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by Asami Nelson



A new band director is welcomed into the Big Green Marching Machine as Lee Schneider makes her way into Reedley High School from Rock Valley, Iowa. She previously taught middle school bands in the Rock Valley Community School District where she spent most of her time teaching small group lessons or even individual ones. Schneider earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education and her Master’s in Clarinet Performance from the University of South Dakota.

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Local Irish Band Celtic Alchemy

IN THE March 9 ISSUE

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


St. Patrick’s Day is almost here so it seemed like a perfect time to interview local Irish band Celtic Alchemy. So recently I chatted with one of their founding members Paddy Myers.

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by Sarah Peterson-Camacho


A magic trick consists of three parts–the pledge (the set-up), the turn (the trick), and the prestige (the magic, where the unbelievable becomes believable)–but there’s also a certain nostalgia involved, for a time when anything seems possible. The same can be said of the Central Valley’s Prestige, a band that conjures the real magic that a stage magician’s trick can only imitate.

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by Steven Sanchez



Heaven did let its light shine down on a rockin’ crowd at Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino on September 6. Everybody in the attendance was all aboard on The Rock & Roll Express Tour as Lemoore was the destination for the 90s-rock radio staple, Collective Soul, and the patriotic multi-platinum sellers, 3 Doors Down, to steamroll through.

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by Sarah Peterson-Camacho


A trio of best friends have had the summer of their lives as Fresno’s Skate Punk band Boozer Boys (guitarist/vocalist Gabriel Ureno, bassist/vocalist Harrison Silva-Costa, and drummer Bryce Lowenthal) went on tour for the first time.

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by Steven Sanchez



The East Coast trio, FOXTRAX, is an indie rock band that perfectly embody what it is to be quintessential journeymen. Metaphorically and literally, their music, songs, and focus are odyssey driven to one day stand on the biggest stages and inspire a legion of fans just like the bands they grew up listening to.

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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 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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Q & A With Local Band The Media

IN THE September 16 ISSUE

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


This Valley is filled with a multitude of talent and we here at KRL enjoy featuring that talent. This week we are chatting with local band The Media whose members are: Pedro Montes (guitar/back-up vocals); Jared Cato (congas/percussion); Miguel Padilla (drums); Steven Balladarez (horns/vocals); Octavio Moreno (bass). They come from several different local towns, including Reedley and Dinuba.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


This week we are interviewing Fresno band Don’t Tell Her That. Recently we chatted with some of the band members about their band and their music.

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Local Band Q & A With Avenue 28

IN THE January 21 ISSUE

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by Sarah Peterson-Camacho


Community is the name of the game for Merced’s Avenue 28, which is a relatively new band who came together in January of 2016—made up of vocalist/bassist/pianist Jay Wheeler, drummer Eric Beltran, and guitarist Nathan Ramirez. From the name of their band to the title of their debut EP, Neighborhood, this trio relishes the connection between music and audience.

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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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