SongwriterView – Mine Ears Hath Heard the Glory


By Patty Castillo Davis

When Independence Day is upon us, I cannot help but think about the origins of our patriotic music. It’s a bit supernatural how Roots music is all linked together by a thread of beautiful, diverse, cultural melodies from immigrant contributions. Sacred spiritual melodies have lent some of the richest ingredients to music history. I am proud to count myself amongst the vast numbers of musicians who got their start in church. I am just as comfortable singing Schubert’s “Ave Maria” as I am my own rebellious arrangement of “Ring of Fire” or my original “Ladybug”. The liberty to create art our way is why I will always celebrate women in our local scene and encourage indie-alternative artists to continue the fight, no matter how difficult, no matter the inequity or injustices-eventually the cream will rise to the top and the talent will prevail.

Lo-fi is a new cocktail lounge at 1323 J St. that hosts live Blues-tinged music every other Sunday from 1-4 pm. Drop by for a delicious crafted beverage in a comfortable community focused space surrounded by music specially curated by the folks at lo-fi.

Deva Cafe will bring a collection of mixed styles in music for July. Saturday Live Music Matinee talent is Party Castillo Davis 7/6, Mattea Overstreet 7/13, Candace Lamb 7/20 and Micah Van Zandt 7/27. Sunday Breakfast Music features Nathan Ignacio 7/7, Seth Baker 7/14 and The Funstrummers on 7/21. The Vibes are at it again!! This SUPER Band is bringing their music experience to the Barkin Dog Grill on July 17 at 7 pm. for a Linda Ronstadt Birthday Party.

The Stanislaus County Fair comes to town July 12-21 and features music across all cultural and style genres. Check to see which local musicians will play the support stages for the national acts. I will see you at the fair on Thursday, July 18 at 9 pm in support of the Marshal Tucker Band.

The Modesto Third Thursday Art Walk continues to support and share art and music during its family event. On July 18, MAMA nominees, US4LOVE will play the ModestoView Stage at 11th and J at 6 pm. If you are a Singer Songwriter, Female Artist or Acoustic Performer, please send booking information and inquiries to pcdenterprises@yahoo.com<mailto:pcdenterprises@yahoo.com>. Business owners, please keep opening your spaces to music and patrons-Don’t Forget to Tip the artists!

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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.