UnpluggedView – When The Moon Hits Your Ear


Unplugged View
By Aaron Rowan

When The Moon Hits Your Ear

A century ago, W. Somerset Maugham wrote ‘The Moon And Sixpence,’ a novel about a man who leaves his family to pursue his dream of becoming an artist. It was the perfect inspiration as I searched for a name for downtown Modesto’s newest live music venue, which has its grand opening this month. Moon & Sixpence Music And Art House is both a listening concert space and an art gallery, located next to El Sol restaurant in the Cooks Marketplace center at 500 9th St. With 50 or so theatre seats and a front lobby area for local art displays, this all-ages venue will be a home for Americana, bluegrass, indie rock, jazz, world music and more.

July features eight concerts, each with its own distinct flavor. Our grand opening Saturday 7/8 will have music by the Kaeli Earle Trio, featuring jazz bassist/singer Kaeli Earle visiting from Boston, where she studies at Berklee College of Music. Enjoy a high-energy mix of jazz, rock, pop and soul. 7:30pm, $10.

Wednesday 7/12: Hot Club Faux Gitane. Gypsy jazz/swing accented with mandolin, bassoon, clarinet, and the occasional melodica. Jazz standards, Latin tunes, and original compositions – all played in the gypsy jazz style. 7pm, $15.

Friday 7/14: Buttermilk Moon, a folkgrass trio sharing original songs as well as tunes by Townes van Zandt, Guy Clark, Waylon Jennings and more. 8pm, $10.

Sunday 7/16: AJ Lee, seven-time Best Female Vocalist at the Northern California Bluegrass Association Awards, will be joined by fellow songwriter, guitarist & vocalist Jesse Fichman for a vibrant afternoon of Americana, bluegrass and more. 3pm, $10.

Wednesday 7/19: Nadine The Band. Rock and roll with heavy and intricate drums, elaborate winding bass lines, and powerful in-your-face vocals and lyrics. 9pm, $8.

Friday 7/21: Chris Doud (of The Good Luck Thrift Store Outfit) and his new trio act. Musical arrangements featuring acoustic guitars, subtle percussion, banjos, mandolins, and all manner of folk/Americana/rootsy sounds, accenting lyrics rife with vivid imagery. 8pm, $10.

Saturday 7/22: Cooking With Turf, boasting a repertoire of Celtic, Canadian, New England, Appalachian, British, Breton and Galician music. 7:30pm, $15.

Thursday 7/27: Dharma Latin Jazz Quintet, a slightly scaled-back configuration of Grammy-winning trombonist Jamie Dubberly’s award-winning Latin jazz/salsa group Orquesta Dharma. 8pm, $20.

Visit www.modestounplugged.com for more info on this exciting new listening venue, and have a sweet summer of music!

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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.