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Greetings from ModestoView | 06-10-2020

Greetings from ModestoView | 06-10-2020  
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It’s Graffiti Summer Friends. 

In Modesto USA, it is Graffiti Summer all year long.   Even though many of our events are virtual, the chrome is polished, the cars our out, the rubber is burning and the sound of a big bad V8 is as good as ever.  This weekend, make sure your car is on display for our Curbside Classics. Tag your car #curbsideclassic so we can share and celebrate your classic car.  We have a special on-line discussion of the film American Graffiti with the State Theatre where I will be hosting a symposium with Wes Page, Ken White and Jeff Wexler, son of the Haskell Wexler, cinematographer for the film on Thursday. Sign up at  

Tune in Friday night to to experience a Virtual Cruise retrospective by Mick Rubalcava and Modesto News. Tune in to KVIN 92.3 for a Graffiti Summer soundtrack with me, Chris Murphy as your classic DJ playing the hits and the dedications.  Also, check out KCBP 95.5 FM for great graffiti radio shows by me and Middagh Goodwin. Make sure you are checking out our Facebook at @modestoview for our Tailfin of the Day, Graffiti Memories, Cruise Legends and even a free Graffiti Kids Coloring Book featuring Rodney the Street Rod.  So much fun with our Classic Graffiti heritage. We are the home of American Graffiti, the Home of Star Wars and Modesto USA is truly a classic American City. 

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It is great to see so many people out and about.   It is also great to see that people are still being safe.  This is how we conquer this and create our new normal.  Boy oh boy were the breezes whipping through Modesto and in an update from the City of Modesto, their tree department was pretty busy, but wow was it a beautiful weekend and we were happy to play music in downtown Modesto again.   Nice to play to real people instead of a webcam for a change. 

Looks like we will be moving in to some of the phase 3 and our gyms, bars and campgrounds will be opening again for the summer.  Big news is that Yosemite will be open again to the general public, but please note you need a day use reservation, get your tix here

Over the last few months, we have learned a lot about each other, we know each other’s homes, habits, hobbies and even favorite coffee cup!  As we have come out, we have taken to the streets to fight for racial and social justice and are seeking an even deeper understanding about who we are and how we can be one people.  That is the beauty of our country and our community is that we can find the good, the common ground and ways to lift each other up.  We are all looking for the positive ways to make a difference and that is what ModestoView is all about, positive living in our community.  

We can do this Modesto. Let’s be a great city with great compassionate, creative and caring people. Thank you so much for reading and contributing to ModestoView and I appreciate all of you. Please let me know what you like and want to see more of in ModestoView  

Enjoy your Graffiti Summer, 
Chris Murphy

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Mon-Fri 6 pm Local Musicians Virtually Live on ModestoView page
Thurs/Sat 8 am Certified Farmers Market next to the Library 
Thursday 7 pm American Graffiti lecture presented by the State Theatre
Fri 4 pm/Sat 7 pm Music of American Graffiti with DJ Murph on KCBP 95.5 FM
Friday 6:30 American Graffiti Documentary on
Friday 6:30 Graffiti Cruise In at A&W Downtown Modesto
Sat-Sun Curbside Classics in Modesto, USA
Sunday 2 pm Sticks & Stones at Ralston’s Goat
Sunday 5 pm Drive-Thru Dinner and a  Show at Prospect Theater Project 
Sunday 7 pm Open Mic at the Queen Bean Coffee House

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It’s Virtually Graffiti Summer!

By Chris Murphy

So much has changed in the last few months and things continue to change daily. There were some really big plans that have been cancelled due to the pandemic, but there are some smaller events that still may happen. We will do our best to keep our eyes and ears out for car shows or other Graffiti Summer activities that may happen as we learn about them. There are a couple of events that you need to know about and some good local history you need to learn about so you can be in the groove next year.
Make sure you check out our calendar at as we add new happenings and follow us on Facebook and Instagram @modestoview to be in the know on all things Graffiti Summer. Read More

Larry Neville of the Legendary Neville Brothers

By: Abigail Murphy and Harrison Power 

In 1947, twin brothers Willis and Willard Neville opened up the classic institution that we know today as Neville Brothers. Located at 723 Needham Street and recognizable by the beautiful cars and murals that grace the exterior of the building, Neville Bros is known as a historical landmark and a staple for those in the Modesto Graffiti and Classic Car community. Today, Larry Neville, car expert and classic car restorer and owner, owns and operates the legendary shop started by his family. Many classic car owners only trust Neville Bros. to work on and respect their classic cars. The stories and cars that have passed through Neville Bros over the years have been at the heart of Modesto USA. We talked with owner Larry to learn more about his experiences growing up in Modesto and how Neville Bros. has evolved over the years. Read More

Jazz and BluesView: Livin’ in these Tryin’ Times

By Eric Benson

Where have you all been? It has been a minute but I have not got out much Governator’s orders. It has been a while since I have seen a lot of my friends except on social media sharing what juice they had for breakfast, belting out a tune for cyberspace ears to hear, and politics and regulations living in this new era. Some folks have the “give me liberty or give me death” vibe and these guys just want to go things with no ‘gubberment’ interference, then there are those who won’t leave their bat cave until the kryptonite is gone. Well, my fellow caped crusaders, we will be living like this for a while, so I suggest we take precautions, stay healthy and to the batmobile we go! Read More

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