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ACMs play to a loyal country audience to shore up ratings

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — As the television industry deals with overall declines in total viewership, organizers behind the Academy of Country Music Awards are focused on keeping the core country music... Read More

Grape City Con 2017

Grape City Con 2017

Grape City Con Returns April 9th
StocktonCon partners with United Way of San Joaquin and Salvation Army Lodi for a new Pop Culture Convention at the Lodi Grape Festival Grounds

The Cosies at StocktonCon

The Cosies at StocktonCon

The Cosies, California's only Red Carpet Cosplay Award Show at StocktonCon

Turlock catches the Pop Culture Convention bug

Turlock catches the Pop Culture Convention bug
How many Pop Culture Conventions are too many? That answer has not yet been answered yet and the fans in the 209 hope that it neve will. On February 4th at the Stanislaus County Fairgrounds, come out to the first annual Turlock Comic Con.    

LeAnn Rimes to open Stanislaus County Fair

 

(USAF Photograph by MSgt John E. Lasky)

TURLOCK — Country singer LeAnn Rimes will open the Stanislaus County Fair in July, the fair announced Thursday.

Rimes will perform at 8:30 p.m., Friday, July 14 on the Bud Light Variety Free Stage.

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The Cosies are coming

The Cosies are coming
Northern California Second Annual Cosplay Award Show returns January 7th to the Historic West Side Theatre in downtown Newman CA. The NorCal Cosies encompass a mini pop culture convention during the day along with a red-carpet cosplay awards show.  The Cosie-Con is Newman's own Pop-Culture Convention. There will be vendors, artists and special guests including Ava Kolker(American Horror Story/Girl Meets World) and James Weston(Matrix-Reloaded/Transformers Dark of the Moon.) Additionally, there will be panels on bullying, cosplaying, crafting and special performances by Spotlight Dance and Powers Dance and Choreography. There will be something for fans of comic books, cosplay, fantasy and science fiction. 

Beat Happy! Music 30 Years of D.I.Y. promoting

Beat Happy! Music 30 Years of D.I.Y. promoting

I have been booking and promoting Live Entertainment of all sorts for 30 years in the greater 209. Started out in Modesto as St Christopher Promotions later as Poison Free Promotions in Stockton and for the last 20 or so years as Beat Happy! Music

On December 9th you are all invited to come and celebrate this milestone at the Portal 1324 Coldwell Ave Modesto CA. Along with live music by Imminent Waves, there will be a special screening of  Nate Bergs' FLORADORA an independent film documenting the D.I.Y. Music of the San Joaquin Valley focused around a Fugazi show 25 years ago at a Knights of Columbus Hall. 

Mixed with found-VHS footage of Fugazi, Plaid Retina and Sharon Tate  along with new interviews from those who were at the epicentre, this production is something unique to not just this area but secondary markets all over the US.