Stomp also thumps and jumps in infectious percussion show

  • Thu Oct 11th, 2012 9:59am
  • Life

By Theresa Goffredo Herald Writer

Pooh is excited about the tractor tire inner tubes.

“They are 50 times bigger than you are used to seeing,” Pooh said.

He’s also excited about the paint cans.

Both props feature prominently in two new full-scale routines that Stomp, the eight-member music and dance troupe, will bring Tuesday to Comcast Arena.

Pooh, whose real name is Andres Fernandez, said being part of Stomp means bringing music to people.

“Music is all around us,” Fernandez said in a phone interview “Even plastic bags make music.”

Indeed, plastic bags, brooms, trash cans, matchboxes, hubcaps — the list of the “instruments” Stomp uses to perform its percussion-based performance art goes on.

It’s a challenge to describe Stomp, though infectious might be a good adjective with which to start.

There is no dialogue during their act but the character of all the performers comes out as the crew thumps, bumps, bangs, jumps, crashes, dances and literally runs during a show.

Fernandez, who was born in Hawaii, is 5 foot 8, and 195 pounds, sometimes plays a fierce character if the role calls for that, though he sounded sweet and Pooh-like on the phone.

He said he earned that nickname 15 years ago when he began sporting a Pooh hat and shirt and the name has stuck like honey ever since.

Fernandez said there is a lot of choreography in the shows but also between 45 percent and 75 percent improv.

“It’s a no brainer — just feel the music,” Fernandez said.

Stomp has performed its rhythms Off-Broadway since 1994.The members fill the stage with rhythms and audiences are known to be swept up by the adrenaline and the energy.

Some say the only way to understand Stomp is to see it live to appreciate its humor, dance and incredible music. But you can get a taste of what to expect at the website,

Stomp blends percussion, movement and visual comedy, and was created in Brighton, U.K., in summer 1991.

Stomp performs at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Comcast Arena, 2000 Hewitt Ave., Everett.

Tickets are $29.50, $39.50, $49.50. Go to, or call 866-332-8499.

Theresa Goffredo: 425-339-3424;