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Bean & Leaf showcases upcoming talent

Singer Taylor Vick

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POSTED August 13, 2010 3:24 a.m.

Heather Elkins has made sure that you don’t waste your Friday night.

The Bean and Leaf Café owner has booked three musical acts to perform tonight from 6 to 9 p.m. which include Manteca residents and siblings Travis and Taylor Vick.

All of those who perform will again hit the stage at the Gallo Center for The Arts on Friday, Aug. 20, for the encore performance of “Portraits: 32 Songs, 32 Songwriters” – a compilation that showcases some of the best musicians in the Central Valley.

Taylor Vick – who has performed with her brother and other local artists in the past – was honored to be included on the “Portraits” disc and believes something that showcases the musical talent of people here in the Central Valley can only be a good thing.

“There was such a select few that were picked and it was awesome to be included in that,” said the 18-year-old. “There are tons of amazing artists, and it’s such a cool thing to be a part of such with such a musically diverse group of people.”

While equally gracious to be included, Travis Vick is quick to note that music was always one of the only things that he ever excelled at.

“Music is really one of the only things that I’ve ever been good at, and performing is a big part of what it is that keeps me going,” Vick said. “I go up there and share these songs with people, and get that feedback from the crowd. It’s truly overwhelming, and sometimes I just have to go outside after it’s all done and just decompress from the entire experience. It’s great.”

The Bean and Leaf Café is located at 1254 W. Lathrop Road inside of the Raley’s shopping center. The independent coffee shop routinely sponsors live music evenings like the one tonight, and also offer a full menu that includes sandwiches, salad, baked goods, and a wide variety of coffee beverages.

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