Ace of Cups Finally Get Some Respect!

On November 1, 2018, in Events, by Ben Marks

Ace of Cups poster from 1967 by Mari Tepper.

The Ace of Cups was founded in 1966 in an apartment on Waller Street in San Francisco. During the late ’60s, the all-female quintet played with everyone from Quicksilver Messenger Service to the Grateful Dead, and Jimi Hendrix singled them out as a band to watch in a 1967 interview in Melody Maker magazine.

Alas, the Ace of Cups never scored a record contract, and their debut album almost never happened. Recently, though, the band went into Laughing Tiger Studios in San Rafael and cut a double LP. Produced by Dan Shea and released by High Moon Records, the album features more than two-dozen tunes, with guest performances by Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady, Taj Mahal, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Peter Coyote, and Bob Weir, whose collaboration with the band can be heard below. Order a copy here!

On November 9, the official release date of their eponymous album, four of the band’s original members will join author Dennis McNally and special guests (including Mountain Girl, Wavy Gravy, Sunshine Powers, and Barry Melton) for an evening of music, videos, and conversation at the Mill Valley Community Center. You can get more information about this Commonwealth Club event here.


Artist Relief Trust Poster for 2018 by Emek

On October 18, 2018, in Events, News, Posters, by Ben Marks

In 2008, for the 10th anniversary of the Festival of Rock Posters, our good pal Emek created an instantly classic Artist Relief Trust poster for The Rock Poster Society. For 2018, our show’s 20th anniversary, Emek is back with a spectacular update of that original.

Naturally, this new poster also benefits the Artist Relief Trust, which allows TRPS to distribute funds to rock-poster artists who need a helping hand. Thank you for making that possible, Emek, and thanks also to all the other rock-poster artists who have created Artist Relief Trust posters for TRPS over the years.

You can pre-order a copy of this new Emek screenprint at this year’s Festival of Rock Posters, which takes place on Saturday, October 20, 2018, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Pre-order vouchers will be distributed at the door on a first come, first served basis. Because of the limited supply of these posters, vouchers will be limited to one per person, household, or mailing address.

Between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., voucher holders will be invited to visit the Artist Relief Trust table near the front door to turn in their voucher and pay for their pre-order. We are giving the pre-order a leisurely three-hour window to avoid crowding at the table, as well as to give our volunteer staffers enough time to make sure everyone’s mailing address is correct.

NOTE: While we expect to be able to accept debit and credit cards via Square, you may want to bring cash in case the WiFi gods decide not to cooperate. 😉

See you at the show!


Festival of Rock Posters 2018, by John Howard

We are pleased to announce the roster for the 2018 TRPS Festival of Rock Posters at the Hall of Flowers on October 20th!

Billy Perkins
Chuck Sperry
Stanley Mouse
Lee Conklin
Mark Arminski
Victor Moscoso
Marq Spusta
Justin Hampton
David Byrd
Hakes Americana
Jim Mazza
Mike Dubois
Golden Road Gallery
Chris Shaw
Alexandra Fischer
Yasunori Ninomiya
Randy Chavez
Carolyn Ferris
Norman Orr
Classic Posters
Paul Getchell
Rick Savel
Perry Pfeffer
SF Rockposters
Tea Lautrec Litho
John Howard
Matt Leunig
Agent Ink Gallery
Secret Serpents
Larry Freeman
John Frankel
John Seabury
Gary Houston
David Singer
Randy Tuten
Gregg Gordon
Bill Graham Memorial Foundation
Psychedelic Art Exchange
Reggie Williams
Bill Ham
Peter Albin and Dave Getz
D. King Gallery
Sal Dichiera
Eric King
Kris Mikkelson
Cliff Yamasaki
John Bellas
Sherwood Donahue
Wayne Espinosa
Mari Tepper
Shane Edward Grogg
Poster Buddy
Mark Dean Veca
Pat Ryan

Things may change a teeny, tiny bit between now and the show, but this is pretty darned close!

Important Membership Info
If you are not a member yet or want to renew your membership before the show, there is still time to do so HERE, but to assure delivery of your membership packet prior to the show, the final day to join or renew is October 10th, before midnight (Pacific). Those who join or renew after that date can pick up their membership packet at the TRPS booth at the show. Packets not picked up at the show will be mailed out on Monday, October 22.

Admission Prices
* 10:00 – 11:00 Admission during the first hour is $20 for non-TRPS members or $5 for TRPS members, but your membership needs to be current. Please bring your card to show at the door. If your membership has expired, or if you decide to join at the TRPS booth after entry during the first hour, you will get a refund of $15 off the cost of the $30 membership.
* 11:00 – 3:00 Admission is $10 for non-TRPS members and $5 for TRPS members. If your membership has expired, or if you decide to join at the TRPS booth after entry between 11 and 3, you will get a refund of $5 off the cost of the $30 membership.
* 3:00 – 6:00 Admission is FREE to all.

Where Is It Again?
The Hall of Flowers (aka, County Fair Building) is just inside Golden Gate Park, near the corner of Ninth and Lincoln. If you need directions, check out the map below:

See you there!


Marty Balin, 1942-2018

On September 28, 2018, in News, by Ben Marks

Marty Balin at Monterey Pop, 1967. Photo by Suki Hill

We are all saddened by the news of Marty Balin’s passing, and send our love and best wishes to his family. I was not fortunate enough to meet Marty, but I did get to interview him in 2017. You can read that article here.

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