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UnpluggedView: Songcatchers

UnpluggedView: Songcatchers

UnpluggedView: Songcatchers by Aaron Rowan A warm tropical evening on an island in the Panama Canal. I join my dear friend on the balcony of the laboratory building, where she is about to wind down another day of research in the best possible way – the making of live music. A few of her fellow scientists […]

By April 2, 2018 Read More →
Unplugged View – Rendezvous With Raga

Unplugged View – Rendezvous With Raga

Unplugged View By Aaron Rowan Rendezvous With Raga Love and music may be in the air this month, but everything else is valentinnitus compared to the sweet sounds the Modesto Unplugged team are offering throughout the upcoming Valentine weekend. It’s better than a box of chocolates with us – you never know what you’re gonna […]

By February 12, 2018 0 Comments Read More →
Unplugged View – Everybody Loves Amelia

Unplugged View – Everybody Loves Amelia

Unplugged View By Aaron Rowan Everybody Loves Amelia I read recently that the Oxford Dictionary declared “youthquake” the word of 2017. I have no idea what this word means, but I do have a very good idea of two predictions I’d like to make about this New Year: 1. The word of the year on […]

By January 1, 2018 0 Comments Read More →
A Little Bird Told Me

A Little Bird Told Me

UnpluggedView by Aaron Rowan A Little Bird Told Me So there I was, helping load gear into the moon-house for a concert, when a hawk swooped down in pursuit of a pigeon. The pigeon crashed into the window right next to the door, not a foot from where I stood, and then flew into the […]

By December 6, 2017 Read More →
UnpluggedView – A Moon With A View

UnpluggedView – A Moon With A View

A Moon With A View By Aaron Rowan Moon & Sixpence Music And Art House is the happening new concert destination in town. Somewhere between a theater venue, warehouse space, and house show, M&S is our area’s newest home for all sorts of performing & visual art. In August we enjoyed everything from in-your-face rock […]

By September 3, 2017 Read More →
Unplugged – MIMsy & Whimsy

Unplugged – MIMsy & Whimsy

Unplugged View By Aaron Rowan MIMsy and Whimsy I ran off on an adventure with one of my favorite songwriter friends a few weeks ago, on a weeklong tour through a few states. It was high time to escape from this valley heat for a while. We went to Phoenix. Brilliant plan, right? Well, in […]

By August 6, 2017 Read More →
UnpluggedView

UnpluggedView

Unplugged View By Aaron Rowan Two months ago I was invited to join the panel of judges for the annual ‘Roosevelt’s Got Talent’ competition, held at Roosevelt Junior High. International opera performers Roy Stevens and Annalisa Winberg oversee this contest, and mentor students as they share their gifts of song, dance and more. It was […]

By May 2, 2017 Read More →
Unplugged View – Hang ’em High

Unplugged View – Hang ’em High

Unplugged View By Aaron Rowan Hang ’Em High Of all the artists I’ve worked with over the years, I doubt any have been more aptly named than Gaelynn Lea. Her original violin music is like a soothing breeze through the meadow. Gaelynn crafts hauntingly beautiful compositions rooted in the Irish traditions. She made quite a […]

By March 2, 2017 Read More →
Unplugged View – Unmistakable Mali Blues

Unplugged View – Unmistakable Mali Blues

The Unsinkable Mali Blues By Aaron Rowan While Modesto Unplugged has been most closely associated with the Americana and folk genres, several of the most satisfying moments for me as a music curator have been those when we featured sounds from around the globe. One of my favorite showcases involved a classically trained soloist of […]

By January 31, 2017 Read More →
Unplugged View: Why Settle For Les in 2017?

Unplugged View: Why Settle For Les in 2017?

Unplugged View: Why Settle For Les in 2017? By Aaron Rowan What do a Scottish tenor, a German hang drummer, a West African hunter’s harp player, and an Israeli opera vocalist & songwriter all have in common? Well, hopefully you! You are invited to join me on a magical sonic journey throughout 2017. These gifted […]

By January 1, 2017 Read More →
Unplugged View – Metro Grade Amnesia

Unplugged View – Metro Grade Amnesia

Unplugged View By Aaron Rowan Metro-Grade Amnesia When Christine Capsuto starts to sing, you’re liable to forget about anything else happening around you. I first heard this stunning soprano when I first attended the superior local concert series, Sunday Afternoons At CBS, and I walked away understanding just how Odysseus must have felt while tied […]

By November 5, 2016 Read More →
Unplugged View – Rock, Block and One Smoking Carroll

Unplugged View – Rock, Block and One Smoking Carroll

Unplugged View By Aaron Rowan Rock, Block, And One Smoking Carroll I saw an incredible documentary not long ago called ‘The Music Of Strangers.’ It chronicles the formation and evolution of the Silk Road Ensemble, a collective of virtuoso musicians from across the planet who banded together to promote cross-cultural creative collaboration. The project was […]

By September 30, 2016 Read More →
UnpluggedView – When the Cows Come Home

UnpluggedView – When the Cows Come Home

Unplugged View By Aaron Rowan When The Cows Come Home I watched an incredible piece of video recently. Swedish artist Jonna Jinton stood in a pasture on a summer evening, and began to sing the ancient herding call known as ‘kulning.’ It was like a ghostly, medieval-style chant. One of the most glorious things I’ve […]

By July 30, 2016 Read More →
Unplugged View – Live Music is Good for You

Unplugged View – Live Music is Good for You

Unplugged View By Aaron Rowan Live music is good for you. A virtuoso pianist once performed in Bulgaria during a massive flu outbreak. Thousands of people in the concert hall, and a great cacophony of coughing and hacking could be heard. But there were certain passages that this piano master played, during which all of […]

By June 30, 2016 Read More →
Unplugged View – Sweet Summer Music

Unplugged View – Sweet Summer Music

UnpluggedView By Lisette Sims Sweet Summer Music An incredible summer is just ahead, full of great live performances and exciting community events! One particularly engaging concert coming soon will be on Friday, June 17: Lisette & the Loudmouths and ‘Valley’s Got Talent’ winner Carolina Stevens will be performing on ‘MUSIC AT THE GMC’, an intimate […]

By June 1, 2016 Read More →