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MAMView: Two Decades with Ears to the Future

MAMAView: Two Decades with Ears to the Future
By Middagh Goodwin

I have said it before and I will say it again, who would have imagined that when Murphy and Ricci decided to host a local music award show that it would still be going strong twenty years later? The landscape of local music has waxed and waned over the last two decades. Many of the clubs, that dominated the scene have closed their doors, bands have broken up and events have come and gone. Growing from seven awards to over twenty, representing everything from Pop to Hard Rock, Latin and Punk. Members of the Youth Bands were not even born when the MAMAs first happened at Club Maxx back in the year 2000.

This year we are having some very special performances to celebrate the twentieth anniversary of the Modesto Area Music Awards. Flying Blind who dominated the clubs, festivals and the airwaves back before Y2K will be performing their hit song “Smokescreen.” Another mainstay of the early MAMAs was UVR, you may remember hearing “Got 2 Girlfriends” playing on repeat on area radio. They toured the US and released three albums between 2001-2007. This year there will be a very special performance from the “Women of the MAMAs” Shelly Streeter, Marirose Powell, Patty Castillo Davis, Mattea Overstreet and Tiffany Rose Delacruz, singing a medley of songs celebrating Woodstocks 50th Anniversary.

The MAMAs will celebrate and honor the radio Disc Jockeys of KFIV, the legendary radio station that played the Rock & Roll from the 50s through the 70s, with a staff of iconic DJs, they played the local hits, broadcast from the drive-ins and hosted the battle of the bands and played the soundtrack of our life for decades. This award is presented by the Modesto Bee.

The MAMAs will be presented at the fabulous historic State Theatre on Tuesday, October 15th, beginning at 6:00 pm. This is an invitation-only black-tie event. All nominees and guests attend free of charge. Each category winner receives the treasured laser cut stainless steel MAMA Carhop Award, donated each year by Beeler Industries. The 2019 MAMAs will be streamed live by Central Valley Reports at

Voting is live at and will continue until Sunday, October 13th at 11:59 pm. So you have time to check out all the MAMAnees before casting your votes. One vote per person and please be sure to validate your email address to confirm your votes. Suport Local Music and the places that host.



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.