By September 24, 2018 Read More →

The Sampler is Back

The Downtown Sampler returned last year and was a big hit. A couple of thousand people came to downtown and walked stroll and rode their bikes to over 25 restaurant, cafes and bars to sample what they had to offer. 10 bands several of them are Modesto Area Award Winners,  were placed strategically throughout the Sampler footprint with two wandering minstrels playing in random locations over the evening.  As you can imagine it was such a hit, it had to come back again.  Make plans to come to Downtown Modesto on October 2nd, 5:30-9 pm and partake in a Modesto Tradition the 18th Annual Sampler, enjoy some delicious savoury and sweet treats nearly 30 spots, live music with thousands of your friends. Expect to find drink specials at most the locations just in case you discover something you must have more of. You get all this for only $20 that is quite a bargain. You can get tickets from Modesto Downtown Improvement Office, Select Cruisers and online at for more information check out

Music provided by
Big Earl’s Poorhouse Millionaires
Cloak and Swagger
Patty Castillo Davis Music
BluesBox Bayou Band
Koala and the Golden Boy
Tiffany Rose & the Outlaw Hearts
Retro 66
Shadowless Horse
Nikki & Anthony- an acoustic duo

Participating Restaurants/Cafes/Pubs
Barkin Dog Grill
Bayou Bar & Grill
Beckles Candies and Gifts
Brighter Side
The Burnt End
Chef’s of New York
Churchkey Modesto
Deva Cafe
The Fox Pub
Fuzio Universal Bistro
Graffiti Dogs
Greens On Tenth
Krazy Rolls
Mocha Magic Modesto
Monsoon Restaurant & Banquets
Picasso’s Gourmet Deli & Art
Piccadilly Deli
Preservation Coffee and Tea
Ralston’s Goat
Rancho Fresco Mexican Grill – Modesto
Skewers Kabob House
The State Theatre
Stanislaus Brewing Co. aka St. Stan’s Pub & Pizza
Taqueria Cardenas
Thailand Restaurant
TNK Vegan Cafe
Tokyo Express Japanese Food Modesto
Urbano California Bistro

About the Author:

Middagh Goodwin LIVES Music. He has been booking and promoting Music, Art, and Comedy in the Central Valley for years. He ran the award-winning Plea for Peace Center in Stockton for 5 Years and has booked bands from A-Z. In addition, he is the managing editor of ModestoView and writes the MAMAView and GeekView. Middagh works with the Modesto Area Music Association and books Music in the Plaza. In addition, he owns and operates Graffiti-Con, where cars and pop culture intersects. More recently, Middagh has been working with the Graffiti USA Classic Car Museum, helping to create unique events that help raise funds and awareness of the museum and its mission. On top of that, you can tune into one of two shows that Middagh Goodwin hosts on KCBP 95.5 FM; This is SKA and MAMA Radio.