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By Chris Murphy

The annual Ill List poetry slam competition is one of my favorite nights of the year. Each year, award winning poets from all over the USA, bring some amazing beats, verses and rhymes and not so rhymes to the stage. The cool thing is that the audience votes and audience judges help these poets move from level to the next. All poets will deliver 2 poems and then the final contestants will make the final pitch. These are the poets competing in this Ill List; AndYes – Sacramento, CA, Salome Agbaroji – Nigerian-American from Los Angeles, Zachary Caballero – Texas, Alex Dang – Portland, OR, Zoe Dorado, Castro Valley,CA, Dre, aka Duke The Bossman – East Oakland, CA, Angela Drew – Berkeley, CA and finally, Season 15 winner of American’s Got Talent, Brandon Leake – Stockton, CA

This is a fun, irreverent, poignant and real evening that will make you think, make you laugh and even make you cry. However it turns out, you will leave the theatre enriched and enlightened.

Thanks to our local Ninja Poet Sam Pierstorff and ModShop’s Ruhi Sheikh present this show that has truly become a Modesto tradition, where for one night, were the poetry slam center of the universe. Do not lose your tickets as this is a sold out event, and there may be some tickets that become available so stay tuned. Our family and our company, Sierra Pacific Warehouse Group and ModestoView are proud to be the presenting sponsor. Can’t wait for the commercials and to get in the groove.

Check @theILLLIST for updates. Tickets and info at

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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.