Reverend Horton Heat
Psychobilly pioneer the Reverend Horton Heat returns to Modesto. The Texas musician, born Jim Heath, began playing his distinctive blend of country, punk, swing and rockabilly in 1985. Over the years, he has swung through the Central Valley several times, including a show last year at the Fat Cat Music House & Lounge. His performance at The Brewhouse will be part of the venue’s ongoing Rockabilly Cruise Nights series, which promotes and encourages the area’s rockabilly roots. Also performing at the all-ages show will be The Atom Age, The (Secret) Hitchers and Dj Vida Lee’s Jukebox Social.
WHEN: 7 p.m. Wednesday
WHERE: The Brewhouse at Hero’s, 821 L St. Modesto
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CALL: (209) 524-2337
Night at the Bowl
Spend a night out in the park to help make more nights out in the park happen. The fourth annual Night at the Bowl is a benefit for Modesto’s Parks, Recreation and Neighborhoods Department and MoBand (Modesto Band of Stanislaus County). The event will feature wine, beer and food tastings from local restaurants, wineries and breweries. There will be performances from the Gottschalk Concert Band and Third Party. The MoBand season of free concerts in the park kicks off June 5.
WHEN: 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday
WHERE: Mancini Bowl, Graceada Park, Needham Street and Sycamore Avenue, Modesto
CALL: (209) 571-5582
Strunz & Farah
Grammy-nominated guitar duo Strunz & Farah brings its world music sensibilities to the State Theatre. Jorge Strunz and Ardeshir Farah play a mix of Afro-Caribbean, Latin American folk, flamenco and Middle Eastern sounds. Their 1990 release, “Primal Magic,” topped the Billboard World Music charts, and they were nominated two years later for a Grammy for their follow-up, “Americas.” They’ve collaborated with Sting, Joan Baez, Jackson Browne and others.
WHEN: 8 p.m. today
WHERE: State Theatre, 1307 J St., Modesto
CALL: (209) 527-4697
Sweet Sassy Bluegrassy
The Modesto Unplugged Music Federation brings an evening of bluegrass, Appalachian and old-time sounds to the Prospect Theatre Project. The concert will feature West Virginia-based singer-songwriter Chelsea McBee, as well as four California bands. They are folk duo The Littlest Birds, string-band revue The Mountain Men, folk and bluegrass act Old Belle and father-daughter team The Poor Valley Band.
WHEN: 7 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: Prospect Theater Project, 1214 K St., Modesto
TICKETS: $15 in advance, $20 at door
CALL: (209) 543-5306
Spring Peddlers Faire
Find what you didn’t know you were looking for at the 36th annual Spring Peddlers Fair in Arnold. The event features more than 70 booths of antiques, collectibles, handcrafted items, vintage jewelry and more. The Volunteer Fire Department serves local beers and a variety of homemade food. The Lions Club holds an all-you-can-eat $6 pancake breakfast both days from 8 to 11 a.m.
WHEN: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
WHERE: Downtown Arnold
CALL: (925) 372-8961
Slide guitar master Roy Rogers and The Delta Rhythm Kings return to the area. Rogers has received eight Grammy nominations as a producer and performer. He has worked with John Lee Hooker and Ramblin’ Jack Elliott and written for Bonnie Raitt. As a performer, he is known for his slide skills and Delta blues sound.
WHEN: 9 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: Willow Creek Lounge, Black Oak Casino, 19400 Tuolumne Road North, Tuolumne