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Manteca, Ripon offer live music
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Music in the Ripon and Manteca this weekend include the Tongue and Groove classic rock band at the Main Street Road house in Ripon along with two DJ artists who will perform – both on Saturday night – at the Main Street Inn.
In Manteca at 8:30 Saturday night,  Jeff Ricketts and the Dirt Road Band is scheduled to perform at Rookies Sports Bar at Cottage and East Yosemite Avenue following a popular DJ Friday night.  The weekly Saturday night events draw some 200 people to the sports bar in the Strike Zone Bowling Alley near Highway 99.
Rookies is launching a Cornhill League event that is similar to a bean bag toss that is slated to start on Feb. 7 at the popular watering hole.  It is described as having a tail gaiting type theme and customers are urged to register for the upcoming event.
Issac Lewis is the unofficial lead of the band performing in Ripon tonight with him singing and playing the guitar in the Tongue and Groove presentation.  Roger Gill plays the bass and also sings in several number s during the night.  Brian Kellstrom is on guitar and sings with drummer David Rogers playing giving the background to classic rock, with the band playing country and playing the songs made popular by Stevie Wonder as well as ‘70s disco tuner.
“Everything from the ‘60s to now is what our audience will hear,” Lewis said.  He also noted there will be several of their friends joining the band Saturday night including Jesse Miller who performs regularly with the Praise Band at Calvary Reformed Church in Ripon, and Brian Baldwin, music minister, at the Calvary Church. 
Both the Main Street Inn in Ripon and Rookies in Manteca are offering their specialty drinks for the evening as is the Ripon Roadhouse along with its special dinner entrees.
The Tongue and Groove players will return to the Ripon Roadhouse during the Almond Blossom Festival and entertain audiences from 5 until 8 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 25, after playing earlier on the main stage at Mistlin Park from 1 to 3 p.m.
The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post on West Ripon Road – about a mile west of town – has hopping live entertainment on special holiday events – most often using disc jockeys.
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