Author Archive: Middagh Goodwin

Middagh Goodwin LIVES Music. He has been booking and promoting Music, Art and Comedy for years in the Central Valley. He ran the award winning Plea for Peace Center in Stockton for 5 Years and has booked bands from A-Z. Middagh is beginning 2016 with a new position at the Gallo Center for the Arts and celebrating Beat Happy! Music's 30th Anniversary. Read the MAMAView every month and a the Needle Drop 52 Records 52 Weeks.

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MAMAView: MAMA Time

MAMAView: MAMA Time

MAMAView: MAMA Time by Middagh Goodwin With X-FEST not taking place in Modesto this year it looks like the Modesto Area Music Awards will be the most diverse event happening in downtown Modesto. What the MAMA’s lack in size, it makes up for in good times. With fifteen live performances, ranging from Jazz to Metal […]

By September 1, 2016 Read More →
MAMAView Hot Town, Summer in the City

MAMAView Hot Town, Summer in the City

by Middagh Goodwin Hot town, summer in the city are you ready for the fun? It is going to get hot so make plans to do something fun. What about Concert in the Park, the Stanislaus County Fair, a movie? Those are all fun things, but why not catch some great live local music too? […]

By July 1, 2016 Read More →
Middagh Goodwin InterViews Modesto-Con’s Guests Sam Jones & Doug Jones

Middagh Goodwin InterViews Modesto-Con’s Guests Sam Jones & Doug Jones

At one time Conventions and Fairs happened in just about every town or county in the United States. Over time, they became more regional and many have just stopped happening. The trend for Pop Culture Conventions is going the other way. In recent years several “Comic Cons” have popped up all over Northern California and […]

By July 1, 2016 Read More →
Weekend Needle Drop-Simple Minds

Weekend Needle Drop-Simple Minds

Weekend Needle Drop-52 Weeks 52 Albums Simple Minds Sparkle in the Rain I have been a big fan of this band for years and think just about everything they released borders on brilliance. I saw Simple Minds supporting Sparkle in the Rain, so I think it is the perfect album to reflect on. They were main […]

By June 19, 2016 Read More →
Weekend Needle Drop-The Roots of Rock & Roll ROCKABILLY!

Weekend Needle Drop-The Roots of Rock & Roll ROCKABILLY!

WEEKEND NEEDLE DROP-52 WEEKS 52 RECORDS The Roots of Rock & Roll ROCKABILLY! Imperial House Records WU3590 Released 1982 It is Graffiti Summer in Modesto and so I thought I would listen to a music that owes a debt to it’s origins right here in Modesto. Rockabilly and the sounds of the Maddox Brothers and […]

By June 12, 2016 Read More →
Weekend Needle Drop The Monkees

Weekend Needle Drop The Monkees

THE WEEKEND NEEDLE DROP 52 WEEKS 52 ALBUMS THE MONKEES S/T Released October 10 1966 It has been 50 years since the Monkees first hit the TV and Radio airwaves. They have a new album out and will be coming to the fabulous Gallo Theatre for the Arts on September 20th. I know I am […]

By June 5, 2016 Read More →
Feel the Bern in Modesto

Feel the Bern in Modesto

Regardless of your politics this is a big deal.  If memories serves correct the last time a Presidential Candidate visited Modesto was Dukakis in 1988. So to have such a high profile candidate coming just days before the primary is huge. Thursday June 2nd at the Modesto Centre Plaza you will have your chance to […]

By May 31, 2016 Read More →
Weelend Needle Drop Iron Maiden

Weelend Needle Drop Iron Maiden

Weekend Needle Drop-52 Weeks 52 Albums Iron Maiden-Number of the Beast There are very few Metal bands that do it for me. Iron Maiden is one of the few not only musically but lyrically. Steve Harris’s galloping bass line inspired so many other musicians crossing genre lines. With lyrical content inspired by movies, history and […]

By May 30, 2016 Read More →
Keeping things Grounded with Mondo

Keeping things Grounded with Mondo

Last Year, Mondo Mariscal was laid off from his job and decided to give being a musician a run. With the support of his wife and family he has been very lucky to be making a living(maybe not a great one) doing what he loves. Last October he took home a well deserved Modesto Area Music […]

By May 26, 2016 Read More →
Weekend Needle Drop-Fore!!!

Weekend Needle Drop-Fore!!!

Weekend Needle Drop-52 Weeks 52 Records Huey Lewis & the News-FORE! There is something very tangible vinyl. It is a physical experience that digital formats don’t compare with. Not only is the sound much warmer, but taking the record out of the sleeve, placing it on the turntable and being able to hold the cover […]

By May 22, 2016 Read More →
MAMA is coming- Who Will Be Nominated?

MAMA is coming- Who Will Be Nominated?

MAMA is coming- Who Will Be Nominated? By Middagh Goodwin Fumes from Graffiti is in the air and things are heating up in the Valley. You know what that means. It is time for everyone to let us know who you think should be considered for a Modesto Area Music Award. The mamas will be […]

By May 21, 2016 Read More →
This is your Con, Modesto!

This is your Con, Modesto!

Modesto’s Own First  Pop-Culture Convention to be held at the Modesto Centre Plaza July 9th & 10th, 2016 Tickets available online at www.modestocon.bpt.me and local comic and games shops all around Stanislaus Co. The city of Modesto has earned its fame as the home of geek culture icons such as George Lucas (known for “American […]

By May 18, 2016 Read More →
Weekend Needle Drop I Love Rock ‘n Roll

Weekend Needle Drop I Love Rock ‘n Roll

WEEKEND NEEDLE DROOP 52 WEEKS-52 RECORDS JOAN JETT & THE BLACKHEARTS I LOVE ROCK ‘N ROLL(Remastered) Originally released in December of 1981,I Love Rock ‘n Roll cemented Joan Jett’s Rock and Roll legacy. The album has sold over  million copies and went to #1 in the US and around the World. Mixing Punk with straight […]

By May 15, 2016 Read More →
Weekend Needle Drop-Secret Affair

Weekend Needle Drop-Secret Affair

Weekend Needle Drop-52 Weeks 52 Albums SECRET AFFAIR-GLORY BOYS Sire Records Glory Boys was the first of three albums released by the Mod Revival band SECRET AFFAIR. Released in 1979 on I Spy in the UK and 1980  on Sire Records in the US. This is a promotional copy I bought for $2.99 at Replay […]

Weekend Needle Drop-TOKYO SKA PARADISE ORCHESTRA

Weekend Needle Drop-TOKYO SKA PARADISE ORCHESTRA

I do not know if anyone even noticed that I did not do a review from my collection last week. As I am sure you all know Prince passed away and that loss affected us all in a big way. I thought about doing two reviews to make up for it this week, but have […]

By April 30, 2016 Read More →