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Mat Kearney appears at The State April 12; Martha Davis & The Motels concert up next

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Mat Kearney appears at The State April 12; Martha Davis & The Motels concert up next

Mat Kearney

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POSTED February 24, 2012 8:28 p.m.

MODESTO — Tickets are now on sale for singer/songwriter Mat Kearney’s upcoming performance at the State Theatre on April 12.

There are still seats available for ‘80s sensation Martha Davis & The Motels Friday, March 9, and for Paula Poundstone, Saturday, April 14. Poundstone, who played to a sold-out crowd at The State last year, is not only a fabulously funny stand-up comic, she’s also a familiar voice to fans of NPR’s weekend news quiz show Wait, Wait...Don’t Tell Me! which can be heard on Capital Public Radio (91.3) Saturdays from 11 a.m. until noon and Sundays at 8 a.m.

• Mat Kearney
, Thursday April 12, doors open at 7 p.m.; show at 8 p.m.

Mat Kearney’s honest, heartfelt lyrics create stories that capture the popular imagination – and have earned him a total of four top 20 hits – and he’s received nothing but critical acclaim since his debut with Nothing Left to Lose in 2006. The first single on Nothing Left to Lose sold over 450,000 copies and won numerous BMI awards. In 2009, City of Black & White saw him debut at #13 on the Billboard Top 200.  He continued winning over crowds on tours with everyone from John Mayer and Sheryl Crow to Keane and The Fray. All the while, Kearney’s music could be heard on 30 Rock, Grey’s Anatomy, The Hills, Friday Night Lights,Scrubs, NCIS, and numerous other television shows and films such as Soul Surfer and Catch and Release.  The Oregon-born, Nashville-based artist decided to try something new for Young Love, his album released in 2011. As a fan of hip-hop since childhood, Kearney actually turned to the genre for a little inspiration.  Kearney opened up like never before on this album, and he didn’t hold anything back. He declares, “Lyrically, I had to bleed every line if I was going to record it.” In the end, Kearney crafted stories that will be handed down for generations to come.

General Admission tickets are $25

• Martha Davis & The Motels,
Friday,  March 9; doors open at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m.

Multi-platinum artist, lead singer and guitarist Martha Davis is bringing The Motels to Modesto to revisit some of the band’s New Wave-era smash hits  --  “Only the Lonely” and “Suddenly Last Summer,” each of which peaked at #9 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1982 and 1983, respectively -- and to introduce the music from the band’s latest incarnation as they tour as Martha Davis & The Motels. If you grew up in the ‘80s, or just enjoyed the music, here’s a chance to return to some of the best vocals to come out of the era, and to revisit the days of Big Hair and Mullets, moussed and gelled to new heights, Ray-Ban aviators, Swatch watches, Slap bracelets, ripped jeans and off-the-shoulder shirts.

Admission: $30, $26 and $22


• Comedian Paula Poundstone; Saturday, April 14; Doors open at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m.

The comedienne, who can be heard every Saturday on NPR’s weekend quiz show Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me, got her start on open-mic nights in Boston in 1979. She’s also bused tables, worked as a bike messenger, written for Mother Jones magazine, had her own short-lived comedy-variety show on ABC, served as a panelist on What’s My Line, covered the 1996 Republican Convention for The Rosie O’Donnell  Show, and authored There’s Nothing in This Book That I Meant to Say in 2005. Visit her website and you’ll see just how funny cats (and Paula) can be.

Tickets are $35, $38 and $40

For online ticket sales go to To purchase your tickets by phone call The State Box Office at 209-527-4697 from noon to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday. If still available, tickets may also be purchased the night of the event up to the start of the presentation.

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