Butler County Times Gazette
  • Moddelmog to perform at Coutts Brown Bag Tuesday

  • The Coutts Museum of Art will be holding their monthly Brown Bag Lunch Program at noon Tuesday. Kansas singer and songwriter Nikki Moddelmog will perform new original music and selections from her “Revolve” CD.
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  • The Coutts Museum of Art will be holding their monthly Brown Bag Lunch Program at noon Tuesday. Kansas singer and songwriter Nikki Moddelmog will perform new original music and selections from her “Revolve” CD.
    From the first note, Moddelmog sounds familiar. The rich voice, the intricate melodies, the unapologetic lyrics bring to mind such artists as Patti Griffin, Norah Jones and, clearly, Ani Difranco.
    The music is a reflection of the woman. Moddelmog grew up in the Mennonite farming town of Moundridge – but you wouldn’t know it by looking at her. With wild hair pulled into pigtails, homemade tie-dye shirt and flowing skirt, she hardly fits the conservative Kansas stereotype. Nor is there much Gen X to be found in her 1920s-era glasses or burnt-orange VW Westfalia bus (built the same year she was born). Moddelmog looks every bit the quirky, comfortable old soul friends know her to be. In a time and culture of pretentiousness, Moddelmog is adorably herself.
    Moddelmog sings of imagined lovers, deafening silence, false starts and neglected beds. Her characters challenge each other and themselves. They hold on, they let go, they grow. Her music gives voice to the dichotomies of love and the juxtaposition of life’s desires and obligations. In a time of cynicism, she is refreshingly trusting and awkwardly self-assured.
    Said one reviewer, “She’s genuine, and she’s good.”
    The Coutts Museum of Art, located in downtown El Dorado, is a regional destination art museum that houses more than 1,500 works of art in an historic downtown building. The collection includes Art of the American West, contemporary American, European, and regional Kansas art. The museum is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and noon to 4 p.m. Saturday. The museum and all Brown Bag Programs are always free and open to the public. Be sure to “like” the Coutts’ Facebook page at www.facebook.com/couttsmuseum for updates on all museum activities.
     

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