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 May 20


As a young, award-winning soprano, Liisa Dávila is quickly gaining recognition as a highly sought-after entertainer who delights her audiences with riveting performances. A winner of multiple competitions, Liisa is a recent San Francisco District winner and a Western Regional Finalist for the Metropolitan National Council Auditions and the prestigious West Bay Opera’s Maria and Ben Holt Scholarship. Liisa will be accompanied by pianist Monica Johnson for this performance. Plus, we'll have a short opening set of songs by Kalea Jackson, a recent grand prize winner of 'Roosevelt's Got Talent,' the annual Roosevelt JHS talent contest. Come enjoy an evening of Musical Theatre favorites for a light-hearted night of fun.

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.

Friday June 23


Brazilian-American vocalist & songwriter Monica da Silva, and musician & producer Chad Alger, perform in their signature, self-coined ‘indie nova’ style. Complicated Animals mixes indie pop with Brazilian Bossa Nova, blended seamlessly into something airy and sweet with an unobtrusive Latin beat. Perfectly paced tempos and Monica’s sweet vocals in both English and Portuguese make for a perfect marriage of North and South American cultures.

Saturday July 15


Marina John Hanna is a multi-instrumental musician from Suez, Egypt, who specializes in jazz music and composition. She plays a variety of instruments including hand and concert percussion, piano, cello, bass, guitar, and vocals. Marina’s versatile repertoire features her original piano compositions alongside hits by Adele and others, which she sings in both English and Arabic. She was awarded the Tischer Classical Music Scholarship at the 2016 ‘Valley Talent Project’ competition.

Saturday August 12


Hailing from the colorful and gritty La Boca neighborhood of Buenos Aires, Blue Tango Project is a groundbreaking exploration of the emotional and musical crossroads where tango and the blues embrace. It is a collaboration between Argentine Latin Grammy nominee María Volonté and California harmonica player Kevin Carrel Footer, who This globe-trotting duo celebrates the deep spiritual bond that joins tango and the blues, two musical genres born in desire and marginality, many times censored yet always resurgent and speaking directly to our hungry souls. When they play together, Maria’s voice and guitar fill the stage with echoes of tango’s forbidden pleasures, while Kevin’s harmonica whines with the lament of the solitary blues soul.

Saturday September 23


Rebecca Leah Dias is a poetically inclined jazz, Bossa Nova and blues vocalist. She sang soprano with the Columbia College Vocal Jazz Sextet 2016, and is vocalist with the Starlight Serenaders of Sonora. Rebecca’s backing band featuring John Ady on upright bass, Chase Loeb on keys, and Ian Stambaugh on drums, will share a mix of jazz-infused covers of classic standards and pop favorites, with some originals sprinkled in.

Saturday October 7


Born in San Leandro, CA to Portuguese immigrants, Ramana Vieira was exposed to traditional Fado music at a young age. Inspired by the Queen of Fado, Amália Rodrigues, Vieira has always loved the traditional Fado style and has created original music influenced by Rodrigues and many others. She has found her place as a Fado singer of the 21st century by maintaining the tradition of Fado singing while forging a new path with new creative layers, textures and compositions.

Saturday October 14


In Finnish mythology, Vellamo is the goddess of the sea. Based in Vaasa, on the western coast of Finland, folk duo Vellamo crafts ethereal Finnish folk-pop with gorgeous vocals and memorable melodic hooks. Lead singer Pia Leinonen’s exquisite voice combines her love and vast knowledge of Finnish folk music with the western singer-songwriter tradition in a unique and beautiful way. Guitarist Joni Tiala, originally from the Finnish port of Kokkola, is a master of several stringed instruments. Vellamo combine the rich tradition of Finnish folksong with an appealing “retro” sensibility, creating an exotic and magical acoustic experience.