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Unplugged View – The Bluegrass is Greener

Unplugged View – The Bluegrass is Greener

Unplugged View By Aaron Rowan The Bluegrass Is Greener October brings us much to celebrate in the northern California musical landscape. There’s the always phenomenal Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival at SF’s Golden Gate Park the first weekend of this month, and a stellar annual music conference in Mariposa county – the Yosemite Songwriting Retreat – […]

By October 1, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
UnpluggedView – The Stars¹ Address Is CBS

UnpluggedView – The Stars¹ Address Is CBS

Unplugged View By Aaron Rowan The Stars’ Address Is CBS My favorite concert series in town, Sunday Afternoons At CBS, returns this month for its 24th year. I attended every single installment of the past season there, and enjoyed a different and engaging musical experience each time. Tina Driskill, the curator of this series, presents […]

By September 5, 2015 Read More →
Unplugged View – Jestival

Unplugged View – Jestival

Unplugged View By Aaron Rowan The San Francisco Free Folk Festival went beautifully a couple weekends past. I spent the day in fellowship with many wonderful people in the Bay Area folk music scene; attended a musical saw workshop; enjoyed some Arabic dance music complete with a bevy of belly dancers, a Celtic a capella […]

By July 1, 2015 Read More →
Unplugged View – Great Scott!

Unplugged View – Great Scott!

Unplugged View By Aaron Rowan Great Scot! A dream came true for me recently, when I was invited to curate a portion of the lineup for the annual San Francisco Free Folk Festival. This has been my absolute favorite musical gathering to attend for the past two years, held on a huge middle school campus. […]

By June 5, 2015 Read More →
Unplugged View – ROCKing the Cradle

Unplugged View – ROCKing the Cradle

Unplugged View ROCKing the CradleA view from a MAMA By Patty Castillo Davis Photo by Ruben Porras My earliest memories I mean the very evocative ones, with colors, tastes and smell triggers, are so alive and they all encompass music and my Mother. Before I was old enough to attend school I was my Mother, […]

By May 6, 2015 Read More →
UnpluggedView – MUMFest Begins April 10

UnpluggedView – MUMFest Begins April 10

Unplugged View By Aaron Rowan The IV League MUMfest is back for its fourth year, and it’s leaner and meaner than ever before! On April 10-12, the Modesto Unplugged Music Festival will deliver the most intense burst of Americana, bluegrass, country, folk, world music and other acoustic sounds that you’ll find in town all year. […]

By April 3, 2015 Read More →
UnpluggedView – Sunday Afternoons at CBS

UnpluggedView – Sunday Afternoons at CBS

Unplugged View Renewal Weekend By Tina Arnopole Driskill The second weekend in March sees a very special weekend hosted by Sunday Afternoons at CBS and Congregation Beth Shalom, as they present Jewish Renewal 101, a three-day program of music and mysticism held at 1705 Sherwood Ave. Jewish Renewal refers to an emerging movement which describes […]

By March 4, 2015 Read More →
AcousticView- Ghosts of Acoustic Past

AcousticView- Ghosts of Acoustic Past

Acoustic View By Aaron Rowan The Ghosts of Acoustic Christmas Past The coolest acoustic lineup I ever saw in Modesto was on the night of December 3, 2009. It was the annual B92.9 ‘Acoustic Christmas’ concert held at the Center Plaza. One of my absolute favorite rock bands – Third Eye Blind. A Fine Frenzy. […]

By December 9, 2014 Read More →
AcousticView Support Your Local She-riff

AcousticView Support Your Local She-riff

Acoustic View By Aaron Rowan Support Your Local She-Riff They tell me I’m musically sexist. And by ‘they,’ I mean one friend of mine who noticed my tendency to book lots of female talent, and sarcastically skewered me for skewing in that direction. Well, I make no attempt to deny it. Many of my headline […]

By October 2, 2014 Read More →
Acoustic View -Profiles in Philharmonic Poetry

Acoustic View -Profiles in Philharmonic Poetry

Acoustic View By Aaron Rowan Profiles In Philharmonic Poetry: Raylene Kemp There are two people I credit with catalyzing my transition into a lover of acoustic sounds, both of whom I’ve enjoyed the honor of working with more than once. One is a nationally touring songwriter who I have written of in previous columns; the […]

By September 6, 2014 Read More →
AcousticView – Here’s a Quartet

AcousticView – Here’s a Quartet

Acoustic View By Aaron Rowan Here’s A Quartet, Call Someone Who Cares A certain local songwriter told me not long ago that they envied my lifestyle, always running around enjoying music festivals all over the place and such. I reckon I have been quite blessed with the adventures I have been able to embark on. […]

By August 6, 2014 Read More →
AcousticView -Profiles in Philharmonic Poetry

AcousticView -Profiles in Philharmonic Poetry

Acoustic View By Aaron Rowan Profiles in Philharmonic Poetry: Chris Doud Them old-time country songs sure have some hilarious titles, don’t they? ‘If I Can’t Be Number One In Your Life, Then Number Two On You’ by Mel Tillis comes to mind. And don’t forget Roger Miller’s classic ‘You Can‘t Roller Skate In A Buffalo […]

By July 8, 2014 Read More →
Acoustic View

Acoustic View

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 […]