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Acoustic View By Aaron Rowan Profiles in Philharmonic Poetry: Francesca Bavaro Someone told me recently that right before she won her first Grammy, Adele came through Modesto and played one of those Underground Lounge concerts that B92 radio used to produce. Sadly, I wasn’t let in on that secret when it happened. I have a […]

By June 1, 2014 Read More →
AcousticView – Splendor in the Bluegrass

AcousticView – Splendor in the Bluegrass

Acoustic View By Aaron Rowan Splendor In The Bluegrass Last autumn I spent a weekend volunteering at one of the many festivals sponsored by the California Bluegrass Association. What great times those were! Local songwriter Rainy Escobar is a good friend of mine, and her love of the genre has slowly imprinted itself upon me. […]

By May 5, 2014 Read More →
AcousticView – MUM Fest Is Here!

AcousticView – MUM Fest Is Here!

Acoustic View By Aaron Rowan April is All Acoustic MUMfest returns to downtown this weekend. For the past two years, this has been the most intense burst of acoustic music in Modesto, showcasing folk, roots, Americana, country and similar sounds from around the nation (and this year, the globe.) Five showcases will be held at […]

AcousticView – Strides of March

AcousticView – Strides of March

Acoustic View By Aaron Rowan The Strides Of March Patty Castillo Davis and I have a shared mission for the days to come: the cultivation of the next wave of Modesto-area singer/songwriters. We’ve been scheming and scheduling for a few months now, and are making some very nice strides forward. The fruit of our labor […]

AcousticView – Top of the Barrel

AcousticView – Top of the Barrel

Acoustic View By Aaron Rowan Top Of The Barrel It’s beginning to look a lot like MUMfest! In addition to the upcoming main weekend festival (April 4-6), which features a wide range of acoustic sounds, there will be a succession of daylong, more genre-oriented mini-fests throughout this year. The first such event is called ‘Americana […]

By February 4, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
AcousticView – Rumination Regarding Resonance

AcousticView – Rumination Regarding Resonance

AcousticView By Aaron Rowan A Rumination Regarding Resonance Would you believe me if I told you that music is a fundamental force of the universe, on the same level as gravity and magnetism? Famed Russian pianist Sviatoslav Richter once gave a concert in Sofia, Bulgaria in the winter of 1958. A flu epidemic was raging […]

By January 7, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
AcousticView-LadyBug in Winter

AcousticView-LadyBug in Winter

Acoustic View By Aaron Rowan The Ladybug In Winter The Durango Songwriters Expo, held twice annually – southern California in February/March, and Boulder, Colorado in October – selects 200 songwriters out of thousands of applicants for each event. Patty Castillo Davis was among those chosen for the October 2013 installment. These songwriters are given intensive […]

By December 1, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
AcousticView – Caged Birds & Ladybugs

AcousticView – Caged Birds & Ladybugs

Acoustic View By Aaron Rowan Of Caged Birds And Ladybugs My listening life changed the day I played Brett Detar’s solo debut three years ago. I’d been enjoying his music for a decade before that, when he was lead man of popular indie band The Juliana Theory. When I learned of this solo effort I […]

By November 3, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
AcousticView – Going dutch

AcousticView – Going dutch

Acoustic View By Aaron Rowan Going Dutch “You can lead a horticulture, but you can’t make her think,” Dorothy Parker once famously replied when asked to use ‘horticulture’ in a sentence. Parker was a 1920’s-era writer known for her razor-wire wit and sarcasm – certainly my type of gal. She was also a prominent member […]

By October 2, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
AcousticView-Dial L For Loves It!

AcousticView-Dial L For Loves It!

Acoustic View By Aaron Rowan Photographer’s credit to Mikkel Elbech. Dial L for Loves It! Lordy f—ing lordy! The new Not An Airplane record, Unpredictable Fame, has found its way into this world, and it is sweet. The last effort by this homegrown trio was named editor’s pick in Rolling Stone, but this latest album […]

By August 29, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
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Acoustic View By Aaron Rowan I was introduced to CIYH through a bay area friend, and it quickly became one of my most useful tools for finding acoustic talent. It’s shorthand for ConcertsInYourHome.com, the brainchild of award-winning musician Fran Snyder. The premise behind this network is to provide artists with the best environments to share […]

AcousticView-Sweet Sassy Bluegrassy

AcousticView-Sweet Sassy Bluegrassy

Acoustic View By Aaron Rowan Sweet Sassy Bluegrassy Welcome to the new Acoustic View column. The San Joaquin Valley is an absolute goldmine of folk, roots, and country talent. I’ll highlight a different local gem or two every month. Rainy Escobar is a modern day country crooner in the vein of old-time greats such as […]