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Stomp: ‘An odd mixture of sports and music’

By Justin Webster, Ledger sports editor | Jan 25, 2018
Photo by: PHOTO SUBMITTED Stomp will perform at 7:30 p.m. tonight at Fairfield Arts & Convention Center.

Since 1994, Stomp has been exciting audiences around the globe and tonight is Fairfield’s turn to be entertained by the eight member troupe that “uses everything but conventional percussion instruments - matchboxes, wooden poles, brooms, garbage cans, Zippo lighters, hubcaps - to fill the stage with magnificent rhythms.”

Hopefully, you already purchased your tickets for the show because the one and only 7:30 p.m. performance is sold out!

The Fairfield Ledger spoke with one of the performers, Ivan Salazer, who was fairly certain he was in Kalamazoo, Michigan. After the group leaves Fairfield for their Des Moines show Friday night, they will perform in Missouri, New Mexico, Arizona, Cleveland and Denver before Valentines Day, so it’s easy to understand the confusion.

Salazar is originally from Tecate, Baja California, Mexico, a small town where he played some baseball as a child, but preferred pro wrestling. In fact, when asked what he wanted to be when he “grew up,” Salazar would often say either a pro wrestler or a rock star, and now feels he has found the closest thing to a combination of the two.

“It’s high impact, it’s physical, and you really use your body.”

The other seven members of Stomp come from an array of backgrounds and experiences. Some are former personal trainers who wanted to perform, while many are performers who just wanted something physical to express themselves and found Stomp to be the perfect outlet.

Salazar said of his castmates, “We’re eight different people, but we bring our own unique flavor to the show.”

He adds, “Stomp is an odd mixture of sports and music and physicality is a huge part of the show. By the end, we are covered in sweat and dirt and everything is hurting and sore.”

To keep the show fresh for both themselves and the audiences who see the show multiple times, most cast members either write or improvise something new into each performance.

“We perform at a very high level and it’s going to be hard to deny that we are giving it our all, plus, we are actually having a really good time and the audience can tell.”

For those of you attending the show tonight, it will be obvious by the end why this “international percussion sensation” has won so many awards and made so many appearances on national television.

Because it’s really, really cool!

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