NEW DATE!! LAVACAVE on Friday September 16.

MA_EVENT_ANNOUNC_lava cave Look at these crazy, multi-talented musicians! Not only can they rock a pedicab (its very challenging), they can also rock our little stage. Come on out this Friday, September 16 to see what other things they might be able to rock. (babies? a man bun? the casbah?)

Doors open at 7pm. If you get here early, you one whole extra hour to enjoy the evening's special quaff, shoot the shit with us, make a haiku, peruse our book collection and browse some of our items having to do with the state of Lancaster's weirdness. 

Music starts at 8. (Get here late and risk watching the show from the back of The Common Wheel's office.)

$5-$10 , pay whachu can at the door Friday, September 16 (NOTE THE NEW DATE!!!) door: 7pm/ show at 8pm All ages Modern Art: 529 W. Chestnut St. 17603

See you Friday!


(big) TINY MODERN CONCERT: Roochie Toochie

MA_EVENT_ANNOUNC_ROOCH "We aim to mine the zaniest and most obscure songs from the early 20th century and record them for a new audience to underscore both the absurdity and importance of popular music in American history." Friday July 29, $15, All Ages, BYO Doors at 7pm, showtime 8pm

For more info, contact us at 610-761-9799.

Tiny Modern Concert: DIMESTORE DOLLS


FRIDAY, JUNE 24 $5-10, All Ages, BYO Presented by Series 42

Music comes second nature to these ladies. Donna Volles has spent years laying the bass groove for Lavacave. Songwriter Liz Fulmer, a regular on the local music scene, makes her Lancaster debut on drums. Singer/guitarist Kelly Buchanan has toured nationally with her powerhouse vocals and critically acclaimed songs – songs that have been covered by the likes of Sara Bareilles, Fountains of Wayne, Nada Surf and others.

The Dolls are finding new horizons in this lineup! Old songs, penned by Buchanan and Fulmer, are being reinvented and new songs are being added to the group’s riot grrrl grit-pop arsenal as well.

For more info, check out our event page here.

A(n almost) Tiny Modern Concert











Come and enjoy the alluring sounds of Health Club, a very loud band of professors, doctors and a guidance counselor cloaked in mystery and intrigue. You will have fun.

FRIDAY, MAY 20th, 2016 HEALTH CLUB at Modern Art (529 W. Chestnut St. Lancaster 17603)

Doors at 7pm, show starts at 8pm $5 at the door, all ages, BYOB

TIny Modern Concert: Cory McAbee's Small Star Seminar

McAbee_Album_Cover_red Cory McAbee's Small Star Seminar Wednesday, April 20, 2016 Doors at 7pm, Show starts at 8pm $10, tickets available at the door (first come, first served) Visit our facebook event here.

The Small Star Seminar is a genre-twisting performance like nothing you’ve ever seen before. Part concert, part self-help, part comedy, part avant-guard art, part movie, part musical theater: a singing motivational speaker urges people to give up their goals, stop reaching for the stars and to start looking for the stars within their own minds. The performance features optimistic songs about quitting, accepting one’s own limitations, the power of sitting quietly.

Throughout the performance, writer, director and actor Cory McAbee will address the theory of “Deep Astronomy” and answer questions from the audience.

This project has been featured and developed in part through the Sundance Film Festival, NY Film Festival, Lincoln Center Film Society, Reykjavik Film International Festival, 36th Stage Songs Review and Marfa Film Festival. All performances are being documented for use in an upcoming feature film, written and directed by Cory McAbee. Audience participation is welcome.

Cory McAbee is best known as writer, director, songwriter and composer for the award-winning feature films, The American Astronaut (nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, 2001) Stingray Sam (2009), Crazy and Thief (2012) and as singer/songwriter for the internationally acclaimed musical group The Billy Nayer Show.

For more info, you should definitely visit But if you like being surprised, just come on out. Trust us on this.


Haiku Slam Champ!

IMG_2509 Congratulations 2015 Haiku Slam Champ Hunter! You wowed us with your perfectly-syllabled bits of spontaneous poetics about our boob-like hanging lights. Taking a tip from your winning poem: We are not worthy.

Here we see our finalists (Tim, Dave and Hunter) challenged to Haiku-Off by the audience to determine the


And a big thanks to all our brave participants. Your abilities to slam, both with syllables and tequila shots, was inspiring.

Watch out people, here come the VULCANS!!!


This Friday we excitingly welcome the VULCANS to the Tiny Modern Stage. Doors open at 7:30, Music starts at 8pm BYOB (21+) or drinks available by donation.

"Looking to the future, Vulcans will continue to do what they do best: celebrate the purity and honesty of folk music, entertain and enthrall with their haunting harmony, and give their listeners the greatest listening experience possible. Above all however, Vulcans seek to bring clarity and simplicity in these complicated times; they strive to remind their audience of a time and place they once knew. It's time to come home." Check them out here.


Tiny Modern Concert: SANDS HALL, Sunday December 14

Sands for cdb Modern Art is proud to welcome back one of our very favorite Tiny Modern performers, Sands Hall, on Sunday, Dec 14th.

Sands will be playing her own tunes, joined by numerous musical friends, and asking the audience to join on some well-loved carols.  Children welcome. A joyous way to celebrate the advent of the holiday season: wine and cider, cheese and chocolate, and song! Join us! 12/14, 4:00-6:00; music begins at 4:30. (Those of you who braved the snowy sidewalks last year to hear Sands know this is a show not to be missed. It goes down as one of our fondest Modern Art moments.) Doors open at 4pm.

Sands, novelist, theatre artist, and singer/songwriter, has performed in venues ranging from small living rooms to large concert halls; one of her favorites is  Modern Art and she is delighted to be playing there again. You can find her on Facebook: Sands Hall, Writer; her website is, and she occasionally blogs at Her new CD, RUSTLER’S MOON, will be available.

The Return of Frank Fairfield

frankfairfiled2 Frank Fairfield returns to the Tiny Modern Stage on Friday, April 25. All tickets ($15) will be on sale at the door at 7:30, show starts at 8pm. All ages, BYOB.

Frank Fairfield is a young man and old time folk musician who plays fiddle, guitar and banjo while singing and hollering. An unbelievable word of mouth sensation who channels the spirit of another era in his spellbinding live shows.

“A young Californian who sings and plays as someone who’s crawled out of the Virginia mountains carrying familiar songs that in his hands sound forgotten: broken lines, a dissonant drone, the fiddle or the banjo all percussion, every rising moment louder than the one before it.” – Greil Marcus

“One of America’s best conduits of antiquity” – Pitchfork


TINY MODERN COCERT: John Haywood and Brett Ratliff

We have another great Old-Time pickin’ and story tellin’ show coming to Modern Art you won’t want to miss. John Haywood & Brett Ratliff play mountain music from the coalfields of Southeastern Kentucky. They’ve sat knee to knee in jam sessions and square dances with some of the great masters of Kentucky traditional music such as Lee Sexton, Paul David Smith, George Gibson, Art Stamper & many others. Both John & Brett are native East Kentuckians and deliver, through music & story, a glimpse into the rich cultural heritage and vibrancy of life in the beautiful Appalachian Kentucky Hills.”Pot luck/food share at 6:00 PM– Concert begins at 7:00. As always, BYOB (And your Listening Ears!!)

Tickets are $15 AT THE DOOR.

Frank Fairfield Returns: April 25

FrankFairfield-RyanMastro-teaser Mark your calendars, friends. On Friday,  April 25 one of our favorite performers ever to take the Tiny Modern Stage returns to the Tiny Modern Stage: the one and only Frank Fairfield. Ever since our first conversation with him, when we so naively asked him "You're not from here, are you?" (and by here, we didn't mean just the LNC), we've been in love.

Since we've last seen Frank, he's been on to some great things. Reviewed in the NYT,  and released a new seven-inch vinyl single, available on Jack White's  Third Man Records. You can read more about him here.

Check back soon for more info on tickets, times and the cool poster we've designed (which is only a vision, but a beautiful one,  in our head right now....)

THIS SUNDAY (1/18) at MODERN ART: appalachian awesomeness

Anna & Elizabeth, an amazing and uniquely talented duo from Virginia, take the Tiny Modern Stage on Sunday, January 18.  They have traveled the country and world sharing their music and stories, been featured on NPR (here), and if you've never seen 'Crankies'  (here), you're in for a real treat. Singing, stories, banjo, fiddle, guitar, flat foot dancing and MORE. Doors open at 4:00 for light pot luck. Bring a little something to share; hunk of cheese, rice, salad, bottle of wine. Show starts at 5:00 BYOB.

Tickets are $16, and available here:


See you on Sunday!