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MAMAView 18 Years Strong

The MAMAs are turning 18, can you believe that? When Murphy & Ricci first conceived of this brainchild, I am sure they never imagined that it would grow as it has. Going from 8 to over 20 Categories from Rock to Jazz, Americana to Hip Hop and everything in between.

The Awards Show has become one of the most anticipated events of the year in the Central Valley. People dress up, walk the Red Carpet and celebrate not just themselves but the music community as a whole.
Voting starts on September 1st and will end October 8th. Go to to make your choices. Remember to go through every category so you don’t miss any of your favorites. One Vote per person.
The Awards Show will take place at the historic State Theatre on October 10th. The State has been home for all but 4 of the Modesto Area Music Awards Shows. Starting out with Club Maxx at the Double Tree, the Gallo Center for the Arts and the Double Tree Hotel Grand Ballroom twice.

Over 400 nominees in 21 Categories had to be narrowed down. We poll local promoters, venues, entertainment writers and key members of the music community to come up with the #mamanees each year. Narrowing the list down by looking at several elements including how many times they perform, how active they are on social media, any new merch, tours, videos? It is up to the fans to decide who is going to take home one of the iconic carhop trophies.

Beeler Industries will be manufacturing 22 Trophies, Including the Life Time Achievement Award and several dashboard mamas to be given out over the evening.
A highlight of each year’s Awards Show is all the Live Performances, representing all the genres. Exposing everyone to something new each year from a band or comedian they have never seen to a style they may not have given a chance to.
There are so many great artists performing nearly every night of the week somewhere in and around Modesto. The ultimate goal of the Modesto Area Music Association is not a yearly Awards Show, but to expose a larger number of people to all the incredible talent we have. Go out support the Venues that host live music, check out some new bands, bring your friends because Live Music is always enjoyed best in a group.
The #MAMAnees are:

Third Party
Johnny & Kelly
Lodge Pole Pickers
Live Again
Funky Tim & The Merlots
Valley Fire
The Madness Remains
Cloak & Swagger

The Polyester Wags
Johnny Devil And His Sins
Heebie Jeebies
Rockin Rick and the Rhythm Wranglers
Little Johnny & the Sleepwalkers
Voodoo Killer
Grease Hound

Terrible Timing
Natural Revolution
Kingdom Sound
Honey B And The Cultivation
Let Us Chant
The Jam Session
Sol Riddim
Before 20

Uncle Lonny Presents
Modesto Unplugged Music
FM Concerts Presents
Beyond The Limits Promotions
Get Off the Couch
Morlock’s Underground
Cobalt45 Presents
Stonewolf Productions
Asylum Productions
Anderson Live Music

AJ Demello
Saul Trujillo
Connor Martin
Felicia Aleman
Nick Larson
Taylor Evans
Chris Teicheira
Serena Gamboa
Anthony K
Jason Sohm

P. Wexford’s Pub St Patrick’s Day Bash
American Graffiti Car Show
Riverbank Wine & Cheese
Bands, Brews & Barbecue Throwdown
Sierra View Music Fest
The Summoning
Stanislaus County Fair
Picnic at the Pops
KAT Listener Appreciation

Music in the Plaza
The Valley Talent Project
California Women’s Music Festival
KCSS Bandstand
Ralston’s Goat Sunday Funday 
Relax On The Range
Open Jam with David Dow
Open Mic Nights Queen Bean

  Central Latino All Star Band
Latin Magic Band
Latin Soul
Jose Torres El Rey De Alto Mando
Banda La Nueva Tequilera
Tamborazo Banda Villa Linda
Tamborazo Banda Rio Seco
Latin Essence
The Marvin Zeller Band
David Perez Band

Marirose and the Gypsies
Pine + Palm
Killah Wail
Lisette & The Loudmouths
Boston Montana
Paper Space
Early Empires

Monster Treasure
Tuxedo Gleam
Salacious Wizard Cult
Fugue State
Crane Song
Buffalo Buffalo
Rubber Lizard
Seven Year Sleep
Deliver Me From L.L. Bean
Dream Supreme

Randy Mandy Band
Snap Jackson & The Knock on Wood Players
The Little Fuller Band
The Risky Biscuits
Greg Scudder and the BEER:30
Cottonwood Creek
Poorhouse Millionaires
Joe Medwick’s Funky Floorboards
The Blue Line
Austin James Band

Blues Box Bayou Band
Big Earl & The Cryin Shame
Wendi Maxwell & Tres Hot Jazz
Barcode Jazz
Jeramy Norris & the Dangerous Mood
Creole Jazz Kings
Gary Gervase & Kickstart Blues Band
Ultra Lounge
Valley Jazz Company
Shad Harris

To Kill A Mockingbird
Movin Along
Faded Secrets
Zero Gravity
Bad Reputation
Split Second
The Unknown
Float On
 Klatch Co.

Triple D
Mid October
The Wrong Doers
Broken Trojan
Page 404
Who Wants The Crown
Bus Stop Boxer
Harvest Gold

Mattea Overstreet
Nathan Ignacio
Cole Hinkle
Me & You – The Duo
Jordan Waters
Kayla Just
Stevie Vasquez
Dale Huff
Mondo Mariscal

The Creepoids
The Flowers
Bed Heads
Cheap Shoes
Make Amends
The Garbage Barge
Radical Times
Red Devil Lie
False Freedom
The Miss-Outs

Oozee Bizone
3rd Eye Team
Cobalt 45
Broke The MC
Hippie Hop
Kevin Geeh
Purp Reynolds
Ben Kaos

  Analog Disko
DJ Steve Dtrix
DJ Dade
DJ Dan Aguilar
DJ Tease
DJ Topek
DJ Glen Hammarstrom
DJ Mase the Tablist
DJ Felipe Garcia
DJ Invisible

Prospect Theater Project
The Whiskey Barrel
Gallo Center
P. Wexford’s Pub
Cow Track
Other Place
The Merced Theatre
The Grand Theater
State Theatre
West Side Theater
Log Cabin
Main Street Inn
The Tilted Turtle
Bourbon Barrel
Turlock Community Theatre
Running Iron
The Portal
Sweet Lu’s
108 Sport Lounge
Sierra Railroad
Rawhide Saloon
Frontier Club
The Outpost Saloon
Nourishment For The Soul Wellness Center
Bob Hope Theater

Ralston’s Goat
Cafe Deva
Queen Bean Coffee House
Rivets American Grill
Barkin’ Dog
Twisted Pig
The Boardroom
Grizzly Rock
Valley Brewing Co.
Hanger BBQ
Windmill Cover Bar&Grill
Mile Wine Company
Garlic Brothers
Vintage Lounge
Bookies Sports Bar&Grill
Star Club

Hang the Kode
Lost Horizons
Accidentally Murdered
Nothing But Losers



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.