SongwriterView – Last Act


Last Act
By Patty Castillo Davis

What a year! What an abundance of milestones. KCBP 95.5 FM is up and running bring you pertinent local features, news and music.

I’m personally humbled by being recognized last March as a Stanislaus County Commission for Women Outstanding Woman of the year for contributions in music and winning the Valley Talent Project Best Original Composition. I mention these because without support and partnerships with many, and loyal readership from you of the Songwriter View column, the projects I advocate could not succeed. Thanks to you last month’s SHARE THE WARMTH Concert and Coat Drive harvested hundreds of pieces of outerwear to benefit the Inter Faith Ministries of Greater Modesto Clothes Closet. Donation Receptacles will be stationed throughout the season at Deva Cafe and Gottschalk’s Music. Which leads me to mention our illustrious ModestoView Founder and Publisher, Chris Murphy, 2019 VFW Citizen Of the year for continuing to be an “energetic Promoter of all things good.”

Deva Cafe, the longest running eatery in downtown Modesto will close out the year with special weekend music from Soulful Jazz to Americana styles. 12/1 Seth Baker, 12/7 Ashman, Nelson and Davis, 12/8 Tim and Patty, 12/14 Nathan the One Man Band, 12/15 Mattea, and 12/22 Vanessa Valencia. Music starts at 10 am.

The Barkin Dog Grill will host the last ModestoView Wine Wednesday event of 2019 with A Gathering of the Vibes on 12/11 at 7 pm. This evening of music will feature special guests and some holiday music. Tip jar donations will purchase socks, gloves, scarves and beanies for those in need.

Living Proud, a commemoration on World AIDS Day will continue the focus on awareness with an event at Modesto Center Plaza featuring music by Melynda Rodriguez and a whole roster of artists.

On Friday, December 6, Marirose will perform at Sushi Hub in Stockton at 5:30 pm.

Abraham Steve Mackay continues his residency at The Kitchen at Stonebridge in Stockton Monday through Thursday from 5-9 pm. Local Songwriters US4Love, Candace Lamb and Koala and the Golden Boy will participate in Idol Beer Works Ugly Sweater Food Drive in Lodi from 6-11pm.

And about the tip jar… More often than not, where you will find live music you will see The Tip Jar. Many times this is the only payment these hard working artists receive and depending on demographics, they are not receiving scale either. You enjoy the music, you appreciate the effort, you make requests-please drop some money in to express your respect.

Have a happy safe holiday, keep on supporting local music, continue to perpetuate opportunities for women performers, transform your business space into a music venue, make giant plans to celebrate Modesto’s 150 years and keep holding your dreams for 2020.

See you next year.

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