Benefit concert for Tokyo Garden

Benefit concert for Tokyo Garden

Sat, December 9, 2017

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Fulton 55

Fresno, CA

$10.00

This event is 21 and over

Nate Butler
Nate Butler
I was cast in my first play when I was in the fifth grade (as Bilbo Baggins in "The Hobbit", Fresno Children's Playhouse, 1975), and I've been performing ever since; sometimes as an actor, sometimes as a singer (The Double Doors), sometimes as a bass player AND singer (The Beetles, The Suicide Lounge), and sometimes as a pianist. I currently play piano most Saturday & Sunday mornings at The Fresno Breakfast House, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

I play piano twice a month for Silent Movies, at two different venues (The Full Circle Brewing Co., and Mia Cuppa Caffe, formerly The Revue Cafe). I'm hoping to use my own curiousity about this important era of the movies to educate and entertain new generations of film fans.

I am also something of a cartoonist, and had once considered a career in that field; but these days I draw only as a hobby. Since The Fresno Metropolitan Museum discontinued the annual Christmas At The Met play that I performed and directed for nearly a decade, I don't do much *acting* anymore either, unless you count my continuing role as Jim Morrison in The Double Doors or my two turns as Captain Hook in "Peter Pan". I did my first Shakespeare in April 2012, in the New Ensemble's production of "Hamlet" (you can read the "Hamlet" review here).

I was never good at sports as a child, and instead spent most of my time drawing, listening to records over and over, making up plays and puppet shows, putting together model kits, and most of all playing with my tape recorder. I'm still not much good at sports, and I still play a lot with tape recorders and other audio/visual toys.

One of my most interesting life experiences occurred in the summer of 2014, when I was cast in the fourth season of the Swedish Reality TV show "Allt for Sverige". You can watch all eight episodes on YouTube; I have a page with links to all the episodes and my cast-mates' Facebook pages here.

When I first created this website years ago, I decided that I was not well suited to writing much more of my own biography than what's above, so I asked my sister to write her recollections of what I was like to live with while she was growing up. My sister is many things, but among them she is a lawyer and so has to write all the time, so I hoped she wouldn't mind. She didn't mind, and she wrote what is printed below; I found it truly touching, I hope you all don't mind me sharing it with you. (Thanks, Sis! I love you.)

Yours truly, Nate Butler
Roger Perry
Roger Perry
The Roger Perry Band

Roger Perry – Vocals and guitars
Renee Caffee – Percussion
John (Sean) Corsaro – Percussion
Jeff Hallock - Harmonicas

Collectively we’ve performed lots of musical styles -- rock, blues, reggae, poly-rhythmic jazz, folk – but none of us ever elected to “mainstream.” We’ve each played with other bands for years at venues from local clubs to opening for major acts on the big stage, but now we’ve settled on following the paths of our artistic heroes.

We worship at the alters of Harry Partch, Leonard Cohen, John Coltrane, Elvis, Blue Oyster Cult, The Pretenders, and Miles Davis. One audience member said the band made the hair on the back of his neck stand up. Then he said it sounded like Johnny Cash singing songs co-written by Kris Kristofferson and Frank Zappa. Our original songs and our arrangements take the audience so deep into life’s darkness that they can’t help but see the light. Our music could be described as non-traditional bluegrass, but the lyrics always carry way too much information. Sometimes it takes an audience six or seven songs to realize we’re kidding…then it takes a few more to realize we’re not.

At one time or another members of the band have shared the stage with Suzy Bogguss and Garth Brooks (contemporary country), Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings (real country), Johnny Winter (blues rock), Edgar Winter (hard rock), Albert King and James Cotton (Chicago blues), Bo Diddley (rock ‘n roll), Ray Charles (immortal), Buddy Miles (funk), Jefferson Starship and Quicksilver Messenger Service (psychedelic rock), Emmett Chapman (jazz, inventor of the Chapman Stick), Utah Phillips (folk), The Wailers, Messenjah, and Judy Mowatt (reggae), George Benson and Seawind (jazz), Paul Revere and the Raiders, Eric Burdon, The Spencer Davis Group, Peter Noone of Herman’s Hermits, The Turtles, and It’s A Beautiful Day (pop rock), Malo and Jose Feliciano (Latin rock), and a host of others. We have all worked on recording projects in support of a wide variety of local and regional bands; our expertise is well regarded and sought after by our peers. We have all toured regionally in Central California and the Central Coast and some of us have worked nationally and internationally.

But now we’re finally reaching the point where our individual styles are falling into sync and pushing us to levels we’ve never been able to reach individually. All our material is straight from the heart. It’s all personal and it’s all right here in the room with us and the audience, and we have never phoned in a performance. We’re committed to bringing the best possible performance to you and your audience.
Blake Jones and Trike Shop
Blake Jones and Trike Shop
Blake Jones & the Trike Shop is a quirky avant-pop band trying to, depending on who you talk to, bridge the gap between: frank zappa and paul mccartney/old “SMiLE’ bootlegs and episodes of "Dark Shadows" /15 century church music and Dr. Seuss. --Theremins whir, guitars clang, and a good time is had by all. Spear-headed by life-long songwriter and DIY-er Blake Jones, their recordings are characterized by strong melodies supported by an eclectic blend of standard 'rock' instruments and thrift store oddities such as the theremin and toy piano.
Rockville
Rockville
VINCE WARNER: Rockville's founder is a multi-faceted performer, whose soulful vocals and guitar are the unifying and driving forces in the band.

DON RAMIREZ: The heart of Rockville, a natural talent equally impressive on vocals and bass, Don puts meaning and soul into everything he plays.

TONY CRAIG: A true legend in the Central Valley music scene Tony Craig is the single most in demand player in Fresno. His virtuosity, vocabulary and inventiveness on the guitar are unmatched, and he sings lead and harmony parts with the voice of an angel.

RICH GRAHAM: Keyboard virtuoso and Rock/Blues veteran, Rich brings a phenomenal depth of talent and an ear for playing exactly what’s needed to put the final polish on Rockville’s studio-quality arrangements.

DENNIS MOEBES: Master of the back-beat, Dennis is the rhythmic engine that drives Rockville, providing an arsenal of groove and rhythm that keeps the dancers moving, the listeners grooving, and the other musicians jealous!
Sparklejet
Sparklejet
SparkleJet is the tried and true, all-American rock band. Born in the unlikely agricultural hub of Central California, the Fresno-based group holds true to its rock n roll roots, playing music the way it should be played: 100 percent pretension free. SparkleJet has settled into a stripped-down, power-trio lineup where they find themselves at the height of their ability to convey uncompromising power and urgency. The band bounces effortlessly across the rock landscape, drawing from the likes of past and current heroes including The Replacements, Pixies, Hüsker Dü, The Kinks, Guided By Voices, The Police, Foo Fighters, Devo, Led Zeppelin, and The Who. Speaking of Townshend and the boys, SparkleJet performed its own rendition of The Who's 'Tommy' back in 2002. SparkleJets 11-track album, Beyond the Beyond, has been released on Los Angeles-based Long Live Crime Records. Two of the trios earlier releases 1998s This Years Model & 2001s Bar Guest will be distributed through the indie label this spring. For their new album 'Beyond the Beyond', SparkleJet strayed from the usual Fresno recording studios. Instead, the band decided to work with Steve Albini (Pixies, Nirvana, PJ Harvey) at his Electrical Audio studio in Chicago. SparkleJet has toured throughout the Northwest, having shared the stage with bands like Kaito, Silversun Pickups, Earlimart, the Mother Hips, Radar Bros., Pine Martin, the High Speed Scene and more. The trio has been featured in Billboard magazine's Best New Artist spotlight, and their music has been used on ESPNs Extreme Games. They have not taken a contrived, anti-social punk rock stance or infused their music with any such self-defeating message. Simply put, they don't try to be anything except who they are by nature. No trendy clothes, no fancy haircuts, just rock.
Venue Information:
Fulton 55
875 Divisadero Street
Fresno, CA, 93721
http://www.fulton55.com/