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What’s New With Jazz and Blues?

Eric Benson

Well no excuse for not getting out into the downtown and checking out the scene as the
weather is gorgeous with plenty in the downtown to do. Vito’s Italian Ristorante at 918 13th St.
is bringing back Jazz, Blues & Latin live music on Saturday nights promoted by Eric Benson
Presents from 8:30 to 11:30. First show is Saturday June 18th with the Gloria Scott Band, one
of our best singers in the valley that used to sing with Sly & The Family Stoned in the 1970’s.
Call (209) 576-1851 for info.

Another bright moment for live music
is the Diva Showcase. The assembling
comes together for a fundraiser
for Ramona of Salty’s Record Attic
who is recovering from some medical
issues on June 5th with some of the
best female singers in the area with
Gloria Scott Band, Tanya Sweet of Valley
Rhythm Section, Cheryl Miller of
Rhythm Deluxe, Cynthia Huttleson of
the Juke Joint Jumpers, Sonya Spence
Band and others to be TBA. Door is
at5:00, show at 6:00 Tix $15 dollars.
Call Eric Benson if you want to donate
to a great cause, or for more info. 209-
Bucks music one of our mom &
pop music stores is back in action being
run by Jim DeNoon arguably one
of the best guitarists the valley has ever
produced. He continues the tradition of
having a good product at a fair price
with a friendly down-home feel. Buck
& Katinka Lathrop started the biz in
spring of 1991. Buck was a fine guitar
player who was always ready to jam
and share his music. He passed away
in august of 2008 and now the business
has been passed on the Linda and Jim
DeNoon who are kin. Jim is a professional
guitar player living and working
in Las Vegas who has played the strip
and worked as a sound tech in the casinos.
Jim is continuing the tradition
of providing new and used gear, guitar
lessons and playing music in the community
so check him out and you won’t
be disappointed. Phone (209) 576-
1330, or email him at idjazzguitar@
John Griswold’s Global Music series
starts June 5th with smooth Jazz
great Brian Simpson, Dave Koz’s musical
director, playing outdoors at John’s
House. Catered food & bar. The series
will be Cuban music, Spanish music,
world idioms, and even some American
music. Call John at: (209) 491-7185, or
The Copper Rhino has Rhythm Deluxe
with vocalist Cheryl Miller playing
some down-home Blues and hosting
a jam third Thursdays to coincide
with the downtown farmers market on
10th street from 7:00-9:30
The Barkin’ Dog Grill has Threlle
Productions & John Black Presents
great Blues showings on Fridays. The
Dog also continues to have quality Jazz
on weekends and a Jazz Jam session
Thursday nights led by Ernie Bucio and
Dave Hawks. Call the Dog for more
info: (209)572-2341
And if you feel like sipping a Manhattan
or a Rob Roy come to Galletto
Ristorante on Friday & Saturday from
6:00- 9:00 and check out Mr. Cocktail
piano Kyle Barker of Barker’s music
serving up the standards in the restaurant
Sips Bistro and Wine shop also features
music in a casual setting Sunday
afternoons from 6:00-9:00 with food
and wine tasting. Call Diana for more
details at (209) 527-7477.
The Gallo Center for the Arts is having
Michael McDonald coming in June
19th if you want to hear the monster
Jazz & R & B influence that made the
Doobie Brothers what they were.
The West Side Theatre in Newman
is bringing in Foreverland, a Michael
Jackson Tribute band July 9th so
get ready for one of the better tributes
featuring the music of the gloved one.
Call (209)862-4490 for the low down
on the hoedown.
The Board Room at J & 16th Street
continues with live music 5 nights a
Mondays: Paul & Karl Karaoke
Live lineup:
Rachel Renee on Tuesdays
Wednesdays Mike Beck
Thursdays Neil Beuttner &
Matt Harrington,
Fridays the Nines & TBD
Live music Saturdays.
The Boardroom is a nice upscale
Bar catering to the working professionals
with live music including Jazz, rock
& roll, R & B with some our strongest
local bands performing for listening upstairs
in an intimate showcase. There is
a dress code so call for (209) 409-8665
for details
In Turlock the Vintage Lounge has
a wonderful small showcase for piano
bar and quality live bands Thursdays
through Saturdays with good crowds.
Call for the lineup: (209) 668-4680
Pete Grimaldi master squeeze box
man continuing his Zydeco music on
June 25 at the Eagles Hall in Modesto
with Zydeco Ted doing a dance lesson
with doors open 7:00 PM Place
has nice wood dance floor with great
crowds. Cover charge is 15 dollars,
Call 526-3096 for more details.
I encourage all of you to send me
your info at:,
or (209)918-7033
All the best,
Eric Benson,



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