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The Modesto Invasion 

The San Francisco rock scene is alive and well -- 90 miles from San Francisco

Wednesday, Jun 28 2000
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In the meantime, the region is beginning to recognize the importance of supporting home-grown artists to bolster its communities, as Modesto is in the planning stages of creating a regional performing arts center. As more industry moves within the Central Valley city limits, the area can arguably be poised to become a cultural center in its own right.

Whether San Francisco will remain one is increasingly an open question. Ian Brennan, who's worked as a San Francisco-based concert promoter and producer for young bands in the Bay Area, isn't surprised. "The whole bohemian thing has been driven from the coast, which is where that sort of thing traditionally happens," he says. "I think people are going to have to go inland."

As for San Francisco, he argues, "they're creating a suburb in a city. Housing tracts look a lot to me like live-work lofts. So they're vertical instead of horizontal. Big deal."

Grandaddy plays Friday, June 30, at 8 p.m. with Yo La Tengo and Lois at the Warfield, 982 Market (at Taylor), S.F. Tickets are $17.50; call 775-7722.


Additional Links:

Charlie's Spirits (the club mentioned in the story's opening): www.charlieslive.com

Grandaddy: www.grandaddylandscape.com

Future Farmer Recordings: www.futurefarmer.com

Devil in the Woods: www.devilinthewoods.com

Great Valley Association: www.greatvalley.org

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