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Local Band Q & A With Call Me James

IN THE August 20 ISSUE

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by Sarah Peterson


Visalia’s Call Me James includes lead vocalist/guitarist Brendon Reese, bassist/vocalist Joaquin Ruiz, and drummer Chris Ramirez. They kicked off 2016 with a bang at Barmageddon in Tulare, and on July 21, released their self-titled debut, the digital EP Call Me James. Kings River Life caught up with Reese to get the scoop on how it all began.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


Kelly’s Beach was a part of Reedley for many years, but last year it was sold and has been turned into the Wakehouse Woodfire Grill and Barrel. We took a moment to chat with manager and talent buyer Justin Simmons about Wakehouse. Justin just joined the team at the beginning of June and is excited to be a part of what looks to be the most happening place in Reedley.

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by Sarah Peterson


The summer is just heating up for Visalia’s country/rock maestro Brandon Pasion and his band (including drummer Pete Buotte, bassist Lenny Sciacca, guitarist Dwayne Janzen, and Travis Brooks on Dobro guitar, banjo, keys, and backup vocals) with the release of their debut EP All I Ever Want.

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by Sarah Peterson


With a slew of upcoming gigs that stretch out through the sizzling California summer, Fresno’s Erick Tyler rocks it like a veteran with bassist Adam Smith and drummer Gerardo Ortega. And even though he only started performing live last fall, Tyler has already made a name for himself in the Golden State with the release of his EP Stuck in the Middle earlier this spring.

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by Terrance Mc Arthur



A few months ago, a thunderbolt shot through the Fresno arts and entertainment community—-Full Circle Brewing Co. was going to close! Kenny Young and Bill McCrory would empty the fermenting vats and shut the doors. How could it be?
Where would we go for Celtic Rock? Cluster Fuggle Ale? Circus acts? Folk-rock blues? Silent movies? Ukeleles? Puppets? Roller Derby? Burlesque shows? Root beer?

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by Lorie Lewis Ham




Teachers touch our lives in many ways–they inspire us, lead us toward a career we may never have considered, and help us learn to be good citizens of the world. However, seldom do they get the credit and recognition that they deserve. So here at KRL, we like to feature some of those amazing teachers.

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Local Band Profile: The Crxssing

IN THE March 19 ISSUE

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by Sarah Peterson


Kings River Life caught up with Fresno rock band The Crxssing (including lead vocalist/guitarist/songwriter Tad Kent, bassist/backup vocalist Damon Paraguas, and drummer/backup vocalist Jesus Acevedo) to talk all things music, ahead of the release of their full-length album True North later this year.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


Theater Arts Alliance in Visalia is the new theatre kid on the block in the area, having just come together in 2015 with their inaugural season starting with the Nutcracker Ballet last November. We took a moment to chat with one of their founders, and their resident music director, Chavaleh Forgey.

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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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