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THIS FRIDAY (May 22): Shepard Fairey "Printed Matters" art show exhibition opening at Library Street Collective gallery
Los Angeles based artist Shepard Fairey has been in Detroit this week doing what he does best- ART. He has been painting what will be his largest mural to date, a 184-foot-wide by 60-foot-tall design on Dan Gilbert's Compuware Building.See in-progress photos of Fairey's mural here.
This is in addition to exhibiting in Public Matter, the Library Street Collective's outdoor gallery.
It all leads up to Shepard's art show opening reception at the Library Street Collective gallery Friday night.
Shepard is well known just as much for creating the Barack Obama "Hope" as well for his "Andre The Giant Has A Posse" street art campaign. On top of that Fairey found huge success with his "Obey" clothing line that has branched out in many different facets.
The Printed Matters opening will coincide with Library Street Collective’s “Public Matter” exhibition located behind the gallery. Shepard will be the second artist to exhibit his work in “Public Matter,” the outdoor exhibition platform located in the Belt. Public Matter features a rotating exhibition of large-scale paintings by the most recognized and celebrated names in contemporary art. Shepard will also paint a permanent mural in the Belt as well as his largest mural to date in an undisclosed location in downtown Detroit.
Printed Matter: Repetition, consistency, and persistence over the years yielded a growing audience for both Shepard’s outdoor and gallery art. As people started to request more versions of his images, he began to embellish upon his utilitarian printing techniques by printing on wood, metal, and canvas, as well as incorporating stenciling back into the work. Some of these pieces began to function as one-of-a-kind mixed media paintings. To keep his work affordable and accessible, Shepard also made screen-print-on-paper editions of his fine art pieces. “Some people say print is on its way out, that it will be wiped out by digital media,” says Shepard, “but I say you can never replace the provocative, tactile experience of an art print on the street or in a gallery. Printing still matters.”
Shepard states, “I’m a product of the era of mass production and the mass culture it has created. I can’t imagine my art practice without the influence of, and the use of, printing. Some of my biggest art influences were not paintings, but printed things like album covers, skateboard graphics, punk flyers, and t-shirt designs. When I discovered stencil making and screen-printing in high school, I used them to make t-shirts and stickers, but by college I began to use screen-printing to make art. I enjoyed illustration, photography, collage, and graphic design separately, but with screen-printing I could synthesize those techniques into an integrated final product. Screen-printing also provided latitude for experimentation and the ability to make multiples, and my style began to evolve as I explored the graphic nature of the medium. I tried to make images that would translate well to screen-print production. A harmony of beauty, power, and utility was my goal.”
Public Matter: Shepard, a popular proponent of public art, will create five large-scale paintings as part of “Public Matter,” the fully accessible outdoor exhibition platform located between the Z parking garage and within the Belt, a newly redeveloped alley connecting Grand River and Gratiot Avenue between Broadway and Library Street in downtown Detroit. The Belt, named for its orientation in a former downtown garment district, also features permanent murals by more than a dozen local, national and international artists.
“Everyone can relate to Detroit’s struggle as a community and understand the need for people powered projects in the city,” says Shepard. “Murals and public art are free to everyone and create energy and positive impact in communities; the art becomes a conversation starter or common reference point and that is good for public morale and discourse.”
“Street art is one of the most democratic outlets for art. I consider myself a multi-platform artist, not just a street artist, but the audience I found through street art has created many of the opportunities I now have on other platforms and allows me to get my art directly in front of people, even if it is for a short time.” — Shepard Fairey
“Shepard Fairey’s work has had a cultural impact on the world. We are honored to bring this exhibition to Detroit and also provide a public platform for him to create while in our great city.” — Anthony Curis, partner, Library Street Collective
Visit Shepard Fairey at his website here.. http://obeygiant.com/
Printed Matters opening reception is from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday, May 22. The Library Street Collective is located at 1260 Library St., Detroit; 313-600-7443; lscgallery.com. Runs until Aug. 15.
Event Date: June 5th & 6th, 2015
Tangent Gallery/Hastings Ballroom, Detroit
Sponsored by : Eternal Tattoos, Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum, Atelier Gothique Fine Jewelry, Sassmouth Ink, Tattoo Nouveau, Lady Luck Tattoo, Ink Addict, Ink Detroit, Green Man Tattoo and Skin Time.
INK is very pleased to be partnered with Burners Without Borders Detroit, to help this city's unfortunate homeless citizens. Canned goods will be collected at the door.
Tattoo-inspired artwork of all mediums will be on gallery display from more than 100 Local, National and International fine artists (see attached artist list). Special performances throughout the weekend by Metro Times' "Best of" entertainers Satori Circus and Lushes LaMoan, extreme hoola-hooper Holly Linton, and intense fire dancing by Wingless Feuer.
The VIP Collector's Preview begins Friday, June 5th from 7:30 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. VIP Guests will get a first look at the collection of artwork & a chance to speak with the curators and artists, while enjoying gourmet appetizers, pastries & libations as they are entertained with a Live Interactive "Anatomy of Art" performance by 6 of the top tattoo and fine art creators in Metro Detroit.
The Miss Ink Detroit 2015 competition will come to an end with the Finals and Crowning ceremony, Saturday June 6th, the closing night of the exhibition.
Guests will also have a chance to shop numerous local vendors, such as Eternal Ink, Ink Addict, Ink Detroit, Poison Ivy Designs, CreepynCute Shop, Metal Moon Tattoo Studio, Tattoo Nouveau, Lady Luck Tattoo, Happy Henna Designs, as well as browse the INK. Print Store.
INK serves to examine and celebrate the art, culture, lifestyle, history, anthropology and sociology of tattoos, tattooing, and being tattooed. The practice of permanently inking the body spans all cultures, religions and lifestyles throughout history.
- Friday, June 5th, 2015 7:30pm - 9:00pm (VIP Party & Collector's Preview), 9:00pm - 2:00am (General admission)
- Saturday, June 6th, 2015 8:00pm - 2:00am (General admission).
PreSale Tickets for both the VIP Party/Collector's Preview & General Admission are available for purchase at:
Please RSVP at the INK. Facebook Event Page:
And be sure to "Like" the INK. Fan Page for Artist & Performer Showcases, Contests, Sponsor Shout Outs & Offers, and sneak peeks, as well as event photos:
For more information about Burners Without Borders, please visit their Facebook page:
This event is 18+.
Tangent Gallery offers a full service bar. All guests will be asked for I.D. at the door.
Tangent Gallery / Hastings Ballroom is located at:
715 East Milwaukee St., Detroit, MI
Friday May 22nd 2015
Phog Lounge, 157 University Ave W.
Woodworker & Middle Sister (local)
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EXCLAIM! | Toronto ON | April, 2014
TORONTO'S VERY OWN "GRUESOME TWOSOME"(Tim Perlich) CATL!
With Memorial Day weekend just around the corner, electronic dance music (EDM) will be at the forefront of Detroit’s music scene once again.
- Keith Kemp - DJ/Producer
- Brendan Gillen - DJ/Producer/Label Owner
- Brian Kage - DJ/Producer/Label Owner
FREE VINYL MONDAY - MCB PICK OF THE WEEK - New Fortune Fest 2 - New Dodge Lounge Hamtramck - Sunday 5/24 2pm - 2:30am
New Fortune Records founder Kevin Pachla played the profound host of NFFest and the place was packed by time the night lights kicked on.
Coming up this Sunday will be Round-2 as it is packed with a healthy motorcity punch of great bands and sweet vinyl releases!
All Day Sunday May 24th
at The New Dodge Lounge in Hamtramck, MI
Dave Bixby, Passalacqua,
After Dark Amusement Park,
The Jesus Chainsaw Massacre,
The Ruiners, The Stomp Rockets,
Mic Phelps, Doc Illingsworth,
Ancient Language, Scotty Karate,
Jenny Junior & Jackie Rainsticks,
Jeremy Porter & The Tucos,
Old Empire, The High Strung
Dave Bixby "Ode to Quetzalcoatl" 1969 re-release LP
The Ruiners "Be-Bop-A-Lula Beelzebub" b/w "The Revenge of KC Smash" 45
Ancient Language "In The Early Morning (ft. Lily Nyooni)" b/w "Totem" 45
Gold Crayon "Set It On Fire" b/w "Things We Could Have Had" 45
Old Empire "How to Make an Entrance" LP
Beats between sets by: Christopher Jarvis
Themed drink specials by: New Dodge Lounge
Detroit, MI (May 5, 2015) New Fortune Records presses vinyl records in Detroit for independent musical acts. It's diverse roster includes glam rock to hip hop, electronic to bluegrass and more, thus feeding into Detroit's rich, eclectic music scene.
Tickets. $8 For Ages 21+, $10 For Ages 18+
Schedule. 2:00 PM Doors Open, 2:30 PM Show Begins
New Dodge Lounge
8850 Joseph Campau
Hamtramck, MI 48212
WIN FREE TICKETS: The Infamous Stringdusters bring the twang to the Magic Bag this Sunday, May 17th 2015 (tomorrow) AND MORE!
Grammy Award Nominated!
THE INFAMOUS STRINDUSTERS
Sunday, May 17 – Doors 8pm - $20
Dismiss labels. Forget trying to fit into a scene. Be true and play your songs.
That encompasses the prevailing spirit of Let It Go, the fifth studio album from Grammy-nominated bluegrass expansionists The Infamous Stringdusters. The new effort, released April 1 on the band's own High Country Recordings, finds the band on firm footing, at ease with an evolving sound that defies categorization. It's acoustic music, sure, but not the kind you'll hear from any other band. Roots can be traced but boundaries don't exist.
The Infamous Stringdusters have proven they can both mine the past and look forward to the unknown, and their new album is a touchstone for a group of tightly bonded musicians completely comfortable with each other and their collective identity.
Perhaps the sentiment is best summarized through five joined voices in the mountaintop gospel-hued title track: "If it's worry you've been feeling over things you can't control, it's time to let it go."
When The Infamous Stringdusters first emerged eight years ago, the band was immediately branded fast-picking Nashville wunderkinds, a new-generation super group built to revive the high lonesome sound. Then came immediate accolades—IBMA awards, a chart-topping self-titled album for Sugar Hill Records and a Grammy nomination for "Best Country Instrumental" (for "Magic No. 9″ from the 2010 album Things That Fly). Incendiary chops, complete with undeniable instrumental virtuosity and heartfelt harmonies, immediately positioned the band to be longstanding bluegrass torchbearers.
But for the five members of The Stringdusters—Andy Hall (Dobro), Andy Falco (guitar), Chris Pandolfi (banjo), Jeremy Garrett (fiddle) and Travis Book (upright bass)—reverence for traditionalism has always been only part of the equation. The group has always remained intent on fostering something bigger, more original. It's this desire—and the combined efforts of uniquely creative minds—that has brought the quintet to its current place as multi-dimensional string explorers, mixing tight song craft from a variety of musical styles with a flare for improvisation. Armed with an exhilarating, often-unpredictable live show, the open-minded approach has certainly resonated and allowed the band to easily fit on a diverse set of stages—from Telluride and Grey Fox to Bonnaroo and High Sierra—building crowds along the way that fill some of the country's best rock clubs.
The Lifestyle Experience
The past year was particularly transformative, as the band members realized there was no need to go through the formulaic motions in a shaky music industry. Bolstered by the support of a loyal and dedicated grassroots fan base, The Infamous Stringdusters are constantly looking for opportunities to create new experiences. Oftentimes it happens on stage, like the recent sit-ins from Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh or jazz guitar legend John Scofield. Other times it's through accompanying adventures, like the band's August 2013 trip on the Middle Fork of Idaho's Salmon River.
Following the group's 2013 summer American Rivers Tour, which doubled as an awareness campaign for water sustainability issues in partnership with prominent outdoor industry companies including Patagonia, Klean Kanteen and Osprey Packs, the band members and select fans and friends embarked on a six-day float trip through an unspoiled wilderness area. With instruments in tow, the band played music daily, standing on the banks of the river or sitting together in campsite circles. The inspiration of natural surroundings yielded fresh songs that landed on the new album. "Middlefork" is a newgrass instrumental that conveys the mood of being free in pristine open spaces. "Where The Rivers Run Cold" features a fast progression and introspective lyrics that peak with a bold chorus about enjoying the beauty that surrounds.
In The Studio
When it was time to record Let It Go, the band came together in the fall at White Star Sound, a secluded studio with rustic, close-knit accommodations and state-of-the-art equipment, located on a vast, historic farm outside of Charlottesville, Virginia. It's a quiet place, accessed by a dirt road, where chickens wander freely and long pastoral views can be enjoyed in every direction. With no distractions, it was the perfect place to distill an overflowing well of ideas that had been filling since the band's last release, 2012's Silver Sky.
The result is easily the band's most cohesive musical statement to date. It's a record that respects the studio process. Dynamic picking is delivered with restrained grace, in service to song. There's stylistic range within the context of a unified vision, as melodic reflective tunes wander between nuanced expansive folk ("I'll Get Away"), anthemic country jams ("Colorado"), freewheelin' acoustic rock ("Peace of Mind" and "Light & Love") and dusty balladry ("Rainbows").
The members of The Infamous Stringdusters now all reside in different locations. Hall and Pandolfi recently felt the calling of the mountains and both moved to Colorado. Guitar ace Falco returned to his roots in Long Island to be near family, while Garrett remains in Nashville, where he's known as a prolific songwriter. Book dwells quietly in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, near the site of the band's annual October festival The Festy Experience.
Occasional separation has proven to be a good thing. It's important to remember these are five musicians with unique individual talents, but they all realize they have an undeniably special chemistry when they come together. That was apparent from day one. But now after years of growth—both personal and professional—the band has cast off labels and found an existence where music is about a greater connection. Through friendship, democracy, skill, passion and open minds, it's a broader lifestyle filled with community and plenty of celebration.
The Infamous Stringdusters perform at the Magic Bag on Sunday, May 17th 2015
The Magic Bag
22920 Woodward Ave
Ferndale MI | 48220