Three new projects...
One for the reuion of POCO at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco on 24 April 2009. It was a great concert featuring Richie Furay and Jim Messina, joining again with Poco members Rusty Young and Paul Cotton, current band members bass player Jack Sundrud and drummer George Lawrence rounded out this line-up. The played many Poco favorites and selections from Richie Furay and Jim Messina’s other famous group’s: Buffalo Springfield and Loggins & Messina.
Two for MOONALICE (at Sullivan Hall in New York City on 30 April ‘09 and at the Veterans Home of California in Yountville, California on the 4th of July, 2009).
An “American Artifact” movie poster for a documentary film about the history of rock posters and the artists who design them. Technicaly this isn’t a concert poster, but a movie poster. Elements of the design will be used for the DVD packaging (which is coming out in August 2009 with an additional ninety minutes of footage). I want to thank film-maker Merle Becker for her wonderful work of a shinning a bright light on this subject. The Victor Moscoso scene is great. It is revealing and very funny. The best line in the movie is when Winston Smith introduces Chuck Sperry and Ron Donovan (of The Firehouse Kustom Rock Art Company) with, “And now for the Knuckleheads.” The most informative scene is how Stanley Mouse and Alton Kelly developed The Grateful Dead logo. The most moving part of the film is the homage paid to the late great Rick Griffin. Check out the fim’s web site at: www.americanartifactmovie.com
Also, I want to thank Marty Hohn and all the members of The Rock Poster Society (www.trps.org) for sponsoring the movie’s San Francisco premiere at the Red Vic Movie House on Haight Street, Saturday, 20 June 2009 and Paul Imagine who helped organize a showing of the film at The Crest Theater in Sacramento Tuesday, 23 June 2009. It was a sold out event. Also, don’t miss Paul Imagine’s “Rock Art Revulsion” poster show on the 8th & 9th of August 2009, in Sacramento, CA at The Body Tribe.
OTHER NEWS: I am currently working on several new CD packaging design projects for SteadyBoy records in Austin, including “Three Ring Circus” by The Explosives (which will also include a DVD). I am also working on Moby Grape project which is still “hush-hush” (Opps!!!) And finally – last week I sent the art off to London for the looooong awaited Magic Christian “Evolver” album cover (Yes Toto, in glorious 12 inch vinyl). This album will be released in September by the Dirty Water label. Also in September, Magic Christian will be touring in Spain. You “must see” this band – when you can – it now features Cyril Jordan (of The Flamin’ Groovies), Eddie Munoz (of The Plimsouls), Clem Burke (of Blondie) and lead singer Paul Kopf (of “Bay Pop” fame). They set Austin on fire last March (2009) at SXSW, when they played at many clubs and showcases.