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Unplugged View – Band of Brothers

Unplugged View – Band of Brothers

Unplugged View By Aaron Rowan Band Of Brothers “The dream world of sleep and the dream world of music are not far apart.” – Linda Ronstadt. I called up Linda’s nephew Michael G. Ronstadt some years back to talk details of a concert I was soon to host with his family band. I’m normally a […]

By September 6, 2019 0 Comments Read More →
Unplugged View – Eine Kleinmann Nachtmusik

Unplugged View – Eine Kleinmann Nachtmusik

Unplugged View >by Aaron Rowan > >Eine Kleinmann Nachtmusik > >³The music is not in the notes, but in the silence between.² – Wolfgang >Amadeus Mozart. > >The time has come to conclude a phenomenal second season of live music at >Moon & Sixpence Music And Art House. One of very few listening-room venues >in […]

Unplugged View: Eine Kleinmann Nachtmusik

Unplugged View: Eine Kleinmann Nachtmusik

By June 2, 2019 Read More →
UnpluggedView: You Say You Want a Revolution

UnpluggedView: You Say You Want a Revolution

By May 1, 2019 Read More →
Unplugged View: Bizetennial

Unplugged View: Bizetennial

Unplugged View: Bizetennial by Aaron Rowan “All music is folk music. I ain’t never heard no horse sing a song.” – Louis Armstrong. Opera Modesto is preparing to stage the world’s most beloved opera work, Georges Bizet’s CARMEN, first performed in 1875. As part of the festivities leading to the big production at the Gallo Center […]

By April 3, 2019 Read More →
UnpluggedView: Opera Uma Uma Opera

UnpluggedView: Opera Uma Uma Opera

Unplugged View by Aaron Rowan Opera, Uma. Uma, Opera. “Opera is like watching the Kardashians, but with better music.” That’s how my dear friend Hillari DeSchane once described this art form rife with absurdity and intrigue. Hillari is Modesto Unplugged’s renaissance-woman-in-residence: opera lover, historical pet mystery author, and member of Modesto’s ‘Becoming Jane Austen’ book […]

By February 3, 2019 Read More →
Unplugged View: Swan Songs

Unplugged View: Swan Songs

Unplugged View: Swan Songs by Aaron Rowan Nobody has ever yelled “Freebird!” at one of my listening concerts. And that’s just the way I like it. The Modesto Unplugged live music series divides its programming between beautiful originals and re-imaginings of traditional folk tunes from all regions of the globe. The slate is full of […]

By November 30, 2018 Read More →
UnpluggedView: An Offering You Can’t Refuse

UnpluggedView: An Offering You Can’t Refuse

Unplugged View by Aaron Rowan An Offering You Can’t Refuse I spent a month trying the keto diet over the Summer after a friend got me curious about it. High fat, no bread, no sugar. It works! But everything is upside down when you’re on this diet. For instance, you have to take the gun and […]

By November 14, 2018 Read More →
Unplugged View – Hot Club Time Machine

Unplugged View – Hot Club Time Machine

Unplugged View By Aaron Rowan Hot Club Time Machine My friend Marie Maxfield is as devoted to her art as any musician I’ve ever met. She can play most every instrument in the orchestra. She plays with symphonies all over the county and in the Bay Area. She played onstage the day after bringing a […]

By September 7, 2018 0 Comments Read More →
Unplugged View – The Little Sparrow

Unplugged View – The Little Sparrow

Unplugged View By Aaron Rowan The Little Sparrow I remember thinking that if Neil Young were here to witness this, he would have offered her a slot at his Bridge School Benefit concert then and there. Of all the musical moments I’ve curated, this is the one I recall most vividly and fondly – Effie […]

By August 12, 2018 Read More →
Unplugged View – The Haldane Effect

Unplugged View – The Haldane Effect

Unplugged View By Aaron Rowan The Haldane Effect Loud Indian dance music and acoustic groups don’t mesh very well. I learned this the hard way on an April afternoon a few years ago, when I hosted a segment of MUMfest on a coffeehouse patio. Little did we know that an Indian cultural group had rented […]

Unplugged View – Gettin’ the Ladin Out

Unplugged View – Gettin’ the Ladin Out

Unplugged View By Aaron Rowan Gettin’ The Ladin Out “What happens when a banjo player leaves Texas and goes to Oklahoma? The I.Q. goes up in both states.” – Joke told by a local bluegrass friend of mine. What will happen when a banjo player named Evie Ladin leaves Oakland and comes to Modesto? Find […]

Unplugged View – The A Force Awakens

Unplugged View – The A Force Awakens

Unplugged View By Aaron Rowan The A-Force Awakens I got my first taste of the touring lifestyle last summer, when I joined a songwriter friend on a train adventure through the Southwest to play a few venues I helped set up. It was she who gave me the name ‘A-Force’ when I first did booking […]

By May 1, 2018 Read More →
UnpluggedView: Songcatchers

UnpluggedView: Songcatchers

UnpluggedView: Songcatchers by Aaron Rowan A warm tropical evening on an island in the Panama Canal. I join my dear friend on the balcony of the laboratory building, where she is about to wind down another day of research in the best possible way – the making of live music. A few of her fellow scientists […]

By April 2, 2018 Read More →
Unplugged View – Rendezvous With Raga

Unplugged View – Rendezvous With Raga

Unplugged View By Aaron Rowan Rendezvous With Raga Love and music may be in the air this month, but everything else is valentinnitus compared to the sweet sounds the Modesto Unplugged team are offering throughout the upcoming Valentine weekend. It’s better than a box of chocolates with us – you never know what you’re gonna […]

By February 12, 2018 0 Comments Read More →