Stockton Record "Lens" Article
Tuesday, May 09, 2006
"The local music scene is coming alive as summer approaches"
The Amaraen Cafe recently started hosting regular shows;
area jazz musicians play Friday and Saturday
nights at La Spranza;
Fat's Grill and Bar will feature some local musicians this month; and
local rock bands
are expected to perform this summer at Valley Brewing Co.
Check them out at: The Amaraen Cafe, 1720 Pacific Ave.;
Valley Brewing Co., 157 W. Adams St.;
La Spranza, 445 W. Weber Ave.;
Fats Grill and Bar, 4555 Pershing Ave.
weekly farmers market and monthly art walks are two places to sample local
as is the Stockton Ballpark. Stockton promoter Middagh Goodwin wants bands
with a mellower sound
to perform at the monthly Art Walk, as well as acoustic musicians to play
at Java Aroma,
2233 Grand Canal Blvd. For more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
check out www.myspace.com/stocktonrocks.
also will be held this summer at Valley Brewing Co. for local musicians
at the ballpark before Thursday-night Stockton Ports games.
the number of live music venues in Stockton pales in comparison with some
The homepage for the Modesto Area Music Association lists more than 20
venues that support
local music there.
39, who has been promoting area shows for two decades, said fans should
the recent increase in concerts to be the start of a local music explosion.
flux and wane of the local music scene is frustrating. You know even when
it's going really well,
right around the corner, you'll have dry times," he said. "We
all hope things are coming. ...
There's talk of good things going on. Until we have it established for
a nice run when
everybody's supportive, it's just a musical rain. We'll get a musical
Music by a Stockton native's band is on a CD recently featured in The
New York Times.
Massachusetts punk group A Hero Next Door, founded by bassist and Stockton
native Ryan Secor,
is part of the "Dorm Sessions Volume 3" compilation CD.
album, released by the Berklee College of Music's Heavy Rotation Records,
was featured in
an April 23 Times article about student-run record labels. A Lincoln High
School alumnus, Secor, 22,
is set to graduate from Berklee in May with a degree in music business.
For more, check out
www.berklee.edu/music/dormsessions3.html or www.aheronextdoor.com.
Local metal band Split Personnel will open for nationally known rocker
Bif Naked on Saturday
at the legendary Whisky A Go-Go in Los Angeles. For more, check out www.splitpersonnel.com.
The Cinco de Mayo party continues this weekend at La Spranza, with the
and R&B sounds of Bobby Escovedo and Friends. The group will perform
at 9 p.m. Friday
and Saturday. Cover is $7, and ladies are admitted free before 10 p.m.
"American Idol" finalist Bo Bice, comedian Sinbad and classic-rock
band Styx are among
those slated to perform in June at the San Joaquin County Fair.
fair announced its concert schedule last week. Also performing: the Beach
Three Dog Night, Tracy Lawrence, Los Originales de San Juan, the Four
Tops, War, Little Texas
and Chelo Y Yeni. For more, check out www.sanjoaquinfair.com.
This week at the Amaraen Cafe, 1720 Pacific Ave.: Arcanum and a second
band, 6 p.m.
Wednesday; Little Jeans, Astrid and Stadium Drive, 5 p.m. Thursday; and
These Words Kill,
Elysia and Mean Streets, 6 p.m. Friday.
Variation, Blesk and Burgandy will take the stage at 7 p.m. Friday at
the 180 Teen Center,
17 W. Lockeford St., Lodi. Cover is $5, and the show is open to those
21 and younger.
bands A Colourado and Little Jeans will play a free concert at 8 p.m.
Friday at Borders,
10776 Trinity Parkway.
Jones will perform a free show at 9 p.m. Saturday at the Rusty Hook,
955 E. Yosemite Ave., Manteca. The show is open to those 21 and older.
reporter Ian Hill at (209) 943-8571 or email@example.com
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