Entertainment

Hey, your MAMA's waiting to hear from you

MAMA Mia, there they go again. The Modesto Area Music Association has announced the nominees for its eight annual MAMA Awards set for Oct. 16 at the State Theatre. And the nominees are:

BEST P3 (Rock-Pop, Punk-Pop, Power-Pop)

A Mover, A Fighter

Aaron Durr

Evaline

Kymatics

Nadine

Nideit

Ode to Anthony

Peech

BEST ALTERNATIVE/INDIE

City Psychology

El Olio Wolof

French Cassettes

Sapo Sueño

Shadow Puppet Theatre

Travis Vick

The Medusas

The Flats

BEST HARD ROCK

Dardanell

In The Absence

One Shot Suicide

Protoman

Rise of the Caligula

Seip

Tri-Star Embodiment

We're Not Friends Anymore

BEST URBAN

Grains of Sand

Livin Proof

Mackalot

Ruff City

Starrz

The Artist TL

Tronikfuq

Yuyo MC

BEST R&B/FUNKROCK/JAM

Ibid

Invictus

Jay Smith

Kung Fu Conspiracy

Minor Dischord

Not4 Nothin

Project 59

Ron Devue

BEST UNPLUGGED (Acoustic/Americana)

not an airplane

Joelle Maddyson

Shaylin Nichole

Alyssa Poppin

Niki Leigh

Rachel Renae

BEST BLUES/JAZZ

Aubrey Johnson's DARC

The Cartel Band

Jazzoni

Joe Barretta

The BluesBox Bayou Band

Johnny Valdez Band

Rhythm Deluxe

Valley Rhythm Section

BEST AMERICANA

Dry Creek

The Good Luck Thrift Store Outfit

Panhandle

Sadie Brown Band

Brett Dennen

Dave Hanley Band

BEST BLUE COLLAR

About Face

Arrival

Aquanett

Tequila Mockingbird

Saucy Cocktail

Strange Brew

Slackenloader

Third Wheel

Wisdom

BEST DANCE PROMOTER

Pure209

Sweat Entertainment

Flyboys

Universal Promotionz

EHP

Best Kept Secret

Smoove

Goodfella5

BEST DJ

DJ Chopstiques

DJ Sergio

DJ 9T9

DJ O

DJ Suga Shane

DJ Teddy C

DJ Zya

BEST VENUE

Battered Beaver

Cow Track

Fat Cat Music House & Lounge

Hero's Sports Lounge & Pizza Company

Partisan

Palladium

Speakeasy

Nino's

State Theatre

BEST LIVE MUSIC RESTAURANT/CAFE

Barkin' Dog

Clayton's

Deva cafe

Banana Joe's

Galletto Ristorante

Modesto Sports Bar & Grill

P. Wexford's

Sidelines

Queen Bean

Verona's

BEST SMALL EVENT

B93.1 Acoustic Christmas

Blue Monday Jam

Liquid Summer

Groovefest

Off the Air

P. Wexford's St. Patrick's Day Fest

Stanislaus PRIDE Day

Tresetti's Mardi Gras

BEST LARGE EVENT

Modesto Blues Fest

Oakdale Chocolate Festival

B93 Summerfest

Hughson Fruit & Nut Festival

KAT Country Listener Appreciation

Modesto Art and Wine Festival

Modesto Relays BBQ Street Scene

Picnic at the Pops

X-Fest

Voting is open online and closes at 11:59 p.m. Oct. 13 at www.modestoview.com/mama.

Elsewhere around the Scene:

Are you ready to rock? No, seriously, are you ready?

If so, then get yourself down to MonsterFest on Saturday at the Merced County Fairgrounds. The third annual festival has 18 bands on three stages. Playing will be five touring tribute bands — Damage Inc. (Metallica), Izzy Osborne (Ozzy Osbourne), Cowboys from Hell (Pantera), Generation Swine (Mötley Crüe) and Noise Pollution (AC/DC) — and bands from Northern California.

The all-ages show includes food vendors and a beer court for those 21 and older. Gates open at 3:30 p.m. Music from 4 to 11:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the gate. Call 878-0380 or visit myspace.com/monsterfestrocks. ...

Looking to expand your cultural horizons instead? Check out the the Mexican Cultural Education show Saturday at Modesto High School.

The event will include a performance by TRIBU from Mexico City, as well as mariachi bands and dancers. The event from the Association of Mexican American Educators, Ballet Folklorico Xochipilli and Modesto High School will raise funds for scholarships for Latino students. It runs from 6 to 9 p.m. Tickets are $10, children ages 17 and under are free. Call 551-5620 or 679-1552. ...

Are you feeling folky? Check out The Kingston Trio and The Brothers Four on Monday at the Gallo Center for the Arts.

The Kingston Trio first hit the music charts in 1958 with its hit "Tom Dooley" and has been part of the folk music landscape for 50 years. Show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $35-$55. Call 338-2100 or visit www.galloarts.org. ...

And finally, check out Nashville recording artist Stephen Cochran as he performs a benefit concert Saturday in Manteca at the Sierra High School gymnasium. Proceeds from the concert will benefit The Ripple Effect Music Foundation, which funds scholarships for Manteca students to attend summer music programs. Show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $5. Call 480-2815.

Bee entertainment writer Marijke Rowland can be reached at mrowland@modbee.com or 578-2284. Read her blog SceneIt at thehive.modbee.com/sceneit.

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