>> Thurs/ 2/24
FIGHT NIGHT IN AMERICA
We discovered Damon Reed’s nickname: “Dangerous.” While that’s enough for us to (truthfully) run away screaming, should we ever encounter one of his fists, we’re thinking James “Lights Out” Toney has a tough enough nickname to fiercely fight back, making this one quite the amazing match.
Thurs, Feb. 24, 6:30PM. $40-$70. San Manuel Indian Bingo and Casino, 777 San Manuel Blvd., Highland, (800) 359-2464; www.sanmanuel.com.
>> Fri/ 2/25
RETRO VACATION SLIDESHOW
Family photos of yesterday become part of an engaging history lesson when pop culture humorist and author Charles Phoenix presents his comedic slideshow about mid-century Americana. Phoenix celebrates both the kitsch and classic concepts of decades past through his collection of slides which can also be seen in his photo-filled books.
Fri, 8:30PM. $25. Riviera Resort Hotel, 1600 N. Palm Canyon Dr., Palm Springs, (760) 832-3202; www.modernismweek.com.
>> Sat/ 2/26
Green Day bassist Mike Dirnt has been moonlighting . . . and spending time with new friends Jason Chandler (lead vocals), Terry Linehan (guitar) and Art Tedeschi (drums) to tour the West Coast as The Frustrators. The band’s promoting new 4-song EP Griller, and will make an in-store appearance (not performance) at Dr. Strange to meet their fans up close. Very punk rock.
Sat, noon. Noon. Dr. Strange Records, 7136 Amethyst Ave., Alta Loma, (909) 944-1778; www.drstrange.com, www.adelinerecords.net.
>> Sun/ 2/27
SWEET MAMA STRINGBEAN
Ethel Waters was a Depression-era blues superstar, who broke barriers by being the first black woman to sing on the radio, headline a show at the Palace Theatre in New York and star in a dramatic Broadway play. This look at an amazing life starts from her origins in poverty to fame and accolades. Directed by Barbara Goodwin Masters and Kim O’Rourke.
Fri-Sun. The Grove Theatre, 276 E. 9th St., Upland, (909) 920-4343; www.grovetheatre.com.
>> Mon/ 2/28
He’s being billed as a “one man band” and that’s ‘cause when Jim Alexander isn’t playing ’80s songs in a regular cover band, he’s sporting a guitar and a piano to take care of the goods via his solo setup. Ain’t nothin‘ like watching one man do all the musical work, especially when the show’s free!
Mon, 9PM. Lake Alice Trading Co., 3616 University Ave., Riverside, (951) 686-7343; www.lakealicetradingco.com.
>> Tues/ 3/1
Just in case you’re wondering, this really is Darcie from Darcie Rickert and the Ruffnecks. And though she’s best known as the dynamic frontwoman of the terrific, locally-based rootsy Americana/bluegrass group, she’ll be appearing at the Royal Falconer in her DJ guise, spinning a batch of tracks as a part of the LGBT Night action.
Tues, 8PM. Royal Falconer British Pub, 106 Orange St., Redlands, (909) 307-8913; www.royalfalconerca.com.
>> Wed/ 3/2
CLAREMONT VOODOO SOCIETY
When we last spoke to them, the Claremont Voodoo Society were aiming to kick off 2011 in style. This folk/blues band with a talented roster listed new songs, new haircuts, better paying gigs and a releasing an EP or full-length on their new year’s wish list. What’s been done so far? Find out!
Wed, 8PM. Hip Kitty Jazz & Fondue, 502 W. 1st St., Claremont, (909) 447-6700; www.hipkittyjazz.com.