The Dragonfly Art For Life

1210 J St., Modesto

Showcases start at 7:30
$10 for music only

$15  for music + rock painting

$35  for music + canvas painting

And at assorted listening-room spaces

around downtown Modesto:

“It’s like I never heard music before.”

“I didn’t know music could be like that.”

"Arguably one of the best concerts I've ever seen."

"Sometimes you come out of an event knowing that you will never experience anything even remotely similar."


Modesto Unplugged cultivates an intimate listening concert environment, bringing the freshest voices in acoustic music together with the most attentive and appreciative audiences. Quality original songwriting, unique styles and instrumentation from around the globe, and an up-close and interactive listening experience combine to create musical magic hard to find in the Central Valley.


Currently presenting music at:

Friday October 14



Payton Mahoney

Liz Ryder is a British native with a style rooted in traditional English folk and a passion for rendering the old with a mind for the new. Accompanying herself with fingerstyle guitar, Celtic bouzouki, banjo, and sometimes folk harp, she plays both traditional and self-penned music of a dynamic and honest nature.

Payton Mahoney of local youth-rock ensemble Portrait Of Elysia will warm up the evening with a few tunes.

Friday October 28


Xanthe Alexis has devoted her life to healing others, whether by guiding patients to recovery as a trauma therapist or transporting audiences to transcendence through music that pairs. soaring melodies with lush, hypnotic soundscapes. Xanthe's songwriting grapples with anxiety and strength, worry and comfort, heartbreak and hope; and her sound hints at everything from Angel Olsen and Sharon Van Etten to Julien Baker and Feist.

Our listening concerts are cash-only at the door unless otherwise noted, but seat reservations can be made at or by calling 209-543-5306. Kids 12 and younger get in free. Doors open thirty minutes prior to showtime.

Wednesday November 9

The Jewel, 1307 J St.

Doors 7:00, music 7:30

$25 at the door

A Steampunk Cello Cabaret



Unwoman (aka Erica Mulkey) is a San Francisco-based cellist-singer-songwriter. Layered with skillful cello, rich vocals, and beats, her music is a darkly futuristic homage to her classical training. Unwoman has performed solo at major steampunk, goth, and sci-fi-related events all over the United States. Most live solo shows use electric cello played standing up, and live-looping accompaniment. She has also collaborated with Amanda Palmer, Abney Park, Stripmall Architecture, Voltaire, Rasputina, Jill Tracy, Vernian Process, Caustic, Anthony Jones, Nathaniel Johnstone Band, Black Tape for a Blue Girl, and Attrition.