A great gift idea: Personalized Concert Posters

This last Christmas I was searching for something I could give my girlfriend that would be personal, heartfelt, stylish and awesome. After some thought (and some iPhone-aided remembering) I determined that she and I had seen A LOT of bands in 2011—48 to be exact.

So, with that astronomical figure in mind, I asked my good friend and creative life partner John Jurik to help me create a festival-style poster that included all 48 of these bands. The resulting poster turned out like this:

Pretty rad, right? Go ahead and steal the idea if you’d like. And if you want some creative help constructing a similar poster of your own, feel free to reach out to Mr. John Jurik. He’s ridiculously talented and he works for cheap.

Oh, and just for the sake of Internet record, the bands that we saw in 2011, in headliner-everyone else order, were:

  • Arcade Fire
  • Coldplay
  • Girl Talk
  • Band of Horses
  • Blondie
  • Bright Eyes
  • Bon Iver
  • Beirut
  • The Cars
  • M83
  • Death From Above 1979
  • Sleigh Bells
  • Crystal Castles
  • The Naked and Famous
  • Cold War Kids
  • Friendly Fires
  • Foster the People
  • Lykke Li
  • Explosions in the Sky
  • Mates of State
  • Local Natives
  • Cults
  • Tennis
  • Ana Tijoux
  • CSS
  • Nico Vega
  • Fool’s Gold
  • The Cool Kids
  • Okkervil River
  • White Lies
  • Typhoon
  • The Joy Formidable
  • Kathleen Edwards
  • Crystal Antlers
  • What Cheer? Brigade
  • Japandroids
  • Bass Drum of Death
  • Keller Williams
  • The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
  • Portugal. The Man.
  • Hardin Sweaty and The Ready To Go
  • Acid Baby Jesus
  • Hell Shovel
  • Ramesh
  • Active Child
  • Generationals
  • Little Birds
  • Soviet
  • (a)therapeutic smile

Later this week I’m going to write a post breaking down my top five performances from that list. Stay tuned for that.

Roxmas 6 is coming…

Every year my band, Hardin Sweaty and The Ready To Go, put on a show to celebrate the season of yule called Roxmas. This year we will be putting on the 6th annual iteration of this momentous event and recently I initiated the help of my good friend John Jurik to create a poster that really captured the magic of the season.

He gave me this:

Me likey. A lot. For details about Roxmas 6 go HERE.

I hope to see you all there.