Spring soon will be busting out some entertainment lineups in the greater Modesto region.
Look for the Gallo Center for the Arts to announce its upcoming 2013-14 season lineup in mid-May, with the summer concert series plan for Ironstone Vineyards announced at the end of this month.
The current Gallo Center season wraps up this summer, with a handful of big-name shows added recently, including comedians Rodney Carrington and Dana Carvey and singers Dwight Yoakam and Pat Benatar.
Interestingly, a press release Wednesday from the Mountain Winery in Saratoga, which also stages a summer concert series each year, revealed enough similarities to raise some hopes about shows that are at least possibilities for our area stages, too.
It's no secret that artists who play venues in the Bay Area often turn up at theaters, amphitheaters and casinos in the Modesto region on surrounding dates. An artist can add to his or her paycheck with a show at a nearby venue, and that venue can get a good financial deal by piggybacking on an already scheduled date.
Case in point: Carrington, who plays Mountain Winery on June 14, will play at the Gallo Center on June 13. And Benatar will be on the Saratoga stage June 11 and in Modesto on June 12.
On a greater-Modesto region note, classic progressive rock band Yes will play July 13 at Jackson Rancheria that's soon after the band's July 7 date scheduled at Mountain Winery. Yes will be crisscrossing the California/Nevada/Arizona region throughout early July.
A person who's been paying attention to the whole Modesto-area entertainment thing long enough say me, for example can make some semi-educated guesses about who else might play here, based on that Mountain Winery release.
It's all pure speculation, of course. And we're mainly talking about Ironstone Vineyards in this guessing game, because it's unlikely the Gallo Center will add more shows to the current season. But don't discount Turlock Community Theatre, where the upcoming 2013-14 season will be announced in late June or early July or the State Theatre in Modesto, which is known, too, to bring in national music and comedy acts.)
For instance, it would not be surprising if Cyndi Lauper turned up somewhere locally, given her show set for June 19 in Saratoga (she also plays the Crest Theatre in Sacramento on June 18). Ditto Lyle Lovett, with an Aug. 7 date at Mountain Winery.
Other Saratoga artists who we can add to our best-guess list to show up regionally: George Lopez, Jim Gaffigan, Bill Cosby, Jewel, The Beach Boys, Barenaked Ladies and/or Ben Folds Five (they're a double-bill at Mountain Winery), Huey Lewis and the News, Styx, Kenny Loggins, Foreigner, Peter Frampton, The Human League, Joan Jett and Melissa Etheridge.
Heck, it's even possible OneRepublic might make a side trip to the region, sometime around its Sept. 8 Saratoga date.
Sure, some of those might be more best hopes than best guesses. Nevertheless, it will be interesting to see how many of them turn out to be correct.
Stay tuned as the region's venues announce their upcoming entertainment lineups.
Another amazing season of "Justified" just finished up on FX, with all the twists and clever turns expected of this television show starring Modesto son Timothy Olyphant. The finale last week revisited the twisted soul, the bad within the good guy, of Olyphant's character, Raylan Givens.
Olyphant deserves another Emmy nomination this year for the way he's conveyed Raylan's inner turmoil, vulnerabilities and divided heart.
Don't know what's going to happen tonight on "Fashion Star," where a former Modestan remains in the competition mix, but it could be the final show for JesseRay Vasquez and his partner.
A lukewarm critique last week from the celebrity mentors and a look-ahead reel that was void of the pair for this week's show have me on edge that it might be the end of the line for the ex-local on the NBC competition show. Hope I'm wrong and he makes it through to another round.