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MSO Virtual Recital

MSO Virtual Recital

MODESTO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA TO PRESENT VIRTUAL RECITAL JULY 22 John Hillebrandt in Recital, hosted by Ryan Murray MODESTO, CA – The Modesto Symphony Orchestra (MSO) will present their first virtual recital featuring MSO pianist John Hillebrandt and hosted by Associate Conductor Ryan Murray on Wednesday, July 22 at 7:00 pm. The live performance will feature works by Ravel and Chopin […]

By July 10, 2020 Read More →
Jazz & BluesView: Tryin’ Times

Jazz & BluesView: Tryin’ Times

Blues&JazzView by Eric Benson Tryin’ times and out of quarantine! Well folks we are out of quarantine but not out of the woods so let’s try and get back to business that is not quite usual. We need to continue to do our thing and take precautions especially for those who are vulnerable to being […]

UnpluggedView: Opera In Open Air

UnpluggedView: Opera In Open Air

Unplugged View: Opera In Open Airby Aaron Rowan Signs of musical life are returning to downtown, and my opera friends are getting in on the action where some of the best action has been unfolding. Award-winning Modesto favorite Patty Castillo Davis and her bandmates have already given two outdoor concerts on the green of the […]

By July 3, 2020 Read More →
SongwriterView: And Music Will Spur Us Forward

SongwriterView: And Music Will Spur Us Forward

SongwriterView: And Music Will Spur Us ForwardBy Patty Castillo Davis Songs give protest language words won’t suffice to convey.A compendium of unjust events in succession have created conditions for mass protest and finally change on the front of the fight for racial justice which is alarmingly familiar to the urban unrest of the 1960s. The […]

Jazz-BluesView: Tryin Times

Jazz-BluesView: Tryin Times

Jazz/BluesView: Tryin times and out of Quarantine!By Eric Benson Well, folks, we are out of quarantine but not out of the woods so let’s try and get back to business that is not quite usual. We need to continue to do our thing and take precautions especially for those who are vulnerable to being exposed […]

By June 29, 2020 Read More →
MAMAView: On the Radio and Streaming

MAMAView: On the Radio and Streaming

MAMAView: On the Radio and Streaming By Middagh Goodwin We have been separated by a global pandemic that has had us sheltered in place for the better part of 2020. We have missed the interaction of friends and family in social situations as varied as Sunday Brunch at Deva to Music in the Plaza. Live […]

By June 29, 2020 Read More →
MAMAView – New Music from Gravel & Grace

MAMAView – New Music from Gravel & Grace

Gravel and Grace – Bringing the Blues By Chris Murphy Just released is the new debut CD from Gravel and Grace called “Bringing the Blues”. This is one of the most perfect band names as it features the gravel of Big Earl Mathews and the Grace of Ava Grace. This is a captivating CD loaded […]

UnpluggedView: The Kids Are Alright

UnpluggedView: The Kids Are Alright

Unplugged View: The Kids Are Alrightby Aaron Rowan Three months without a live music experience. That I have not committed seppuku with my musical saw by now is one of life’s minor miracles. More than anything, I’m hankering to get back to featuring the next generation of vocal stars of our area who have become […]

By June 2, 2020 Read More →
BigView – The 1950s A Decade Full of Optimism

BigView – The 1950s A Decade Full of Optimism

A Decade of Optimism, Growth, and Prosperity By Ken White Let’s rewind to a valley not so far away, not so long ago. To a nostalgic decade when the world was simpler, Ike was president, the music sweeter, and cruising was king. It was an innocent time in Modesto. Native-son George Lucas described it as […]

Music is Good Medicine Part 2

Music is Good Medicine Part 2

Marirose Powell, Hero On The Frontline: Music Is Good Medicine Part 2By Patty Castillo Davis Marirose Powell currently lives in Lodi, a Stockton native, former Modesto resident, whose face is familiar in the Central Valley music community. A former constant in the downtown Modesto festival scene and in most every venue therein, it is a […]

Livin in These Tryin Times

Livin in These Tryin Times

Jazz and BluesView: Livin’ in these Tryin’ TimesBy Eric Benson Where have you all been? It has been a minute but I have not got out much Governator’s orders. It has been a while since I have seen a lot of my friends except on social media sharing what juice they had for breakfast, belting […]

By May 31, 2020 Read More →
Music is Good Medicine Pt. 1

Music is Good Medicine Pt. 1

Music is Good Medicine Part 1By Patty Castillo Davis Many people’s lives have been altered by COVID19. Social media and news outlets have focused to a great degree on the implications of the virus in regard to mental health and offering recommendations on how to preserve well being. One particular group we should keep in […]

MAMAView: Phase 2

MAMAView: Phase 2

MAMAView: Phase 2 What does that mean?By Middagh Goodwin   California is well into Phase 2 and restaurants, cafes and diners are opening up to have patrons dine in, but with limited capacity. What does that mean for live music? It will come back but just needs to come back in a safe way, with […]

By May 29, 2020 Read More →
UnpluggedView: Lockdown

UnpluggedView: Lockdown

Unplugged Viewby Aaron Rowan     My first official act when life after lockdown begins: an entire week of nightly Young Artist shows at the Dragonfly art gallery downtown, featuring some of our greatest hits. Until that day comes, I’ll just turn the spotlight on a few bright stars of the next musical generation I’ve had a […]

By May 8, 2020 Read More →
SongwriterView: Meeting the Moment

SongwriterView: Meeting the Moment

SongwriterView: Meeting This MomentBy Patty Castillo Davis      One of the things that I admire most as part of Governor Gavin Newsome’s addresses to the state of California during the Coronavirus Pandemic is his frequent assurance about how the thoughtful policies he implements will “meet this moment”. Meet. This. Moment. I am so proud […]