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Journey comes to an end for rock band Transport

Another band bites the dust.

After five years of rocking hard, Modesto band Transport has decided to call it a career. The group's Saturday show at Modesto's Queen Bean Coffee House will be its last, singer Nathan Penrose said.

Band members announced the split in a message posted to their MySpace page (www.myspace.com/transport) last week. Penrose said the decision was reached amicably after careful consideration.

"It's time. Nothing happened; it's just time. It's time for Transport to hang it up and move onto other bigger, better things or smaller, worse things," he joked. "It's cool because we were together over five years and there are no bitter feelings."

Over the last year and a half, the group's lineup underwent some major changes as founding members Shane Rivers (lead guitar) and Matt Cox (drums) left. Penrose said those changes have morphed Transport's sound. The group went into the studio earlier this spring and recorded new material, which members will debut at the goodbye show.

"You can only reinvent something so many times. I love this band, but I didn't want to do that anymore," he said. "If we were going to do that, I'd rather move on to another project."

As for what those other projects are, Penrose isn't sure. He said he probably will continue making music, though he has no set plans. The same goes for the other band members: Jason Rivers (effects/guitar/vocals), Aaron Wilson (lead guitar), Chris Ensley (bass) and Neil Nobriga (drummer).

In its five years, Transport won the Modesto Area Music Association 2003 best alternative band award, toured across California and the Pacific Northwest and collected some 20,000 MySpace friends on the way to becoming one of the area's most popular live acts.

Since making the announcement, Penrose said the band has receive some 250 emails from fans and other artists, many of whom he's never even met.

"We're so happy with what we've accomplished," he said. "We set out to add something new to the scene and to have some fun. I think we did that."

Penrose said he plans to bring the remaining stock of Transport CDs and give them away at the last show. Also performing will be Aaron Durr and not an Airplane. The music starts at 7 p.m. with no cover.

"Thanks to everyone in the Modesto area for all the support and everything," Penrose said. "It's been a fun little ride."

Elsewhere around the Scene:

The State Theatre kicks off its new Theme Thursdays film series with the French charmer "Amelie." The monthly program brings old favorites to the theater with a special theme for each film. For "Amelie," come in pajamas and browse the arts and crafts show in the lobby beforehand. Doors open at 6 p.m., show at 7 p.m. Tickets are $8, call 527-4697. ...

Looking for live music tonight? Check out a trio of singer-songwriters at Modesto's Queen Bean starting at 7 p.m. Performing will be Southern California artist Marianne Keith, Northern California duo Peech and San Diego singer Noah Sugarman, all artists for the indie Unison Record Label. No cover. If you miss them tonight, catch an encore show at 9 p.m. Sept. 28 at Sidelines Pub & Grill. ...

And finally, check out the new spoken word poetry night VerbaTude at downtown Modesto's Deva cafe tonight. Organized by Modesto poet Jai Gullatt, the monthly series open mic night is the first Friday of each month. The featured poet tonight will be DeAngela from Los Angeles. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and show starts at 8 p.m. Cover is $5.

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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