Modesto Unplugged and ModestoView present:
Songs & stories with performers from around the globe

Gottschalk Music Center recital hall, 1502 E St., Modesto
Doors at 7:00, concerts at 7:30 - $15 general admission / kids 12 and under free

Limited seating: RSVP at 209-543-5306 or

Saturday January 14


Honey Of The Heart crafts a fusion of folk, Latin, gospel, gypsy, roots and Americana, with rich harmonies and powerful vocals suggesting a deep soul influence. Internationally acclaimed multi-instrumentalist and composer Justin Ancheta’s infectious style of reggae-flavored funk and jazz joins forces with vocalist-pianist-songwriter Maren Metke, whose music ranges from soulful to bluesy to jazzy, with shades of folk, funk, gospel and R&B. Their combined influences form a strong chemistry and flow, bringing a positive message and intimate breadth of landscape, blending contagious rhythm and melodies to sweeten the hearts of all who listen.

Saturday February 18


Mamadou and Vanessa Sidibe perform original, soulful, uplifting music from the Wassoulou region of Mali in West Africa. Mamadou has played a groundbreaking role in transforming the music of this region from its origins in hunters' sacred melodies - played on six-string donso ngoni (hunter's harps) - to a music of philosophical observations, politics and daily life. Vanessa is an accomplished Afro-Cuban and Salsa musician who brings an earthy depth and ethereal sensuality to all her vocals whether singing in English, Bambara or Spanish; as well as an impeccable rhythm on percussion.

Saturday March 18


Strings Attached is a cello and piano duet charged with a digital edge. Pianist Chase Loeb and cellist Carol Ann Loeb offer a blend of classical, modern, jazz, pop and more, re-imagined in both original compositions and classics. Classically trained musicians that love to share all kinds of music with people, they use their instruments to interact with the audience through charming performance and educational storytelling.

Friday March 10


Samantha Archer and Jaron Tripp integrate rare and unique instruments, steering them closer towards their idea of ‘Acoustic Trance.’ Samantha’s classical training in piano, clarinet and vocals have allowed her distinctive and instinctive sense for melody to flower into a skill for both improvisation and composition. Jaron’s development as a hang drum player is driven by the grounding power of rhythm. Jaron’s deep understanding of rhythm and pulse uniquely blends with Samantha’s enchanting melodic tone.

Saturday April 8


From the familiar roads of his hometown of Clydebank, Scotland to the sun-kissed beaches of California, Peter Daldry brings his talent and unique vocals. Blessed with a strong smooth tenor voice, Peter sings the only way he knows how: with power and passion and depth of feeling. Powerful and passionate vocals, delivered in a Celtic folk contemporary style. Whether singing a heartfelt ballad or a rousing Scottish battle song, Peter's vocals draw listeners in with a conviction rarely heard these days.

Saturday May 20


Painted Wood is a musical collaboration between Jerusalem- and New York-based performing artists Israel Mizrachi and Eliana Hazzanista Kissner. The two met late one Friday night on a quiet street in the vibrant and multi-layered Nahlaot neighborhood of Jerusalem, where they discovered a deep connection through their mutual appreciation of imagination, playfulness and music. They set out on a journey together creating original compositions that incorporate storytelling, opera, classic Israeli songwriting, and lyrics in English and Hebrew.

Saturday June 17


True Life Trio weaves rich vocal harmonies and sultry rhythms from Eastern Europe, America and beyond. This innovative trio explores the creative possibilities of cross-fertilization of different traditions, with unlikely timbres connecting Bulgaria to the Bayou. Their improvisation-laced repertoire includes original songs and folk tunes from Mexico, Greece, Macedonia, Albania, Poland, Ukraine and more. The trio delves deep into a vast array of folk music that lends itself to three-part vocal harmony, massaging and expanding the boundaries of these traditional styles. The result is a sweet, sonic explosion that melts in the listener’s ear and that is uniquely True Life Trio.

Thursday February 9


Native American songstress Susan Toney showcases a fusion of country, pop, rock, and rhythm and blues. Encompassing the influences of her heritage, she delivers a transparent, introspective collection of songs steeped in spirituality—revealing subtle revelations of faith, a renewed wisdom and confidence in her message and her craft. An award winner at the American Songwriting Festival and the Billboard Songwriting Contest, Toney captivates audiences with her compelling vocals, profound lyricism and melodious dynamism.