Music, tributes and – of course – awards were on the program Tuesday night as MAMA wrapped her loving arms around the region’s entertainers.
This marked the 18th year that the Modesto Area Music Association handed out its MAMA Awards, done during an invitation-only show at the State Theatre. The evening included performances by local musicians as well as a tribute to this year’s lifetime achievement winner, Modesto native Michael Allsup, a member of classic rock band Three Dog Night, who still lives in the city.
Also part of the program Tuesday was a tribute to musicians who died in 2017: Kevin Garcia, bassist of Modesto-spawned rock band Grandaddy; Penny White, singer in doo-wop group The Sensations; and Evin Yadegar, co-owner of the Barking Dog Grill, a regular venue for local performers.
Presented annually, the awards celebrate talent and entertainment options in the Modesto region. There were more than 250 nominees in a variety of categories this year – from favorite blue collar band to reggae and comedy, from best entertainment events to best venues.
Voting is done online, and co-founder Chris Murphy said in an email that nearly 5,000 people voted from around the world this year.
Here are the 2017 MAMA winners:
Pop rock: Callbox
Metal rock: Hell Heart
Alt-Indie rock: Seven Year Sleep
Americana: Cottonwood Creek
Jazz & blues: Big Earl & the Crying Shame
Unplugged: Mattea Overstreet
Reggae band: Natural Revolution
Youth band: To Kill a Mockingbird
Rock band: Triple DDD
Blue collar: Valley Fire
Punk band: Bed Heads
Latin band: David Perez Band
Urban: Cobalt 45
DJ: DJ Invisible
Comedy: Felecia Aleman
Live music promoter: Modesto Unplugged
Café or restaurant: Queen Bean
Live music venue: Gallo Center for the Arts
Large event: Stanislaus County Fair
Small event: Porchfest