Frank on guitar.
Their/They’re/There put out two releases on Polyvinyl Records in 2013 – a self-titled EP and the Analog Weekend EP.
We couldn’t invite these touring acts to the Central Valley without throwing Sci-Fi Caper on the bill. From gigs at C.A.F.E. Infoshop to Peeve’s Public House, the band has received love from all sorts of Fresno music fans. Think of their music as a cross between Ramones punk rock and Motown harmonies.
Save the date and we will see you there!