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Jazz at The Modbo

Modbo Ho Ho

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.

The Modbo Ho Ho is delighted to feature vocalists Claire Anderson, Nisa Ari (9:30 pm show only), Judeth Shay Burns, Brian Harris, Jessie Oliver, Solveig Olsen, Charles Schnetzer, pianists Lauren Andrus and Mark Arnest, dancers Cherry Glitterbomb, Camille Loftin and Trish Doyle-Stahl, a reading by Tracy Mobley-Martinez, and some special surprise guest appearances to boot!


Modbo Cabaret: The Best Of Edition!!!! Whoop Whoop!

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!)


October, New Exhibition. Phil Lear and Davoth!

The Modbo and S.P.Q.R., the Arts Alley District, are delighted to announce a new second Friday art opening on Friday, October 14th, beginning at 5:30 pm. In The Modbo, look for new works by Denver artist Davoth, while you can find the latest pieces by local favorite and Modbo Collective artist Phil Lear over at S.P.Q.R.

The opening reception will feature music by both beloved local band Dear Rabbit and the Denver-based free jazz ensemble, The Bottesini Project, comprised of Paul Riola on saxophones, Danny Meyer on tenor saxophone and clarinet, Glen Whitehead on trumpet, Kim Stone on bass, and Jay Ellis on drums.

Phil Lear graduated from Pensacola Christian College’s Commercial Art program in 1997, where he studied for four years under established illustrators and designers. It was during this time that he began to realize a passion for painting and for expressing the beauty he saw all around. Personal study and a deep love for the art of the Renaissance and late-Victorian eras increased both his knowledge of painterly innovation and his fast-growing desire to become an artist himself.

After illustrating for missionaries in Switzerland in 1999, Phil returned to the United States and began taking steps towards entering the professional world of painters. He became a charter member of the Portrait Society of America, and has displayed work in several public exhibitions and competitions. Phil now furthers his study and artistic journey in the company of a group of young artists known as The Modbo Collective, at The Modbo and S.P.Q.R. Galleries in Colorado Springs, CO. He also shows at Mountain Living Studios in Manitou Springs, CO. In 2010, the Colorado Springs Gazette awarded him the Gold Medal for Best Art Exhibition of the year.

Phil Lear has always strived to bring an emotional charge to his work, a charge that he intends to have resonate with the viewer long after the initial viewing. Murky grays, browns, and strokes of sky blue pile on the canvas to form a barrage of color that both intrigues and gratifies the eye in a fresh painterly realism. As a story-teller, his canvases are peopled, with a disparate, ragtag band of characters whose entrance on the scene can be at once inspiring and disquieting—wild-eyed youth, brooding poets, defiant downtrodden martyrs, spellbinding vixens, and fallen angels, tragic heroes and the criminally bent. They are strangers, but with a deep connection to the distant song of reality and life. “As a narrative figurative painter, I feel a mission to create work that embodies the classical ideal, and speaks to the universal and timeless aspects of the human experience.”

Davoth was born in Chicago, grew up in Kansas, and escaped to Colorado Springs in 1996. He began making sculpture and eventually paintings as both a positive and negative response to a trip to Santa Fe, NM. Davoth has kept his creative and aesthetic education to the very individual and minimal so as to both control direction and also to limit influence from various schools of art theory and conserve originality. He now resides in Denver, CO.
Davoth finds the world to be a chaotic, yet incredibly beautiful place. In shunning his more natural sense for clarity and order and making the effort to notice his surroundings at each second, Davoth is able to stay open to the new and the fresh; it is then that he is most in awe of the world. His work comes from a place of simple idea, over which many changes occur organically. The artist prides himself on avoiding academic aesthetic choices, instead trusting his instincts to produce meaningful artistic compositions.


Vivian Gail and Friends at The Modbo November 14th, 7pm

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Please join us for an evening of jazzy loveliness with the amazing Vivian Gail, including guitarist Douglas Zinn and pianist Bryant Jones!  This is sure to be an amazing and special evening, full of brand new music from Vivian’s new CD.  Tickets are $10, and should be reserved ahead of time– seating is limited to just 40 people!  Email themodbo@gmail.com  or call 633-4240 to reserve your space.  Wine shall be served, and you can check out Vivian’s music at http://www.myspace.com/viviangailanddougzinn

Vivian has been performing across the country for more than 15 years as a solo jazz vocalist.  She is excited to share her original songs with the Springs and is also looking forward to producing her 3rd solo album which is set to be a compilation of lullabies.  Vivian is honored and humbled by the welcoming fans and friends in Colorado and is excited to be performing at The Modbo, downtown’s newest arts space!