Stomp at Fresno Saroyan Theater

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Several weeks ago, on May 19, 2009, I was asked to fill in for my friend over at Third Element Studios on a photo shoot for Visalia Direct Medias‘ local publication of Lifestyle magazine. On very short notice I took the gig and attended the concert to get the photographs posted above. Stomp is a very loud beet driven musical with each person playing a non vocal part in the play. Instruments include the following non-musical objects: zippo, newspaper, garbage bag, and yes even the kitchen sink. Their tribal beat goes to the heart and embeds itself in the brain without even a second thought and the slapstick humor keeps you wondering what will come next.

For those looking for the article and the photographs published by direct media please look for the “Lifestyle” magazine for June 2009. Be sure to have a look at the photographs also included by Forrest Cavale and his partner Zach Niles over at Third Element Studios

Ryan Barnes @ Caffe E Via

With people eyes now bloodshot from lack of sleep and poor from the shier cost of coffee. Starbucks reign of power over the American addition of coffee may be coming to a close. Though people are still clambering for their next cup of coffee they are doing it at a much lower cost. Fuel prices and a downturn in the market for stock and houses have left peoples wallets empty. Coffee once considered a desert after a nice meal had become a staple for the morning wake up ritual and a frequent place to stop for meetings.

Coffee shops may now be going the way of the local ice cream parlor, offering a treat ever now and again to those that have the taste for such a drink. The always fashionable tea is creeping back in as the choice for a nice chat, and the much more healthy smoothies made of fresh fruits and other more natural ingredients quietly becoming the specialty. It is easy to find a coffee shop, however it is tough to find a nice quiet tea spot with specialty tea.

Caffe E Via does a great job of being an everything stop, offering the convenience of a drive through for those that need their drinks to go and offering a nice bar and sitting area with chairs and tables offering enough room for everyone to relax and enjoy their cup of whatever their taste may be.

Coffee shops with all their new more specialized offerings may be the new small jazz club of the present day, allowing local artists to perform their music for patrons and friends while bringing business to the local community.

Being new to the genre of Coffee house music I can say that the entire experience was filled with learning. Though good acoustics are rare amongst coffee joints, especially those here in the central valley, Ryan Barnes did a wonderful job presenting his particular taste for music for others to enjoy. His music included fresh new compositions with a healthy blend of folk style music, bringing me to laughter when acceptable and be lost in the music at other times. If you would like to read more about Ryan or hire him for your event please feel free to contact him, his information can be found here.

Below I have added some photographs from the event.