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Tower of Power brings soulful sound to fair stage

The day Emilio Castillo met and hired Stephen "Doc" Kupka to join his band, he thought he was merely adding a baritone sax to his band's line-up. He had no idea he had just formed a partnership that would serve as the foundation of an enduring sound and launch a musical odyssey that has lasted more than four decades and still keeps fans bumping to the beat.

July 16, 2013 | Sabra Stafford | Music


Christian, country, classic rock and Latin artists to perform at Merced Fair

It's fair time in Merced County and the five-day run festivity is bringing a variety of entertainment to the stage.

June 11, 2013 | STAFF REPORTS Turlock Journal | Music


Gala concert highlights area talent

Some of California State University, Stanislaus' finest musical talent will take the stage Thursday in a Gala Concert event.

April 23, 2013 | STAFF REPORTS Turlock Journal | Music


Elton John tribute concert to benefit air museum

Mix in one part of far-out frames, an over-the top wardrobe, a dash of sparkly platforms, with lots of vocal artistry and one talented tickler of the ivories and you would have the classic sights and sounds of Elton John.

April 09, 2013 | Sabra Stafford | Music


Turlock native releases first Gospel album

For as long as Phil King can remember, faith and music have played an integral part in his life. Now, the 23-year-old Turlock native is combining his two passions as his first ever album hits the market this week.

March 26, 2013 | Sabra Stafford | Music


Renowned Central Valley performer honored by university

The California State University, Stanislaus, Music Department will be paying tribute to one of the area's premier arts benefactor and supporter at the 10th annual Donor Recognition concert on Friday.

March 05, 2013 | STAFF REPORTS Turlock Journal | Music


Father, son find common ground in band

The generational gap between most fathers and sons usually translates into widely divergent musical tastes. But Carlos Yamzon, 57, and his son Marlon Yamzon, 28, have found a happy middle ground in the likes of The Beatles, Journey, Jimi Hendrix, and Fleetwood Mac and have turned that shared enthusiasm into the backbone of The MCW Band.

February 12, 2013 | Sabra Stafford | Music


Turlock Concert Association brings renowned vocalists to town

Tenor Daniel Rodriguez, whose rise to musical stardom began in the shadow of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, will be performing with his wife Soprano Marla Kavanaugh for a special one night show sponsored by the Turlock Concert Association.

February 05, 2013 | Sabra Stafford | Music


From Christian rock to traditional hymns, local churches celebrate in song

For some the best part of the holidays is the music. Whether it's "Silent Night" or "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing," celebrating Christmas just isn't the same without traditional hymns. At Monte Vista Chapel, however, the holidays mean rocking out to The Katinas.

December 11, 2012 | Kristina Hacker | Music


Joni Morris: Voice lessons to national tours

The path of Joni Morris' success as a country singer and her rave reviews for her Patsy Cline tributes can all be charted back to her desire to "kill a little time."

October 15, 2012 | Sabra Stafford | Music


Musician donates proceeds to help vets

Native Alabama man and Vietnam veteran Richard Hall knows what it's like to be injured in the line of duty and left to fend for himself as a damaged civilian.

September 25, 2012 | BY KIM VAN METER Turlock Journal | Music


X Fest to feature 14 stages, 60 bands

The Valley's biggest party returns to downtown Modesto this Saturday for its 13th year and features some of the biggest touring acts in the country. X Fest, the largest annual cocktail party for the 21 and older crowd will feature 14 stages shared by a lineup of 60 bands and expects to draw a crowd of 20,000, according to the event's producer Chris Ricci.

July 31, 2012 | Nancy Angel | Music


Local guitar picks featured in ‘Rock of Ages’

The new film "Rock of Ages," has a star-studded cast.

June 19, 2012 | | Music


Fair’s entertainment line-up runs the gamut from crooners to tumblers

The upcoming line-up of performers coming to the Stanislaus County Fair is looking to hit all the right notes with fairgoers by bringing in a bevy of entertainers.

May 29, 2012 | Sabra Stafford | Music


Hugh Laurie to make musical ‘House’ call in Turlock

Hugh Laurie, the popular and acclaimed star of television's "House" will readily admit he doesn't have the typical pedigree and background of most Blues musicians, but he's not about to let that get in his way.

May 01, 2012 | Sabra Stafford | Music


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