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UnpluggedView: Some Like It Haute

UnpluggedView: Some Like It Haute

Unplugged View: Some Like It Hauteby Aaron Rowan I’ve always been a serious foodie, but I enjoy Burger King far more than any respectable foodie ought. Whenever I dine inside, I find their TV almost always tuned to the Food Network channel. I’ll sit and scarf my processed patty while watching their series ‘Chopped,’ the […]

By May 2, 2021 Read More →
UnpluggedView: Slow And Steady

UnpluggedView: Slow And Steady

UnpluggedView: Slow And Steadyby Aaron Rowan Life is like a box of chocolates; you never know when you’re gonna meet the Reaper. At least that’s the case if you should happen to visit a certain chocolatier in Asheville, NC which makes a truffle-infused with the dreaded Carolina Reaper chilli, among the very hottest peppers known […]

By April 1, 2021 Read More →
Unplugged View: Rip Tide

Unplugged View: Rip Tide

Unplugged View: Rip Tideby Aaron Rowan One weekend last month, a murder mystery game played out across Modesto – a detective adventure designed by CluedUpp Games and inspired by the infamous Jack The Ripper case. I missed out on that party, but that’s alright because I’ve gotten to enjoy plenty of entertainment provided by Modesto’s […]

By March 3, 2021 Read More →
UnpluggedView: Thus Spoke Alzara, Thus, Art

UnpluggedView: Thus Spoke Alzara, Thus, Art

Unplugged View: Thus Spoke Alzara, Thus, ArtBy Aaron Rowan Among the hundreds of gifted song crafters to pass through Modesto to appear at my listening-concert series, there is one with whom I have forged a particularly beautiful friendship. Alzara Getz belongs to a musical lineage that includes her father Dave Getz, who once kept the […]

By January 30, 2021 Read More →
Unplugged View: Music Box Superhero

Unplugged View: Music Box Superhero

Unplugged View: Music Box Superheroby Aaron Rowan “I can do this nightlife all day long.” – Garth Brooks If you have something fresh to offer as either a performing musician and/or as a presenter thereof; AND if you make it a priority to support and attend the events of others who do…you might be a […]

By December 1, 2020 Read More →
UnpluggedView: Homeward Bound

UnpluggedView: Homeward Bound

UnpluggedView: Homeward Boundby Aaron Rowan When I grow up, I want to be like George Clooney in ‘Up In The Air’ and travel full-time for a living. This is one of my favorite movies. Modesto even gets mentioned as one of Clooney’s destinations. Much like his character, I am most at home when I’m out […]

By November 3, 2020 Read More →
Unplugged View: Red Alert

Unplugged View: Red Alert

Unplugged View: Red Alertby Aaron Rowan You may have read about the recent lighting up of music venues across the nation in a coordinated crimson distress call, in the hopes that Congress will pledge funding to pull them back from the brink. As faithful an arts patron as I am, I can’t say I approve; […]

By September 28, 2020 Read More →
UnpluggedView: Welcome to the Machine

UnpluggedView: Welcome to the Machine

UnpluggedView: Welcome to the Machine By Aaron Rowan       I’ve featured a number of virtuosos over the past eight years. Now we’re living through a era dominated by virtualosos. Don’t expect any online showcases from Modesto Unplugged, though. That would go against everything I stand for as a curator of music. Like an […]

By August 29, 2020 Read More →
Unplugged View: The Lind That Time Forgot

Unplugged View: The Lind That Time Forgot

Unplugged View: The Lind That Time Forgotby Aaron Rowan There is an old mining town up in Calaveras called Jenny Lind, named after the ‘Swedish Nightingale,’ one of the most highly regarded opera singers of the nineteenth century. Her U.S. tour from 1850-1852 was backed by circus master P.T. Barnum and launched a wave of […]

By July 31, 2020 Read More →
UnpluggedView: Opera In Open Air

UnpluggedView: Opera In Open Air

Unplugged View: Opera In Open Airby Aaron Rowan Signs of musical life are returning to downtown, and my opera friends are getting in on the action where some of the best action has been unfolding. Award-winning Modesto favorite Patty Castillo Davis and her bandmates have already given two outdoor concerts on the green of the […]

By July 3, 2020 Read More →
UnpluggedView: The Kids Are Alright

UnpluggedView: The Kids Are Alright

Unplugged View: The Kids Are Alrightby Aaron Rowan Three months without a live music experience. That I have not committed seppuku with my musical saw by now is one of life’s minor miracles. More than anything, I’m hankering to get back to featuring the next generation of vocal stars of our area who have become […]

By June 2, 2020 Read More →
UnpluggedView: Lockdown

UnpluggedView: Lockdown

Unplugged Viewby Aaron Rowan     My first official act when life after lockdown begins: an entire week of nightly Young Artist shows at the Dragonfly art gallery downtown, featuring some of our greatest hits. Until that day comes, I’ll just turn the spotlight on a few bright stars of the next musical generation I’ve had a […]

By May 8, 2020 Read More →
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 →