6 things to do this week in the Modesto area

May 8, 2014 

Asleep at the Wheel

The six-time Grammy-winning country group Asleep at the Wheel comes to the State Theatre. The group, known for its upbeat Western swing and roots music, has put out more than 25 albums in its four-decade career. Group founder and frontman Ray Benson is joined by new vocalist Elizabeth McQueen.

WHEN: 8 p.m. Friday

WHERE: State Theatre, 1307 J St., Modesto

TICKETS: $28-$38

CALL: (209) 527-4697

ONLINE: www.thestate.org

Central Valley Brewfest

Raise a glass as the second annual Central Valley Brewfest celebrates West Coast breweries. The event boasts more than 100 beers to sample, including a new collaborative offering from Turlock’s Dust Bowl Brewing Co. and Rock 96.7 FM. Some 35 breweries will be sampling offerings, including Lagunitas Brewing, Drakes Brewing Co, 21st Amendment Brewery, and Tioga Sequoia Brewing. Admission includes unlimited sampling, a souvenir tasting mug, admission to a charity art gallery, parking and music. Modesto’s Peer Recovery Art Project will have art for purchase, with proceeds going to the group. To encourage safe driving, there are discounted tickets for designated drivers at $20. Must be 21 or older to attend. Last year, more than 600 people attended the inaugural event.

WHEN: 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: Stanislaus County Fairground, 900 N. Broadway, Turlock

TICKETS: $30 in advance, $35 at door

CALL: (209) 614-8148

ONLINE: www.cvbrewfest.com

“Rebozos” dance production

Moms and everyone else are invited to “Rebozos,” a Mother’s Day celebration by Calidanza Dance Company of Sacramento. The Mexican folk and contemporary dance company will present the new production at the Gallo Center for moms’ special day. The festive concert will feature 21 dancers honoring the traditions of Mexico and serenades in tribute to mothers in the audience.

WHEN: 3 p.m. Sunday

WHERE: Foster Theater, Gallo Center for the Arts, 1000 I St., Modesto

TICKETS: $15-$25

CALL: (209) 338-2100

ONLINE: www.galloarts.org

Waterford Western Heritage Day

Waterford celebrates its 157-year history at the community’s Western Heritage Day. The event will feature a street fair with antiques, collectibles, arts and crafts, a car show, antique engines and motors, food and drinks. There will be live music on stage and kids’ bounce houses, train rides, face painting and activity zone.

WHEN: 10 a.m. parade; 11 a.m. bands Saturday

WHERE: Downtown Waterford

ADMISSION: Free

CALL: (209) 874-1028 or (209) 404-7916

J-Boog

Reggae artist J-Boog, who mixes R&B and world music in his sound, comes to the Fat Cat Music House & Lounge. The singer of Samoan descent was born in Long Beach and raised in Compton and released his debut album “Hear Me Roar” in 2007. His 2011 album, “Backyard Boogie,” hit No. 1 on the Billboard Reggae album charts. He has had hits with the songs “Let’s Do It Again,” “So Far Gone” and “Let Me Know.”

WHEN: 6 p.m. doors open Wednesday, show at 7

WHERE: Fat Cat Music House & Lounge, 930 11th St., Modesto

TICKETS: $15

CALL: (209) 524-1400

ONLINE: www.fatcatmodesto.com

Agricultural Center celebration

The University of California Cooperative Extension celebrates its 100th anniversary with a free community event at the Stanislaus County Agricultural Center. The festivities will include a farmers market, petting zoo, arts and crafts, youth fun zone, classic-car show and more. There also will be food, nutrition information, cooking demonstrations and an appearance by Manteca chef Michael Midgley of television’s “Top Chef” and “Cutthroat Kitchen.” There will be live music all day; performers include The Hot Dark, The Red Pony, Sarah Peacock and more.

WHEN: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: Stanislaus County Agricultural Center, 3800 Cornucopia Way, Modesto

ADMISSION: Free

CALL: (209) 525-6800

ONLINE: cestanislaus.ucanr.edu

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