Modesto Unplugged and ModestoView present:
‘MUSIC AT THE GMC’
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 modestounplugged@yahoo.com

Friday June 23

COMPLICATED ANIMALS

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

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

BLUE TANGO PROJECT

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.

Friday September 22

REBECCA LEAH DIAS

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

RAMANA VIEIRA

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

VELLAMO

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.