Don Paris Schlotman with Swelter and Burn at The Modbo

Don Schlotman

Please join us for a great night of music with Don Paris Schlotman.  He’s on tour from Brooklyn, and he’s funny and sad like a trainwreck full of clowns.  Opening for Don is Swelter and Burn, Colorado Springs’ only risque and comedic piano duet band.  Just a $7-10 donation, doors at 8, show at 8:30.  The Modbo is located at 17C East Bijou.

Don Paris Schlotman

Funny and sad like a trainwreck full of clowns, Don Paris Schlotman is a Brooklyn-based musician. Most recently he is fronting a wavegaze rock duo called Dolphins Don’t Love on vocals and electric guitar.

Don was born in a freak accident, the seventh son of a lightning bolt and a mountain lion. He plays music the way some people fall over, and his artificial left eye can see 4 seconds into the future. Don makes art, plays and writes music, wrestles conundrums, falls down sometimes, and is a cat lady in training. The reports of his wizardry are greatly exaggerated, although he has been known to make things disappear at times, including but not limited to himself.

He’s played stages great and small, from NYC’s Mercury Lounge and Bowery Ballroom to Tokyo’s Shinjuku Jam and Shibuya Milkyway, to local watering holes all over America.


Synth and bass with Brian Bonz & The Major Crimes

Bass player, vocals, and co-writer/co-founder of everyone’s favorite post-apocalyptic rock band, The Sky Captains of Industry. They come from the future to save the rest of your heart.

in/PLANES and Bluebook at The Modbo this Friday


Please join us for a night of music with in/PLANES and Bluebook at The Modbo on Friday, March 27th. Show at 8 pm, doors at 7 pm. $5. The Modbo is located at 17C East Bijou, 80903.  633-4240.

in/PLANES (for Planes of Existence) is a duo consisting of musical soulmates, Desirae Garcia (Bass/Ukulele/Vocals) and Inaiah Lujan (Guitar/Vocals), founders and core members of popular folk group The Haunted Windchimes. in/PLANES offers a different take and spin on American music, drawing influences from 50’s pop and doo-wop to the more modern chamber pop sound of the indy persuasion.

The Modbo and S.P.Q.R. present March’s First Friday opening.  On Friday, March 6th, 2015 Christian Medovich will present “Ungrievability” in the Modbo, while Elizabeth Selby’s “Food Porn” premiers at SPQR.  The work of these talented oil painters will open from 5:30 until midnight on First Friday, and will remain up for viewing on subsequent Friday evenings through March.  The opening reception will also have live music by Katey Sleeveless around 9 or so.  The Modbo and SPQR are located at 17b and 17c East Bijou, 80903.  More information at or by calling 633-4240.


Jacque Ryal returns to The Modbo with Swelter and Burn

Jacque Ryal


Please join us on Saturday, December 28th, for a night of music at The Modbo gallery.  17c East Bijou St., 80903. 633-4240. $8 suggested donation.  Jacque Ryal, all the way from NYC, will be joined by local band Swelter and Burn.  Doors at 8, show at 9.


Jacque Ryal of New York based indie pop outfit, Strip Darling is excited to play her second show at The Modbo.  Time Out New York and the Interrobang’s Filtered Excellence calls the music “atmospheric and an impressively diverse set which is very much on par with artists such as Tori Amos, Portishead and Florence & The Machine.”


Swelter and Burn was created in the summer of 2012 when Willow and Lauren decided that the world finally needed what it has been waiting for all this time– a quirky piano duet band.  Experienced local musician Willow Welter, of Abracastabya fame, brings her lovely, silvery voice to the mix, as well as her impeccable song writing.  Lauren Andrus, coming from a classical background, brings some harmonies and florid pianism.  Together, they write whimsical tunes which delight audiences in both cities in which they have played.


Emergency Cabaret at The Modbo!


The Modbo quickly presents an emergency cabaret! This Friday, July 12th, doors at 7:30 pm, show at 8 pm.  Please join us in a last minute, totally awesome, R-rated-as-usual fundraiser for The ModboCo, the Modbo’s new school of art at Ivywild! $10 suggested donation, 633-4240 for more info, or  Don’t miss the (temporary!) return of famed singer Jessie Oliver, joined by cabaret regulars Solveig Olsen, Claire Anderson, and Lauren Andrus.  Also featuring: Willow Welter, Kyle Dexter, Trish Doyle-Stahl, Kevin Bennett, newcomer Rachel Rodriguez, Ayanna Martinez, and more! Plus, special celebrity guest appearances by the likes of Babette!

About the ModboCo:

The ModboCo serves to bring integrity, joy, and purpose to those who seek to learn about art. An expansion of The Modbo’s popular art classes, the ModboCo will offer classes for adults, children, youth-at-risk, home-schooled students, and more!  Occasional weekend workshops on subjects ranging from film to encaustic to community-minded arts projects also will be offered. Students can count on teachers with a wide variety of experience and knowledge, who create their own work with integrity, and seek to share their methods with others. As learners of all ages and skill levels, students can depend on a focused, but fun, process, leading to real-world skills and abilities in the subject of their choice.

The Modbo Turns 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)!

Acacia Summer Concert Series, and Kick Off Party!

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  For a full schedule of the Acacia concerts, visit .  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,

Dr. Sketchy’s is Back!!

Dr. Sketchy’s is back, and it’s better than ever, on Sunday, March 4th! This month’s model is Gezelle Za Belle. Don’t miss out—these events can be crowded, and they are first come, first served! Plus, we have special prizes from Zodiac and more!

Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School: Presented by The Modbo and Peaks and Pasties Burlesque Troupe. Occurring some first Sundays from 6:30-8:00 pm, This month’s is on Sunday, March 4th. A strongly suggested $12 donation. An open figure drawing session with a serious twist. The Modbo, 17C East Bijou.

The Modbo is pleased as punch to announce that is now an official branch of Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School and in partnership with our local burlesque troupe, Peaks and Pasties. Dr. Sketchy’s is an open figure drawing session with a twist— the models are burlesque dancers and the atmosphere is not exactly what you’d expect from a traditional art class.

Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School is the world’s premier alternative drawing movement and quite possibly the coolest art class you’ll ever go to. Every month, over 3,500 people gather in nearly a hundred cities. Dr. Sketchy’s was founded in 2005 in a dive bar in Brooklyn by two artists. You absolutely do not need to be an artist to attend this event. For more information on Dr. Sketchy’s, go to For more information on Peaks and Pasties, please contact Lola Spitfire at And as ever, you can reach The Modbo at .

This month’s session features a special afterparty—starting at 9 pm, Leonhardt and Antique Scream will be performing, all the way from Seattle! Add local favorites The Men of Deep Throat into the mix, and you’ve got one helluva night! Just $5 for those who attend Dr. Sketchy’s as well!

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

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!)

The Modbo’s Big Week of Stuff

Wow, this week is packed with things to do in the Arts Alley!

come join us for stuff all week.

First, on Wednesday………

The 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


Then On Friday ……

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.

READ the earlier post for more info on the two Artists.

And 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