By October 11, 2016 Read More →


by Middagh Goodwin


Every October the MAMAs celebrate our local bands, venues and more with a “Black Tie” awards show at the historic State Theatre. Plans for the nominees to be announced and voting to go live is August 15th. That being said, there is still time to get your choices considered. This is the Modesto “Area” Music Awards: so anyone in the 209 can be MAMAnated.

Last year the newly added Latin category was long overdue. As was seen with almost the entire audience dancing to the Mike Torres Band (who ended up winning).  Each year the MAMAs host one of the most diverse lineups of music from Hip Hop, Rockabilly, Metal and Jazz. Hosted by Chris Murphy and Chris Ricci with special guest trophy girl Heather Brent. It is a night where members from all walks of life and fans from cross genres join together in celebration.

For at least one night in the Valley no one is a loser (just ask two time MetalMama winner Nothing But Losers). Where past, present and future stars come together to honor each other, the venues, the events, the promoters and everything that makes living in the Central Valley so much fun. So do your part and let us know who we need to check out for this year and in the future.

As always make sure you go out and check out as much great talent as you can from Comedy Nights at Ralston’s Goat, Cheeroots and Queen Bean to Open Mics at the CowTrack and Blackwater Republic, Punk shows at GypsyShack and Metal at the Battered Beaver. If you look around there is so much happening all over the greater Modesto Area.

Check out the full list of categories at and email your suggestions to Looking forward to seeing everyone October 11th for MAMA2016.








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.