They rock, they stomp, they make big noise.
STOMP, the show that makes beautiful, rhythmic music using a combination of percussion, movement and visual comedy is coming to the Tri-Cities.
Originally scheduled for two performance nights on Oct. 2-3, the group had to duck out of its Oct. 3 gig because of a tour conflict.
But the Oct. 2 show will go on as planned at Toyota Center. Showtime is 7 p.m. Tickets are $47 to $67 and available at www.ticketmaster.com or the coliseum box office. Tickets purchased at the box office avoid service charges.
Any one who bought tickets to the Oct. 3 show can call the box office at 737-3700 for a refund or to transfer the ticket to the Oct. 2 show.
STOMP was created in 1991 in the United Kingdom by Steve McNicholas and Luke Cresswell.
The show features 11 musicians who bang the hell out of garbage cans, oil drums, trash can lids, sticks, logs and just about anything else you can use as a percussion instrument.
McNicholas and Cresswell no longer perform with the troupe, leaving all the bouncing around to a younger set of musicians. But the two are still very much in charge of the show.
The current crop of percussion musicians that make up the group are Dustin Elsea, Marivaldo Dos Santos, Alan Asuncion, Michelle Dorrance, Fritzlyn Hector, Brad Holland, Lance Liles, Stephanie Marshall, Keith Middleton, Jason Mills, Joseph Russomano and Fiona Wilkes.
STOMP found its way to the U.S. in 1994, when it opened at the Orpheum Theatre in New York City. The group earned an Obie Award and Drama Desk Award for most unique theater experience that same year.
The group has been featured on TV specials and even recorded the music for the movie soundtrack for Tank Girl in the late 1990s.
Since then, the troupe has traveled the world entertaining the masses with its pounding rhythms and eyepopping showmanship.
*Dori O'Neal: 582-1514; firstname.lastname@example.org