Who The Hell Were All Those Damn People At Fresyes Fest?

Its a great afternoon to be downtown! #FresYesFest #tiogasequoia #craftoutloud

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Like many of you, I was at Fresyes Fest at Tigoa Sequoia on Saturday. But I came really close to not being there. You saw that line waiting to get in, right? Yeah I saw it too. Forget that noise.

But wait. I gotta blog about something. I guess I will go stand in line and all that crap.

Plus I really like good beer. And it was THE event in Fresno this past weekend.

No it wasn’t the last two nights at Audie’s (although it was pretty epic, I hear). And it wasn’t even Easter. It was Fresyes Fest. Sorry, Jesus, it’s true.

So the main thing I noticed while in there? It wasn’t the food trucks taking up Fulton Street. Or the fine beer TS pours. Or the pro stage. It wasn’t even Swear Bear emptying cups:

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It was all the weird, unfamiliar people. Where did all these random Valley folks come from and who are they!?

Seriously though: Who the fuck were they?!  And I use fuck in the sweetest way. Like, when a friend tells you their Great Uncle died last week. “Fuck. I’m sorry man.” That’s how I’m using it. Fuck can still be sweet and pack a punch. It’s versatile like that.

If you looked real close Saturday, you would have seen a few OG bloggers huddled in a shaded corner wondering where the time went. And yes, also still wondering who the fuck these people are.

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FresYes Fest crowd at Tioga’s Beer Garden
Old Man Fresno rant!: “Back in my day, the only festival we had was the Fig Gig and that’s the way we liked it! No fancy hipster food trucks. No cute picnic tables inside a nice big Beer Garden. Our “beer garden” was a 50×50 foot taped-off piece of blacktop behind the Applebee’s, and that’s the way we liked it and we were happy to get it!”

That’s right, children. Fig Gig. It… it was something to go to. Technically. And we didn’t have to worry about lines or choices of beer. Sanger Light Bud Light and Bud Ice anyone?

Now you have FresYes Fest. And Grizzly Fest and Whatever Is Happening This Weekend Fest. I think Fresno is doing pretty damn good in the festival department now. Even if I don’t know WHO THE FUCK anybody is at these things.

You don’t know how good you have it, you Fresno Millennials. You have a downtown to be pumped about and a thriving festival scene. There used to be just Bud Light and caution tape.

FUSE Fest ‘Post Takeover’: Dorktown Podcast #122 with Werebear

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Musician and festival organizer, Cristobal, from animal-punk band Werebear and Spanspek Music & Arts Festival, visits Dorktown and helps the gang talk about stuff like:

  • Dove season in Fresno.
  • Is it okay for Dorktown to drink something other than Tioga Sequoia beer?
  • The whats and whys of Spanspek.
  • Growing up Orosi.
  • What is wrong with Clovis?
  • Mikey gets Dorktown involved with some podcast beef with Podawful and Ear Candy and it's awesome!
  • MUSIC BREAK: Collecto.
  • Werebear is also playing FUSE Fest 2012 dontcha know.
  • Mikey almost dies for Becky.
  • What the hell is a Werebear?
  • MUSIC BREAK: Werebear.
  • Fonzy Eyyys!

Please go out and have a nice craft beer from our friends at Tioga Sequoia!

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Listen To This: Dorktown #117 – Eli & Luke “The Quiet Americans”

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In the latest episode of Dorktown, the crew is joined by Eli and Luke from Fresno noise pop band The Quiet Americans. some things discussed:

  • Dorktown has joined forces with Tioga Sequoia Brewing (you know, like every other podcast in town).
  • Craft beer and a review of Rogue's Voodoo Doughnut Bacon Maple Ale.
  • Buy stamps and the post office.
  • What's going on with the Quiet Americans.
  • Fresno crowds.
  • MUSIC BREAK!: "Selia"
  • Stories of the road.
  • Bells Air Guitar stories.
  • LA, SF and East Bay venues.
  • Fresno pizza.
  • Mike's Lounge: Does it need the 'hipster treatment'?
  • Fonzy Eyyyss.

Click and listen:

Dorktown117LukeandEli.mp3

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