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May 19 - Andrew Leahey & The Homestead with Brian "Shimmy" Paddock


Get ready for some quality rock & roll, because Andrew Leahey is coming to Modern Studio!
Andrew Leahey & the Homestead make music for city highways and open horizons, for pop fans and roots rockers, for the heart as well as the heartland.

They’re an American rock & roll band, bypassing the sub-genres and trends that come and go every decade and, instead, focusing on the anthemic, guitar-driven sound that’s been blasting out of car stereos at 65 mile per hour ever since God created FM radio.
Leahey’s music has been featured in Rolling Stone, CMT, American Songwriter, and a slew of other publications around the country.

Joining AL&tH will be Brian “Shimmy” Paddock of Knoxville’s own Shimmy & The Burns!
“With their new album Letting Go, Knoxville Tennessee’s Shimmy & The Burns have distilled a lifetime of learning into a tangled series of world-weary songs. It’s a testament to their resolve that they never admit defeat, coming across instead as resilient and unrepentant, even in the face of angst and adversity.” – No Depression

Tickets are $7 in advance / $10 day of show.
Doors open at 7:30pm.
Music starts at 8pm.
Modern Studio is an All Ages venue.
This will be a standing room only show.

May 22 - Air Sex Championships Knoxville

It’s a magical blend of showmanship, humor, and interactive storytelling. It’s a comedy show that brings people together in a respectfully dirty, unpredictably ridiculous, and oddly touching celebration of sexual freedom and expression. It’s voyeurism 2.0. It’s the funniest thing you ever saw that night at that place with those people. It’s in-your-face, in-your-front, in-your-back honesty for the whole world to see. It’s a serious competition to see who can fake-f*ck nobody better than anybody else. This is Air Sex.

Entering its ninth year as a nationally touring roadshow, each Air Sex show combines the pageantry and prestige of professional sports with the excitement and creativity of a first-rate talent competition. From city to city, “airsexuals” of all ages, races, body types, and gender identifications are welcome to sign up and become part of the bizarre spectacle. Throughout every show, a panel of judges provide hilarious feedback after each performance, ensuring that even the worst Air Sex routine makes for a solidly entertaining time.

Hosted by comedian Chris Trew, named on of “10 comics to watch in 2015” by Paper Magazine. More info here.

May 27 - 70/30 Presents: A Midsummer Night's Dream

Seventy Thirty Creatives it set to launch our inaugural full stage production with a city-wide tour of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream this Memorial Day weekend.

Edited to run ~75 minutes, you can catch this “tedious brief” exercise in language Friday May 26th at Market Square, Saturday May 27th at Modern Studio, and Sunday May 28th at Ijam’s Nature Center.

Modern Studio’s performance will be BYOB and will be a little more PG-13. We strongly encourage those with children to attend our all ages Sunday matinee at IJAMs Nature Center.

May 28 - Monthly Craft Fair

From noon to 5pm join us at Modern Studio for a feast of arts and crafts available for you to buy! Meet the artists, buy their goods and feel good about supporting the local economy. As always, free admission. If you’re a maker and want to sell your stuff, please contact us at info at modernstudio dot org.

May 30 - Christopher Paul Stelling


We can’t wait to have Christopher Paul Stelling here at Modern Studio! He’ll be here just a few weeks after the release of his new record Itinerant Arias.
“…Stelling has put together an album that will hopefully draw people to live performances where they can see what a real self-contained, modern-day troubadour looks and sounds like. Songs of Praise and Scorn is a fine way to introduce someone who should be a voice to be reckoned with in the years to come.” – American Songwriter
“The musical storytelling of Christopher Paul Stelling embodies a long road full of lush folkloric, mythological and religious imagery.” — WNYC

“False Cities finds Stelling owning his particular pulpit with the strength of a dozen Southern Baptist preachers.” – SPIN
“heart-plucking stylings of an acoustic troubadour” – New York Magazine

– Tickets to this show are $12 in advance and $15 day of show.
-Doors will open at 7:30pm, and the show will start at 8pm.
– Seating will be limited.
– Modern Studio is an all ages venue.

June 1 - ULTUS

ULTUS is an acoustic cello/percussion/vocal duo out of Oberlin, OH. Classical training meets earthy, contemporary folk and jazz grooves drawing from world music influences as far reaching as Iceland and India. Aliya Ultan from Brooklyn and Knoxville native Carson Fratus combine their cosmic energies for performances that leave listeners spellbound and wanting more.

$7 in advance, $10 at the door
Doors open at 7:30pm


June 4 - Full Disclosure Comedy Improv Workshop

Full Disclosure Comedy is proud to present our first ever workshop at Modern Studio! Come on out and learn about the basics of improv comedy. Everyone is welcome- no matter how much improv experience you have (or don’t have).

You can learn how to get more laughs, meet some new people, and maybe even become a more convincing liar!

Price is $15 per person, or $20 for 2 people- so bring a friend! More info here.