Special Outpost Benefit Event June 3! Hillary on the Hill!

The Outpost spring season comes to a close, and now it’s off to summer with the 23rd Annual Summer Thursday Jazz Nights (June 14-Aug 23); the 13th Annual New Mexico Jazz Festival (July 11-30);  Jazz & Latin Music Classes (starts June 11!) &! PLUS, a very special Outpost Fundraiser on June 3 – Hillary on the Hill!  For the past five years, we have presented the fabulous Outpost Gala Fundraiser at the Albuquerque Museum, but this year, we decided to hold a number of smaller fundraisers, such as our Jazz Club Style Benefit at Outpost with Circuit Rider at the beginning of the spring season. Recently, the The Outpost Board decided to hold a very special intimate evening of music, food and friendship at one of our board member’s homes in High Desert on Sunday June 3 featuring a dinner catered by The Cooperage, a concert from 5:30-6:30 pm by one of Albuquerque’s most beloved R&B, Gospel, Jazz vocalists, Hillary Smith, with saxophonist, Glenn Kostur and pianist, Jim Ahrend, and of course the beautiful New Mexico sunset to close the evening! Seating is LIMITED to only 60 people, so GET YOUR TICKETS NOW before it sells out!  Cost of the event is $150/person, $100 of which is a tax deductible gift to Outpost Performance Space!  Come join us for a memorable evening benefiting Outpost – your home away from home!

Finishing Up the Spring Season & Looking Ahead!

Ah, May! Spring blooms, hopefully less wind, sunny skies and warmer temps! And of course more great music art and more here at the Space! Thurs. May 10, from New York, it’s indie Folk, Jazz trumpeter, John Raymond and Real Feels with guitarist Gilad Hekselman (who was here with Anat Cohen) and drummer Colin Stranahan– all rising stars on the scene! Then, it’s an Inpost Artspace Reception: Theta Scapes: New Paintings & Drawings by Jon Pearson (Fri, May 11); a Kids Variety Show (5/11); and Albuquerque’s own Asian percussion ensemble, Gamelan Encantada (Sun, May 13, Mother’s Day!).  Plus, closing out the spring season on May 18 it’s Roust The House Teen Performance Night.

And, as we wrap up one season, we are readying ourselves for the next! Summer 2018! We have a great season planned for you, including the 23rd Annual Summer Thursday Jazz Nights (June 14-August 23) and of course, the 13th Annual New Mexico Jazz Festival (July 11-30)!  The schedule for Summer Thursday Jazz will up soon and tickets for the NMJF will be on sale soon as well. We’ll keep you posted!

Meanwhile, we look forward to seeing you for the end of the Spring season here at Outpost!

Theta Scapes: New Paintings and Drawings by Jon Pearson

Jon Pearson is an artist from Des Moines Iowa who has lived in New Mexico for the last two years. His work recently has explored the dreamy terrains of the subconscious. Through recent solo shows such as Dream Chatter and Sandbox Therapy his visual work has developed to include abstracted landscapes derived from high desert mountain hikes and incorporates dream imagery and images from the subconscious mind. His recent body of work Theta Scapes is made in such a way to allow the imagination to implant in each painting a series of discoveries. Through layers and detail and continued viewing of each piece a narrative can be derived and related back to the title of each work.

Reception: Friday, May 11th, 2018, 5-7pm | Exhibition: April 30 – June 8

Exhibition may be viewed during the reception, Outpost performances, box office hours, (M-F 2-5:30pm), and by appointment.


ABQ Printmaking Exchange

The ABQ Print Club will host a portfolio exchange and exhibition at the Outpost Performance Space. The exhibit will feature original artwork by UNM Printmaking undergraduates and graduates, Tamarind Institute students, and local artists who use traditional processes such as woodcut, lithography, etching, and serigraphy. The exhibit will display the breath of editions that the artists print for the exchange.

Reception: April 6 (first Friday), 2018,  5-7pm | Exhibition: Monday, March 26th – April 27th, 2018

Exhibition may be viewed during the reception, Outpost performances, box office hours, (M-F 2-5:30pm), and by appointment.


WITH SPRINKLES | Drawings by Kate Wood

Developed from a daily drawing practice, With Sprinkles is an adaptation from “The Best Comic Book Ever,” an ongoing body of work from Albuquerque artist Kate Wood. Stricken with a chronic disease, Wood undertook a daily drawing practice to help pass the time while receiving medical attention, and as a way to accept her time spent in treatment. Compiled into 8 sketchbooks, to date, Wood will complete her 500th drawing on January 28th, 2018, coincidentally the day these drawings are installed at the Inpost Artspace. Her practice has developed into a sustained narrative that draws upon a large cast of colorful and amorphous creatures, functioning as symbols and allegory for greater personal themes of health and loss. The pieces in this exhibition focus on a few of the over 200 characters she has been developing, allowing them to explore a more specific narrative than that of her sketchbooks.

Kate Wood is an artist and a farmer, currently working in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She has spent the past decade working in organic agriculture on the east coast, and was most recently the owner/operator of a small farm business in rural Illinois. Chronic health issues forced her to leave her chosen career, but brought her back to a daily art practice. Kate is deeply inspired and influenced by storytelling, folklore, comic books, mythology, and pattern.

Reception: Friday, February 2, 5 – 7pm | Exhibition Dates: January 29 – March 24, 2018

Exhibition may be viewed during the reception, Outpost performances, box office hours, (M-F 2-5:30pm), and by appointment.


UNM Jazz Bands; Indian Classical Music; Dafnis Prieto & More!…

We wrap up April and Jazz Appreciation Month at Outpost with three terrific shows! First, it’s the UNM Jazz Bands under the direction of Glenn Kostur & Chris Buckholz (4/26); then it’s an evening of Indian Classical Music with Purbayan Chatterjee, sitar; Shashank, flute; Anubrata Chatterjee, tabla; Parupalli Phalgun, mrdangam (4/27)-Almost Sold Out!!  And on Sunday April 29, it’s the great Dafnis Prieto Si o Si Quartet (4/29). Then coming up in May it’s Bay area jazz singer, Lori Carsillo; New York based jazz and indie rock trumpeter, John Raymond & Real Feels; A Kids Variety Show; Gamelan Encantada and more!  Details on our Schedule page!

And Tickets for the 13th Annual New Mexico Jazz Festival (July 11-30) will go on sale soon! Stay Tuned!

Also, Become An Outpost Member Today! We can’t do what we do without our loyal members! Outpost has approximately 750 Individual Members who pay anywhere from $30 to $675 per year. That’s significant – and in return, members receive benefits like discounts on tickets (ranging from one $5 discount at every Outpost show, to a Pass For Two to every show at The Space for an entire year); newsletters and member updates mailed to their homes 5x per year; opportunities to attend special “Member Only” concerts; and more! We’d love to have you join our family and meanwhile, we look forward to seeing you soon and often at the Space and beyond!

March(ing) Into April!

The last week of March brings in some great music…including the second concert presented in partnership with UNM’s 47th Annual John Donald Robb Composers’ Symposium: Thrascher with Glenn Kostur on Thursday, March 29! Then it’s 516 Words, a reading, Friday, March 30 – part of our partnership with 516 Arts U.S.-Mexico Border exhibition. And that’s followed on Sunday, March 31 by Americans in Europe with the great David Moss in a solo performance and the Martin Kratochivil-Tony Ackerman Duo.

Then, we welcome in April (hopefully with some showers!) with Trinidadian trumpeter, Etienne Charles Thursday, April 5. Charles returns to NM with his quintet to perform his Creole Soul music. All About Jazz wrote “This is spirit moving feet. This is jazz in the Caribbean. This is improvised joy!” Presented in partnership with and at the African American Performing Arts Center. And there’s so much great music and more in April.  Lone Piñon, Frontera Bugalú, ABQ Grand Slam Poetry Slam Championships, Ricky Malichi Trio w. Chuck Redd, Rahim AlHaj Trio, Amina Figarova Sextet, Edmar Castaneda, etc etc etc!  Get your tickets today!

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Outpost Spring 2018 Season in Full Swing!

The Outpost Spring season got off to a great start with two sold out concerts, including our Outpost benefit which was a great success, thanks to all of our sponsors, attendees, volunteers, etc! And now we continue on with more great music and other events. This Thursday, in conjunction with 516 Arts’ The US-Mexico Border exhibition, it’s a public forum, Sovereignty and Sanctuary; then 2017 NM Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts recipients, Bayou Seco’s rollicking traditional folk music featuring several special guests; followed by the Inaugural Steve Maase Legacy Guitar Summit which will feature guitarists Lily Maase, Eric McFadden and many others (3/17); and more! It’s all up on the schedule page  and tickets are on sale online or by phone and in person at Outpost! Remember, get your tickets early for the shows you want to attend as many sell out in advance!

We look forward to seeing you soon and often at the Space and beyond this spring!


Inpost Artspace Reception: Kate Wood, Feb 2; Jazz & Latin Music Classes Feb 5! + More!

It’s going to be a great Spring Season here at Outpost and we are busy getting all the pieces together! The spring newsletter will go out in the mail in mid February and remember, we only mail it to members, donors and sponsors, so if you’d like to get your very own copy in the mail, become an Outpost Member today at any level or become a newsletter subscriber for only $10/year! The season officially begins on Sunday February 25 with a special Outpost Jazz Club Style Benefit at the Space featuring the great Ron Miles, Bill Frisell and Brian Blade (Circuit Rider)! These are always such enjoyable evenings with food provided by some of Albquuerque’s best restaurants, a jazz club style setting with small round tables and white table cloths, & of course a concert by world renowned jazz artists! And proceeds go to support Outpost programming throughout the year!

Meanwhile, Jazz & Latin Music classes for Youth & Adults begin February 5 (Latin classes are full for spring, but space available in all the other classes!). AND there will be an Inpost Artspace Reception, Friday, February 2, 5-7pm: With Sprinkles: Work by Kate Wood.

Check out the Schedule page for all the spring shows, and buy your tickets now!

We look forward to seeing you soon at Outpost and beyond!

Happy New Year! Great Spring Season Ahead!

Thanks to everyone who contributed to our Season’s Pleadings Year-End Fundraising campaign! We so appreciate your ongoing support of Outpost and we look forward to a great season of music, classes, art exhibits, and more …just ahead! If you missed the ‘deadline’ for the year-end campaign – that is once the clock struck midnight and it was the new year – not to worry! We are happy to receive contributions any time during the year! You can donate online, send us a check, or call us at 505-268-0044 and we can take a credit card. Either way, we appreciate every $1 and we thank you for keeping it happening at the Space and beyond!

Meanwhile, we are getting ready for the new season and the spring newsletter will be mailed in mid February. You’ll notice that some of the shows are already up online for which you can purchase tickets now! Check it all out on our schedule page – some pretty great stuff! We will continue to add more as the shows are confirmed. ALSO, Jazz & Latin Music Classes Begin February 5! Details here!

We look forward to sharing another exciting season of music and much more with you!

The Outpost