a beach in the desert + acoustic duet

It’s summertime and in Tucson that means we’ve had daytime highs over 100 degrees for almost a month-and-a-half now. Whew! So Jamie and I hit the road to enjoy some cooler temps and gorgeous views of WATER in our neighboring state (and former home) of California.

Timber Cover, California

But now our summer hiatus has been cut short by some cool gigs – usually this is what you’d call low season in Tucson, but you wouldn’t know it this year. This weekend alone we’ll be playing at a downtown beach on Friday and an unprecedented Modeens acoustic show at Che’s Lounge on Sunday. Check it out:

Friday – Summer Beach Party – Downtown Tucson

The streetcar is here! And Friday, July 25th is the kickoff. To celebrate, downtown installed an actual beach (without the water) in the MLK parking lot across the street from the Hotel Congress plaza. It’ll be up until August 31st for Tucsonans to play volleyball or make sandcastles. But we’ll be christening it with rockin songs fit for a 60s dance party. Grab your swimsuit, your honey and come on down!

Friday, July 25th
MLK parking lot (look for the sand!)

Here’s how it’s looking so far:

Downtown Tucson's Beach so far

Sunday – Acoustic Show at Che’s Lounge Patio

This has been the first year that Che’s Lounge has had bands playing on Sundays in their outdoor space and it’s a great time (we’re regulars ourselves). So Jamie and I are psyched to work up a bunch of Modeens songs with acoustic guitar and acoustic bass! Gonna have some more surprises in the two set lists, so don’t miss it (the drink specials are pretty awesome too – and never a cover)

Sunday, July 27th
7pm – 9pm
Che’s Lounge on 4th Ave and 7th St

Gonna show off this new friend of ours there:

Fender Acoustic Bass

There’s more coming up for August here’s a quick list – stay cool out there!!

  • Aug 1 – Opening for Zepparella again at The Flycatcher
  • Aug 9 – Playing the Sear n Beer festival at Maynard’s Downtown Kitchen
  • Aug 16 – back at The Flycatcher with pop songster extraordinaire, Adam Marsland

BT review + 2nd Saturdays

Here’s another review of Electric Caribou from that epic review tome, Big Takeover magazine (by Michael Toland):

“Tucson’s Modeens keep it simple on their third LP, sticking to a few chords, energetic rhythms and an infectious “Gee whiz, playing rock ‘n’ roll is a blast!” attitude. Tunes such as the frat-rocking “Fantasy,” punkish “Mr. Jones,” and Faces-nodding “Drinkin’ is a Full Time Job” have no agenda other than sounding cool coming from the speakers. The country rockin’ “Favorite Shoes,” desert rocking “Faster,” and psychedelic “Caroline” display the band’s versatility, proving there’s more to it than rocking for the next beer. Not that there’s anything wrong with that; sometimes hooks, brio and a big smile are all you need.”

Thanks, Michael!

And here are some awesome photos taken by sprytime.com of our 2nd Saturdays show back in March. Really love these shots:

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That’s all for now – but keep an eye out for our next gig, June 19th at The Flycatcher with Michael P Nordberg and Silverbell!

video “Day Will Come”

Kon Tiki certainly delivered on the fun and tiki frolic last Saturday. It was one of our favorite shows yet with lots of wild revelers in bright outfits screaming and dancing!

Our talented friend Tom Moore took some great footage including our classic closer, Day Will Come. Enjoy, and Aloha, yall!

Some other great pics from the night – Jamie and I are huge tiki fans, so this party was our cup of rum!

Kon Tiki Sign

The fabulous Kon Tiki sign!
photo by James Federico Reed


The Modeens

Front view of the show.
photo by Stanley Ellis


The Modeens

Side view
photo by Chris Callahan


Cristina Williams of The Modeens

Cristina in the dress she bought from one of the vendors that afternoon.
photo by Cia Romano


Flam Chen Fire Dancers

Members of Flam Chen swinging some fire.
photo by Stanley Ellis


Maggie Rickard from the Jonestown Band

Maggie Rickard wailing (and glowing) on drums.
photo by Carl Miller


Hawaii 5-0 Players

A flaming rendition of the theme from Hawaii 5-0.
photo by James Federico Reed


Love Me Nots

Phoenix band, The Love Me Nots, capped off the night.
photo by Stanley Ellis


kon tiki 50th birthday bash!

This is going to be such an amazing rum-flavored fiery splash of fun! Kon Tiki is a bona-fide polynesian restaurant that opened in the sixties in Tucson. And to celebrate their 50th birthday, they’re having a huge party this Saturday, complete with hula dancing, fire, sixties priced rum drinks during happy hour and lots of […] Read more »

Happy 2014

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swoop down to sky bar this saturday

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all soul’s procession at hotel congress

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santa muerte festival + band love

Santa Muerte Festival, Saturday 9/14 at Sacred Machine Gallery Join us this Saturday at the 4th Annual Santa Muerte Festival (check out the Facebook event here) on Saturday Sept 14th at Sacred Machine Gallery. The gallery is renowned for amazing, dark, weird art right on Congress Street. The owner is also part of local triphop, […] Read more »

sweet jams and javelinas

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release recap + summer gigs + online ordering

first, the recap Wow, what a super night for a release show. It was one of those easy, breezy Tucson nights when, after a day of full-on heat, the sun goes down and everything cools off. Barrio Brewing Company (usually referred to locally as “Barrio”) is one of the better places to spend such an […] Read more »

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