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Rudy Parris: The Voice of the Valley

IN THE March 29 ISSUE

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And to think it all started with KISS.
Rudy Parris has come a long way since his childhood days of fourth grade violin and idolizing the legendary rock band. The Visalia native, a Season Three contestant on NBC’s The Voice, has just signed a record deal with Warrior Records/UMGD and will record his debut album at the historic Capitol Records Studios in Hollywood later this year.

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by Sarah Peterson



Guy Beard may be the front-man for Guy Beard and the Lunch Wagon Romeos, but there actually is no Guy Beard. “He’s more of an archetype,” says Ron Morse, lead vocalist for Fresno’s rockabilly band of four. “He’s the invisible fifth member of the band.” But it’s the group’s four corporeal members (drummer John Shafer, Scats on the Sly bassist Martin Hansen, keyboardist-guitarist-vocalist Leland Vanderpoel, and Morse, who also plays guitar) who make up the real heart and soul of the Lunch Wagon Romeos. “We’ve been jamming together as the Romeos for about two years now,” Morse says. “Our first gig was my 50th birthday party, and about a week later, we played Tokyo Garden.”

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Highway 41 At Rogue Festival 2014

IN THE February 15 ISSUE

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by Sayre Miller



She travels on cruise ships and scenic trains, jamming all hours of the day. He’s hauled his guitar around the world on his back, entertaining locals and fellow travelers. She’s lain awake in a converted monastery in Spain, constructing a song in her head about jet lag and moonlight. Together they are Highway 41, the local folk band.

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Scats on the Sly: In the Swing of Things

IN THE February 8 ISSUE

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If you’ve ever been to Fresno’s Rogue Festival or attended Jazz @ the Library, you might be familiar with the jazzy swing sound of Fresno band Scats on the Sly.
This four-member band of cool cats, comprised of vocalist Mallory Moad, bassist Martin Hansen, guitarist Mike Newton and violinist Sue Beevers, has been making music together for almost eight years.

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Fresno State Spring Concert Preview

IN THE January 25 ISSUE

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by Stacey Balkun



On Friday, January 31 at 8:00 p.m., the Philip Lorenz Memorial Keyboard Concerts and Phi Kappa Phi present the Toren Loewenheim & Werz Trio with Claudia Shiuh on viola. The musicians will play piano quartets by Schumann, Froelich, and Brahms.

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by Liliana Costa


Are you looking for some fresh blood in the music industry? Look no further than twin sisters, Lisa and Gina Gomez, who make up the band known as Gemeni. Performing at local talent shows and country fairs since the age of five, in their home state of Florida the sisters have also been submersed in musical theater, performing in nine musicals and one opera and also went on to make an appearance on America’s Next Great Star. Then, in July 2012, the girls packed their bags and said goodbye to Florida to make a new life for themselves in sunny Los Angeles, California.

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by David Kulczyk


Quite possibly the first hippie in California, eden ahbez, better known as Nature Boy, was born on April 15, 1908, in Brooklyn, New York, to a Jewish family, but according to ahbez, he was adopted by a family from Kansas when he was nine years old. He moved to Los Angeles in the early 1940s, where he hung out at the raw-food restaurant and health-food store Eutropheon, on Laurel Canyon Boulevard.

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Britney Jean By Britney Spears: CD Review

IN THE January 4 ISSUE

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by Sarah Peterson



I grew up with Britney Spears–listening to her, that is.
Whether rocking it in tulle to “…Baby, One More Time” at prom or grooving to her Blackout album at a New Year’s house party, I watched her grow from precocious pop tart to head-shaving mental patient to music industry heavyweight over the years.

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Local Musician Profile of Pieter Moerdyk

IN THE December 14 ISSUE

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by Kristin & Vince Cosentino


We all follow our own unique path in life, but few people’s paths take them across three continents and culminate in Fresno, California. Musician Pieter Moerdyk’s did. He has spent five decades following his love of music wherever it may lead, and it has led him to some remarkable places.

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by Kristin & Vince Cosentino


Musician Steve Carter has been a staple of the Fresno music scene for decades. He has performed both as a solo artist and in a number of bands over the years, including TX and the Ones, The Neptunes, and The House Rockers. He played all over Arizona with the band Cadillac Angels and even toured Europe with MoFo Party Band. His latest musical venture is The Trailer Park Tornadoes and he also hosts an open mic night every Friday at The Coffee Lounge in Fresno.

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Halloween On Van Ness

IN THE October 19 ISSUE

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


If you are looking for a different way to celebrate Halloween this year, why not head out to The Big Red Church in Fresno this Friday evening and enjoy a great Halloween concert.

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Get Up & Go Local Band Profile

IN THE September 7 ISSUE

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


There are a lot of local bands in the area for music lovers to enjoy. One of fresh young faces in the area is Get Up & Go, who is actually local musician Ryan Agustin. We had a chance to chat with Get Up & Go recently.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


Not only is this area blessed with a lot of great theatre, but we have several great clubs and concert venues as well. Over time we plan to cover more of them, but this week we thought we would touch base with some of those we have already covered in the past–Kuppajoe All Ages Nightclub, Victory Cafe, Fulton 55, and The Cellar Door–to do an overview of what each one has to offer, and see if anything new has happened since we profiled them.

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Dependence: Local Band Profile

IN THE July 13 ISSUE

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by Lorie Lewis Ham



This week we had the chance to chat with another local band, Dependence. We spoke with Dalton Smith, Rhythm Guitar player for this Fresno band.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


Last month we had a chance to chat with members of a popular new local band from Fresno, The River Wilde. Here is our interview with members Cole Elliot and Nathan Taylor. You can also watch one of their music videos at the end of the interview.

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by James Garcia Jr.



So you say you’ve never heard of Jamie Cullum? Perhaps you have, but just don’t recall just where? Did you see Clint Eastwood’s powerful 2008 film, Gran Torino? Cullum did the equally moving and Golden Globe Best Original Song nominated title track from the film. If he still is unknown to you, he may very well be doing the best work out there that you have yet to hear.

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