Inpost Artspace Reception: Beatitude Studies: Recent Drawings by Titus O’Brien

The Inpost Artspace opens the Fall season with an exhibit of new work by Titus O’Brien. With these recent drawings, O’Brien constructs luminous designs overlaying mark and color reminiscent of arbors, mazes, and arabesque patterns. He states, “The drawings in this exhibition were conceived as studies for paintings intended to be called “Beatitudes.” The drawing process often has a heightened sense of investigation. Here, the concrete investigation is into how a series of game-like systems, shaped by an engaged intuition, are used to deploy line and color across a two-dimensional surface to compelling effect. The telos – the direction or meaning – of this labor is the desire to produce (both for the artist and viewer) a shift in attention that is in some way uplifting and settling, enlivening and reassuring. In other words, to express something true and good.” FREE!

Reception: Friday, September 7, 5 – 7pm
Exhibition Dates: September 4 – Saturday, October 27

Inpost Artspace Reception: Musicians Making Art

The Inpost Artspace announces its summer exhibit, Musicians Making Art, which is presented in conjunction with the 13th Annual New Mexico Jazz Festival. This exhibit connects the endeavors of music-making with those of creating visual art. The show features a wide range of styles and subject matter, including drawing, painting, and sculptural objects and highlights another side of our gifted New Mexico based music practitioners.  Featured, is work by bassists,Terry Bluhm, Christine Nelson & Susan Holmes; drummer, Cal Haines; brass players, Mark Weaver & Jonathan Baldwin; guitarist/vocalists, Claudio Tolouse, Armando Ortega & Mark Weber, and more.

Reception: Sunday, July 15th, 2018, 2-4pm | Exhibition: July 1 – August 26


13th Annual New Mexico Jazz Festival Begins!

It’s Here Folks! The 13th Annual NM Jazz Festival! Taking place in Albuquerque, Santa Fe and Taos for two full weeks +, there is truly something for everyone, everywhere! Opening the festival at The Outpost on Thursday, July 12, it’s the Tootie Heath Trio; then it’s two time Grammy winning New York style salsa band, the Spanish Harlem Orchestra at the Albuquerque Museum, Friday, July 13; Eric Bibb at South Broadway Cultural Center in Albuquerque, July 14 and at First Presbyterian Church in Santa Fe, July 15! AND the festival’s Inpost Artspace exhibit, Musicians Making Art, opens with a reception on Sunday afternoon, July 15 at Outpost.

Then, in the weeks to come at the festival, we can look forward to the hip swingin’ West African Gullah music of Ranky Tanky, performing in Albuquerque, Santa Fe AND Taos (July 18-21); the great Soul Queen of New Orleans, Irma Thomas + 17 local bands on four stages and much more at Route 66 Summerfest in historic Nob Hill (July 21); multiple Grammy award winning composer-pianist Dave Grusin, featured in a documentary film screening and solo performance at The Lensic (July 22); plus Charles McPherson; Dee Dee Bridgewater; Chucho Valdés & Gonzalo Rubalcaba; and Alicia Hall Moran & Jason Moran! Wow! Tickets are available online on the Schedule page for all shows!

We look forward to sharing another fantastic NM Jazz Festival with you!



John Lewis Youth Jazz Clinic, Wednesday, July 11!

It’s a Special Opportunity for Young Jazz Musicians! The 13th Annual New Mexico Jazz Festival kicks off on Wednesday, July 11, with the John Lewis YOUTH JAZZ CLINIC at the African American Performing Arts Center, 9:30 am-1:30 pm.  It’s a day of coaching and workshops for students which will culminate in a short performance. All instruments (including voice) are welcome! Students who have completed grade 7 and up to just-graduated high school seniors, will work with professional musicians in the community–– saxophonist and UNM Jazz Studies Director, Glenn Kostur; pianist, Jim Ahrend; bassist Colin Deuble; and drummer, Mo Roberts. Coaches will help students enhance their understanding and execution of jazz and some of the music covered will be that of John Lewis.

Registration fee ONLY $5! Deadline for registration is July 8.

This special Youth Clinic honors legendary jazz pianist, composer and educator, John Lewis, founder of the Modern Jazz Quartet, who grew up and attended school in the South Broadway neighborhood and is part of the 5th Annual John Lewis Celebration, which, this year, will feature multi-award winning blues guitarist and songwriter, Eric Bibb (John Lewis’ nephew!) on Saturday July 14 at the South Broadway Cultural Center, this exciting Youth Jazz Clinic will feature

Register ONLINE or call Outpost at 505-268-0044

This event is presented by the New Mexico Jazz Festival in partnership with the John Aaron Lewis Legacy Project; the UNM Jazz Studies Department, & the African American Performing Arts Center and is made possible in part with funding from the City of Albuquerque Urban Enhancement Trust Fund (UETF).

Summer Thursday Jazz Continues + 13th Annual NM Jazz Festival Right Around The Corner!

It’s heating up out there and in here at the Space with all kinds of great music coming your way! Our 23rd Annual Summer Thursday Jazz Nights continues with the Marcos Cavalcante-Mariano Morales Duo and the Ornette Coleman inspired band, OrnEtc. Thursday, June 28. And next week it’s the Jim Ahrend Trio and Max Hatt/Edda Glass Group

Then, it’s the 13th Annual NM Jazz Festival in July and the opening weekend is big! First, it’s legendary drummer Tootie Heath Trio at Outpost on Thursday, July 12; followed by the fabulous Grammy winning Spanish Harlem Orchestra at the Albuquerque Museum on Fri, July 13; multiple award winning, blues singer-songwriter, Eric Bibb at the South Broadway Cultural Center, Saturday, July 14; AND the Festival’s Inpost Artspace Reception on Sunday, July 15 at Outpost! And that’s just the beginning! Check out the whole schedule here and get your tickets now!

ALSO, don’t forget about some great independently presented shows here at the Space, including a special concert honoring one of Albuquerque’s most beloved guitarists and teachers, – and good friend of the Outpost! – Michael Anthony. It’s the Michael Anthony Lineage concert on July 7, presented by two of his past students, Claudio Tolousse and John Maestas!

Always lots going on here at the Space and beyond! We look forward to sharing it all with you!

César Bauvallet’s Cuban Jazz Project! A Benefit for Outpost Education Programs!!

Outpost is truly lucky to have the amazing Mr. César Bauvallet (Son Como Son, etc!) as our Latin Jazz instructor and as you know, his classes fill up every season! Now, César, along with Outpost’s other fantastic Jazz Class instructors, Kanoa Kaluhiwa and Jim Ahrend are helping raise funds for all these great programs. Are they cool or what?! This Sunday, June 24, it’s César Bauvallet’s Cuban Jazz ProjectCome on out for some great music while helping to support Outpost’s wonderful Jazz & Latin Music Casses for Youth & Adults year round!

And of course, next week, our Summer Thursday Jazz Nights continue on June 28, with the guitar-piano duo of Marcos Calvalcante and Mariano Morales + OrnEtc. Followed on July 5 by the Jim Ahrend Trio and Max Hatt/Edda Glass Group! Plus, check out the rentals and more!

Then, coming up in July, it’s the 13th Annual New Mexico Jazz Festival (July 11-30) with Dee Dee Bridgewater; Chucho Valdés & Gonzalo Rubalcab; Tootie Heath; Charles McPherson; Eric Bibb; Spanish Harlem Orchestra; Dave Grusin; Route 66 Summerfest with Ranky Tanky; Irma Thomas & more!; Alicia Hall Moran & Jason Moran; The Albuquerque Jazz Orchestra with Hillary Smith; & Much More!

It’s gonna be a great summer and we look forward to sharing it all with you!


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.


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