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Unplugged View – Hot Club Time Machine

Unplugged View – Hot Club Time Machine

Unplugged View By Aaron Rowan Hot Club Time Machine My friend Marie Maxfield is as devoted to her art as any musician I’ve ever met. She can play most every instrument in the orchestra. She plays with symphonies all over the county and in the Bay Area. She played onstage the day after bringing a […]

By September 7, 2018 0 Comments Read More →
Unplugged View – The Little Sparrow

Unplugged View – The Little Sparrow

Unplugged View By Aaron Rowan The Little Sparrow I remember thinking that if Neil Young were here to witness this, he would have offered her a slot at his Bridge School Benefit concert then and there. Of all the musical moments I’ve curated, this is the one I recall most vividly and fondly – Effie […]

By August 12, 2018 Read More →
Unplugged View – The Haldane Effect

Unplugged View – The Haldane Effect

Unplugged View By Aaron Rowan The Haldane Effect Loud Indian dance music and acoustic groups don’t mesh very well. I learned this the hard way on an April afternoon a few years ago, when I hosted a segment of MUMfest on a coffeehouse patio. Little did we know that an Indian cultural group had rented […]

Unplugged View – Gettin’ the Ladin Out

Unplugged View – Gettin’ the Ladin Out

Unplugged View By Aaron Rowan Gettin’ The Ladin Out “What happens when a banjo player leaves Texas and goes to Oklahoma? The I.Q. goes up in both states.” – Joke told by a local bluegrass friend of mine. What will happen when a banjo player named Evie Ladin leaves Oakland and comes to Modesto? Find […]

Unplugged View – The A Force Awakens

Unplugged View – The A Force Awakens

Unplugged View By Aaron Rowan The A-Force Awakens I got my first taste of the touring lifestyle last summer, when I joined a songwriter friend on a train adventure through the Southwest to play a few venues I helped set up. It was she who gave me the name ‘A-Force’ when I first did booking […]

By May 1, 2018 Read More →
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 →