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by Steven Sanchez



On April 19, England’s newest import, Declan McKenna, fresh off from playing at the popular Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, brought the same energy and vibes to the sold out, small downtown venue.

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by Steven Sanchez



On Friday, March 2, the up-and-coming indie folk band, Magic Giant, set Strummer’s on fire (pun intended, from their 2017 song “Set on Fire”) with a unique fusion of folk, rock, and alternative. The eccentric LA-based trio made Fresno their destination for this concert, to coincide with their nationwide Magic Misfits Tour in support of their debut album In the Wind.

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Local Musician Profile: Kat

IN THE March 17 ISSUE

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by Sarah Peterson-Camacho


It wouldn’t be a stretch to say that music runs through Fresno native Katerina Aleksenko’s veins ? the artist known as Kat taught herself to play the guitar at the age of 13, and has since mastered a variety of musical styles, from pop to blues to rap.

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by Kathleen Costa


Alexia Gordon has garnered praise introducing us to thirty-six-year-old African-American Gethsemane Brown, a highly educated (Vasser, doctorate from Yale) talented musician and ex-pat in Dunmallach, Ireland.

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by Randy Rutherford



It’s the mid seventies in Alaska; I’m a folksinger in my early twenties, making 150 bucks a night headlining at the Fancy Moose Saloon. I’m driving a bright orange Karmann Ghia convertible—probably the only convertible in Alaska—and I’m adored by my beautiful girlfriend, Molly. So I’ve pretty much got it made.

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Local Band Profile: The Tokes

IN THE February 17 ISSUE

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by Sarah Peterson-Camacho


As Fresno band The Tokes approach their first full year of play, the trio (vocalist/guitarist Gabriel Ureno, bassist Christian “Dank Lord Trap God” Miller, and drummer Bryce Lowenthal) look back and look ahead.

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by Sarah Peterson-Camacho


Persistence pays off—no one knows this better than Fresno band Sparklejet. The trio (vocalist-guitarist Victor Sotelo, drummer Wade Krause, and bassist Chris Estep) have been making and performing music as Sparklejet for over two decades, with five albums and a sixth on the way.

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Drake Bell Shows His Music Chops in Fresno

IN THE January 20 ISSUE

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by Steven Sanchez



On Wednesday, January 10, Drake Bell, the former actor and teen heartthrob from the Nickelodeon program The Drake and Josh Show, made his way to Fresno to perform a one-man acoustic set at Fulton 55. He is currently on tour in support of his recent four song EP, Honest.

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Boys of Broadway Presented By the Visalia Players

IN THE January 10 ISSUE

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by Nancy Holley



Ring in the New Year with a creative experience at the Ice House Theatre as the Visalia Players presents Boys of Broadway,”a musical revue written and directed by Leeni Mitchell. Regulars at the Ice House will recall our box office smash opener for the 2015-16 season Broads of Broadway, also directed by Mitchell.

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by Sarah Peterson-Camacho


Drawing on a diverse array of music genres for inspiration, Lance Rodriguez began his musical journey at the age of eleven, and has been singing and playing guitar ever since. Kings River Life caught up with the Clovis native to discuss musical muses and the power of performance.

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by Brissa Reyes



As caroling, hot chocolate, and cold weather begin to emerge, we begin to look forward to holiday joy that is soon to come. Recognizing the hard work students have put in, especially through music during this spirited season, it is exciting to see the RHS Choir program working hard to bring spectacular performances to their audiences.

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by Terrance McArthur


Remember Dirty Dancing, where it’s at a summer resort in the Catskills? This isn’t that. Remember Where the Boys Are, where Connie Francis is on Spring Break looking for fun and love, and she sings the title song? This isn’t that. Remember Neil Sedaka, who composed a bunch of songs in the ’50s and ’60s, and made a comeback in the ’70s? This isn’t that.

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Local Musician Profile: Gregor Ross

IN THE November 25 ISSUE

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by Sarah Peterson-Camacho


It would be safe to say that country music runs in Gregor Ross’s blood—the Caruthers native’s musical heritage goes back several generations. A finalist for Cumulus Media’s Nash Next Country Challenge in 2016, Ross released his first EP, Turn Up the Noise, last year, and participated in KISS Country’s $5 Summer Concert series.

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Plaid Tidings Presented By CenterStage Clovis

IN THE November 21 ISSUE

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by Lorie Lewis Ham



Christmas shows are popping up all over the Valley, including CenterStage Clovis’ production of Plaid Tidings, performing the first weekend of December in Clovis, CA. Plaid Tidings is a fun and different sort of Christmas show–KRL took a moment to chat with the show’s director, Scott Hancock, about the show.

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