Editor’s Note: When Kuppajoe, a popular all-ages music venue that has operated in Central Fresno for 18 years, announced that it was closing, we knew there was a story to tell. Kuppajoe’s reach included casual fans who attended shows that they were interested in, dedicated volunteers who spent every Friday night helping out, and the artists, who played the stage at Kuppajoe.
It was this sense of community that most interested us. Colby Tibbet, who played with many bands at Kuppajoe, tells us his story and interviews some of the key people who helped Kuppajoe to become a safe space for young people and artists until it closed in February.
Audio story and production by Colby Tibbet
Music by Elmo Marconi, Brother Luke and the Comrades and A Pageant’s End
Photos by Kyle Lowe