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MAMAView – 2020 Covid Version

Virtual MAMA 2020
By Chris Murphy

Everyone is sick of hearing it by now, but this year has upended so many of our community events and traditions. We all miss the things we used to do, but we need to do the right thing. One of the hardest hit has been live music and the careers of the many professional singers, songwriters and bands, as well as the venues that host live performances. At some point, we don’t really know when, we get back to live concerts where we can all cheer together. In talking to some of my friends in the event promotion world, it will be sometime after a COVID vaccine is taken hold in our population, but until then, what can we do.

The Modesto Area Music Association, ModestoView and our ace MAMA leader, Middagh Goodwin have been working to present live stream opportunities and continue to promote live music where it can happen safely. Hopefully, we have been able to direct many new viewers to individual Venmo or Paypal accounts so that virtual tips and donations can be sent. Some of our local artists have set up Patreon accounts like Tea Overstreet. I have been a recipient of cool l exclusive tunes and performances as a benefactor.

Chris Ricci and I created the MAMAs in 2000 to celebrate the amazing musical talent we have in our community. We know that there will be a huge burst of creativity coming out of this and we will be leading the way when it is safe to rock and roll.

Also, if you are recording new music during this COVID time, please share it with us so we can share it too. We need to make sure that people are listening and buying your music and merchandise as much as possible.

So music-loving friends, we are set have a special end of year MAMA Awards that celebrates those that have worked so hard to make it through all of this. Who has been hosting their porches, live casts, virtual casts, live presentations and generating some positive music energy? Let us know. There are no real categories, other than people or places that have gone above and beyond to keep our music alive.

Please send your “mamanations” to<>
We will be fleshing out the details of a virtual awards show during November.
We will see you on stage soon.

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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.