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MAMAView: MAMA turns 20

MAMAView: MAMA turns 20
By Middagh Goodwin

Can you believe it has been 20 years since Murphy and Ricci first dreamed up the idea for the Modesto Area Music Awards? The First MAMA Awards Show was hosted at Club Maxx in the year 2000, and it was packed and featured only seven categories. How things have changed and in some ways stayed the same in the last 20 years. Since the start of the MAMAs, several new categories have been added or better defined, and a few have been retired at least for the time being. With three times the categories and hundreds of nominees MAMA has become the entertainment gathering of the year. 

This year the awards show is scheduled for Tuesday, October 15th and will once again take place at the historic State Theatre. We are working on some fun things to celebrate this momentous occasion. We strive every year to give the best experience possible but this year we are pulling out all the stops. Mark your calendars you will not want to miss out on this year’s celebration. 

If you are a promoter, event coordinator, venue owner, former MAMA winners; we want to know who you think should get mamanated this year? Which bands are stepping up and bringing crowds, new events that have exceeded expectations, a new venue that should be considered? We need your input to continue to make the awards show and process better. 

But did you know that the Modesto Area Music Association is a 501c3 Non-Profit? That not only have they been raising money for music scholarships but also have helped book over a hundred gigs for bands since just last year? Curating Music in the Plaza, PatioFest, music at Stanislaus County Fair and the Sampler. Also sharing our contacts with local venues and promoters so they can book even more events. MAMAs true mission is to continue to help build and create a more vibrant entertainment community. 

How can we help you? First, you need to let us know who you are and where you are performing by emailing us at we will add your shows to the calendar and at the same time have your contact information. Also, sign up for a account and like the MAMA page, you will get notified when we post gig opportunities. 

Remember that music and entertainment are best experienced live and with your friends. 



About the Author:

Middagh Goodwin LIVES Music. He has been booking and promoting Music, Art and Comedy for years in the Central Valley. He ran the award winning Plea for Peace Center in Stockton for 5 Years and has booked bands from A-Z. Middagh is beginning 2016 with a new position at the Gallo Center for the Arts and celebrating Beat Happy! Music's 30th Anniversary. Read the MAMAView every month and a the Needle Drop 52 Records 52 Weeks.