Author Archive: Aaron Rowan

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UnpluggedView: The Big Year

UnpluggedView: The Big Year

Unplugged View: The Big Yearby Aaron Rowan Happy New Year, dear reader. In the world of birding, there is an annual contest called the “Big Year.” You may have seen the Steve Martin/Jack Black film about this challenge to spot as many species of birds as possible over the course of the calendar year. In […]

By January 3, 2022 Read More →
Unplugged View: The World Is Yours

Unplugged View: The World Is Yours

Unplugged View: The World Is Yoursby Aaron Rowan ‘Duende’: a Spanish word with no direct English translation, which refers to the mystical power of a performer to create an emotional response in the audience. ‘Fernweh’: a German word with no direct English translation, describing the opposite of homesickness; an ache to visit distant places – […]

By December 1, 2021 Read More →
Unplugged View: The Song Remembers When

Unplugged View: The Song Remembers When

Unplugged View: The Song Remembers Whenby Aaron Rowan & friends Welcome, dear reader, to the 100th UnpluggedView column. Here’s something special to mark this milestone: stories from a few of the great creative people I’ve worked with over the years, about pieces of music that carry a special meaning and the true-life tales that accompany […]

By November 5, 2021 Read More →
UnpluggedView: Go West, Young Minstrel

UnpluggedView: Go West, Young Minstrel

UnpluggedView: Go West, Young Minstrelby Aaron Rowan Songs of the traveler make up the soundtrack of my life. Chris Doud, who for years I’ve called the greatest songwriter in Stanislaus County, knows how to craft some mighty fine ones. This summer, the co-leading songwriter behind The Good Luck Thrift Store Outfit released his latest solo […]

By August 31, 2021 Read More →
UnpluggedView: Song of the Southpaw

UnpluggedView: Song of the Southpaw

Unplugged View: Song Of The Southpawby Aaron Rowan David Finley does much of his best songwriting from behind the wheel, whether on an interstate highway or a back road somewhere. His musical journey has taken him from singing gospel at family gatherings in Arkansas from an early age to a tenure as a performing songwriter […]

By July 1, 2021 Read More →
Unplugged View: Old Souls

Unplugged View: Old Souls

Unplugged View: Old Soulsby Aaron Rowan What’s the coolest band name you’ve ever seen? Mine might just belong to the posse of players that songwriter Marty O’Reilly has backing him, because it combines two of the things I appreciate most. The musical highlight of my June is happening on Thursday the 10th, in a cozy […]

By June 3, 2021 Read More →
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 →