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Press Review: MODESTO AREA MUSIC AWARDS

Braata, Tragic Culture triumph

By Tony Sauro

Record Staff Writer
October 15, 2011 12:00 AM

The show that Stockton’s Middagh Goodwin had planned for Friday night would have become a victory party.

Goodwin and the bands he’d booked - Stockton-based Braata and Tragic Culture - won Modesto Area Music Awards on Thursday night. So did Hari Kari, a Stockton group dating back to the 1970s.

That’s four awards from 10 nominations for Stockton’s music scene, the most in the 11-year history of the awards, which are voted on via the Internet.

Goodwin, 44, was named best rock promoter, Braata was chosen as best pop-rock band and Tragic Culture was voted best rock band during an awards show at the DoubleTree Modesto. Hari Kari won in the “best blue-collar” rock category.

Novacain, Goodwin’s avant-garde band, also was scheduled to play at his Plea for Peace Center on Friday. Personal and family issues involving members of Braata and Tragic Culture caused the show to be postponed.

"It’s definitely an honor just to be nominated," said Goodwin, who graduated from Modesto Junior College and has been promoting concerts since he was a student at Downey High School. "It’s great to hear people who are behind the scenes getting some recognition.

"I’m hoping it shows that people appreciate what we do and know we’re there."

His downtown Stockton Plea for Peace Center, a nonprofit venue that’s been operating since December 2008, also was rated second-best music venue by San Joaquin magazine and is No. 3 on KCRA’s 2011 “A-List.”

In addition to the winners, Stockton’s Filbert, nominated as best alternative-indie group, performed during the awards show.

A five-minute video by The Ballads, an 18-musician collaborative that was nominated for “best small event,” also was shown. They were singing bits of the Beach Boys’ “Sail on Sailor” and Bob Seger’s “Night Moves.” A CD is imminent.

It’s the first year a rock-promoter category has been part of the MAMAs. Friday’s show didn’t work out, but Goodwin’s a promoter for life.

"I’m not gonna stop," he said of selling shows in a sagging economy. "I’m either insane or it’s in my blood. I’m gonna keep going. No matter what."

Contact reporter Tony Sauro at (209) 546-8267 ortsauro@recordnet.com. Visit his blog at recordnet.com/lensblog.

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