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MAMA Season

MAMAView: Season is Upon Us

By Middagh Goodwin
     It is once again that time of year; it is MAMA season. This year there were over 500 nominees in 20 plus categories to be considered for nominations. At the beginning of July, emails were sent out to previous years winners and other, area promoters, music writers and venue owners. We also reached out online asking for submissions from performers and fans alike. The MAMA board tries to pay attention to who is making waves, who is the up in comers are and which bands/performers are out playing on a regular basis. Each year it gets a little harder to narrow down the Top 10.
     The First MAMA Awards Show was hosted at Club Maxx in the year 2000, and it was packed and featured only seven categories. How things have changed in the last 19 years. Since the start of the MAMAs, several new categories have been added or better defined, and a few have been retired at least for the time being.
     Voting is currently Live at www.modestoareamusic.com/vote and we want you all to take a moment to look over each category before casting your vote. Once you have hit, submit there is no going back and changing your vote or submitting one in a category you forgot. I personally encourage everyone to go and check out the MAMAnees, go to a venue you have never been to and catch some live music or comedy. Check out the nominees online and then go see them playing a stage near you. You will have tons of opportunities, and many venues/promoters organize MAMAnee showcases. These showcases give you an excellent chance to see several nominees in one evening. You are the academy; your votes will determine who the winners will be. Voting will continue until 11:59 pm October 14th, so you have time to make an informed decision.
     You may notice a few changes, this year we have removed the Rockabilly Category due to lack of active bands, we have added a category for bars that host live music, and have implemented the 3 wins and your out rule.  We are planning to create a plaque that will hang in a prominent spot that will list all the Hall of Famers(3 plus wins.)
     This year the Modesto Area Music Awards honor Steve Ashman bassist and founder of ZaSu Pitts Memorial Orchestra who released several albums in the mid to late 80’s and won a BAMMY for the best independent album in 1985. Over the last decade, Ashman has helmed CASA(Court Appointed Special Advocates) which advocates for kids who don’t have anyone else to stand up for them. Ashman and his band have performed several charitable events since his return to Modesto. It is our pleasure to honor a talented musician who has given so much back to his community.
     The Award show will once again take place at the Historic State Theatre in Downtown Modesto, on Tuesday, October 16th. It will be a night of performances by some of the areas best talent and our way to celebrate together as a unified arts community. The event is by invitation only; it is streamed live on ModestoView.com so anyone can enjoy it and cheer on their favorites from around the World. Nominees and their guest are invited to attend the event free of charge.  Hosting the show once again will be Chris Ricci and Chris Murphy who co-created the event. One of the biggest thrills of the night is always the Lifetime Achievement Award presentation and performance, this year will be on different. We are always thrilled to have members of the City of Modesto, Stanislaus County along with radio personalities as guest presenters. Joining them as co-presenters are last years winners, giving them all one last chance to shine before the “torch” is passed. As always everyone is encouraged to dress their best and stick around until the very end.
      Regardless of who takes home the coveted Carhop Trophy, the real winners are us the fans, we are truly blessed to have so many incredibly talented performers of all styles and genres. Keep supporting them all year round, frequent the coffee shops, restaurants and bars that host live entertainment and whenever possible bring your friends. Throw a couple dollars in the tip jar or buy some merch or a round of drinks for the performers if you can. That is the way we will continue to grow a healthy and strong arts community. Good Luck to all the Nominees we will see you at the Awards Show.
And the MAMAnees are
Pop Rock
EARLY EMPIRES
FUNKY TIM & THE MERLOTS
JOSH ROSENBLUM BAND
LISETTE & THE LOUDMOUTHS
LOS BEEKEEPERS
MARIROSE & THE GYPSIES
MY SHINING EMBERS
SINCERELY ALLISON
US4LOVE
VODESSA
ALT-INDIE
BROKENOTE UNDERTONE
KILLAH WAIL
MELYNDA RODRIGUEZ
MONSTER TREASURE
OPEROCIA
RUBBER LIZARD
SALACIOUS WIZARD CULT
SLOOME
THE ECHOING
TUXEDO GLEAM
AMERICANA
AUSTIN JAMES BAND
BLUE LINE
BLUESBOX BAYOU BAND
GUNPOWDER AND LACE
PATTY CASTILLO DAVIS BAND
SNAP JACKSON & THE KNOCK ON WOOD PLAYERS
THE POORHOUSE MILLIONAIRES
THE RANDY MANDY BAND
THE RISKY BISCUITS
TIFFANY ROSE & THE OUTLAW HEARTS
BLUES/JAZZ
BOURBON STREET BLUES BAND
DAVID DOW & FRIENDS
GARY GERVASE & KICKSTART BLUES BAND
HOT CLUB FAUX GITANE
JERAMY NORRIS & THE DANGEROUS MOOD
ROB HILL BAND
SHAD HARRIS & THE GROOVENATORS
TONY & THE TUFF TIMES
ULTRA LOUNGE
VOODOO KILLER
BLUE COLLAR
AGENT
CLOAK & SWAGGER
JOHNNY & KELLY
LIVE AGAIN
MCW BAND
MYSTIC MOON
STICKS & STONES
THIRD PARTY
THRESHOLD
TONGUE & GROOVE
LATIN
CENTRAL LATINO ALL STAR BAND
JOSE TORRES EL REY DE ALTO MANDO
LATIN MAGIC BAND
LATIN SOUL
LOS HIJOS DEL 7
MARIACHI LA UNION
MIKE TORRES & THE CHILD SUPPORT BAND
TEXAS FUNK
TONO RAMIREZ
VALLEY WOLF
COMEDY
AJ DEMELLO
ANDRE MORTON
ANTHONY K
CHRIS TEICHERIA
JIMMIE MENEZES
MARCUS PEVERILLI
RHONDA RAMONE
SAUL TRUJILLO
SERENA GAMBOA
TAYLOR EVANS
PUNK
BLACK COFFIN
FALSE FREEDOM
RED DEVIL LIE
RISE AND STRIKE
STATIC SYMPHONY
THE CREEPOIDS
THE FLOWERS
THE MISS-OUTS
THREE SECOND RULE
TRUCKER DAD
ROCK
BIG ME!
DIRTY PILLOWS
FAITH & BULLETS
KDN
MID OCTOBER
PAGE 404
SINDRIA
THE MADNESS REMAINS
THE WRONG DOERS
WHO WANTS THE CROWN
METAL
ACCIDENTALLY MURDERED
BAVMORDA
CURSED
ECHOES OF THE FORGOTTEN
FROM DEVASTATION
LIONCOURT
LOST HORIZONS
NOTHING BUT LOSERS
STIGMURDER
SWORN TO THE BLACK
YOUTH BAND
ARTIFICIAL MOONLIGHT
BLAM!
HERALDS OF DOOM
IDENTIFY US
INDIE DAZE
JAWDROPPERS
NORWEGIAN EXPERIENCE
OUT OF CONTROL
TOLEDO
ZERO GRAVITY
UNPLUGGED
ANNA ROGERS
COLE HINKLE
HORATIO MONROE
JORDAN WATERS
KAYLA JUST
MONDO MARISCAL
SETH D. BAKER
STEVIE VASQUEZ
TRACTOR BOY CHRIS WARD
TROY FRANEY
REGGAE
A LA LUNE
HONEY B
LET US CHANT
ROOTED
SOL RIDDIM
THE JAM SESSION
PROMOTER
ALL MADDEN PRODUCTIONS
ANDERSON LIVE MUSIC
ASYLUM PRODUCTIONS
BLACK BOMB ENTERTAINMENT
FEARLISHA PRESENTS
FM CONCERTS
GET OFF THE COUCH PRESENTS
MORLOCKS UNDERGROUND
THE SHIRE PRESENTS
SMA Entertainment
BEST LARGE
KAT LAC
LUCKY FEST
MOPRIDE IN THE PARK
OAKDALE CHOCOLATE FESTIVAL
PICNIC AT THE POPS
PORCHFEST
RIVERBANK WINE&CHEESE FESTIVAL
SIERRA VIEW MUSIC FESTIVAL
STANISLAUS COUNTY FAIR
THE SUMMONING
SMALL EVENT
BLACK BOMB METAL FEST
BLACK HEART MARKET
KCSS BANDSTAND
MUSIC IN THE PLAZA
OPEN JAM with DAVID DOW
P WEXFORDS ST PATRICK’S DAY
RIVER RANCH MUSIC FESTIVAL
STOCKMARKET
SUNDAY BRUNCH AT DEVA
THE VALLEY TALENT PROJECT
DJ
ANALOG DISKO
DJ DEF JEFF
DJ JAG
DJ MONSTER MACK
DJ STEVE DTRIX
DJ TOMMYGIRL
DJ TOPEK
FELIPE GARCIA
GLEN HAMMERSTROM
SERGIO SOLIS
HIP HOP
3RD EYE TEAM
BROKE THE MC
CMONKEDO
HIPPIE HOP
ICARUS JONES
MANIC
NIC FUQ
OOZEE THE BIZ 1
PURP REYNOLDS
SLAM YATES
BAR
108 SPORT LOUNGE
300 CLUB LOUNGE
BLUE HORSE LOUNGE
CHANNEL BREWING
CR 2 BAR AND BILLIARDS
DELIBERATION ROOM
DONOBY’S
MAIN STREET INN
MILE WINE COMPANY
NINO’S
O’BRIAN’S TAVERN
OAKDALE SPORT’S BAR
OUT OF BOUNDS SPORTS BAR
P WEXFORDS PUB
RAWHIDE SALOON
RIVI’S
RUNNING IRON
SHOOTERS PUB
SIX SHOOTER SALOON
SPEAKEASY
STAR CLUB
THE BOARDROOM
THE BRAVE BULL
THE COW TRACK LOUNGE
THE COZY CORNER TAVERN
THE GRAND CRU
THE HIDEOUT SALOON
THE NEW FRONTIER CLUB
THE OTHER PLACE
THE OUTPOST SALOON
THE PASTIME
THE RUSTY HOOK
THE RUSTY NAIL
THE TILTED TURTLE
THE UDDER PLACE
THE WHISKY BARREL TAVERN
VENUE
BOB HOPE THEATER
IRONSTONE AMPHITHEATRE
LENS 360
MERCED THEATER
MOON & SIXPENCE
RED EVENT CENTER
THE GRAND THEATRE
THE MERCED THEATRE
THE STATE THEATER
THE WINDMILL COVE
TRI-CHROMATIC GALLERY
TURLOCK COMMUNITY THEATRE
WEST SIDE THEATRE
WESTSIDE PAVILLION
CAFE /RESTAURANT
BARKIN’ DOG
BAUHAUS
CAFE DEVA
CHURCHKEY
COFFEE BANDITS
GARLIC BROTHERS
GRIZZLY ROCK
HANGER BBQ
KNIGHTS FERRY GENERAL STORE
LA HUACANA RESTAURANT
RALSTON’S GOAT
RIVET’S
SHADOW STEAKHOUSE
ST STAN’S
SURLA’S
THE BLACKWATER CAFE
THE FRUIT YARD
THE RIVERS EDGE
THE WATER WHEEL
TRESETTI’S WORLD CAFE
TWISTED PIG
URBANO CALIFORNIA BISTRO
VALLEY BREWING CO.
WHIRLOWS
WINTERS TAVERN

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About the Author:

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.