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MAMAView August

August is upon us and without X-Fest happening this year, for many to look forward to going to or performing at we will all have to look elsewhere for our entertainment. Local promoters have already been looking outside the box to host or create events but we need to make sure we support them to keep the arts and music scene growing and strong.
July ended big with Porchfest 30 homes hosted bands in Downtown, College and Laloma Neighborhoods. What a great first-year event and a fantastic way to showcase local musicians. I know I can not wait until this happens again next year. 37 regional acts also performed the Center Stage at the Stanislaus County Fair this year. These two events and the continuance of Music in the Plaza give our local talent additional outlets to show their stuff. We all need to look outside the box to create opportunities for our artistic community.
I hope that you all took some time to get out and support old favorites and catch new talent. The Modesto Area Music Awards will be held at t the State Theatre on October 10th. Nominees and voting will be going live by the end of the month. If you feel you are or know of an artist, promoter or venue that should be considered email mamarecords209@gmail.comso we can check them out. Remember you are the Academy and your input is important and needed.
First Friday Street Faire will be joining Music in the Plaza on August 4th featuring Funky Tim and the Merlots 7-9pm. Highway 99, Washboard Monkeys and Third Party Band will each be performing on consecutive Fridays. Music in the Plaza is such a great event that brings a crowd as diverse as the music; you will see old and young dancing and having a fantastic time. Did I mention these are FREE Family friendly events?
Local artists Patrick Barr and Kristy Moore(the Black Sheep’s Ink) have started the Black HeARTs Market taking place at the Queen Bean the first Friday of each month starting August 4th. 25 local artists and crafters will come together to offer original and unique pieces. What a great way to support the arts community and find that perfect gift.
 Make sure you support your local bars, restaurants and cafes that provide a space for performers.



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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.