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Rest in Peace Gary Grimshaw

On January 13, 2014, in News, by Nick

Gary Grimshaw

Gary Grimshaw

Feb­ru­ary 25, 1946 — Jan­u­ary 13, 2014

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Vis­i­ta­tion will be held at the Museum of Con­tem­po­rary Art, 4454 Wood­ward Avenue, Detroit, Sat­ur­day 6-8pm. Musi­cal Per­for­mances 8-9pm. A Funeral Cel­e­bra­tion will take place at MOCAD Sun­day 11am. A recep­tion will fol­low at the Scarab Club, where Gary’s art is cur­rently being exhibited.

Memo­ri­als appre­ci­ated to:
The Scarab Arts & Culu­tral Cen­ter 217 Farnsworth, Detroit 48202
The Museum of Con­tem­po­rary Art Detroit 4454 Wood­ward Avenue, Detroit 48201
Detroit Meals on Wheels 1333 Brew­ery Park Boule­vard, Detroit 48207.

MC5 rock poster by Gary Grimshaw

Rock poster by Gary Grimshaw

Gary Grimshaw memorial poster by Jeremy Wheeler

Gary Grimshaw memo­r­ial poster by Jeremy Wheeler

We’ll keep this page updated as more infor­ma­tion becomes avail­able includ­ing details about any upcom­ing benefits.

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Chico Rocks Poster by Frank Alan Bella & Frank Wiedemann

Sat­ur­day, Jan­u­ary 4, 2014 at Cafe Flo — Chico, CA from 6:00pm — 10:00pm
Chico Rocks Poster by Frank Alan Bella & Frank Wiedemann

 

Chico’s Got Soul Presents: Chico Rocks! fea­tur­ing posters and fly­ers from the Chico Music Scene, San Fran­cisco and beyond in the last 20 years. Well known Chico rock poster artists Frank Alan Bella (Bill Gra­ham Presents, Robby Krieger of The Doors, TRPS) and Frank Wiede­mann (The Fill­more, The Warfield) will have many of their great posters on dis­play, and for sale. A lim­ited poster designed by both of them will be avail­able with all pro­ceeds going to the Pageant Theatre.

This his­toric Chico the­ater is cur­rently going through rough times try­ing to keep its doors open. A major hur­dle is the impend­ing retire­ment of 35 mm film, which requires pur­chase of a dig­i­tal pro­jec­tor that can run about $50,000. Also appear­ing is Chico poster artist and pro­moter, Jonas Beeler. DJ Spenny/Spencer Djspenny Rouse will be spin­ning from 6-8pm and a live band trib­ute to the Vel­vet Under­ground from 8-10pm. Hors d’Oeuvres will be served. Beer and wine will also be avail­able. Please come out and sup­port your local artists and musi­cians. Ask­ing a $5 dona­tion for the DJ/band/venue for help­ing to put on this amaz­ing event. Chico Rocks!

More info on the Face­book event page, or con­tact Jonas at deepcanyondesigns@yahoo.com

Direc­tions:

Cafe Flo - 365 6th St, Chico

 

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Widespread Panic’s “Poster Children”

On November 25, 2013, in News, by Ben Marks

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On Fri­day Novem­ber 29, 2013, Wide­spread Panic releases its much-anticipated new book, “Poster Chil­dren,” which chron­i­cles 25 years of Panic posters, from the cheap pho­to­copies cre­ated to get the word out about their lat­est gig at the Uptown Lounge in their home­town of Athens, Geor­gia, to the limited-edition screen­prints pro­duced for shows at Red Rocks, the Fox, and other sto­ried venues. At 320 pages and with more than 400 images, the hard­back book fea­tures art­work and artist state­ments by Jeff Wood (who did the book’s cover, shown above), Chuck Sperry, Marq Spusta, Emek, J.T. Luc­ch­esi, and Chris Bil­heimer, who also designed “Poster Children.”

For an arti­cle I wrote over at CollectorsWeekly.com, I was for­tu­nate enough to speak to all six of these artists, each of whom gave me a peek behind the scenes at how the Panic poster pro­gram got started and how it’s evolved. I also got to speak with Panic bassist Dave Schools, who is a cham­pion of rock posters in gen­eral and a big believer in giv­ing Panic’s rock-poster artists the free­dom to do their thing.

Below is an excerpt from my arti­cle. You can read the rest here:

Wide­spread Panic co-founder and bassist Dave Schools remem­bers well those ancient evenings when he used to cre­ate the art­work him­self for many of his band’s early fly­ers, “obvi­ously,” he says with a laugh, remark­ing on his artis­tic tal­ents. “The mid-’80s was the height of the DIY era,” he recalls. “You went to Kinko’s in the mid­dle of the night when your buddy was work­ing and ran off 150 free hand­bills and stuck them up all over town, usu­ally in the shad­ows, try­ing not to get caught.” Later, like other bands, Panic would rely on pro­mot­ers to pro­duce the posters to get the word out about their shows. “To see how far posters have come since then, and how cel­e­brated they are now, has been quite a jour­ney for me.”

Poster artist J.T. Luc­ch­esi, whose work could be described as big-impact illus­tra­tion, has shared much of that jour­ney, begin­ning his almost 25-year rela­tion­ship with the band as a fan. “My first Wide­spread Panic show was in Atlanta in 1990,” he recalls. “I had to get my dad to get me in because they were play­ing bars at the time and I was under age.” By 1992, when he and an equally enter­pris­ing friend were already run­ning their own T-shirt print shop, Luc­ch­esi began fol­low­ing the band around, sell­ing unli­censed Wide­spread Panic-inspired shirts in the park­ing lot to fel­low fans before and after the show. “We would give the band and their crew like two dozen of our shirts,” he says, “so we kind of got on good terms with them.”

Mean­while, the band was notic­ing that its fans were increas­ingly inter­ested in the posters cre­ated for its shows. “When we started play­ing shows at the Warfield in San Fran­cisco,” says Schools of Panic’s shows there in 1996 and 1997, “Bill Graham’s peo­ple would pass out these posters for free to the crowd after the shows. We’d be like, ‘Why is every­body leav­ing so quickly at the end of the last song?’ And then we real­ized it was because that’s when they were giv­ing away the posters in front of the theater.”

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