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8 local artists on rising stars CD release
Taylor Vick will be included in the upcoming “Portraits” double-disc release featuring 32-tracks by local musicians. - photo by Photo Contributed
MODESTO – Eight local artists will be featured on a 32-track compilation showcasing the rising stars of the Central Valley music scene.

Off The Air Productions – a Modesto-based booking and production company – will include Manteca musicians Travis Vick, Micol Cazzell and Taylor Vick as well as Scott Bartenhagen of Lathrop, Steven Michael Werning of Ripon, and the three-piece band French Cassettes on their upcoming “Portraits” double disc release.

Each of the tracks included by the local artists will be original, and all eight local musicians will get the chance to introduce their live music in a series of three showcases starting on Friday, May 14, at the Deva Café in Downtown Modesto.
The two additional shows will be on Saturday, June 10, at the Urban Hive in Downtown Sacramento, and Saturday, July 10, at City Art in San Francisco.

For Manteca’s Taylor Vick – who has played shows in Sacramento backing up her brother Travis and other supporting musicians such as Cazzel, Bartenhagen, and Werning – getting asked to be on the Portraits album with both friends and other musicians that she respects was both an honor and a surprise.

“There was such a select few that were picked and it was awesome to be included in that,” said the 18-year-old. “There are tons of amazing artists, and it’s such a cool thing to be a part of such with such a musically diverse group of people.”

And according to Greg Edwards of Off The Air, the complication and the three-city showcase will also feature an art show to give those who attend something extra to look forward to.

“At Off The Air we’ve put together shows in Modesto for the last five years, and putting together a complication like this of people from the Central Valley and the Bay Area. I started thinking about doing this in September, and the cool thing about Off The Air is that it’s a community-driven thing and everybody was really looking forward to jump on board.

“The biggest goal in this was to let people outside of the area know the talent that we have here in the Central Valley, and let some of those artists build relationships with other people on the compilation. People will see what we’re doing out here, and I think that it’ll raise the level of respect for the quality of music that we’re putting out.”

While he’s managed to build up his own local following, Travis Vick – who performs occasionally with sister Taylor, Micol Cazzell, Scott Bartenhagen, and Steven Michael Werning – couldn’t have been more ecstatic to have been asked to be part of the “Portraits” project, and is looking forward to spreading around to as many people as possible.

“I’m honored that Greg asked me to be on it. It’s really one of the coolest things that’s ever happened to me when it comes to music,” Vick said. “Music is really one of the only things that I’ve ever been good at, and performing is a big part of what it is that keeps me going. I go up there and share these songs with people, and get that feedback from the crowd. It’s truly overwhelming, and sometimes I just have to go outside after it’s all done and just decompress from the entire experience. It’s great.”

The upcoming reception for the Portraits project will be held at the Deva Café on Friday, May 14, from 6 to 11 p.m. The event is for all ages, and is free. The Deva Café is located at 1202 J Street in Downtown Modesto.

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