I have been working w/ pals DC Brau Brewery on some stuff for their big 5th Anniversary event/concert in April. They are going big and decided to throw a killer metal concert w/ 5 bands and have teamed up with 5 breweries to create unique collaboration brews.
The theme of “Five” plays heavy into the event so we discussed the concept of 5 thematic “Hop folk” characters, each representing a new collab beer & band for the poster. Originally it was to be a triptych but settled upon a single print as it was just to be a 1-day event and triptychs sometimes can tend to be a headache logistically, selling & designing.
We released the ad today but I will be chopping up and adapting this piece for a screenprinted gigposter to be available at the show along w/ some other goodies.
- THE BANDS
- THE BEERS
- Austin Beerworks (Austin, TX) – “Celestial Garden” India Pale Lager
- Cigar City Brewing (Tampa, FL) – “The Wise and The Lovely” Imperial Stout
- Perennial Artisan Ales (St. Louis, MO) – “Pink Pallet Jack” Belgian-Style Saison
- Port City Brewing (Alexandria, VA) – “Zehn von Zehn” German-Style Dunkel
- Sun King Brewing (Indianapolis, IN) – “Ripa the Dipa” Double IPA
This show is going to be incredible and I will update on things as the event gets closer. For more info on tix & about the bands/beers visit the DC BRAU event page.
A couple months ago in October, I was saddened to hear the news that Grateful Dead bassist, Phil Lesh was battling a bout of bladder cancer and cancelled a number of tour dates. Among them was a show at his venue, Terrapin Crossroads in San Rafael, CA playing with his band, Phil Lesh & Friends which I had been asked to do a print for. The print was at the presses when the news came in and we decided to put it on hold.
Luckily he has been feeling better again and is back on tour so we reworked the poster for a recent gig last week at the Crossroads.
The name of the venue, Terrapin Crossroads, conjures up a lot of imagery not just relating to The Grateful Dead but from the Blues in general such as the “Crossroads”, which to me is a reference to the crossroads in which bluesman Robert Johnson met the devil to trade his soul for his guitar prowess. This was the basis for most of my concepts. I usually do not try to go too literal with the artwork in relation to a band name or venue name but the terrapin-bluesman sitting at the crossroads seemed fitting this time.
The final poster is a 5-color, (18’x 24′) print printed by the folks at Monolith Press and has a print run of 150 which will be available by the band at the show. I will have a small Artist Edition run of 25 Signed & Numbered for sale on (Mon) January 25th @ 11AM (PST).
I am glad Phil is back and look forward to many more shows…
A number of you have been asking if there will be any variants of this years String Cheese Incident – New Years 2015 triptych and the answer is… (drum roll please)… but of course!!!!! What is the point of making a gigposter without the now obligatory foil release. For this special of special Alice in Wonderland themed prints I will be releasing an extremely limited amount of “lava” & “sparkle” foils.
Both will be available on (Mon) January 18th @ 11AM (PST)…. All will be signed / numbered