MoBand Turns 100!

By Chris Murphy

MoBand Turns 100
For 100 years, a big brass band has entertained the people of Modesto. For as long as we can remember, these amazing summer Thursday nights with MoBand in the Mancini Bowl bandshell at Graceada park, with food, drink, wine, and fun sounds have made the perfect evening. Add to this 3,000 of your best friends, blankets, and picnic baskets and you have a hall of fame slice of Americana, or Modestocana as we like to say. This year is really special and the season begins with a MoBand 100 Year Birthday party at the McHenry Museum on May 30. This will be a beautiful evening as the ribbon is cut on the 100 Years of MoBand history exhibit at the Museum that will be on display through the middle of July.

June and July in Modesto’s Graceada Park, enjoy the sights and sounds of the 100th Year Modesto Band of Stanislaus County. Yes this is MoBand a.k.a. Concert in the Park. It is our band, the sound of our city. We have many fantastic festivals like American Graffiti, Porchfest, Lucky Fest, but MoBand is the top of the pops. There is really nothing like it. The blankets are out early, the wine is ready, the picnics are made and the music starts at 8 pm, for six Thursdays and thanks to MoBand Sponsors and the Night at the Bowl fundraiser (see below) these are FREE. Plan your summer around this and invite your friends to truly experience Modesto.

MoBand Concert in the Park has been going strong since 1919. Yes, Modesto, we have a national treasure. How many of your friends in other cities have a huge community cultural event like this? I’ll bet not many.

MoBand Birthday Gala
McHenry Museum 14th and I St.
Thursday May 30th
5p to 9p $100
There will be music, cocktails, appetizers & a special birthday cake

Night at the Bowl – June 18 – Mancini Bowl
Party at the Bowl for MoBand. For 100 years, it takes a lot of time, effort and money to make MoBand happen and here is where you come in. Please come out and support Night at the Bowl on June 18th in Mancini Bowl. There will be restaurant sampling from Modesto’s best eateries, wine and beer from Modesto’s best wineries and breweries and music from Third Party and the Highway 99 Band for your entertainment enjoyment. You can even dance on the famous Mancini Bowl. Tix are only $40 and you can get them at the 4th Floor Parks office at 10th St Place or from a MoBand Board of Director.

You won’t want to miss one single Concert in the Park this summer for the “Centennial Summer” schedule. Concerts are 8 – 10pm in Graceada Park. Don’t forget to bring a blanket and picnic.
June 6 – Graffiti Love
June 13 – Then and Now
June 20 – Beach Party
June 27 – Rock of Ages
July 3 – Patriotic Spectacular (special Wednesday show)
July 10 – Centennial Celebration

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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.