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Classic rock to hip-hop, there's music for everyone at Modesto's X-Fest

Fans of nearly every type of modern music genre should have something to Xclaim about at downtown Modesto's Xclamation Festival.

The 10th annual festival will feature nearly 50 acts on seven stages, including classic rock, hip-hop, pop and alternative music. For the first time, the festival also will host a hip-hop dance group.

Event creator Chris Ricci expects 15,000 people to attend the festival.

"I try to make the X-Fest lineup reflect the people that live in Modesto and Stanislaus County," Ricci said. "I try to book bands that are going to draw an equal cross-section of the community."

There are so many artists with hits this year that Ricci couldn't fit their clips all onto one 60-second radio commercial.

Among the biggest acts are:

Elliott Yamin -- R&B singer who placed third in season five of "American Idol."

Foghat -- 1970s favorite known for monster hit "Slow Ride."

Baby Bash -- Part of the Bay Area's underground Latin rap scene, he's known for the song "Suga Suga."

Augustana -- Mellow, piano-based band that produced the heartfelt ballad "Boston."

We the Kings -- Young pop-punk band, whose members met at a Florida middle school.

Lit -- Orange County alternative rock band known for the monster 1990s hit "My Own Worst Enemy" plus "Last Time Again" and "Miserable."

Bubba Sparxxx -- Southern hip-hop artist produced the song "Ugly."

Kevin Rudolf -- Singer/songwriter, producer who released last fall's rap-rock hit "Let it Rock."

Super Cr3w -- Winner of the second season of VH1's "America's Best Dance Crew."

Jimmie Van Zant -- Southern rocker and cousin of Ronnie Van Zant (Lynyrd Skynyrd).

Paula Deanda -- R&B artist whose first single (with Baby Bash) was "Doing Too Much."

DJ Skribble -- Hip-hop DJ who has appeared on MTV's "The Grind," "Total Request Live" and "Springbreak."

There also are local bands on the lineup, including the popular Moonshine Bandits and MariRose and the Gypsies.

Ricci has ordered an iPhone app for X-Fest that will give people maps, help them locate where they are and provide the most updated festival schedule.

Once again, the festival will include motocross demonstrations, vendors, food and drink sellers and information booths.

In acknowledgment of the poor economy, Ricci has lowered the gate fee for this year's festival from $40 to $30. The advance ticket price is still the same at $20.

"I just think the lineup is pretty impressive this year," Ricci said. "There's nowhere else in the world you're going to get all these bands for $20."

The Lineup

Budweiser/KHOP stage

  • Evan Taubenfield — 6 p.m.
  • We The Kings — 7 p.m.
  • Lit — 8 p.m.
  • Augustana — 9:15 p.m.
  • Baby Bash — 10:15 p.m.
  • SuperCr3w — 11 p.m.
  • Paula Deanda — 11:15 p.m.
  • Coma Bloom — 12:15 a.m.

Jackson Rancheria/KHOP stage

  • Hardnox — 6:15 p.m.
  • V Factory — 7 p.m.
  • Eric Hutchinson — 7:45 p.m.
  • Moonshine Bandits — 8:30 p.m.
  • Bubba Sparxxx — 9:15 p.m.
  • Kevin Rudolf — 10 p.m.
  • Elliott Yamin — 11 p.m.
  • Iration — Midnight

Bud Light/The Hawk Stage

  • Spiral Arms — 6 p.m.
  • Dam — 7:15 p.m.
  • Jimmie Van Zandt — 8:30 p.m.
  • Paul Tolle and the Deadman Band — 9:45 p.m.
  • Foghat — 11 p.m.
  • Arrival Tribute to Journey — 12:15 a.m.

Harland Jewelers/Pure 209 Stage

  • Liquid — 6 p.m.
  • Tru Spokes — 7 p.m.
  • Bobby Sanchez — 8 p.m.
  • Suga Shane — 9 p.m.
  • Teddy C — 10 p.m.
  • DJ Skribble — 11 p.m.

Fat Cat Stage

  • South of Sanity — 6:15 p.m.
  • MariRose and the Gypsies — 7:15 p.m.
  • Cuddy Kev — 8:15 p.m.
  • Burlesque — 9:15 p.m.
  • DJ Action — 10 p.m.
  • DJ Secret — 11 p.m.
  • 9T9 — Midnight
  • Phlim — 1 a.m.

Fuzio Universal Pasta stage

  • Disturbing the Peace — 6 p.m.
  • Slackenloader — 8:30 p.m.
  • Tequila Mockingbird — 10:30 p.m.

Modesto Sports Bar Stage

  • TBA — 6 p.m.
  • Brandon Tyler — 7 p.m.
  • Fatima — 8 p.m.
  • American Radio — 9 p.m.
  • Level 12 — 10 p.m.
  • Caller 13 — 11 p.m.
  • In the Absence — Midnight


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