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2023 Monterey Jazz Festival On Tour

Friday, January 27, 2023 7:30 P.M. Mary Stuart Rogers Theater Modesto, CA

As one of the world’s longest running and most iconic musical events, the Monterey Jazz Festival celebrates its 65th year with a must-hear, once-in-a-lifetime ensemble. Featuring Tony and Grammy Award-winning NEA Jazz Master vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater alongside Grammy Award-winning vocalist Kurt Elling and critically acclaimed rising star saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin, this stellar band will be directed by visionary pianist Christian Sands and anchored by his longtime rhythm section, bassist Yasushi Nakamura and drummer Clarence Penn.


CVV NEWS l December 20, 2022

Friday, January 20, 2023 7:30 p.m. Mary Stuart Rogers Theater Modesto, CA

Having gained national and international acclaim for the sales of more than 30 million albums, numerous chart-topping songs and a ton of awards and nominations, Brian McKnight has earned himself a well-deserved spot in contemporary music history. He’s also starred on television (Extra TV) and on Broadway (Chicago). As if being a brilliant singer, songwriter and producer weren’t enough, McKnight is a multi-instrumentalist who plays piano, guitar, bass, drums, percussions, trombone, tuba, flugelhorn and trumpet.


CVV News-Posted: July 28, 2022

  • AUGUST 6, 2022DOORS: 7:00 PM / SHOW: 7:30 PM SOLD OUT $55-$99
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Grammy and American Music Award Nominees After 7 (Melvin Edmonds Kevon Edmonds and Keith Mitchell) best known for their dynamic and distinctive R&B sound, marked a 32-year musical milestone in 2021.

In 1988, these three talented young men from Indianapolis, Indiana were brought to Virgin Records by the legendary hit-making duo Antonio “L.A.” Reid and Kenneth ‘Babyface’ Edmonds

– Kevon and Melvin’s younger brother.

Their self-titled debut album went Platinum producing two #1 Billboard R&B singles and Certified Gold “Can’t Stop” and “Ready or Not”.

Their sophomore project, “Takin’ My Time” was Certified Gold. In addition, After 7 released 2 singles – “Nights Like This” used in the film soundtrack “The Five Heartbeats” and “Not Enough Hours In The Night” from the TV soundtrack “Beverly Hills 90210”. Their 3rd album “Reflections” of which the lead single, “Till You Do Me Right” charted another Top 10 hit.

After a 20 year hiatus from the studio, the group members came together and recorded with the writing and production team of Kenneth ‘Babyface’ Edmonds and Daryl Simmons. They released the landmark album TIMELESS which landed five Top 10 hits on the Billboard Urban AC Charts

In May 2019, the group mourned the sudden loss of Melvin Edmonds, the father of the gifted and talented Jason Edmonds who stepped in to continue the legacy in both live concerts and recordings until July 2019. It was then that vocalist, Danny ‘SkyHigh’ McClain joined Kevon Edmonds and Keith Mitchell to create a masterful woven tapestry of music for SRG– ILS/RoseWorks.  The first single: Bittersweet will hit the airwaves this spring followed by the May 2021 highly anticipated album titled UNFINISHED BUSINESS.

After 7 is a NAACP Image Award recipient and has received countless of other awards and accolades. The group will continue to reach the hearts of fans worldwide and bring their message of passion and love through their music.

Felicia Roberts took an idea gathered a few people to reached into a minority community to highlight the positive, using a minority newspaper the Central Valley Voice. Roberts was joined by her sisters Carolyn Williams, Alleashia Thomas, niece Hermonie Lynn Williams, nephew Ron Williams, cousin Jerald Lester, Jay Slaffey, Greg Savage, Tim Daniels and the late J Denise Fontaine. Each individual played an important role in the birth of the newspapers. Since, then many have stood strong behind the success of the newspapers and its goal to fill a void in the Central Valley community. The Central Valley Voice published their 1st issue in November 1991. Its purposed was to highlight the achievements of minorities in the Central Valley. The Voice focuses on the accomplishments of African Americans and Hispanics giving young people role models while diminishing the stereotypical pictures of gangs, crime and violence that permeate the minority communities. Since 1991, the Central Valley Voice has provided an important voice for the minority community throughout the Madera, Merced. Stanislaus and San Joaquin counties.




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