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The Modbo is 3!

Please join us at 9 pm, Friday, June 15th, $7 suggested donation, for a very special Modbo Birthday Party.

The Modbo is 3! And once more, we’re celebrating in true Modbo fashion with a collaboration between two local bands and the students of the Colorado College Summer Music Festival. This year’s local musicians are Edith Makes a Paper Chain and Andy Tanner.

Don’t miss this amazing event, featuring sets from the bands, classical performances, and two collaborative pieces! Local composer, musician,and arranger Mark Arnest will be arranging an Andy Tanner original for a select group of Colorado College Summer Music Festival participants, while Edith Makes a Paper Chain’s trombonist Jeremy Van Hoy will be doing the same for a collaboration between his band and the classical musicians.

Please don’t miss this amazing night of musical chaos, as we move quickly from band to band, ensemble to ensemble, and genre to genre (not to mention, building to building and alley to alley)!

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The Modbo and the Colorado Springs Downtown Business Improvement District announce the Kickoff Extravaganza for the Acacia Park Summer Concert Series!  This Saturday, June 2nd.  Join us for The Mitguards and The Water Bear Project with Kellie Palmblad from 6-8 pm in Acacia Park.  Then stroll over to the alley behind ReMax, just west of Tejon street and north of Bijou, for more live music… followed by a different band just south in the alley behind The Modbo, followed by yet another band behind ReMax, and yet another behind Modbo!  Bands playing include: Briffaut, The Conjugal Visits, HEADHUM, and Government Camp.  This event is all free, all fun, and a great way to celebrate the beginning of the summer!  Don’t miss it!  More info available at themodbo@gmail.com.  For a full schedule of the Acacia concerts, visit http://www.downtown80903.com/events/acacia-park-summer-concert-series .  The Acacia Park Summer Concert Series is generously underwritten by Freedom Financial Services, The Gazette, the City of Colorado Springs, and the Downtown Business Improvement District.  Sound for the series will be provided by Russell Tellup of Hard Act Entertainment, www.DJScoloradosprings.com.

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and the most wonderful Cabaret is here! Please join us for The Modbo Ho Ho, a very, very irreverent look at the holidays with a lot of singing, a smattering of dancing, a story or two, and some of your favorite holiday tunes redone in ho ho style.

Friday, December 16th,*****(TWO SHOWS)***** 7 and 9:30 pm; $10 suggested donation, The Modbo. Seating for this show will be first come, first served, and doors open half an hour before the performance. Adults only, please.

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Friday, October 21st, 8 pm and 10 pm, $10ish suggested donation. Reservations recommended; email themodbo@gmail.com.The Modbo is ecstatic to present the latest installment of Modbo Cabaret: The Best Of Edition. Pianists/Cabaret Mistresses Jana Lee Ross and Lauren Andrus have compiled their favorite numbers from several years of cabaret shenanigans. The resulting show is sure to provide a mix of laughs, gasps, and groans! (This R-rated, mostly inappropriate show is not intended for children, or for those who are easily offended!) Come listen to the amazing vocal feats of Judeth Shay Burns, Solveig Olsen, Jessie Oliver, Claire Anderson, Charles Schnetzer, Kevin Bennett, and more! Also featuring a cameo appearance by Kellie Palmblad!(N.B.: New to this cabaret—TWO SHOWS! PLEASE RESERVE YOUR SEAT! These shows tend to be standing room only!)

On Saturday, October 15th, 8 pm,

$5-7 suggested donation, The Modbo is especially excited to host the return of Levi Weaver, who played for a full house at The Modbo in September of last year. Levi will be joined by Edith’s Undergarments, comprised of Sarah Hope (of Edith Makes a Paper Chain) and friends. Additionally, The Modbo is pleased to present 13-year-old local phenom Alex Arciniega, the youngest ever singer-songwriter to perform at the gallery.

Levi Weaver hails originally from Rio Vista, Texas, and currently resides in Nashville, Tennessee, by way of Birmingham, England. He plays guitar, bass, drums, keyboards, harmonica, a little accordion, some pan flute, and percussion on a vast array of items unintended for use as percussion. His big break came in 2006 when he got a support slot for Imogen Heap in Birmingham and was asked to join her on her entire North American tour. Since then, he’s been touring in the US and has just released his latest album, The Letters of Dr. Kurt Goedel. You can hear him at myspace.com/leviweaverThe Modbo is excited to host the return of members of the acclaimed anti-orchestra Mount Righteous with local indie favorites Constellation of Cars. This show takes place on Wednesday, October 12th, at 8 pm, $5-7 suggested donation.

With their nationally known anti-orchestra Mount Righteous on a short hiatus, record company Flight Music Group (FMG) has taken this opportunity to shine some light on the talent of front-man Joey Kendall. FMG currently has Joey in the studio for his first conventional solo release. Kendall’s “Was Here,” a retrospective compilation of lo-fi demos, live recordings, and a few studio tracks with Grammy nominated producer John Congleton (Mountain Goats, David Byrne, St. Vincent, Modest Mouse, Mount Righteous), was released to rave reviews. With accompaniment from his wife Kendall Kendall (yes, Kendall Kendall), Joey is touring the West side of the U.S. this October.
Constellation of Cars is comprised of Andy Tanner (Laymen Terms, Headhum) and Kellie Palmblad (Eyes Caught Fire). They formed in October 2009 to find a nice medium to each other’s songwriting styles, landing their plane in the sea somewhere between dreary, dreamy Iceland and weathered, warm Texas. Cars released their debut EP, “The Ambiguous U,” in early 2011 to great acclaim. You can hear their music atwww.destinationmoonmusic.com

The Modbo presents Violin for Vasculitis, an evening of chamber music with violinist Allison Lint and pianist Lauren Andrus on Friday, August 19th, at 7 pm.  Donations accepted.
Allison Lint, an Oberlin Conservatory graduate and Akron, Ohio-based musician, was diagnosed with Wegener’s Granulomatosis at the age of 17.  Now in remission, she is launching a nationwide project to bring awareness and research funds to vascular disease.  “Violin for Vasculitis” or “V4V,” is a 50-state tour.  As a participant in the Colorado College Summer Music Festival in 2010, Lint played a collaborative outreach concert at The Modbo.  She was inspired by her experience there to include Colorado on her tour agenda.  Along with pianist Lauren Andrus, Lint will present a program of works by Schumann, Kreisler, Brahms, and more.
Ohio native Allison Lint is a 2009 graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory, where she studied violin performance and received a minor in Music History. She is an alumna of the Cleveland Institute of Music and the Colorado College Summer Music Festival. In addition to violin, Allison is also a prize-winning violist and piano accompanist in the Akron, Ohio area. She is a regular pit musician for several theaters in NE Ohio; her favorite shows have been My Fair Lady, Fiddler on the Roof and You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown! Allison has been invited to participate in masterclasses with Gil Shaham, Anner Bylsma, Vadim Gluzman, and Midori.

In addition to classical violin, Allison has a strong interest in rock and contemporary styles, and performed live onstage with Los Angeles-based band The Strange Familiar (seen in the top 48 of NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” season 5). Allison is currently the strings instructor at three independent music schools in Northeast Ohio, and also maintains a private studio. When not playing music, she enjoys tennis, classic literature, and traveling. The present year sees her traveling to 7 states to perform, educate, and raise awareness of vascular disease through the Violin for Vasculitis project (www.facebook.com/violin4vasculitis). Allison currently plays on an 1826 Scottish fiddle.

Lauren Andrus (nee’ Ciborowski) began playing piano at the age of 5 and has not stopped since her mastery of “The Little Tugboat.” The daughter of a retired Army dentist and an artist, she has lived, and thus performed and studied, all over the United States and Germany. Lauren graduated cum laude from Colorado College in 2004 with her BA in Southwest Studies and her minor in German. She spent the three subsequent years working as a Native American tribal liaison for a natural gas pipeline company. She is now thrilled to be working in the arts: teaching piano, accompanying for ballet classes at Colorado College, and playing chamber music. Lauren also enjoys dance, and is a member of Sansara, a local modern dance company.   Lauren and her husband Brett own The Modbo and S.P.Q.R., two multi-functional arts spaces in downtown Colorado Springs.  These spaces are home to many musical adventures and collaborations, including nights of opera, Cabaret, and rock/classical mash-ups.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-_EJ0lIjwuICellosplosion

at S.P.Q.R.; 8 pm, Thursday, August 18th.  $5-7 suggested donation.  Please join us for a great night of music—three out-of-town bands that involve celli!  A rare and sonorous night to be sure!  We’ll have The Loneliest Monk from Chicago, Lisa Show from Denver, and Ian Cooke, also from Denver.

Real-life couple Michelle Morales (master cellist, keyboardist, vocalist) and Miles Benjamin (percussion, vocals, tiny piano) comprise The Loneliest Monk and create an ethereal mix of classical, art-rock and chamber pop that is at once beautiful, sexy, mysterious and cool.

“a masquerade ball… Songs often sound as though they’re cobbled together from old ghosts and memories.” – Chicago Tribune

Hailing from completely different musical backgrounds, Morales and Benjamin have created a sound that is completely unique, simultaneously embracing the past while looking to the future. With her delicate beauty and lovely voice, Morales has played live with legendary artists including Phillip Glass, Kanye West and The Foo Fighters. The masked man Miles Benjamin owns the drum kit, adding mystery and ominous undertones to the party. The Loneliest Monk live performances are not just rock shows…they are happenings. Incorporating cellos, pianos, organs, drums, and samples with elaborate costumes, masks and sets, The Loneliest Monk stand alone by combining the avant-garde, gothic and fantastical to create an entirely invigorating live experience. Be warned: you may fall in love.

Ian Cooke makes art for your ears using his cello and voice as core instruments for songwriting. Components of his style are pulled from classical music, pop, folk, avant-garde, world music, and jazz. Cooke’s recordings also employ piano and percussion. The piano was his first instrument, which he began playing at age 5, and picked up the cello at age 11. Paying special attention to innovative meter, chord progression, and melody, the Denver-based musician breeds a truly original and moving type of music.

Cooke was voted the top musician in the 2009 Denver Post Underground Music Poll. Westword Magazine named him Best Avant Pop, as well as Best Album for 2007 for ”The Fall I Fell.” He has appeared in SPIN magazine, played the Toronto Pride Festival, and has toured Australia and the US playing with The Dresden Dolls, The Decemberists, Flaming Lips, Built to Spill, and many more.

Lisa Show, a former denizen of Colorado Springs, spends her time in Denver these days.  Her unique brand of sexy hate-folk involves the masterful use of her plugged in cello coupled with ethereal vocals.

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