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Dylan, Cash, Miles + More at Morrison Hotel's 30th St. Exhibit

Miles Davis - photos by Don Hunstein- for the Grateful Web

On July 18 the Morrison Hotel Gallery's Soho loft (116 Prince Street, NYC) will offer the first fine art photography exhibit drawn from the extensive Sony BMG archive. "In Session at the Columbia Records 30th Street Studio" will feature candid, in-the-studio photographs taken mostly by Columbia Records' in-house photographer Don Hunstein, at its legendary 30th Street Studio in New York City. The exhibit will feature over 30 limited edition fine art silver gelatin prints - many of them never-before-seen - of singular figures such as Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Billie Holiday, Tony Bennett, Miles Davis, Muhammad Ali, and Charles Mingus among others. Prior to the exhibit's public opening, the Morrison Hotel Gallery will host invitation-only previews of "In Session" on July 17.

In 1949, an abandoned Armenian Greek Orthodox church at 207 East 30th Street, between 2nd and 3rd Avenue in Manhattan, was transformed into one of the world's greatest recording studios, where some of the most dynamic and enduring records were created. From Bob Dylan's "Highway 61 Revisited" to Leonard Bernstein's "West Side Story," from Miles Davis's "Kind Of Blue" to Glenn Gould's interpretations of Bach's "Goldberg Variations," the 30th Street Studio provided a distinctive ambience, featuring a kaleidoscope of sublime sonic qualities unparalleled in the recording industry.

Though the building itself was demolished, "In Session" frames the momentous occasions that occurred within the 30th Street Studio walls and allows fans to hold on to them forever.

Each print to be featured in this exhibit was meticulously hand selected by the Morrison Hotel Gallery and Sony BMG's ICON Collectibles (www.Icon-Collectibles.com), and represents a piece of musical history. Prints by Don Huntstein are numbered and signed by the photographer, who still lives in New York, and plans to attend the 'In Session' preview events. Prints will also be available for sale at morrisonhotelgallery.com.

About The Morrison Hotel Gallery
Founded in 2001 by former record company executive and producer Peter Blachley, former independent record store owner Rich Horowitz and music photographer Henry Diltz, The Morrison Hotel Gallery has grown to become the major brand in fine art music photography. With already thriving locations in Soho in NYC, La Jolla California, and Los Angeles, MHG opened their largest location to date in March 2008, at 313 Bowery Street in NYC, former home to the legendary CBGB Gallery.

About ICON Collectibles
ICON Collectibles is a business specializing in selling unique Fine Art Prints, Music Plaques, Cover Art and one-of-a-kind memorabilia featuring a diversified collection of some of the world's greatest recording artists including: Bob Dylan, Tony Bennett, Miles Davis, Johnny Cash, Ella Fitzgerald and Muhammad Ali. All offerings are showcased and sold on Icon-Collectibles.com. Powered by SONY BMG Music Entertainment, ICON Collectibles is headquartered in New York City.

Net of Being – Alex Grey Exhibit in NYC

Alex Grey - for the Grateful Web

I went to NYC on November 10, 2007 to see Phil Lesh and Friends at the Nokia Theater in Times Square – in and of itself quite an event.  I had taken a train from Philadelphia late, on a whim and with just my black zip up hoodie on my back.   When I got to the show, some friends of mine handed me a flyer for the Net of Being opening party.

"Alex Grey's painting, 'Net of Being,' has been introduced to millions of people by the rock band TOOL.  After years of labor this epic work is now on view along with numerous new artworks depicting Grey's mystic visions and an architectural model of the future Chapel of Sacred Mirrors."  In addition to that wall sized painting; nineteen other new works were on display.

At the entrance to 542 W. 27th in Chelsea, NYC – we were greeted by a line of people waiting to get in the building.  The bouncers looked at us, guided us around the ropes and told us to proceed to the 4th floor.  Evidently there is an unrelated club on the second floor of the building, but being let into a club around a velvet rope based on looks was still an amusing experience.

Once upstairs and we forked over our $20 we entered CosMosis, the dance floor area of the space, where Schism, a Tool cover band was just starting. I have been a sometimes fan of TOOL, having seen them in 1993 with Lollapalooza, as well as having seen Adam Jones guest with Melvins – however had not been following their work recently.  Schism sounded great and the space was decorated with Alex Grey wall sized prints, a video display and a generous littering of bean bag chairs.  Alex Grey was painting live and grooving along to the band.

We headed next past the gift shop – which was closed – down a hall filled with people – to the entrance of the Chapel of Sacred Mirrors gallery.  COSM had unfortunately closed when the party portion of the evening – however there was a DJ in the darkened room in front of the entrance – which was fairly packed with people dancing.

Past this was the MicroCosm gallery which contained the Net of Being piece as well as other new pieces.  Unfortunately the gallery did not have the glasses that come with the tool album to view the pictures.

When we returned to the other room, I noticed John Barlow attended by several people – watching Alex paint – with a big smile on his face.

The whole experience seemed very familiar as I am fortunate to be able to regularly visit Fenario Gallery in Eugene, OR which boasts similar artists and friends – Martina Hoffman had exhibited in Eugene was purportedly about and at a benefit dinner for CoSM the previous evening.

At the same time I wish I was better prepared to identify celebrities in the middle of the night as I would have done a better job hob-knobbing – and maybe retrieved some interviews in the process.

Go see Tool on tour now – and buy their new album before you go – experience visionary art and music at the cutting edge of psychedelia.

Weintrob Photography Exhibit to Benefit NOMC

photo by Michael Weintrob- for the Grateful Web

Good Thoughts Printing Studio and the Guitar Cellar present the opening reception of a new photography exhibit featuring the work of music photographer Michael Weintrob.

The opening reception is on Thursday, October 25 from 6PM – 10PM at the Guitar Cellar on the Boulder's Hill. The event will feature live music beginning at 7 PM. The items exhibited, which will be on display and available for purchase through November 1st, span over a decade of Weintrob's rock photography. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of photos will go to benefit The New Orleans Musician Clinic.

About The New Orleans Musician Clinic:

In collaboration with LSU Healthcare Network and Daughters of Charity Services of New Orleans, The New Orleans Musicians' Clinic (NOMC) provides access to health and social welfare services for the local music community. Since 1998, NOMC has played a pivotal role in sustaining the health of New Orleans musicians. As housing, family and financial challenges continue, we strive to remain a core resource for the music community. From providing medical services to funding gigs, their response to the needs of musicians knows no boundaries.

About Michael Weintrob:

Over the past decade Michael has been shooting live concerts, portraits, events and world culture. His images have appeared in publications including Rolling Stone, Spin, Mojo, Billboard, Relix, Downbeat, Paste and Outside. Directly after graduating Colorado State University, Michael became a house photographer for the City of Denver Theaters and Arenas Division, which includes the legendary Red Rocks Amphitheater and other prestigious venues in and around Denver, Colorado.

In addition to being a staff photographer for Gibson Guitars in New York, Weintrob's images have graced album covers of famous musicians such as Burning Spear, Taj Majal Trio, Gerorge Porter Jr., Karl Denson, the Doobie Brothers, Gov't Mule, Charlie Hunter, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band and Umphrey's McGee.

What separates Michael from other photographers is his ability to be at the right place at the right time. "When you take a photograph you've got to be able to capture the energy of an instant that is gone in a second."

Weintrob's photo studio is located in Brooklyn, New York.