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March 2012 News

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Mick Rock takes his photos to a new dimension of art at CATM Chelsea

low resolution image Not Enlargeable Mick Rock published his book, "Exposed", which basically chronicles his epic life as one of the preeminent photographers of the rock, punk and pop scene from the 70's onward, in 2010. That tome packs 200 of his best photographs spanning nearly 40 years, and includes iconic images of some of the music world's heavy hitters, like David Bowie, Lou Reed, Debbie Harry, Syd Barrett, Queen, and The Sex Pistols. At a private preview of his new work at CATM Chelsea on Tuesday night, Rock has unveiled to the world the new direction he is taking as an artist.

Spencer Drate, one of the authors of the recent "Five Hundred 45s", a graphic history of the seven-inch record, first met Rock when he shot The Ramones for the cover of 1980's "End of the Century", and he says it is Rock's brilliant sense of color that sets him apart as a photographer. Drate designed that album as well as most of the packaging for the band's label, Sire, in the 70's, and he still remembers how the colors on those t-shirts jump off the cover. Drate says "it is obvious he is going into another direction, incorporating photography into a different art form". The artwork, which mines Rock's vast archive of rock and pop imagery as the base canvas for his digital manipulation, exhibits what Drate calls "his dynamic sense of color".

Rock's unrepressed interpretation of color in this new work takes some of his most famous images to an expressionistic level that shows he has entered a new dimension as a visual artist. The work on exhibit at CATM vividly reveals his evolution as a master of the camera and now the digital canvas as well. The subjects of his work are cultural icons, and now their images are rendered even more so by being transformed into the ultimate tribute, a pure work of art. One of the works in particular is a testament to this new status, his reworked portrait of JOAN JETT from the cover of 1981's "I Love Rock 'n' Roll". The colors of this piece and the texture of the background reveal a sophisticated understanding of Expressionism as a tool for communicating abstract ideas about personality and fame.

The show, which opened Tuesday night, will be on view at CATM Chelsea until April 22. The opening was pretty jam packed, with guests spilling out onto the sidewalk in the balmy March night. Lou Reed, whose portrait Rock shot for Reed's "Transformer" and "Coney Island Baby" covers, stopped by to give Rock his love and a big hug. The crowd moved down a few blocks to the Electric Room at Dream Downtown on West 16th Street and partied well into the night, in true rock and roll style.

CATM Chelsea
500 West 22nd Street
New York, NY 10011

Rocker JOAN JETT Performing at Storm For Locals

Rocker JOAN JETT is coming to Soutwest Riverside County in April to jam for fans who attend a Lake Elsinore Storm Baseball game at The Diamond.

The performance April 22 will be free to those attending the game and will begin about 30 minutes after its conclusion.

The game is set to start at 2:05 p.m.

Jett will perform a 90-minute set behind second base in honor of Storm Basball owner Gary Jacobs, according to Storm Baseball spokesperson Eric Theiss.

Jett is best known for her quintessential rock song, "I Love Rock N Roll."

Tickets to the game and concert start at $9 -- if purchased in advance -- and can be bought online at

The box office will remain open later than normal on April 22 for those who wish to attend just the concert after the game.

Tickets to this event and the other 69 Storm home games in 2012 will go on sale by phone March 12 951-245-4487 and at the box office.

Lollapalooza 2012 JOAN JETT

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JOAN JETT is one of women rock coming this year at Lollapalooza, us became widely known in the 1980s with the band The BLACKHEARTS which hit best-seller popularized as "I Love Rock 'N Roll" or "Crimson and Clover".

Jett also record producer. But his facet of singer and guitarist that has given most of its success, even came to record with The Sex Pistols at the end of the 1970s.

No doubt Joan is one of the exponents of the most influential rock history, bands such as Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Hole have declared that the singer is one of his strongest influences. For something is one of the 100 guitarists of the selection of Rolling Stone magazine.

His first band formed her at age 15 and was definitely which made her jump to fame getting to known worldwide and especially in Japan. The RUNAWAYS was the band that Joan will go down in history thanks to a movie filmed to immortalize her. The character of the rock was played by Kristen Stewart.

Jett earns honor for fest

The 2011 NW Art & Air Festival was recently recognized by the Oregon Festivals and Events Conference for offering the Best Music Program Within a Festival or Event for the performance by JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS.

"As the sun went down, brightly colored lights flashed, the crowd cheered, and the sounds of iconic '80s hits like 'I Love Rock 'n Roll' and 'Love Hurts' brought the crowd to their feet for the main stage performance," according to a press release from the conference. "It was the musical highlight in Albany last year."

The free show drew a record crowd of more than 25,000.

Another feature of the 2011 Art & Air Festival, the Polio Panda hot air balloon sponsored by the Albany Rotary Club, was chosen as the Most Innovative Marketing Piece or Campaign in 2011.

The Polio Panda campaign is implemented all over the country in an effort to eradicate polio around the world. The Albany Rotary Club raised more than $2,000 by bringing families together for early morning hot air balloon rides. Panda trading cards were offered as souvenirs.

The awards, announced Wednesday, were presented at the association's annual conference in Eugene.

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Lollapalooza Brazil | JOAN JETT talks about playing with Foo Fighters in new video

The Lollapalooza Brazil released a new video with JOAN JETT, rock pioneer woman who plays on the first day of the festival with his band, The BLACKHEARTS. The singer talks about the expectation of coming to Brazil for the first time and is excited to play with Foo Fighters - almost confirming that the partnership of concerts at Madison Square Garden and the David Letterman program will be repeated. Watch:

The Brazilian edition of Lollapalooza takes place on 7 and 8 April, the Jockey Club in Sao Paulo. The first day of the festival, featuring as headliners Foo Fighters, is already sold out.

Graceland Launches ICON : The Influence of Elvis Presley Presented by Fender

The yearlong 35th anniversary commemoration of the life and legacy of Elvis Presley continues in Memphis with the third and largest exhibit launching at Graceland in 2012. Check out the photo gallery from the "ICON: The Influence of Elvis Presley Presented by Fender" Exhibit which will be open March 1, 2012 through February 2013.

Curated by the Graceland archives team in partnership with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, this groundbreaking exhibit features 75 artifacts on loan from the famed Cleveland museum, along with items from the collections of many of today's biggest names in music who have been influenced by the King of Rock 'n' Roll. The exhibit celebrates Elvis' status as a music pioneer and icon that paved the way for many of today's artists and celebrities. Items on display in this exhibit include Bono's "MacPhisto" suit from U2's Zooropa performances, Bob Dylan's leather jacket that appears on the album cover "Real Live," James Brown's jumpsuit and vest worn in concert in the 1970s, along with artifacts from Elton John, Trisha Yearwood, Robert Plant, Bon Jovi, Clash, JOAN JETT, Carrie Underwood, Wanda Jackson, Bruce Springsteen, Joe Perry, Billy Joel, The Beatles, Justin Timberlake, Kid Rock, Michael Anthony, Ricky Nelson, Wilson Pickett and many others.

Grammy award-winning artist Amy Grant, a well-known Elvis fan, gladly accepted the invitation to display her personal copy of lyrics for "Heartbreak Hotel," handwritten for her by the songwriter, Mae Axton. "The ink is fading on the page, but the special memory of spending time with one of the great writers who gave Elvis a song to sing never will," said Grant when asked about being included in the unique exhibit.

Earlier in 2012, two additional exhibits opened at Graceland. "Elvis on Tour" celebrates the 40th anniversary of the Golden Globe award-winning documentary of the same name. The documentary takes an in-depth look at Elvis' multi-city tour during April of that year. Artifacts from the exhibit include the producer's Golden Globe award, jewelry and stage clothing worn by the king during the concerts, rarely-seen photos, videos and more.

A new addition to the VIP Tour, "Elvis...Through His Daughter's Eyes" opened on February 1, Lisa Marie Presley's birthday, and highlights the relationship between Elvis and his only child. Presley was personally involved in the exhibit's development and planning. Visitors will see numerous items including family photos and home movies that explore her experience of growing up at Graceland and the relationship with her famous father. Artifacts include Presley's baby footprints, clothing, childhood tricycle, record player, crib, gold ID bracelet given to her by Elvis and much more.

Graceland is open year round with various tour options. "ICON: The Influence of Elvis Presley Presented by Fender" is included in the VIP and Platinum Tours. For more information on tours and for a FREE online trip planner, please visit .

2012 Dundalk Heritage Fair

low resolution image Not Enlargeable The 2012 Dundalk Heritage Fair will be held on June 29th, 30th, and July 1st from noon until 10:00 pm each day featuring JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS as well as Dennis Deyoung and the music of Styx!

Fireworks will be held on Wednesday, July 4.

Admission is $5 for adults and free for children 12 and under with an accompanying adult. For more information on the festivities, please click the links below:

About the Dundalk Heritage Fair Association

The Dundalk Heritage Fair is operated by The Heritage Association of Dundalk, a group of dedicated volunteers who give their time and energy to ensure that the Dundalk community enjoys the greatest 4th of July celebration in the country. Activities include a three-day fair, the largest parade in Maryland, and a fireworks show. Hundreds of volunteers donate countless hours to do everything from putting up fences to hiring entertainers to selling admission tickets, ensuring a long weekend of family fun in the most patriotic community in the world.

JOAN JETT, Sgt. Slaughter Lake Elsinore-bound

low resolution image Not Enlargeable From JOAN JETT and pro wrestling legend Sgt. Slaughter to a Night of Fellowship that will feature "an attempt to set the world's largest group of people 'Tebowing'," the Lake Elsinore Storm's 2012 season at Diamond Stadium won't lack for entertainment value.

Jett, a 2012 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominee, will perform April 22 at the stadium, following that day's game by the Lake Elsinore Storm, the San Diego Padres' single-A minor league ball club. Admission to the concert is free with a ticket to the game, which may be the lowest price to see Jett perform in decades, since the ticket price range is $9 to $11 per person.

Slaughter, whose musical proclivities are unknown, will appear following the May 26 game, as part of the Storm's Red, White & Blue Memorial Day weekend. Alas, he will not be part of the Storm's Aug. 5 Anti-Bullying Day activities, or the team's Aug. 31 Martial Arts Night, or its several Wacky Weenie Wednesdays.

The "Tebowing" event is named in honor of the nationwide craze sparked last year by devoutly religious Denver Broncos' quarterback Tim Tebow. It is scheduled for July 13, as part of the team's annual Night of Fellowship, a presumably non-denominational affair.

The Storm's first home season game is April 5. It will be preceded by a Slaughter-less April 4 exhibition game between the San Diego Padres and the Kansas City Chiefs.

More information on all of the above events and the Storm's entire 2012 season is available at of by calling (951) 245-4487.

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