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Modesto 2000s Timeline

Timeline 2000s
It was an amazing and exciting decade in Modesto USA. Downtown came to life and the local music scene exploded and politics became dysfunctional.

2000
Population 188,856
Mayor Carmen Sabatino elected
May 29th Grandaddy Sophtware Slump released celebrates 20 Years
August 9 President Bush Whistle Stop through Manteca Stockton, Tracy and Lodi
July – First X-Fest
October – ModestoView Live Streams B93 Extreme Halloween

2001
UVR Plastic World released
January 23rd Flying Blind Push released on Republic Records
Fundraising begins for the Gallo Center for the Arts
Sept 11 – World Trade Centers and the Pentagon are attacked
Sept 23 – Local musicians present Modesto Rocks for Red Cross at the State Theatre
December – B93 and ModestoView present the 1st Acoustic Christmas at the State Theatre

2002
March 19th Thought Riot Shattered Mirror Syndrom on AF Records
Avril Lavigne plays the State Theatre
December – Laci Peterson was tragically murdered

2003
May 13th Grandaddy Sumday released
Jim Ridenour elected Mayor of Modesto
October – Arnold Schwarzenegger rallies in Modesto
State Theatre launches Rock and Rods street car show and concerts
October – B93 and ModestoView team up for Live in It to Win It at Vintage Faire
November 18th Thought Riot Sketches of Undying Will on AF Records

2004
Central Valley High School Opens
UVR Blood on the Satellite released
McHenry Museum expands into the basement, opening many new display spaces
Downtown Rocks launched by the State Theatre
Scott Peterson convicted of murdering Laci and Connor Peterson

2005
The Modesto A’s are rebranded the Modesto Nuts
Modesto Sound Founded
May – Mark Hamill attends premier for Revenge of the Sith benefit for the Gallo Center
September 27th Grandaddy Excerpts from the Diary of Todd Zilla Released
Stanislaus Pride Center Formed

2006
James C Enoch High School Opens
May 9th Grandaddy Just Like the Fambly Cat released
July – ModestoView Magazine debuts

2007
UVR Silent Disaster released
July 13 – Carol Channing performs with MoBand at Graceada Park
October – The Gallo Center for the Arts Opens

2008
March 30th President Bill Clinton visit Modesto for a Fundraiser for Hillary at the Del Rio home of Dr. & Mrs Dhaliwal
August – Modesto Art & Wine Festival Debuts in downtown Modesto
After 67 years with world record setting performances, the Modesto Relays ends
Kaiser Hospital opens in northwest Modesto

2009
Legendary Sitar player and Beatles mentor Ravi Shankar performs at the Gallo Center
Ernie Bucio presents the 11th Street Jazz Festival

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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.