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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 →
UnpluggedView – Intimacy, Originality, Reciprocity

UnpluggedView – Intimacy, Originality, Reciprocity

Unplugged View By Aaron Rowan Intimacy, Originality, Reciprocity – the tripartite motto of Modesto Unplugged. We have just wrapped our finest festival yet, and don’t have much happening in May, so I shall devote this column to talking about the stellar MUMF team members I work with, and our mission. Modesto Unplugged was formed to […]

By May 1, 2016 Read More →
UnpluggedView – V For Virtuoso Pt 2

UnpluggedView – V For Virtuoso Pt 2

Unplugged View By Aaron Rowan V For Virtuoso, Part Two Picking up right where last month left off (take a moment to read back through the March edition of Unplugged View if you have it lying about somewhere), the Modesto Unplugged Music Festival’s fifth anniversary celebration continues through the second half of April. Saturday 4/16, […]

Unplugged View – V For Virtuoso

Unplugged View – V For Virtuoso

Unplugged View By Aaron Rowan V For Virtuoso, Part One It’s beginning to look a lot like MUMfest! Our annual acoustic festival is still a month away, but this being the 5th anniversary event, we’re taking the entire month of April to showcase the wide range of sounds we enjoy curating. We have even partnered […]

By March 2, 2016 Read More →
Unplugged View – Celebrating Community Music

Unplugged View – Celebrating Community Music

Unplugged View By Marie Maxfield Since moving to California just over a year ago, my husband Evan and I have discovered some wonderful local music organizations to become part of. One of those groups is the Gottschalk Music Center Concert Band (GMCCB) conducted by Matt Cover and Ulices Chavez. In this group, Evan plays trumpet […]

By January 31, 2016 Read More →