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 for years in the Central Valley. He ran the award winning Plea for Peace Center in Stockton for 5 Years and has booked bands from A-Z. Middagh is beginning 2016 with a new position at the Gallo Center for the Arts and celebrating Beat Happy! Music's 30th Anniversary. Read the MAMAView every month and a the Needle Drop 52 Records 52 Weeks.