MAMA View -Modesto Unplugged Music Festival


Modesto Unplugged Music Festival June 21 – June 30 The hit acoustic/folk festival in downtown Modesto returns for its second year at the end of June! Over 40 acts will come together to jam, both national players and local favorites. You’ll enjoy the sounds of bluegrass, Americana, old-time country, swing, gypsy, folk, anti-folk, orchestral-folk, acoustic pop/rock, Irish/traditional, roots, blues, vintage ukulele tunes, and more. Aaron Rowan is a champion of acoustic and cool eclectic performances and hosts many national names at his “Hotel Euterpe” setting. Aaron has lined up an amazing week of talent and shows that will really be eye openers to the talent we have right here the nationally acclaimed bands like Dirty Cello that will share the stage. That is what Modesto is all about, linking up our locals with the touring groups and making our scene that much better. There will even be a songwriting workshop at the Peer Recover Center as part of this event. We need you, the music lovers in town to make sure you go and attend these shows and prove to the world that Modesto USA loves live music.

Event runs Friday 6/21 to Sunday 6/30. There will be big showcases on both Fridays/Saturdays/Sundays, plus two smaller events on Wednesday the 26th. Over 40 acts from across the country will be here, including a number of local players. Participating venues: Deva Cafe, Theater 417, Barking Dog Grill, and Center Stage Conservatory. Plus a songwriting workshop to be held tentatively at Peer Recovery Art Gallery.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS: Friday 6/21: Opening night – Cafe Deva (1202 J St.) Orchestral folk duo THE THOUGHTS Award-winning NZ singer/songwriter JACKIE BRISTOW Fox & Woman, D. Henry Fenton, Boscoe’s Brood, Alida McKeon 6 PM, $10 at the door. All ages show.

Saturday 6/22: Theater 417 (417 7th St.) THE HOT DARK (formerly Descendants Of Prospectors) OF US GIANTS, Indian Runner, Country And Wolves, Evan Middlesworth, She Killed Kurt 4 PM, $10 at the door. 18+ show.

Sunday 6/23 @ Theater 417 DEAR INDUGU, DEBORAH CROOKS, The Dustbowl Children Lino Alibani, Brandon Sutton ft. Victoria Sutton Krippner 2 PM, $10 at the door. 18+ show.

Wednesday 6/26: Free songwriting workshop led by Alan Williams, doctor of ethnomusicology and lead man of folk group Birdsong At Morning. Peer Recovery Art Gallery (1222 J St.), 5-6 PM.

Wednesday 6/26 @ Barkin’ Dog Grill (940 11th St.) MARIA QUILES & RORY CLOUD Birdsong At Morning, The Rusty String Express 7:30 PM, $5 at the door. All ages show.

Thursday 6/27 @ Kane Studio 1010 Tully Backyard jam at Kane Studio (1010 Tully Rd.)THE BREAKING YARD, national hammered dulcimer champion DAVID MAHLER, Rose Droll$5

Friday 6/28 @ Cafe Deva PROFESSOR BURNS & THE LILAC FIELD, KATIE HELL The Goat And The Feather, Derek Yager, Ryan David Orr 6 PM, $10 at the door. All ages show.

Saturday 6/29: Centerpiece showcase Center Stage Conservatory (948 11th St.) Bay Area string sensations DIRTY CELLO Award-winning songwriter JEN HAJJ Mark Lemaire & Twilight, Jill Cohn, King Harobed, Al Medina, Jeremy Penick, Helene Renaut, The Airlings, Rainy Escobar 2-10 PM. $15 advance/$20 at door. All ages show.

Sunday 6/30: Closing day showcase @ Center Stage GHOST TOWN GOSPEL, Award-winning songwriters ROB LARKIN and PATRICE WEBB Bourbon Legend, The (Secret) Hitchers, Colorado Road, Apis Malifera, Patty Castillo Davis Dandelion Massacre, William Morebeck 2-10 PM. $15 advance/$20 at door. All ages show.

Super Deal festival passes are now available Email or call 209-543-5306 $40 for all-access the entire 10 days.



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About the Author:

Chris Murphy is the President and CEO of Sierra Pacific Warehouse Group and Publisher and Founder of ModestoView Inc. Chris worked globally in the cycling industry returning to Modesto in 1996. He is also the founder of the Modesto Historic Graffiti Cruise Route, Legends of the Cruise Walk of Fame, Modesto Rockin’ Holiday, the Modesto Music History Organization and co-founder of the Modesto Area Music Association. Chris is married to his artist wife Rebecca since 1985 and has two daughters Madison and Abigail, both graduating from Modesto High and UC Berkeley. He is lead singer and guitarist for his band, Third Party that donates their performances to non-profits.