I am very totally honored and SUUUPERR STOAAAAKED (that's in my Wisconsin accent, by the way) to be a part of "The First Three Songs!" Here's what you need to know!

Several of Wisconsin’s most-talented photographers’ in-concert images will be featured in a new exhibit opening Wednesday, July 25, 2012 at the Open MiKE space in Milwaukee’s Plankinton Arcade, 161 W. Wisconsin Avenue, from 5PM to 9PM. The show will also be open on Gallery Night, Friday, July 27, from 5PM to 10PM.

Photographers CJ Foelkler, Marianne Spellman, Erik Ljung, Joe Kirschling, Dale Reince, David Bernacci, Bob Cavallo, and Troy Freund will be presenting the best of their collected works, spanning live music images taken from the mid-1970s to the present, featuring artists as diverse as The Flaming Lips, Willie Nelson, The Kinks, Rufus Wainwright, BB King, Girl Talk, Elvis Costello, Bruce Springsteen, Tony Bennett and others, taken locally and in venues around the country. Many of the images have been showcased in publications such as Rolling Stone, People, Spin, and the musical artists’ own recordings and biographies.  
“The First Three Songs” offers attendees the rare opportunity to see stunning images of live musical history close-up, and is not to be missed. The photographers will also be in attendance to greet guests and speak about their work.
I'm excited to be included in such a multi-talented group of photographers, and I cannot wait to see their photos on display at Open MiKE (you can read more about the event and photog bios here.) It is particularly meaningful for me to be able to attend this event and share some of my photos in the town where I was born, and where I shot my first concert (the Kinks, of course!) in 1978. My thanks to photographer Troy Freund for going to super-human efforts to get this show arranged to coincide with our annual family trip back to Wisconsin. What a gift!

And speaking of gifts, the first 50 folks in the door on the 25th and 27th can get a copy of this SO COOL poster by Milwaukee artist Matt Chic for FREE!

If you are in the area, I really hope that you can come by this week on Wednesday or Friday night, hang out, look at some sweet music shots, and meet and greet us! I will also be giving out UNLIMITED FREE hugs! Share the news, bring a friend, and we'll see you there!

The Kinks, "You Can't Stop the Music"