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Jazz & WorldView

by Eric Benson

If you luv music you’re gonna love this
Blue Monday Party returns as a Fun-raiser for Blue Monday Alumni, Raul Slaps – Trombonist. Raul after having a great night playing in the band backing up Slim Man in one of John Griswold’s shows awoke to find out his Trombone and Sub Woofer stolen. Now I am sure Raul can live without a sub-woofer for a minute but not your main instrument. Blue Monday will be collecting funds, tips for Raul to get a new Bone. So please come down and share this event; entitled “Give the dog a Bone” Blue Monday Oct 8th at the Barkin’ Dog Grill. House Band will feature this time around: Johnny Valdes guitar, Tim Allen bass and vocals, Dave Hawks’s drums, Pat Governor organ, Dave Dow and Eric Benson Keys and horn section John Burt Sax and Raul Slaps Trombone. Call the Dog for reservations: 572-2341. If you play, come on down and sit in with the best musicians in the area, or to listen and dance, it’s gonna’ be smoking!

And speaking of Smokin, the Burn’t Ends Barbecue is open for your business! Attended lunch recently and the food was great, Tri Tip, Brisket, Ribs with some sides. Located down on 9th street is now open lunch and dinner so go down and get ready to be struttin’ with some barbecue.

And the Barkin’ Dog Grill, one of my favorite family friendly venues continues with some live music coming at you for October; 2nd – The Sampler, 5th – Bourbon Street Blues Band, 8th – Blue Monday Party with Eric Benson & Friends, 12th – Valley Jazz Company, 18th – Third Thursday Art Walk, 19th – Patty Castillo & Friends, 20th – Ernie Bucio Little Big Band, 26th – Dave Dow & Friends, and 27th – Chris Ricci Presents. And every single Thursday Dave Dow pianist Extraordinaire hosts a Thursday Jazz Jam session.
Gallo Center for Performing Arts Line up October continues to have diverse offering. I saw three shows in one week in September: Herb Alpert & Lani Hall, Beach Boys, and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy…and lived to tell the tale. The details: Oct 3rd Rodney Crowell, 4th Simon & Garfunkel Story, 5th Aida Arias, 6th Midtown Men, 10th Soweto Gospel Choir, 12th Scott Coulter, 14th Gabriel Iglesias, 20th Ronnie Spector, and 27th Three God Night. Critic’s Choice; check out Three Dog Night classic hits with original band members till cranking it out!
The State Theatre continues to have a great line up of films and also live music events. One of the better Journey tribute bands return Sat Oct 6th – Journey Revisited, and Nov 9th the Alan Parsons Project.
And the Newman Theatre in Newman features a Boston Tribute with Band Longtime Oct 27th.
Come back out for Haunted Third Thursday Art Walk 5 to 9:00 PM for some great art and music in the downtown! Lowdown on the jam session in the downtown: Queen Bean Sundays open mike night also in an all age environment. So take some time out to hear some live music and the arts of our own town as well this month, think globally and act locally.
All the best, peace out! Eric Benson, cell 209- 918-7033, email;<>.

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About the Author:

Chris Murphy is the President and CEO of Sierra Pacific Warehouse Group and Publisher and Founder of ModestoView Inc. Chris worked globally in the cycling industry returning to Modesto in 1996. He is also the founder of the Modesto Historic Graffiti Cruise Route, Legends of the Cruise Walk of Fame, Modesto Rockin’ Holiday, the Modesto Music History Organization and co-founder of the Modesto Area Music Association. Chris is married to his artist wife Rebecca since 1985 and has two daughters Madison and Abigail, both graduating from Modesto High and UC Berkeley. He is lead singer and guitarist for his band, Third Party that donates their performances to non-profits.