By September 1, 2016 Read More →


by Middagh Goodwin


With X-FEST not taking place in Modesto this year it looks like the Modesto Area Music Awards will be the most diverse event happening in downtown Modesto. What the MAMA’s lack in size, it makes up for in good times. With fifteen live performances, ranging from Jazz to Metal and everything in between, there is something to appeal to just about everyone. It is a celebration of our musical community that happens only once a year. It is so important that you support the local musicians, artists, and venues that give them a forum to create. We have seen the ebb and flow of the musical landscape over the last couple decades and now it is more important than ever that we all come together to revitalize Live Music in Modesto and the 209. Voting is live and you are the judge of who wins, make an effort to go through all the categories before hitting “submit”, because you can only vote once. So head on over to and check out all the mamanees.


With over 200 nominees in over 20 categories, you are bound to have a hard time choosing who are your favorites. On October 11th after all the votes are in and tabulated, the awards will be given out at the historic State Theatre. The Modesto Area Music Awards is an invitation-only “Black Tie” Event. But don’t despair, for those who are unable to attend the event, it is broadcast live so no matter where you are in the world you can enjoy the music and anticipation. Chris Murphy and Chris Ricci are the hosts of the show as always, and Heather Brent will be returning as the Trophy Presenter.


Last year’s winners join in with presenting the coveted carhop trophies to this year’s winners. So before you cast your votes, I challenge you all to go out and catch a band or two that you have never seen or heard of before. Go to a venue that you have never been to and have fun doing some musical research. Check out and like the band’s facebook pages. Not only will you have a good time you might find a new spot or some new favorite music. Music is a participation activity. “Go Out Modesto”, and enjoy all the hard work that has already been done to make life more enjoyable.

Remember friends don’t let friends miss great events.



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.