By Middagh Goodwin

We have a different crop that we harvest this time of year in the 209, and lucky for you the harvest is good. There is a plethora of incredible talent to be tasted all around the region and we challenge you to sample as much as you possibly can. Take it all in, and vote for those you like best. The Modesto Area Music Awards strive to expose some of the best the Valley has to offer to a much wider audience.

You have until October 18th at 11:59 pm to decide who you think should win. It is simple, quick and easy, so head over to; pick your favorites and remember to verify your vote with your email. The winners will be announced on Tuesday October 20th, at the fabulous State Theatre as part of the annual red carpet awards show. If you can’t make it out you can always watch online live at to see if your favorites take home a MAMA Statue and see all the incredible live performances.

As always your #MAMAnees are consistently performing, so you will have several chances to get out and support local business and artists all over the 209. On October 3rd every Comedy nominee will be going toe-to-toe with each other at Deva Café (nominated for Restaurant/Café) so if you like to laugh and want to see who comes out on top, you will not want to miss the Brew MAMA. 17Ten (Metal) has a new CD and will be celebrating its release at the Other Place (Venue). Up in Jamestown at the Gypsy Shack (Venue) catch Patsy Crime (Punk) performing with Absolutely Yes for their CD Release. October 7th 209Productions (Promoter) presents Hemlock with nominees Nothing But Losers (Metal) with The Royal Order (Youth) at the Other Place. On the 10th Beat Happy! Music (2011-13 Promoter) will be bringing The Independents (SC) along with Broke Down Wasted (Punk) to Rebels Whiskyhouse (Venue). If you like something a little more on the Metal side, head up to the Gypsy Shack where Pamsterdam Promotionz (Promoter) has Taking Fox Hollow Ten (Rock), 17Ten (Metal) and Sektor209 (Metal). BH!M is back at Rebels on the 13th with the Sawyer Family (OR) will be joined by Greasehound (Rockabilly) for a great night of outstanding music. Oct. 17th at Deva Café catch some of the area’s best Alt Indie and Unplugged acts, including Buffalo Buffalo (Alt Indie) performing a special #MAMAnee Showcase. Check out the calendar in the back of this magazine for a full listing of events.

Have you picked up your tickets for the Northern California Women’s Music Festival? What are you waiting for? It is taking place at the Fat Cat on October 23rd and 24th and it is going to be something you do not want to miss with performances by Lita Ford, The Dolly Rots, Megan Slankard, Cameron Esposito, Tracy Bonham and more.

On October 30th downtown Modesto will be turned into The Summoning with live music, DJs and so much more. This is the biggest party of the season and you do not want to miss out, with 7 stages and 2 $1000 cash prizes for best costume. There will be a special punk stage you won’t want to miss.

With so much to do there is never an excuse not to get out and see Live Local Music. If you look around you, you will find something to do just about every day of the week. From Open Mics happening around town several days a week to Sunday morning Breakfast at Deva. Remember: friends don’t let friends miss great shows.



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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.