by Sarah A. Peterson-Camacho
On New Year’s Eve this year local musician Lance Rodriguez will be performing at the celebration taking place at the Wakehouse Woodfire Grill and Barrel in Reedley-details on this event after this interview with Lance.
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.
KRL: How long have you been making music?
Lance: I have been playing guitar and writing songs since I was eleven. I can’t remember a time in my life when I wasn’t singing.
KRL: What particular genre of music do you play?
Lance: Acoustic Indie Flow, Country, and Alternative.
KRL: What instruments do you play?
Lance: Guitar and vocals.
KRL: Who are your biggest musical influences?
Lance: Angus Young, Anthony Kiedis, Bob Marley, and John Mayer.
KRL: Whose music did you listen to while growing up?
Lance: AC/DC, Journey, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Bob Marley.
KRL: Did you always want to be a musician?
Lance: My whole life has been a constant effort of music. There were times when I wasn’t as focused, but I have always wanted to be a musician.
KRL: What’s your songwriting process?
Lance: It really just depends on how the idea to write it is approached. Sometimes someone will come to me with an idea or request; however, most of the time, my songs start as first-try recorded freestyles.
KRL: Where have you played locally?
Lance: The Wakehouse in Reedley, Starving Artist’s Bistro in Fresno, the Toca Madera Winery, Hairitage North, Clovis’ On the Edge, and Kuppa Joy.
KRL: What is the best part of making and performing music?
Lance: Hands down, the very best part of making music is having the opportunity to influence and affect a listener. My favorite thing is when a friend or fan tells me how they can relate to a song of mine; it is then I know I have succeeded as a songwriter. Performing is awesome because I can influence an atmosphere. Live music never lies, and it is my chance to show my supporters the genuine side of who I am. I also have a ton of fun with the audience and enjoy getting to perform for new faces!
KRL: Any upcoming concerts or events you’d like our readers to know about?
Lance: I have a street show in Old Town Clovis on December 23 and 24 from 2-4 p.m. I’ll be posted up by the horse carriage ride! I am also performing at China Peak on December 27, 11-2 p.m., and on New Year’s Eve I will be at The Wakehouse.
For more information on Lance Rodriguez and his upcoming performances, please visit his Facebook page.
Interview with Wakehouse Assistant General Manager Justin Simmons about their New Year’s Eve event where Lance will be performing:
KRL: What exactly can people expect at your New Year’s Eve event?
Justin: This will be our first NYE celebration with the new kitchen. We will be serving delicious dinners, drinks, and Lance Rodriguez will be performing an intimate acoustic set! He’s performed at The Wakehouse a few times now and is one of our favorites! All followed by a DJ at 10 p.m.
KRL: From when to when does it take place?
Justin: Our special dinners will be ready at 5:30, Lance will perform from 7-9:30 p.m., and our DJ will play until 1:30 a.m.!
The Wakehouse Woodfire Grill and Barrel is located at 850 N Kings River. Rd. in Reedley, CA.
Check out more local band & musician profiles in KRL’s music section.