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Unplugged View: Greatest Hits

Unplugged View: Greatest Hits

Unplugged View: Greatest Hitsby Aaron Rowan     Well, this isn’t exactly what I meant when I said I wanted a sabbatical. For the first time in 8 years of curating and supporting live music year-round, my culture calendar is disturbingly barren. In my book, COVID stands for “Cause Of Vanishing Independent Delights.” But if we somehow […]

By April 2, 2020 Read More →
UnpluggedView – Balkans to Bayou

UnpluggedView – Balkans to Bayou

From: Chris Murphy <chrism@spwg.com<mailto:chrism@spwg.com>> Date: Saturday, February 22, 2020 at 10:02 AM To: Pete Grimaldi <pete@pgrimaldicreative.com<mailto:pete@pgrimaldicreative.com>> Subject: UnpluggedView – Balkans to Bayou Unplugged View By Aaron Rowan Balkans To Bayou You’re sitting there mesmerized by the Eastern European folk melodies that Briget, Juliana & Leslie combine their glorious voices to convey, when suddenly out of […]

UnpluggedView: Footloose and Fancy Free

UnpluggedView: Footloose and Fancy Free

Unplugged View: Footloose And Fanny Freeby Aaron Rowan     “Without music, life would be a blank to me.” – Jane Austen.     Behold! Modesto’s first annual JaneCon, a weekend devoted to all things Regency era. January 10-12 will be filled with screenings of Jane Austen film adaptations, lectures, costume-making workshops, and at the center of […]

By January 5, 2020 Read More →
UnpluggedView – Leave The Gun, Bring The Canzoni

UnpluggedView – Leave The Gun, Bring The Canzoni

Unplugged View By Aaron Rowan Leave The Gun, Bring The Canzoni “The night wore on to dawn – a night made easier by songs from the German trenches, the piping of piccolos and from our broad lines laughter and Christmas carols. Not a shot was fired.” – Frederick Heath, British soldier. Christmas Eve, 1914. Throughout […]

By December 10, 2019 0 Comments Read More →
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

Unplugged View: Eine Kleinmann Nachtmusikby Aaron Rowan “The music is not in the notes, but in the silence between.” – 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 Modesto, we’ve seen our […]

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

UnpluggedView: You Say You Want a Revolution

UnpluggedView: You Say You Want A Revolution by Aaron Rowan       “Music is the voice that tells us that the human race is greater than it knows.” – Napoleon Bonaparte.       Seven years this month. Hundreds of distinct musical acts showcased in intimate spaces from small recital rooms to art galleries […]

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 […]