AcousticView- May

AcousticView By Matty Comer

As we jump into May, I can not help but to get a bit exited inside! The evenings are warming up, and people are ready to be outside enjoying themselves. The avenues that we are taking this summer reflect the idea that people should be able to bring their entire families out to as many local music events as possible…PERIOD.

Starting Friday June 1, and going straight through the end of the summer, The Acoustic Rock Society will have an event three weeks a month in Downtown Modesto. We signed up for twoshows a month through the summer with The 10st Plaza Summer Series and Fuzio’s. We also will be hosting three shows at The Queen Bean at 1126 14th St. through the end of August. All are free, all age, early evening shows at amazing spots within our own community.

We are lucky to have so many talented musicians willing to give a little back to our community each month. Its worth is evident as we look out into the crowd and see our children, friends, and families dancing and carrying on. We all love seeing a small child taking ahold of dads leg while he is on stage performing a little! Simply priceless! I hope you are ready for a summer of music in downtown Modesto.

ARTIST OF THE MONTH: TJ Lake TJ Lake played his first show in 1993 at The Eagle’s Hall in a rock band called Man of Straw. He moved on to play drums and sing in a few metal bands before switching full time to guitar. While living in NYC in 2001, Lake met up with two friends from the Modesto/Turlock area also living in the city. The band Gravey was formed and they played such clubs as CBGB’s, Siberia, and B3.

When Lake moved back to Stanislaus County in 2004 he created Hickory, which played through the area up through 2011. Nowadays TJ performs solo and with Dr. Blue as The Dust Bowl Children. Lake also plays guitar and harmonica in Dr. Blue & Bad Medicine. See TJ Lake on June1 at the 10st Plaza Summer Concert Series…7–9pm

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About the Author:

Matty Comer is a local singer and songwriter. He leads the Acoustic Music Society, dedicated to making music more accessible and available to all in our community.