RockabillyView By Chris Murphy Welcome to one of my favorite sections of ModestoView. Not only are we the “Home of American Graffiti” we are the birthplace of Rockabilly Music and one of the foundations of Rock and Roll. You see, Memphis + Nashville + Modesto = Rock and Roll This is the most straightforward math you ever need to know. Since Fred Maddox invented the Slappin’ Bass technique in 1937 and it all blended together over the 40s and early 50s until Rock and Roll exploded, Rockabilly remains today the music that put the “rock” in rock and roll. We have had a few Rockabilly and music legends come through Modesto in the last few months.

To see our interviews with Jim Heath and Jimbo Wallace of Reverend Horton Heat, George Lucas about his record collection and Lee Rocker about Rockabilly history and the future, go to and enjoy our interview collection. Look for conversations with 90 year old Don Maddox of Maddox Brothers and Rose coming soon and look to ModestoView to lead the way in Modesto Music and Graffiti History. Like us at Follow us a

By Jennifer Allsup New Spanish Rockabilly Surf Music Coming

Two brothers Dave Gambler (guitarist & lead vocals), Danny Exito (upright bass ) join together with drummer Ricky Lobo to form a trio of men that take pleasure in their roots of Spanish Rockabilly. Gamblers Mark has been performing together since 2004 and come from the foothills of Southern California, mixing up the beats of Rockabilly, Surf & Ska sounds.

Not really knowing anything about the Gamblers Mark trio besides a song or two, I found some really interesting finds. Dave and Danny grew up in a house filled with Spanish Rockabilly and their dad was a huge fan. This inspired Dave to start his own band called the False Idols. When that fell apart he joined forces with his brother & Ricky Lobo. Playing shows that impressed their audiences. Now it’s our turn for some bass slappin’, drum tappin, string strummin’ entertainment right here in the birthplace of Rockabilly. Well, folks Tony T. from the Pendleton’s is having them perform especially for you July 12th at Hero’s for their CD Release Party.

Joining Gamblers Mark for their CD Release Party will be Tony T’s band The Pendletons a local band that sure can play some mean music along with “Little Thin Dimes” a San Francisco based country, rockabilly, surf, latin & rock n roll. They have a motto that seems so true to music,” A gelatinous, gyrating, booty-shakin’ amalgamation of raw music. Shut up and dance if you can!”.

The Knockout is a place to catch them when visiting San Francisco, but since they are coming to Modesto I suggest you give them your support here locally first. I guarantee you will be dancing! Geronimo and the Scalpers will be taking the stage as well playing some of their 60’s surf rock.

Remember Hero’s is an all age venue with plenty of good food and beverages. Your admittance at the door is $10.00. We hope to see you there supporting local and traveling musicians. Modesto is the birthplace of Rockabilly with the Maddox Brothers and Rose so let’s make it our future too.



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