MoBand Is Coming

MoBand is Coming!
By Chris Murphy

A big brass band, in a bandshell, in a park, with food, drink, wine, and fun sounds like the perfect evening. Add to this 3,000 of your best friends, blankets, and picnic baskets and you have a hall of fame slice of Americana, or Modestocana as we like to say.

June and July in Modesto’s Graceada Park bring the sights and sounds of the Modesto Band of Stanislaus County. Yes this is MoBand. It is our band, the sound of our city. We have many fantastic festivals like American Graffiti, Lucky Fest, but MoBand is the top of the pops. There is really nothing like it. The blankets are out early, the wine is ready, the picnics are made and the music starts at 8 pm, for six Thursdays.

MoBand has been going strong since 1919. Yes, Modesto, we have a national treasure. How many of your friends in other cities have a huge community cultural event like this? I’ll bet not many. Get your calendars out and plan your summer. Music starts at 8 but get there early.

The 2017 theme is “Havin’ Fun!”
June 8 Stax of Wax
June 15–Stage Struck
June 22–Ladies’ Nite
June 29–Salute the U.S.A.
July 6–Summer of Love
July 13–Fun, Fun, Fun
There’s more

Night at the Bowl – June 13 – Mancini Bowl
MoBand needs you. It takes a lot of time, effort and money to make MoBand happen and here is where you come in. Please come out and support Night at the Bowl on June 13th in Mancini Bowl. There will be restaurant sampling from Modesto’s best eateries, wine and beer from Modesto’s best wineries and breweries and music from Third Party and the Highway 99 Band for your entertainment enjoyment. You can even dance on the famous Mancini Bowl. Tix are only $40 and you can get them at the 4th Floor Parks office at 10th St Place or from a MoBand Board of Director.



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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.