In Brief: Events in the Modesto region

May 21, 2013 

Rick Estrin


School of Rock

A new School of Rock Show hits the Fat Cat Music House & Lounge this weekend, part of the VMIRocks series that showcases local bands with players ages 6 to 60, and beyond.

Sixteen bands will play in the show, put on by the Valley Music Institute, offering a variety of music genres, according to a press release. The School of Rock started in 2009 to teach children, teens and adults how to be part of real bands. Compatible students are formed into groups, which then rehearse for eight weeks, leading up to two shows each session.

The next show begins at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Fat Cat, 930 11th St., Modesto. Tickets are $7 advance, $10 at the door. For tickets or more information, see

Diggins 1852 returns

Columbia State Historic Park brings its living history event back for Diggins 1852. More than 100 costumed volunteers depict life in an 1850s mining camp as it's re-created in detail from clothing to food to entertainment to daily chores and storytelling.

Those who attend can meet the merchants, artisans and entertainers as they interact and observe the lifestyles of the early miners.

Diggins 1852 will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily from May 30 through June 2 at Columbia State Historic Park. Cost is $5 for adults, $1 children age 12 and under. For more, call (209) 588-9128 or see

Estrin hits Black Oak

Harp player Rick Estrin brings his band the Nightcats to the Black Oak Casino this weekend.

Estrin is a noted harp player in the world of blues music. For 30 years, Estrin was the voice and face of blues and jump band Little Charlie & The Nightcats.

The show starts at 9 p.m. Saturday in the Willow Creek Lounge at Black Oak, Black Oak Casino is in Tuolumne, seven miles east of Sonora off Highway 108.

Admission is free. For more, call 877-747-8777 or see

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