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ChefView – Smoky’s is Better than Ever!

ChefView – Smoky’s is Better than Ever!

Chef View – Smoky’s is Back and Better than Ever By Chris Murphy It is always great to reunite with an old friend. In Modesto, there are some legendary traditions and some of our restaurants bring back great memories. One in particular is Smoky’s. Dean Brenner opened the original Smokey’s in the early 60’s located […]

BarView – The Summer South Side

BarView – The Summer South Side

BarView By Chris Murphy Graffiti Summer is here and the key word for our summer cocktails is refreshing. I always find gin refreshing and this DoGood Cocktail from Divine Swine is just the ticket. When the day gets warm, something that has a nice lime taste with just a touch of sweetness is in order. […]

RockabillyView – Blues fest June 23rd

RockabillyView – Blues fest June 23rd

RockabillyView By Jennifer Allsup Modesto Blues Festival makes another comeback! John Black and Peer Recovery presents Bill Clinton Chicken Whisky Band. With Mr. Clifton’s new project coming from Fresno California he is no stranger to playing music in the Modesto Area. Bill started many years ago as a guitar player for the MAMA Winning Mofo […]

Missing Penny White

Missing Penny White

Graffiti Summer is always synonymous with the Sensations. We miss Penny Gail White and their regular performances at the Cruise Parade. Debbie, Claudia and Shelly are stars and continue to be the voice of Graffiti Summer

Amy Grant comes to the Fruit Yard

Amy Grant comes to the Fruit Yard

The new Fruit Yard Amphitheater and Richter Entertainment Group are proud to announce their first concert featuring Grammy award-winning artist Amy Grant.  Amy Grant will be joined by contemporary Christian artist Tim Timmons for a night of inspiration, stories, songs and more in the comfort of our new amphitheater among our famous fruit orchards. Amy […]

By June 11, 2018 Read More →
MoBandView – Opening Night June 7

MoBandView – Opening Night June 7

MoBand Opening Night June 7th By Chris Murphy A big brass band, in a bandshell, in a park, with food, drink, wine, and fun sounds like the perfect evening. Add to this 3,000 of your best friends, blankets, and picnic baskets and you have a hall of fame slice of Americana, or Modestocana as we […]

MAMAView: Graffiti Summer

MAMAView: Graffiti Summer

MAMAView: Graffiti Summer By Middagh Goodwin  We are in the midst of Graffiti Summer, and that means that MAMA season is just around the corner.  You might not know that the Modesto Area Music Association is a 501c-3 non-profit, that over the last few years we have been actively booking or helping others to book […]

By June 3, 2018 Read More →
BusinessView: A Bird’s Nest

BusinessView: A Bird’s Nest

The Bird’s Nest A natural hand and foot spa & artisan boutique 422 15th st 209-604-7754 Tammy Bird GRAND OPENING June 16, 2018 Noon to 4 pm LIVE MUSIC BY Mattea Overstreet Andrew Durr Makashakti Vendors An epic silent auction Appetizers And refreshments “The Bird’s Nest is a nest to rest your feet. Tammy Bird […]

By May 30, 2018 Read More →
Graffiti Summer Schedule

Graffiti Summer Schedule

2018 Graffiti Summer Where were you in ’62? There is so much to experience in Modesto USA when we celebrate the years made famous by American Graffiti. There are so many experiences unique to Modesto, like the A&W Friday Elvis Karaoke, the American Graffiti Festival Car Show and Cruise Parade, the Legends of the Cruise […]

Legends of the Cruise 2018 – Ecurie Awol Car Club

Legends of the Cruise 2018 – Ecurie Awol Car Club

Legends of the Cruise 2018 Walk of Fame By Chris Murphy People need to know our fantastic story. In 2012, we created and established the Modesto Legends of the Cruise Walk of Fame. This was important in many ways. First, when talking to George Lucas, he refers to himself as a storyteller. With that in […]

The Big View – Where Were You in ’62?

The Big View – Where Were You in ’62?

The BigView – Where were you in ’62? By Chris Murphy Cars, Dating, Cruising and Music. This was living. For Modesto USA, this is one of the most fun parts of our history. No video games, limited TV, a single radio station and a desire to hang out and downtown Modesto was the place to […]

Legends of the Cruise 2018 – Allen Grant

Legends of the Cruise 2018 – Allen Grant

Allen Grant By Chris Murphy Downey High School 1958 There are some people that are larger than life. Modesto’s connection to the movie American Graffiti has certainly made that case. One of the cool things is that the characters that were created in the film could be so many people in our community and those […]

By May 27, 2018 Read More →
Legends of the Cruise 2018 – Paul Corgiat

Legends of the Cruise 2018 – Paul Corgiat

Paul Corgiat By Steve Corgiat Paul Corgiat is a life long resident of Modesto. Growing up on the family orchard he attended St. Stanislaus School and graduated from Modesto High School class of 1958. While in high school Paul played football, was on the swim team and was a member of the “Regs”. His love […]

By May 27, 2018 Read More →
Legends of the Cruise 2018 – Jack McCoy

Legends of the Cruise 2018 – Jack McCoy

Jack McCoy By Pete Hischier In 1950 Jack McCoy’s family moved to a ranch in Ceres, CA and opened a tire shop on 9th Street in Modesto. Jack plowed a loop around the corrals and barn to race horses and later bicycles. This is where he learned his first lessons about suspensions and gear ratios. […]

By May 27, 2018 Read More →
Legends of the Cruise 2018 – Roy Farriester

Legends of the Cruise 2018 – Roy Farriester

Roy Farriester By Pete Hischier, Chris Murphy & Farriester family There is a part of Roy Farriester in most Modesto street rods. For decades, Farriester Auto Wreckers was the hangout. The car guys and clubs used to pick and pull the parts to rebuild their cars. Roy lived most of his life in Modesto. From […]

By May 27, 2018 Read More →