Tonight: Dance with The Duke

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Joan Soriano, called “The Duke of Bachata,” comes to Fresno tonight on his current West Coast tour.

While bachata — a popular style of dance music from the Dominican Republic — has become more popular worldwide in recent years thanks to artists such as Aventura and Prince Royce giving it a pop-friendly spin, Soriano sticks to the music’s roots.

Catch him tonight at Starline for Starline Salsa Club’s recurring bachata night. There’s a dance lesson at 9:15 p.m. Soriano and his family band begin at 10 p.m.

The Week Ahead: Catacomb Party, not-quite $5 country, Rev. Horton Heat, etc.

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CATACOMB PARTY: Indie rockers Fierce Creatures have their big Catacomb Party album release concert on Saturday. It’s a free, all-ages event with nine other bands joining Fierce Creatures outdoors on the Fulton Mall. It’s the local music event of the week, for sure.

THE HOTTEST TICKET OF THE WEEK: That goes to Kiss Country’s $5 concert at Rotary Amphitheatre at Woodward Park, starring “American Idol” Scotty McCreery and Joe Nichols. The $5 thing, that’s a lie at this point. Tickets sold out in less than a day when they went on sale and now if you want them, you’re going to pay much more than that.

BACK-UP PLAN: Another quality show on Thursday night is at Fulton 55, where Rev. Horton Heat, Supersuckers and The Goddamn Gallows make a tour stop. Rockabilly, rock ‘n’ roll, roots rock are too be expected. Good stuff too.

ALSO IN TOWN THIS WEEK: Bachata star Joan Soriano (Tuesday at Starline), pop/rock band The Torn ACLs (Wednesday at Tokyo Garden), dancy indie rock group Conveyor (Friday at Kuppajoe), Origami Ghosts (Friday at Cafe Infoshop) and the Hiero Imperium Tour with Souls of Mischief, Pep Love and Casual (Saturday at Fulton 55).

FOR LAUGHS: “Mad TV” alum Mo Collins — who “Parks & Rec” fans also know as Joan Callamezzo of “Pawnee Today” — performs at Club One Casino on Friday night with Rebecca Corry.

TWEETUP: We like Tweetups — obviously — so we think you should know that them lady bloggers over at The Full Moxie are having one on Friday.

CAN I GET AN ENCORE? Looks like Encore Nightclub is having a big “grand opening” weekend — it’s been open, but ya know how these things go. It’s fully operational as an 18+ place, which is worth a note. This is, if you’re wondering, the most re-named club in Fresno. It’s the former On the Rocks, Bliss, Bisla’s, XO and most recently NVS.

Five Things You Should Do This Weekend

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Other than seeing how many chicken wings you can cram in your mouth in 10 minutes.

1. GO POP WITH THE GRIZZLIES
The Fresno Grizzlies have a pop culture-heavy weekend planned. Tonight is “Super Hero” night, where the team will be wearing “Dark Knight Rises” theme jerseys — as seen on ESPN.com, FYI. If you dress like super heroes, you get in free. Saturday, the Grizz host Disney actress/singer Zendaya Coleman from “Shake It Up.” She’ll be singing the National Anthem and signing autographs. [More]

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Five Things You Should Do This Weekend

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In addition to watching the daredevil dude jump all those semi-trucks at the Spokes ‘N’ Rods festival, seeing the new offering from Woodward Shakespearse Festival or getting risque with Fresno Filmworks .

1. GO TO A PARTY FIT FOR ROYALTY
The Soulflower Group hosts its popular annual Prince tribute at Audie’s Olympic on Saturday. It features a handful of DJs dipping into their stashes to play Prince gems. A movie will shown and, if I know The Soulflower Group, there’s some more cool stuff planned too. [More]

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Tonight: Vicci Martinez shares her ‘Voice’ with Fresno

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Singer Vicci Martinez, who finished third on the first season of NBC’s “The Voice,” is in Fresno tonight, playing another of radio station Y101’s “Unplugged” concerts. It’s happening at The Standard at 7 p.m. and is free for folks 21-and-up. But it’s first come, first serve and doors open at 4:30 p.m. For what it’s worth: I’d recommend not moseying in at 7:30 p.m. and expecting to have a spot.

Since “The Voice,” Martinez signed a recording with with Cee-Lo (her coach on the show) and is about to release her major-label debut album. The first single is “Come Along.”

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If reggae is more your flavor, then you might dig this show tonight at Starline with Josh Heinrichs and Skillinjah.

The Week Ahead: Black Milk, Xzibit, Xotica, Wild Blue and more

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BLACK MILK: If you like hip-hop like I like hip-hop — which is to say, not the stuff on the radio — then see Black Milk at Fulton 55 on Wednesday night. Dude is doooooope.

XZIBIT: If you like hip-hop that I liked in 1996, then go see Xzibit at Rome Nightclub on Thursday night. I honestly can’t tell ya what Xzibit has done in the last five years, but his first two albums were also doooooope.

WILD BLUE: Iconic Fresno band The Wild Blue gets together again for a reunion show on Saturday night at Fulton 55. Last time it did one of these, the show was paaaaaaacked.

CELEBRATE THE EXPRESS + XOTICA: It’s anniversary time at The Express, Fresno’s popular gay nightclub. On Thursday night, the Xotica drag show celebrates its eight-year anniversary then The Express itself celebrates nine years on Saturday night.

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