Motels & Stangebrew at the State

The State Theatre was alive in all of the MTV spender Friday night March 9. Martha Davis and the Motels returned to Modesto. It was her first show back in Modesto since 1982 at the Vintage in downtown Modesto on 11th St next to the old Covell Hotel. 10th St Place now stands in that same spot.

Strangebrew is nothing short of amazing. They delivered a super tight, super fun, medley complete with the MTV spaceman guitar lick and snippets of all of your 1980s fave. Strangebrew blows me away every time they play. It is the set list I dream I could do. They play regularly at the Boardroom and P Wex so go see them. They will be headlining the P Wex St Paddy’s Day Party.

OK the Motels rule. Leading off with the super strong Take the L (out of Lover) was a power start. Kix, Total Control, No Mercy sounded amazing. Only the Lonely was the perfect end to the show and the crowd was on its feet pressing the front of the stage. Martha was great with the crowd, telling stories, and she was relaxed and the band was flawless.

Martha stayed late and signed mercy, sold her CD of Masters and hung out with her loyal Modesto fans.

Great show at the State. Chris Murphy

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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.