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Rogue Festival 2016: Red Hot Mama

IN THE February 13 ISSUE

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by Melanie Gall


When you hear the name Sophie Tucker, what comes to mind?
The eccentric older woman who appeared regularly on the Ed Sullivan Show; the real-life subject of the tribute show that launched Bette Midler’s career; the famous vaudevillian who influenced Ethel Merman, Joan Rivers, and Carol Channing?

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by Sarah Peterson


The South Valley’s Ryan Dean and the Bricktops with vocalist/guitarist Ryan Dean, guitarist John Bell, bassist Mario Teixeira, and drummer Matt Hopson, are kicking off the New Year with their first Fresno show tonight (January 16) at Audie’s Olympic. Kings River Life caught up with Ryan Dean on the eve of the Audiepalooza 2016 All Star Western to discuss the band’s origins and their bright future ahead.

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John Clifton Sings the Blues

IN THE November 21 ISSUE

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by Sarah Peterson


Fresno bluesman John Clifton has been performing both locally and internationally since the 1980s, and with his new album, “Let Yourself Go” (Rip Cat Records), which released last month, it’s safe to say he and his band (including guitarist Scott Abeta, drummer John Shafer, and his son, bassist Grant Clifton) won’t be slowing down any time soon.
Kings River Life caught up with the award-winning musician for a chat during his current tour in Poland.

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Immanuel High School Worship Band

IN THE September 26 ISSUE

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by Shea Gilson


Before 2002, a single teacher led musical worship on an acoustic guitar for chapel services. Jeff March was chaplain at the time, and decided that the worship experience needed more. He gathered his teaching-assistant students into a group that would become the first worship band.

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Tulare County Symphony: 2015-2016 Season

IN THE September 12 ISSUE

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by Sarah Peterson


Tulare County Symphony Orchestra delivers a double dose of Pops in the Park to kick off its 2015-2016 season, with last night’s Visalia concert in Oval Park and tonight’s at Zumwalt Park in Tulare.

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Local Musician Profile: John Pemberton

IN THE August 22 ISSUE

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by Sarah Peterson


Childhood dreams don’t always come to fruition, but for Fresno’s John Pemberton, they did. “I always wanted to be a musician,” says the country singer/songwriter/guitarist/drummer, “ever since I can remember. I have been singing since I was three, and performing since I was ten.”

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by Sarah Peterson


Fresno bluesman Glen Delpit has been making music and art for almost half a century. Kings River Life sat down with the artist and musician to discuss art, blues, and the creative process.

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Local Actor & Musician Devan Bolding

IN THE July 11 ISSUE

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by Lorie Lewis Ham



Recently I had the chance to see Devan Bolding perform as Cinderella’s Prince and the Wolf in Raisin’ Cain Players production of Into The Woods at the Selma Arts Center. I loved his voice and performance and thought what a fun local actor profile he would make for KRL. I went to check him out and found out that he is also a musician. So I took some time to chat with this talented performer and learn more.

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by Sarah Peterson



It’s been five years since Kings River Life first interviewed the members of Central Valley hard rock band Sounds & Sciences. Since then, not only has the group expanded (from four members to six), but so has their fan base.

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by Sarah Peterson



Founded in 1998, the Fresno Grand Opera has brought countless stories to the stage, in the form of operas and concerts that take months to stage and produce. KRL sat down with Fresno Grand Opera General Director Matthew Buckman for a behind-the-scenes look at how it all comes together.

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Your Hero Is A Villain No More

IN THE March 7 ISSUE

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by Sarah Peterson



Shakespeare would have said “parting is such sweet sorrow,” but for the members of Fresno metal band Your Hero is a Villain, that is not the case.
They plan to keep in touch.

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by Haydell Sisters



The Famous Haydell Sisters, Mattie and Maybelle, have held a special place in the hearts of country music fans since the early ’90s. Now, over twenty years since their last concert, they are reuniting at last. The Famous Haydell Sisters Comeback Tour, playing at The Voice Shop during the 2015 Rogue Festival, reveals a pair of former teen stars, now tarnished with the patina of maturity after paying the debts of fame. But who were Mattie and Maybelle Haydell?

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by Jeff Single



Two years ago, we ran an article here about the Fresno musical group The Excursions, who had restructured their lineup and were incorporating rich and diverse new material, and new musicians. Their show featured selections that showcased strong instrumentals and standout vocal harmonies. For this year’s Rogue Festival, the group will be performing at Veni Vidi Vici in the heart of the Tower District, and has something a little different planned than in previous Rogues.

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Highway 41 – You Need This Pleasant Break: Rogue 2015

IN THE February 21 ISSUE

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by Sari Miller




Melding two voices and two guitars, Highway 41 returns to the Rogue Festival and Spectrum Art Gallery having earned sold-out performances and glowing reviews in 2014. With new material augmenting their familiar folk repertoire, their playlist is inspired by the viewscapes along Highway 41, from the foothills to the ranges and the coast, stories in song that paint a pleasant picture of the Valley.

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by Sarah Peterson



You could say that music is in his blood.
“I’ve always been around music,” says Geoff Thurman, lead vocalist and guitarist of Fresno’s The Geoff Thurman Band. “My father had a deep bass voice and my sisters were singers and piano students as children. I started singing when I was five years old.”

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by Sarah Peterson



Who knew that meeting at a Limp Bizkit audition ten years ago would lead to the eventual formation of Fresno new wave/pop band Brother Luke and the Comrades?

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