party for the kids at maker house + acoustic duo at che’s patio

The air is finally cooling off at night and it’s a wonderful time to be in T-town. And we got two super cool gigs this weekend for you.

Rock for a cause at Maker House

First up on Friday is a rock n roll island dance party at Maker House with spaghetti western bluesters, Hey Bucko. This show’s $5 cover benefits a cool school’s music program. And check out the fab poster by local artist Jimi Giannatti!

by Jimi Giannatti

City High is a small charter high school in the heart of downtown Tucson that is dear to our hearts because of the many outstanding programs they offer their kids as well as the very cool people who teach there. Our friend, Tom Moore, has started an after school music program and they need some equipment. Getting young kids to rock out is important to us, so we’re going to help raise some dough to keep the program groovin’!

Maker House is a relatively new venue in town — that big pink walled in compound at Stone and Toole — so here’s some bullet points for the uninitiated:

  • Located in the historic Bates Mansion in the Tucson Warehouse Arts district
  • Open to the community, Maker House hosts widely divergent events from local comic cons to gallery showings to science and technology lecture and now live music.
  • Coffee bar, excellent collection of microbrews and wine on tap and in bottles, plus delicious sandwiches and other cafe fare.
  • Free mini-arcade! A tv and couch with Ninetendo and Atari
  • Locals only free jukebox courtesy of KXCI Community Radio

Plus the outdoor stage is bookend-ed by two beautiful palm trees in front of a lawn with lots of lights and seating (see a shot from the recent Cardboard Ball below). It’s just a great place to hang. So come hang with us on Friday!

Friday, October 24
8 – 11pm
Maker House
283 N Stone Ave
$5 cover





Chill out at Che’s lounge

Jamie and I are doing it again – we’re taking our acoustic guitar and bass to the back patio of Che’s Lounge on a Sunday afternoon. The weather will be divine and the tunes will flow sweet as honey. No cover, great bar and one of the best ways to wind down the weekend.


Sunday, Oct 26
4 – 6 pm
Che’s Lounge350 N 4th Ave

See you around town!

Cristina Modeena

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 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 […] Read more »

kon tiki 50th birthday bash!

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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

Man, this summer has flown by! In Tucson it’s actually the slow season for music – the UofA students are gone and lots of music fans flock elsewhere to enjoy festivals in greener (usually cooler) lands. The Modeens have been working on some new songs (time to record again before you know it), doing a […] Read more »

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