Fillmore Posters: What are they, where can I get them, and are
original hand painted concert posters from the 1960s?
Read up on the artists of these concert posters:
Wes Wilson 2
Fillmore Posters Article
Family Dog Posters
Bob Dylan: Tangled Up In Ore
This past weekend my wife and I went on an odyssey to the far off lands of the Iron Range to seek out the roots of Bob Dylan.
John Olson, my grandfather, wrote about his life one day on a few pieces of notebook paper. I found those sheets and transcribed his story for the world to see in his memory. Click here to read his tale.
Jack White Takes Portland
After seeing Jack White play at the WaMu Theater in Seattle, my wife and I caught two White shows in Portland, Oregon the next day.
Jack White Defangs WaMu Theater in Seattle, Washington
Jack White performed at the WaMu Theater in Seattle, Washington last Tuesday and debuted his new solo venture. I’ve seen Jack White perform every year since 2005, with the exception of 2007 when the White Stripes canceled their Fargo, North Dakota show. It also has been since 2005 that I have heard him perform any songs from The White Stripes.
Filling a Jukebox & Thinking Nostalgically About Vinyl
Last December I purchased a 1965 Seeburg Discotheque jukebox from a woman in Nowthen for $375 and had it brought up to Duluth.
Interview with Don Brewer of Grand Funk Railroad
One of the biggest stories in rocklore is about how Grand Funk Railroad was fired by Led Zeppelin for overshadowing them as their opener in the early 1970s. I asked Don to tell me the story of that fateful tour.
The Duluth Flood Drowned My Record Collection
On Wednesday morning I woke up to my wife telling me that my car had been flooded overnight and that I should maybe check on our basement.
*Article appeared in City Pages Magazine
The Top Five Bands of Duluth
People love when things are ranked and when they are familiar with something on a list it gives a great sense of pride. Now that I am entering my ninth year of writing for the Reader I thought it might be interesting to look at trivial aspects of this area and give a ranking once in a while.
The Best Caves in the Twin Ports: The Rathskeller at Tycoons and The Vinyl Cave in Superior
On Friday night at Tycoons the Rathskeller was full of brave newcomers and on Saturday the Vinyl Cave in Superior was overflowing with quiet record hounds.
Record Store Day
Vinyl strikes back this Saturday as most independent music stores around the country release special songs on records to celebrate. Cassettes, 8-Tracks, and CDs are becoming obsolete in the iTunes, downloadable Mp3 era of music we live in today, but why does vinyl continue to stick around?
The Twin Ports are the Napa Valley of the Northland for Beer
It seems like each week a new brewery is opening up in the Northland, making the area like the
Jack White Goes Solo
Jack White is releasing his first full length solo album titled “Blunderbuss” on April 23/24th and is already playing shows around the world to promote it.
Purchasing my 1965 Seeburg Discotheque Jukebox
This past weekend I purchased a 1965 Seeburg Discotheque jukebox from a woman in the Twin Cities.
Rock & Art:
Jeredt Runions: Wilderness Pop Artist
Jeredt Runions performs with paint and artistic insight while on stage with local musicians like Cloud Cult, Trampled By Turtles, and Retribution Gospel Choir.
Skatradioh: Pinnacle of Local Concert Poster Art
David Moreira, better known in the art world as Skatradioh, has taken local concert poster art to an entirely new level. Last Saturday at the new Ochre Ghost Gallery in downtown Duluth there were some amazing pieces created by Skatradioh on display. A UMD student, Moreira has a fresh perspective on this classic art form. CLICK HERE FOR A NEW ARTICLE ABOUT SKATRADIOH'S SHOW AT THE TWEED
SkatRadioh defines Occupy Duluth movement through his art
David Moreira, known in the art world as SkatRadioh, created an amazing logo for the movement that transcends the social contract argument being waged around the country. It features the iconic local image of the lift bridge with the words, “Occupy Duluth” written below.
VIDEO: SkatRadioh and Sharla Gardner at the Occupy Duluth movement
Live from Minneapolis:
Beady Eye @ First Avenue
Liam Gallagher of Oasis brought his newest band Beady Eye to Minnesota on Monday and rocked First Avenue.
Video clips from the show
The Rex Bar - Happy Hour with a View, or a Fun Night Out
The new deck area at the Rex Bar, located in the lower level of Fitgers Plaza, has one of the most beautiful views in the city and drink specials that will entice any thrifty visitor.
The Black Eyed Snakes played for a large crowd at Pizza Luce’ this past Saturday night after debuting a few videos and performing at the Zinema 2.
Best Bet for Halloween is Evil Dead: The Musical
Covered in blood, gore, and laughs, the cast and crew of Rubber Chicken’s Evil Dead: The Musical put on the best show of Halloween.
Enjoying the Scenery with Big Brother and the Holding Company Last Thursday at The Pioneer Place in
Last Thursday at The Pioneer Place in
Interview with Sam Andrew of Big Brother and the Holding Company
Big Brother and the Holding Company played two sold out shows in Saint Cloud and one in Zumbrota this past year around Mother’s Day . After talking to many promoters and venues around town I haven’t found anyone yet who can help to bring them up to Duluth, but they do play again in Saint Cloud this October 14th and 15th.
CLICK HERE FOR FULL ARTICLE
A Few Cover Stories/Pictures:
Thirty Classic Concert Posters at the Tweed Museum
The Tweed Museum is displaying 30 original concert posters from California, created between 1966 and 1968, featuring bands like The Doors, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and many others of the era from now through next January.
High School Rocks Battle of the Bands 2010 Winner: Crescent Moon
Crescent Moon of Superior took top honors at the High School Rocks Battle of the Bands competition on Sunday at the DECC Arena. CLICK HERE for more pictures.
High School Rocks Battle of the Bands 2009: Youngsters Take ALL!
This past Sunday 14 Northland bands competed in the 3rd Annual High School Battle of the Bands at the DECC Arena.
The Alrights: Doing it their way
The Alrights have re-released their debut album High School nationally through Manhattan’s City Canyons Records. They also are recording a new five song E.P. and can be heard this Friday night for free at Carmody’s Irish Pub.
"Sometimes it's better not to ask." That was the response Boku Frequency's manager gave me when asked why Thomas (Bass, Lead Vocals & Dancer) emerged from a station wagon last New Year’s that was overflowing with girls. "That's just Thomas, he is the lady's man and lover of the band."
The Nor Shor 2005
The Top Local Songs of 2005
Article also featured in City Pages Magazine (Minneapolis, MN)
White Iron Band and Trampled By Turtles
Trampled By Turtles opened for the White Iron Band’s CD release party (Tap Room, Feb. 11th ) and drew out more Flappin-Jack hippies than any band in town. The band created some great electric buzz-saw fiddlin’ music to the amusement of the high-twirling patchwork crowd. White Iron Band then headlined the show and got that same group and their own swinging and swilling. Eventually the mass bubbled out of the bar and into the parking lot, to tailgate between shows.
The name "The Fountainheads" was taken from a film clip of a tour bus driver going through the Haight in the mid-sixties. He explained to the shocked tourists that they were in "the fountainhead" of the hippie community. We try to carry on that torch to for the next generation and beyond! Since 2004 this site has contributed to keeping the past alive, right down to our logo, which was drawn by Lee conklin, former artist for the Fillmore West.
Victor Moscoso Interview
“It was the best of times…. Unless you were in Vietnam” – Victor Moscoso
Lee Conklin interview
Lee Conklin was the main poster artist for the Fillmore ballroom in San Francisco from 1968 to 1969, but he arrived in the Mecca of hippidom just a bit too late.
Randy Tuten: Led Zeppelin & Bill Graham Concert Poster Artist Interview
In the mid-1960s making concert posters in San Francisco was similar to Paris a century before when Toulouse Lautrec did posters for The Moulin Rouge. It was a spiritual marriage of music, artists, rebellion, and revolution that made advertising images more important than just rock show ads.
FOX 21 NEWS Reports on the Poster Show
ABC 10 NEWS Reports on the Poster Show
KUMD Radio Gallery Interview
One artist that truly stands above all other in American history is Fillmore West and Avalon Ballroom concert poster artist Wes Wilson. On a few occasions I have had the humbling opportunity to speak with him about his art over the phone from his farm/ranch in
Wes Wilson Meets Andy Warhol
One conversation that Wes Wilson (the artist who basically invented the concert poster during the mid-sixties in
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HAIR: Brilliant, Tribal, and Still Provocative
Paul Olsen about
Paul Olsen was at the right place at the right time and has seen more than most could ever dream. He ran a poster company in
The Doors Live!
The biggest concert in my life deserves the best review I can give. The Doors music group aptly renamed The Doors 21st Century kicked off their 2004 tour on Friday in
ARTICLE FEATURED ON RAY MANZAREK'S WEBSITE
ALSO FEATURED ON DOORS.COM
Cut-Up (The Stolen Scroll)
By: Bill Ectric
Jim sat at the library table with his head in his hands. He didn’t want to go to jail. Yesterday morning he prided himself in caring nothing for possessions, but today, all the people who could have been his friends probably hated him for something he possessed. Bill's article archieve