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SAT JUN 29  SWINGSET SHOWDOWN | MURDER PARK | SCI-FI CAPER                                                                 $5  | 21+ | 9:00PM

True, we get lots of bands out of the Northwest stopping through Fresno on their way to play somewhere else, but none of them are like Swingset Showdown from Seattle.


“Swingset Showdown puts on an out of control and energizing show that will keep you watching your calendar for their next show. Props, costumes, bombastic music, and a wild stage presence… they are exactly what a rock band is supposed to be.”

- Chris Prairie, of The Hoot Hoots


Along for this sonic joyride are local faves Murder Park and Sci-Fi Caper.

TOKYO GARDEN PERFORMANCE ARCHIVE LIST - 2013

TUE JUL 2 THE PURRS  | PLUS SPECIAL GUESTS                                                                                                  $5  | 21+ | 9:30PM

The Purrs are a Seattle psych-rock outfit who’ve made promises to each other and kept them to their audience. Existing for more than a decade (with seven full-length albums to their credit), The Purrs are crushed by their day jobs, unlucky in love, soaked in whiskey, and renowned for their blistering live performances.


Their music is made for the late hours: an after work visit to the bar, dollars crumpled in pocket from being clumped in a fist; the same formation of a fist that extends outward for their roaring guitar solos, and blues lyricism crossed with Thurston Moore pedal stomps.

SAT JUL 6 THE EXCURSIONS                                                                                                                                       $5  | 21+ | 9:30PM

The Excursions (formerly Cool Reflection) are a multi-instrumental group playing classic rock, reggae, blues and Americana with a jazzy, improvisational touch.


Original music and select covers, interpreted in a fresh way, feature dynamic interplay between the instruments and complex harmonies.


On a given night, in addition to original compositions, you might hear anything from "White Rabbit" to J J Cale's "Don't go to Strangers" to "I Put a Spell On You", to Willie Dixon's "That Same Thing" to Fleetwood Mac tunes to the Beatles, all done in their own style.

Chris Janzen's Fresno Underground Trio 6-7:30 pm

Aaron Minter & Italian Administration 8-9:30 pm

THU JUL 11 JAZZ HOP FRESNO:                                                                                                        NO COVER  | ALL AGES | 6:00PM

SAT AUG 3  HOCUS OPUS                                                                                                                                          $5  | 21+ | 9:30PM

The music of Hocus Opus is a whimsical interpretation of varying styles but grounds itself in vintage pop/rock with an emphasis on vocal performance.


When your first, live performance of original material leads to a standing ovation, you tend to think you may be doing something right both as a band and as songwriters.


Long-time friends Raul, William, and Ryan definitely are onto something, and Saturday, August 3rd is a great opportunity to see one of Fresno’s best new bands up close and personal in the intimate setting of the Tokyo Garden lounge.

6:00PM-7:30PM Geoff Caughey, Piano Serenade

8:00PM-9:30PM AAron Minter & Italian Administration

THU AUG 8 JAZZ HOP FRESNO:                                                                                                        NO COVER  | ALL AGES | 6:00PM

FRI AUG 9  GENIUS (from South Korea)   | The Planes                                                                                               $5  | 21+ | 9:30PM

Genius is lo-fi garage punk surf psychobilly (we hear) and "boasts a sense of anarchy that even the Sex Pistols might admire" according to Groove Magazine. Their live shows are pretty renowned in South Korea. "This is partially because we are extremely good-looking," says one band member.


The Planes are "Fresno Rock And Roll."


Tokyo Garden is a great music venue in Downtown Fresno, and bands like Genius and The Planes are another reason why...you won't see them anywhere else.

FRI AUG 16  GUY BEARD & THE LUNCHWAGON ROMEOS                                                                                       $5  | 21+ | 9:30PM

Clap your hands and stomp your feet folks, it's time for the upbeat rockabilly enthusiasm of Guy Beard & The Lunchwagon Romeos at the Tokyo Garden lounge in Downtown Fresno.


This band is a powerhouse, and if you are a fan of live American rock and roll you wanna don't miss this show!


Opening the show is Brad “Dudeboy” Rogers.

THU AUG 22   I KILL CAMERON | EMILY & THE COMPLEXES |  DIRTY LIMBS                                                        $5  | 21+ | 9:30PM

After Emily & the Complexes frontman Tyler Verhagen spent several years hitch-hiking around the U.S. and playing as a solo acoustic artist, he settled down in Columbus, OH and recruited childhood friends Jordan Finke, Tom Konitzer, and Brett Gregory to turn his one-man band into a full-fledged rock n’ roll outfit.


Drawing on Verhagen’s experiences on the road, the four began playing shows around Ohio and the Midwest.


The band is touring in support of their Styrofoam Plate Blues release.


Fresno favorites I Kill Cameron and Dirty Limbs complete this great night of music at Tokyo.

SAT AUG 24  A CREATIVE FRESNO FUNDRAISER feat. LIGHT THIEVES & SCI-FI CAPER                                    $5  | 21+ | 9:00PM

Another night of great local music for a great cause, as Creative Fresno hosts local favorites Light Thieves and Sci-Fi Caper.


Tokyo Garden in Downtown Fresno is a great place to see these two great bands, so please join Creative Fresno and support live, local music.

WED AUG 28  GREGORY RAWLINS                                                                                                             DONATION$  | 21+ | 9:00PM

Rawlins’ influences draw from a mash-up of classic rock, early country music, and the Seattle grunge wave of the early 1990s – genres illustrated in his solo work, as well as in Sons of Guns, a band he co-fronts with longtime friend Mike Surber.


At times simple and meditative, at times erratic, spacey, distorted and fused with a myriad of electronics and natural sounds, Rawlins auspiciously established himself as unique entity among American musicians.


“His style is unique and satisfying, always revealing the integrity of his message, Greg is a true poet born into a musician’s body.” – Brad Kaminski, Vertigo Studios

FRI SEP 6  DIM PEAKS | Fattycakes | Seventhtember                                                                                                  $5  | 21+ | 9:00PM

A special album release party for Dim Peaks.


Dim Peaks is a California-based band led by guitarist/vocalist Niilo Smeds with Russell Higbee (Man Man), Dylan Tidyman-Jones (The Mallard) and Tomas Galvan.


The songs from Time of Joy evokes a place: trails worn deep by quiet guitars, whispers in the ear at dusk, beers on summer waters, the anticipation of new beginnings, light and heavy moments in an expanse of California sun and unexpected storms. There is a natural ease to the way the songs spill out and flood the room.

SAT SEP 7  COWGIRLS N‘ HANDCUFFS                                                                                                                       $5  | 21+ | 9:00PM

A Central California band that plays a mix of Traditional and Alternative Country music, Cowgirls ‘N Handcuffs is making their Tokyo Garden debut on Saturday, September 7, 2013.


One of the great things about the live music at Tokyo Garden is its diversity; no matter what the musical style, it always seems oddly juxtaposed against the traditional Japanese motif. Therein lies its charm.


So feel free to kick your heels up for a great night of seriously good music, and join us on Saturday, September 7th for Cowgirls ‘N Handcuffs.

SAT SEP 14  PICTURE ATLANTIC  | HOCUS OPUS | STYLE LIKE REVELATORS                                                   $5 | 21+ | 9:00PM

Picture Atlantic is an indie alternative band with an explosive sound and an openhearted approach to songcraft. With hints of MUSE, Neon Trees and Jeff Buckley, their youthful exuberance is apparent on every track.


Vocalist and guitarist Nikolaus Bartunek is a true standout, leading the way with his striking vocal style and erratic, supercharged performances. Bassist Ryan Blair, keyboardist Brian Graves and drummer Daniel Martinez provide the backbone and creative counterpoint to Nik’s haunting melodies.


The music of Hocus Opus is a whimsical interpretation of varying styles but grounds itself in vintage pop/rock with an emphasis on vocal performance. They write dynamic, memorable songs with knock-out vocals. Always a hit at Tokyo Garden. Rounding out the bill is Style Like Revelators.

FRI SEP 13 SPANSPEK MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL FUNDRAISER  feat. BASURA | MACANDO                            $5  | 21+ | 9:00PM

Basura -

Macondo - www.macondomusic.com

Satellite Era - 

Proceeds from the fundraiser will benefit the Spanspek Music and Arts Festival, an annual event held in Orosi, CA, in Tulare County. The festival raises funds for high school scholarships, artists commissions, and for putting on the festival the following year.  


For more information on the event, please visit www.spanspekfestival.com.

PICTURE ATLANTIC

The Jazz Extension                   7pm - 9pm

THU SEP 12 JAZZ HOP FRESNO:                                                                                                        NO COVER  | ALL AGES | 6:00PM

TUE SEP 17  SOFT SHADOWS | BETWEEN THE CITIES ARE STARS | MIDWEST MOMS | DJ HERETIC               $3 | 21+ | 9:00PM

Based out of Portland and influenced by The Beatles, The Everly Brothers and the twangy nostalgia of spaghetti westerns, strong melodies sit at the center of all Soft Shadows songs. Vintage synthesizers and drum machines coupled with the warmth of all Fender Jazzmasters, Jaguars and amplifiers create the sonic harmony of acoustic and electronic, one of the defining qualities of Soft Shadows.


Also joining the night of spacerock fuzziness is Tokyo favorite Between The Cities Are Stars, Midwest Moms and DJ Heretic of DKFM.

SAT SEP 21    F.U.S.E FESTIVAL CLOSING PARTY                                                                                                  $5  |  21+  |  9:00 PM

There are those who live, eat and breathe the local music scene. They are the performers, promoters, designers, photographers, venue owners and fans that are at the heart of the Central Valley sound—however you choose to define it. And The Fresno Urban Sound Experience is dedicated to them.


For six years, the festival has been an exploration and celebration of the hard work these people do every week, all year long.


And at the end of the festival, they descend on Tokyo Garden to share their festival experiences over a Sling or two. Don’t miss out. It gets better every year.

10:00 BLAKE JONES AND THE TRIKE SHOP

11:00 ISOSCELES TRIO

12:00 ACTRESS

01:00 123DEATH

Visit official F.U.S.E. Festival website for details

Convicts of Comedy is 6 stand-up comedians from Los Angeles for the low, low price of $5.


This is their fifth show at Tokyo Garden, and promises to be another night of hilarious stand-up comedy.

Bring a friend and enjoy some of Southern California’s best stand-up comedians without the Southern California drink prices.


Featuring Chris Gehrt, Adam Fuerburg, Dimo and more!


$5 at the door. 21+. 9PM.

SAT SEP 28    CONVICTS OF COMEDY                                                                                                                       $5  |  21+  |  9:00 PM

THU OCT 3 THE DEL-LORDS                                                                                                           $12 ADV./$15 DOOR  | 21+ | 9:00PM

In their original 1982-1990 lifespan, the Del-Lords helped to restore fans’ faith in real rock ’n’ roll at a time when real rock ’n’ roll was in short supply. Over the course of four studio albums and countless sweat-soaked club sets, the band won widespread critical raves and earned the devotion of a large and loyal fan base around the world.


Now the fabled New York rockers return with “Elvis Club,” their first new album in more than two decades.


Tickets are on sale now for just $12, so drop by Tokyo Garden and buy yours today! Or purchase online at here. Listen to KFSR 90.7 for a chance to win tickets, too.

THU OCT 10 JAZZ HOP                                                                                                                       NO COVER  | ALL AGES | 6:00PM

6:00PM - JAZZ XPERIMENT

FRI OCT 11 IWANAGA | EAST OF SWEDEN | SANTA MIRA                                                                                          $5 | 21+ | 9:00PM

Iwanaga (pronounced “e-wa-nah-gah”) is a six member ska band that sounds like a whole lot ska with a dash of everything from 2 tone to pop punk to Latin feels.


East of Sweden is an alt rock/post punk act out of San Diego, California. East of Sweden’s sound brings together a rhythmic synchronicity, gritty guitars, and an upbeat danceable groove.


Santa Mira is a DIY indie/noise pop band from Fresno.

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The Jules Winnfield was formulated on the streets of Butler Park in Fresno, CA. This experimental collective of musicians encapsulate the sounds of 1950’s Hard-bop Jazz and

integrate it with components of hip-hop and stoner riffs.


The Jules Winnfield suffers from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, manifesting new musical philosophies and pathways in which to travel.


Also appearing is DJ Mr. Leonard.

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FRI OCT 18 THE JULES WINNFIELD  | DJ MR. LEONARD                                                                                           $5  | 21+ | 9:00PM

THU NOV 14 JAZZ HOP FRESNO                                                                                                      NO COVER  | ALL AGES | 7:00PM

The Jazz Counselors +2  7PM - 9PM

SAT JAN. 12 - I DO NOT EXIST | THE SUNBURNS |                                                                                       $5  |  9PM  | 21+

I Do Not Exist has been together on the local scene in Fresno, CA for about a year now. Its hard to classify a genre for these guys: they range everywhere from swamp rock, surf grime, abstract jazzy to beat poetry. They've been describes as The Doors little sister, also compared to The Zombies, The Animals, Janis Joplin or the Black Keys with a female vocalist. That haunting 60's/70's sound is what they're about, but come judge for yourself!


Also playing is the self-described drunk, punk surf slime of The Sunburns.

WED JAN. 16 - BELLA NOVELA                                                                                                                    $5  |  9PM  | 21+

Standing out like a unicorn in an industrial wasteland, the band has made a name for themselves in the eclectic music scene of Long Beach, California, with their flamboyant, passionate, and unforgettable live shows.


Inspired by western soundtracks of the ‘60s, the operatic arrangements of Queen, the guitar harmonies of Iron Maiden, and the pop choruses and disco rhythms of Abba, the band is best described as a “spaghetti western disco rock opera.”


Bella Novela is a band on a mission to fill the void for those aching for something new — an oasis in the desert landscape of disposable, automated Top 40 and lo-fi minimalism.

FRI. JAN. 18 - OAK STREET BLUES                                                                                                                $5  |  9PM  | 21+

The Southern California-based OAK STREET BLUES is not your average pop rock band.

The trio creates a unique sound that is a mix of traditional

country and alternative rock combined with elements of electronic and pop.


Their songs are lively, animated, and unpredictable; and their live shows have proven that any audience can immediately become immersed with the sounds of an alternative cover of “I Think We’re Alone Now.”

THU FEB 7 - NIILO SMEDS                                                                                                                              $5  |  9PM  | 21+

“Smeds is the best songwriter in Fresno right now – period.”

                                                                         – Fresno Famous


If you’ve been lucky enough to catch one of Niilo Smeds’ shows at Tokyo Garden, then you’ll undoubtedly agree with that quote.


Smeds performs his songs with an honest, earnest, and completely pretense-free delivery. His songs find a groove and heart that get to the point of the story, while providing deft guitar accompaniment.


Only a matter of time before he’s “discovered” and gets tagged as the next Ryan Adams or something and will be playing large venues, so don’t miss this opportunity to see him at Tokyo Garden. Then you can say you liked him before anybody.

WED FEB 13 - COED PAGEANT | I DO NOT EXIST | MURDER PARK                                                        $5  |  9PM  | 21+

In 2012, Coed Pageant formed with the intent to make four EPs in one year, one for each season. A year later, they now have all four under their belt, as well as put 5,000 miles on their car to play over 30 shows in 7 states, including a tour to the east coast.

Self-described as “living room rock,” the duo’s thoughtful lyrics, atypical harmonies, and brash dynamics make for albums worthy of your best headphones and live shows worthy of your woo.

The songs convey a much larger and grander scope than one might expect from a two-person band with a drum set where their living room sofa used to be.

THU FEB 14 - JAZZ HOP: AARON MINTER | ITALIAN ADMINISTRATION                                                   7-9PM  |  21+

Need a place to go for a nice Valentine’s Dinner with someone special, but don’t want the ‘chain’ experience that comes with it?


Maybe you’re single and looking for a place for dinner and/or cocktails to escape the sight of couples gazing into each other’s eyes over $45 plates of pasta.


Then Tokyo Garden is the place to be. Free jazz, and no servers named Chad.


Make your reservations now: 559-268-3596.

Brought together by time and fate—they’d all known each other since high school, but finally made a band together in 2009—and named by some kind of esoteric computer filename error too complex to further explain, Orange County’s The Lovely Bad Things are the hyperactive omni-talented and relentlessly hilarious garage-pop band who crowd-funded their way to an encore performance at the world-famous Primavera Sound festival.

If you dismantled their songs and their record collections you’d find Sonic Youth, Modest Mouse, the B-52s, the Wipers and of course Redd Kross, whose sense of humor and sense for a hook the Bad Things have inherited.


$5 | 21+ | 9PM


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THU FEB 28        THE LOVELY BAD THINGS | DIRTY LIMBS | COPPER COINS                          21+ | $5  GET TIX |  9PM

6 stand-up comedians from Los Angeles for the low, low price of $5. This is their fourth show atTokyo Garden, and promises to be another night of hilarious comedy.

Bring a friend and enjoy some of Southern California’s best stand-up comedians without the Southern California drink prices.


Featuring Chris Gehrt, Adam Fuerburg, Dimo and more!


$5 at the door. 21+. 9PM.

SAT MAR 2        CONVICTS OF COMEDY                                                                           21+ | $5  AT THE DOOR  |  9PM

Starting at 7pm on the back patio at Pinot.


Teams of two or three roam throughout The Tower to find items, take pictures, and participate in challenges.


The Hunt ends at Tokyo Garden where the winner will be announced and prizes awarded.

After the Scavenger Hunt is finished, The Rogue Karaoke Contest will begin. The winner will receive a cash prize.


Only $5 each! Cash and Rogue Bucks accepted.

TUE MAR 5        ROGUE SCAVENGER HUNT AND KARAOKE CONTEST                        21+ | $5  AT THE DOOR  |  9PM

SAT MAR 9        ABIGAIL NOLTE | NICK HAND | TAD KENT                                              21+ | $5  AT THE DOOR  |  9PM

Sure, Saturday night is often a raucous affair at Tokyo Garden when there are bands playing. But sometimes, surely as winter turns to spring, change is in order.


The intimate Tokyo Garden lounge has been a well-documented springboard for local and nationally touring talent, and on Saturday, March 9th the singer/songwriters Abigail Nolte, Nick Hand and Tad Kent will afford another opportunity to hear great local artists on the rise.

SAT. MAR 16     GUY BEARD & THE LUNCHWAGON ROMEOS | THIRD RAIL POWER TRIP                       $5 | 21+ |  9PM

Two great local bands. One great low price!

ABOUT MANHATTAN MURDER MYSTERY:


“Every Manhattan Murder Mystery show is like a battle royal. A wonderful, scummy battle royal." -Radio Free Silverlake.


"Perhaps some pathos is to be expected from a band that took its name from a Woody Allen movie, and Teardrop’s songwriting is a blast of raw, whiskey-soaked emotion, driving rock rhythms and post-punk riffs. Drawing from his experiences working bad jobs, living in a new city, Teardrop taps into the anger and longing found at the bottom of a bottle, but his riffing, along with the rest of the band, keeps tracks like “I Always Think About Dying” rolling along" --LA Times


SAT. MAR 23    MANHATTAN MURDER MYSTERY | SEASONS | CARDOZA                                              $5 | 21+ |  9PM

THU APR 11 JAZZ HOP: BULLARD A COMBO & BULLARD B COMBO                                   FREE |  ALL AGES | 7-9PM

Bullard High “B” Combo 7:00-8 pm
Bullard High “A” Combo 8:15-9:15 pm

SAT APR 20  BOBBY BLOW & THE DEVIATED SEPTUMS                                                                              $5  | 21+ | 9PM

You may know Big Daddy Reverend Shane, as he’s sometimes played as. And if so, our apologies...KIDDING! We love this guy, and if you’ve seen Reverend Shane & The Promise Breakers or other iterations of his band you won’t wanna miss this show as Bobby Blow and the Deviated Septums tear through 80’s new wave power pop covers. Featuring our ol’ pal Ron “Doc” Morse on guitar, too.


Locos Rancheros will be opening the show, along with a local comedian Bo DeLapp.

SAT MAY 4 BALTO  (FROM PORTLAND) | COPPER COINS                                                                             $5  | 21+ | 9PM

A folk collective based in Portland via NYC, Balto writes and performs deliberate, introspective songs, songs that live in the Technicolor dream of memory. Led by Daniel Sheron, who abandoned his life in Moscow, Russia and went alone into Siberia, amidst an ever-shifting backdrop of railways and desolate wasteland, their songs tell stories of tragic love found and lost; all-consuming love, and the story of a man who surrenders to it — self-realization, but also danger and harm to himself and those close to him.


Reviewers have been quick to draw comparisons to alt-folk darlings Mumford and Sons, Fleet Foxes, and Bon Iver, while at the same time acknowledging that Balto treads a somewhat different path. Kyle Rectenwald of the blog ‘Those Who Dig’ writes “There are heavy bluegrass and Americana influences to Balto's work, but you can never shake the lingering image of dark, snowy landscapes rather than rural, Southern farms.”


Returning to open the show is local Sunburns guitarist, performing as Copper Coins.

San Francisco's Inferno of Joy was formed in early 2006 by vocalist, Sean Heskett, and guitarist, Hugh Yerburgh. Having both served on the ranks of Scratchie/Mercury Records act, Phoenix Thunderstone, and following several years of self-imposed retirement, Sean and Hugh mutually concluded that the time was right to embark on a new musical project: Inferno of Joy.


Inferno of Joy quickly garnered a reputation wild kinetic shows, often Dionysian in their excesses; an orgy of color, sound, blood and sweat. Supported by rangy, Texan drummer Ricky Wayne Garrett and bass player Tom Mitchell (a long time musician of San Francisco's underground), Inferno of Joy combines a powerful, rhythmic drive with broad harmonic sensibilities into an uncompromising force.


Also appearing is Fresno favorite Blake Jones and The Trike Shop.

THU MAY 2 INFERNO OF JOY  (FROM SAN FRANCISCO)                                                                              $5  | 21+ | 9PM

The notion that there is nothing new under the sun can be both a blessing and a curse to musicians. On the one hand, it absolves artists from any nagging sense that they have to reinvent the wheel with every new project.


On the other, it makes innovation seem like a fool’s errand. Seattle songwriter Chris Cheveyo embraces this blessing, but with his compatriots in Rose Windows, he also defies the curse. The band follows standard Western traditions in their instrumentation, using the basic tools employed in past decades of American and British rock music.

FRI MAY 10 FULTON 55 PRESENTS ROSE WINDOWS (FROM SEATTLE)                                               $5  | 21+ | 9PM

WED MAY 08 THE LOVEBIRDS (FROM SAN DIEGO)                                                                                     $3  | 21+ | 9PM

One has perfect pitch. One has perfect dimples. Together, they make the perfect pair. The Lovebirds are a folk/pop duo featuring award-winning San Diego songwriters Lindsay White and Veronica May. Falling somewhere on the female duo scale between The Indigo Girls and Tegan and Sara, The Lovebirds have shared the stage with many other humans that make music, such as Steve Poltz, Tristan Prettyman, Bushwalla, The Lumineers, Jack Tempchin, John C. Reilly, Glen Phillips, Sara Watkins, Susanna Hoffs, Berkley Hart, Raining Jane, Jason Mraz, and more.


http://www.thelovebirds.com

THU MAY 09 JAZZ HOP: NO STRINGS | J.E.R.K.                                                        NO COVER  |  ALL AGES  | 6 - 10PM

No Strings 6:30pm - 7:30pm
J.E.R.K. 8:00 - 9:30 pm

SAT JUN 01 SICK/SEA (FROM TEXAS)                                                                                                                          $5  | 21+ | 9:30PM

The sibling-members Audrey and Cameron Scott joined together with Miguel Morales to create what might be called a ‘trend- breaking’ type of music, having fused the multi-genre sounds of their childhood into one splendid style.

It is child-like adventure that brought Sick/Sea together and theirs are songs of life and love and the discernment gained through human relationship.  

WED JUN 05 ERNA AND THE ERRATICS (FROM LOS ANGELES)                                                                           $5  | 21+ | 9:30PM

Erna and the Erratics are a Los Angeles based Indie-Soul band, full of R&B and funk hooks and feisty lyrics.  Most of them met at the Los Angeles Music Academy (LAMA) and they have been playing around Los Angeles since 2011. Erna brings passion, intrigue, and even some controversy to her songs. She hails from Seattle, grew up during the grunge era, and wanted to be the 4th member of TLC. She entertains herself by taking audience requests and making up songs while performing live.


Joe (bass) hails from Long Beach CA- and chose to play bass over being a science nerd. Jonny  (guitar) came to the sunshine state from Wisconsin and brings his rock guitar stylings. Tony (keys) increases the bands pedigree with his USC music degree and his investment in inner city youth through the arts. Chris (drums) the most recent addition to the band, hails from Chicago, and brings his ability to play all styles- country to gospel to funk.

THU JUN 06 DARK SEAS (FROM SLC) | THE JACKTONES | LE WOLVES                                                              $5  | 21+ | 9:30PM

DARK SEAS - We originally started as a 4 piece jamming Joy Division cover songs in a basement. After a few months we began writing our own songs and playing more shows. After playing for a year and half, and having a few line up changes we took a 9 month hiatus. On December 23rd 2012, we started jamming with the original 4 members again, Kyle Wilcox, Irvin Martinez, Diego Mijares, Rhett Hansen, and also adding our long time friend Colton Ericksen. From December till March, we began working on new material, playing a few shows, and recorded a new album.

SAT JUN 08 HOCUS OPUS                                                                                                                                         $5  | 21+ | 9:30PM

The music of Hocus Opus is a whimsical interpretation of varying styles but grounds itself in vintage pop/rock with an emphasis on vocal performance.


When your first, live performance of original material leads to a standing ovation, you tend to think you may be doing something right both as a band and as songwriters. Or those free tickets attached to a twenty dollar bill really paid off! JK.


Long-time friends Raul, William, and Ryan definitely are onto something, and Saturday, June 8 is a great opportunity to see one of Fresno’s best new bands up close and personal in the intimate setting of the Tokyo Garden lounge.

SAT JUN 15   THIRD RAIL POWER TRIP                                                                                                                      $5  | 21+ | 9:30PM

Third Rail Power Trip rocks.

THU JUN 13 JAZZ HOP: JAZZ EXPERIMENT | LITTLE BLUE PLANET                      NO COVER  |  ALL AGES  | 6 - 10PM

Jazz Experiment 6-7:45

Little Blue Planet 815-10

SAT JUN 22  F.U.S.E. presents FRESNO COVERS FRESNO ACOUSTIC SHOW                                               $5  | 21+ | 9:30PM

After a couple of tweaks, some legal wrangling (not really) and a lot of last minute hair pulling, the Fresno Covers Fresno compilation project has been sent to print. That's reason to celebrate!


Join Creative Fresno and Fresno Urban Sound Experience at Tokyo Garden for the Fresno Covers Fresno Semi-Acoustic Pre-Release Party. Enjoy a tall Sapporo (or hot sake) and see full sets from Sunburns and Guy Beard & The Lunchwagon Romeos, plus special "acoustic" appearances and other surprises from:


Genise (I Do Not Exist)

George Rotalo (Clams, Bev)

It'll Grow Back

Matthew Embry/Clatterbox (E For Elephant)

Steve Ono

Suicide Lounge

Tom Magill (Polord)


$5 cover, 21+

THU JUN 27  HOCUS OPUS                                                                                                                                      $5  | 21+ | 9:30PM

The music of Hocus Opus is a whimsical interpretation of varying styles but grounds itself in vintage pop/rock with an emphasis on vocal performance.


When your first, live performance of original material leads to a standing ovation, you tend to think you may be doing something right both as a band and as songwriters. Or those free tickets attached to a twenty dollar bill really paid off! JK.


Long-time friends Raul, William, and Ryan definitely are onto something, and Thursday, June 27 is a great opportunity to see one of Fresno’s best new bands up close and personal when they return to the intimate setting of the Tokyo Garden lounge.

FRI NOV 15 THE FOCKE-WOLVES | THE BACKSTABBERS                                                                         $4  | 21+ | 9PM

The Focke-Wolves from San Diego play good, solid American rock & roll with a touch of 50's era music and Punk damage done to it. Okay, that works...


Then there's The Backstabbers. Those that saw them open for The Del-Lords at Tokyo Garden last month know how awesome these guys are. Those that did not have another chance. Don't miss it! Friday is gonna rock!

SAT NOV 16 THIRD RAIL POWER TRIP  | THE BACKSTABBERS                                                                 $5  | 21+ | 9PM

Third Rail Power Trip rocks.

SAT DEC 7 GUY BEARD & THE LUNCH WAGON ROMEOS                                                                            $5  | 21+ | 9PM

Rockin’ rockabilly-inspired roots rock, delivered with an intensity of sonic whiskey smoke and propelled with metered fury. Or something like that.


Always a good time, and devoid of any Holiday sentimentality, Guy Beard and The Lunch Wagon Romeos are the perfect Saturday night remedy for your Christmas Mall Music blues.


Also on the bill is No Town 4.

THU DEC 5  JAZZ HOP: Jazz Counselors                                                                    NO COVER  |  ALL AGES  | 7 - 9PM

Jazz Counselors - 7PM - 9PM

WED DEC 11     THE KANDINSKY EFFECT                                               ALL AGES | $12 | $9 student w/valid ID | 7PM

The Kandinsky Effect proudly returns to Fresno on their 2013 US Fall & Winter Tour. Last year audiences were mesmerized by the infectious combination of mixed-meter 'drum & bass' rhythms and effects-driven bass and saxophone colors.


Conceived on Paris’s cosmopolitan jazz scene, forged on the road in America, and informed by international currents in electronic music, The Kandinsky Effect is a jazz power trio for the 21st century. Now based in New York City and Paris, the band makes its Cuneiform debut with Synesthesia, a roller-coaster ride of an album marked by fierce grooves, subtle electronic textures, intricate metrical shifts, and a commitment to empathic group interplay.


Featuring Warren Walker on saxophone and electronics, Gaël Petrina on bass and electronics and Caleb Dolister on drums and laptop, The Kandinsky Effect avidly explores a vast sonic territory, including some too seldom associated with jazz. They are searching for new ways to work within the jazz idiom by blending the borders of jazz, rock, electronica, hip-hop and experimental sounds.


Don't miss this very special creative music event!


http://thekandinskyeffect.com/

SAT DEC 14  COWGIRLS N‘ HANDCUFFS                                                                                                                       $4  | 21+ | 9:00PM

A Central California band that plays a mix of Traditional and Alternative Country music, Cowgirls ‘N Handcuffs is returning to Tokyo Garden, along with a new drummer and female backup singer.


One of the great things about the live music at Tokyo Garden is its diversity; no matter what the musical style, the juxtaposition against the traditional Japanese motif  always seems to work.


So feel free to kick your heels up for a great night of seriously good music, and join us on Saturday, December 14th for Cowgirls ‘N Handcuffs.

SAT DEC 28 -  CJ LISCUM                                                                                                                                  $5  | 21+ | 9PM

Carlos “CJ” Liscum is a singer songwriter from the Central Valley of California.

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