By January 3, 2016 Read More →


By Middagh Goodwin

Time flies when you are having fun and that is just what we do here at ModestoView. It has been two and half years since moving back to Modesto, and I am looking towards the future and reflecting on the past. I recently accepted a position at the Gallo Center for the Arts and I am so looking forward to that new chapter in my life. The Gallo Center is truly the gem of not only Modesto but of the Central Valley. I can’t wait to be a part of such a fantastic team. 2016 also marks my 30 year anniversary of booking and promoting in the 209. Look for Beat Happy! Music putting on and promoting events in the greater 209 to celebrate. I am also looking forward to continuing my role with the Modesto Area Music Awards; over the last couple years we have mixed things up a little and I think, all for the better. Bands, promoters, & venues help us help you by sending in your calendar to<>.
The first event Beat Happy! Music will be promoting as part of our #BHM30 will be the Brew Ha Ha at Deva Café on January 15th. As always the Brew Ha Ha is hosted by the award winning comedian Jimmie Menezes and showcases some of the best comics from the area. Come out support #209Comedy and a great local venue. Plans are to do at least one event a month with a couple bigger things in the work over the next year, so look out for much more coming your way from us in 2016.

Big Earl and the Cryin’ Shame will be performing at the Gallo Center for the Arts on January 16th. This is their CD release show and will for sure be a sell out. If you are a fan of good rockin’ blues and have not caught this band live, you are missing out. Big Earl will be up at the Torch Club in Sacramento on January 29th so if you can catch them at the Gallo or just want twice the fun head up for that show too. With a new CD, new merchandise and a new logo, they have everything going for them in spades and I expect 2016 to really be their year to shine.

The Gypsy Shack has moved to a new spot in Sonora and from the sounds of it will be even better than the old location. They won the MAMA for Best Venue in 2015 and I know they hope to keep the momentum going. In fact, they will be celebrating the new space and their four year anniversary on January 29th. On January 15th Pamsterdam Promotionz will be having a birthday bash of their own with Nothing But Losers, Taking Fox Hollow, Bombs Overhead and more. Like the Gypsy Shack on facebook and keep up with all the fun stuff they have going on.

Make a New Years Resolution to go out more in 2016. There is so much to do on a near daily basis and even more will take place if the support is there.
Remember you can always catch some great talent every Sunday morning at Deva Café, Open Mic every Sunday Night at the Queen Bean, Tuesday Night at Sweet Lu’s, Wednesday at the Cow Track and spots all over the area.

Check out the ModestoView calendar online and in the back of the magazine and Remember Friends don’t let Friends miss great events.

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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.