MAMAView – MAMA Nominees are Coming

MAMAView – MAMA Nominees are Coming
By Middagh Goodwin

Fumes from Graffiti is in the air and things are heating up in the Valley. You know what that means. It is time for everyone to let us know who you think should be considered for a Modesto Area Music Award.

The mamas will be celebrating 17 years and have grown from 7 to 20 statues being handed out along with the mini mamas that were introduced in 2015. This is the Area Music Awards so bands, promoters, venues, comedians, etc. from the greater 209 are all eligible for consideration. You can see a full list of categories at

Plans are for Voting to go Live on August 21st the day after X-Fest and that means that we do not have much time to narrow down the list to 10.
Over the last few years the mama board has increased the number of things they look at in considering who to choose. An online presence is key, along with being active in the area, how many fans and more.

The mamas will be held at the State Theatre October 11th and as always will feature the most diverse performances at any event held in the 209 from Youth Bands to Metal, Latin to Jazz including the proverbial kitchen sink. Everyone is encouraged to dress up and remember this is away for us all to come together for one night as a music and arts community. It is a night to support each other and have fun win or lose.

Get out and catch some live music, attend some of the great events happening around the 209. Go out to a restaurant, cafe or bar that you have never been to that host live music. Remember only with your help does the arts and music community thrive. You are the Academy, your vote determine the winners.

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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.