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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 →
UnpluggedView – Fantastic Beats

UnpluggedView – Fantastic Beats

Unplugged View By Aaron Rowan Fantastic Beats And Where To Find Them 2016 looks to be a vintage year for fun and fiery acoustic sounds around town. Modesto Unplugged is moving into our new monthly home in the small recital hall at the Gottschalk Music Center, 1502 E St., where we will continue to curate […]

By January 3, 2016 Read More →
Unplugged View – The NFL (Nifty Fiddling Lady) Sunday Ticket

Unplugged View – The NFL (Nifty Fiddling Lady) Sunday Ticket

Unplugged View By Aaron Rowan The NFL (Nifty Fiddling Lady) Sunday Ticket This is the way the 2015 Modesto Unplugged concert series ends. Not with a clang, but with a timbre. On Sunday afternoon December 6, bluegrass fiddle superstar Megan Lynch Chowning is going to whip up a whirlwind of music for us, not unlike […]

By December 3, 2015 Read More →
UnpluggedView- Swing Low, Sweet Cadillac

UnpluggedView- Swing Low, Sweet Cadillac

Unplugged View By Rebecca Roudman Swing Low, Sweet Cadillac My name’s Rebecca Roudman and I lead the San Francisco bluegrass/blues band Dirty Cello. We perform all over the world (including frequent visits to Modesto – headliners of MUMfest the past 3 years, and an appearance at the California Women‘s Music Festival this year) and love […]

By November 4, 2015 Read More →