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RockabillyView – Brian Setzer Comes to Modesto

By Chris Murphy

We have a special event happening this month where our history meets the most popular Rockabilly musicians. On December 22 Rockabilly and Rockin’ Christmas blasts onto the Gallo Stage with Brian Setzer and his Orchestra. This is extra special as the man that re-lit the flame of Rockabilly with his band the Stray Cats in the 80s for the whole world began to Rock this Town and do the Stray Cat Strut.

Modesto friends, the flame that the Stray Cats re-ignited was actually lit in 1938 here in Modesto USA when Fred, Cal and Rose Maddox took their “Hillbilly-Boogie” to the airwaves of KTRB 860. After World War II, their music with the “slappin’ bass” sound of Fred Maddox, spread across the USA, discovered by Elvis, Bill Haily and more. This foundation put the beat in Rock and Roll and history was changed. It is so very cool that Modesto will be home to Rockabilly royalty with this amazing Christmas show. You will hear some vintage Stray Cats faves along with rockin’ Christmas favorites. If you have tix, don’t lose them, this is a Modesto show for the ages that you won’t forget and you can enjoy the show knowing that it all started here in Modesto.

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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.