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Bobby McFerrin comes to Merced

CVV News l November 10, 2023

Merced on Saturday, November 18th, at 3:00 p.m., Merced Theater 301 W. Main Street.

Bobby McFerrin is a 10-time GRAMMY Award winner who has blurred the distinction between pop music and fine art. His exploration of uncharted vocal territory inspired a new generation of a cappella singers and the beatbox movement. From his trailblazing, solo a cappella performances to his inspired collaborations with Chick Corea and Yo-Yo Ma, his iconic global No. 1 hit “Don’t Worry, Be Happy,” and his work conducting top-tier orchestras, McFerrin’s calling has always been to connect people through the unlimited possibilities of music. McFerrin redefined the role of the human voice with his experiments in multi-tracking, his collaborations, his improvising choir Voicestra, and his legendary solo performances.

General Admission: $10 – Contact the Merced Theatre, Tuesday-Friday, 1-5 pm, (209) 381-0500
Students: Free, Student tickets can be picked up at the Merced Multicultural Arts Center (645 W Main St) downtown Merced, Wed-Sat, 2:00-6:00 pm. Please bring your student I.D.

Merced’s Got Talent Presents: Talent Show & Lip-Sync Competition

VEM l August 8, 2023

Mainzer is partnering with Merced’s Got Talent to bring you a community Talent Show with prizes awarded! It is open to all ages, and free to our community. Those interested in performing in the talent show may email or call 209-628-8463 to sign up.

Please reserve a table, or ticket type, through and we will hold your table for the show. Due to this being a free event, we will only hold your reservation for 15 min after show time. After 15 min, we will consider the party a no-show and may give the table away to others.

NOTE: Ticket Quantities reflect TABLE QUANITIES. Tables are available through this link only, and will include a server for food and beverage purchases. We no longer honor Open Table reservations for events.


CVV News l May 17, 2023

The Gallo Center for the Arts has announced a customarily diverse and star-studded season for 23/24, with some surprises in the mix as well. Advance ticket sales are currently underway for Gallo Center donors, and tickets go on sale to the public on June 5. The performing arts venue has begun mail distribution of its season brochure to more than 200,000 regional households, while a digital, interactive version of the brochure is available now at

“More than half of the new season line-up will have never been to the Gallo Center before. That’s exciting!” says Chad Hilligus, chief executive officer. “The 23/24 season is jam-packed with everything from homegrown talent to international superstars, representing more than twenty diverse genres including country, comedy, jazz, magic, dance, classical, rock, and more Latino programming than any other venue in the Central Valley.”

Ticket sales to the general public begin Monday, June 5, at 10 am. Tickets will be available online at the Center’s website, by calling (209) 338-2100, or at the ticket office, 1000 I Street in downtown Modesto.

Latina singing sensation Carla Morrison, along with Donny Osmond on his first tour in six years, ‘Long Island Medium’ Theresa Caputo, Motown legend Smokey Robinson and country star Josh Turner get the season started in August. Designated as the Center’s official season opener is a September 30 performance by Wynton Marsalis leading The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra.

“After years of trying, we are honored to finally have the opportunity to present the legendary Mr. Marsalis here,” Hilligus continued. “I cannot think of a better way to set the tone and officially open the new season. It promises to be an unforgettable, sold-out event.”

Broadway tours coming to the Center in 23/24 include two blockbuster productions making their Modesto debut—“Mean Girls” and “Come From Away”—plus returning audience favorites “Jesus Christ Superstar,” “Chicago” and “My Fair Lady.”

Well-known performers scheduled include comedians Brian Regan, Felipe Esparza and Terry Fator; former Monkee Micky Dolenz; past “American Idol” stars Ruben Studdard and Clay Aiken in concert together; the vocal ensembles Straight No Chaser and The Ten Tenors; opera’s reigning soprano Renée Fleming; and jazz saxophonist Dave Koz once again presenting his annually sold-out Christmas show.

One of the season’s surprises, says Hilligus, is the New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players production of “The Pirates of Penzance.”  The performance will be co-presented by Opera Modesto, a first-ever collaboration between the Gallo Center and the resident company. “Pride Anthems” is another departure for the Center. Booked in June next year, it is a Pride Month celebration presented in conjunction with MoPride’s 10th anniversary. The show is a musical revue commemorating the 50th anniversary of the New York City Stonewall Riots that inspired the modern LGBTQ+ movement. 

Hilligus noted that two 2023 Grammy Award-winners, jazz singer Samara Joy and the classical string and vocal trio Time For Three, are part of the “Chad’s Picks” series he curates annually encouraging patrons to explore new cultural opportunities. Others are “Piaf! The Show,” a musical about the storied French singer Edith Piaf, and 2023 Grammy Award-nominee Kings Return, the a cappella group that wowed Gallo Center audiences when they opened for Jay Leno this season.

Another strong line-up of family programming also is planned, and will include “Bluey’s Big Play—The Stage Show,” a new stage adaptation of the Emmy Award-winning television series, and “Madagascar the Musical,” based on the DreamWorks animated movie.  

”The Gallo Center is once again proud to set the stage for the Central Valley, bringing the spectacular world of live arts and entertainment to the heart of Modesto,” commented Hilligus.

Wednesday, March 22, 2023 7:30PM

Mary Stuart Rogers Theater 1000 I Street, Modesto, CA 95354  Phone: (209) 338-2100


Beautiful simply does not describe the incomparable force known to the world as Patti LaBelle. Known as the “godmother of soul,” this Grammy winner and legendary hit-maker has given the world many memorable songs over her career of 60+ years, including “Lady Marmalade,” “When You Talk About Love,” “New Attitude,” “If Only You Knew,” and “On My Own.” Her name has become synonymous with grace, style, elegance and class. Belting out classic rhythm and blues renditions, pop standards and spiritual sonnets have created the unique platform of versatility that she is known and revered for. Thrilled simply does not describe how we feel to welcome Miss LaBelle for her debut performance at the Gallo Center.


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
  • AUGUST 6, 2022DOORS: 9:15 PM / SHOW: 9:30 PM BUY TICKETS$55

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.

Central Valley Voice
Central Valley Voice
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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