If you haven't been paying attention to the Save Mart Center lately, things have been busy.
There were big concerts from Justin Bieber and The Black Keys in recent weeks, plus new show announcements for George Strait (Feb. 1), Rick Ross (Nov. 29) and 3 Doors Down/Daughtry (Dec. 13).
But there are a couple of other things, behind the scenes, that have the Save Mart Center buzzing. The arena got two pieces of good news from entertainment industry trade publications.
Pollstar, the Fresno-based magazine that tracks concert attendance and ticket sales, released its third-quarter rankings and Save Mart Center was the second highest-ranked collegiate venue. It ranked No. 45 in the country and No. 87 in the world.
That ranking includes concerts with Drake, Lady Antebellum, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Miranda Lambert and more. Bieber, The Black Keys and everything coming up will be figured into Pollstar's year-end rankings.
The Save Mart Center also was picked as one of the "Top Stops of the Decade" by Venues Today, a trade publication that tracks entertainment of all sorts. Save Mart Center ranked No. 8 in the 10,000-15,000-seat category, based on total gross ticket sales reported for the past decade.
"To be ranked in the top 10 among the 'Top Stops of the Decade' for arenas our size is really a testament to our community and region, and our fans who have consistently purchased tickets to support our shows," said Steve Tadlock, the regional general manager for SMG, which manages the arena, in a news release. "The fact that Save Mart Center has not yet reached its ninth anniversary also makes this ranking even more special."
At Selland Arena
Selland Arena also cracked Pollstar's list of the top 200 arenas in the world for the first three quarters of 2012.
That ranking includes Disney on Ice, Lucha Libre USA wrestling, The Valentine's Super Love Jam and more. Selland still has one of its biggest events of the year coming up -- the Nov. 16 concert with Latin music icon Vicente Fernandez.
Tickets to that show are already sold out.
New at Tower Theatre
Two new events on the schedule at Tower Theatre: "In The Mood" and "Menopause The Musical."
"Menopause The Musical" is a touring, full-scale off-Broadway production that mixes comedy and music from the '60s, '70s and '80s. It's coming to Fresno for three shows at the Tower on Jan. 12 and 13. Tickets cost $53.50-$68.50.
"In The Mood," a popular Big Bad Revue, visits the theater on March 14 for two shows. It features the music of Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman, The Andrews Sisters and Frank Sinatra, with costumes and choreography to match. Tickets cost $29-$49.
Details: (559) 485-9050.
Brothers of Baladi return
World music/Middle-Eastern band Brothers of Baladi return to Fresno for a Nov. 9 concert at Full Circle Brewing Co. The band has three decades of experience and performs in seven languages, mixing traditional and modern instruments.
Brothers of Baladi will perform with local belly dancers Cory Zamora, Kristy Aguirre and Annette Federico. Tickets cost $10. Details: fullcirclebrewing.com.
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