This post might not be directly about a piece of my art work but it’s something I want to share because like art, music has gotten me through life’s hurdles. I might not create music but I appreciate the ones that do. And as you know part of my experience as an artist has also been being a promotional and merch band guru…. so for me music and art go hand in hand. So with that… lets talk about the incredible night we had on Friday!
I can go on and on here and tell you how Everclear’s music has affected me since I was in junior high. How seeing them for the first time in 1995 was one of the best shows I had seen when I was younger. How I use to have stacks of Spin and other rock magazines that either had Art Alexakis on the cover or just had a little interview article inside . How even at the age of 36 I still rock out to their albums like I am in my high school bedroom. But being able to tell the band that myself was the ultimate for me!
We went to the Sparkle and Fade 20th Anniversary Show at H.O.M.E Bar and it was incredible. They played the ENTIRE album and then some. I am surprise I had a voice the next day as I was screaming along word for word. When I told my friend Trisha (who has known me since high school) about the show she told me she could imagine it cause every time she hears Everclear she still always thinks of me.
This is a photo Frank took of me from our booth. I am literally standing on the platform over the crowd ha ha. Not about to miss a second of it.
Needless to say I was in my glory like I was the first time I saw them back in 1995 and it was even cooler to be able to tell them that. They decided to hang out at their merch table after the show to say hi to fans. I had already gotten a shirt earlier before the show started (made sure to get the one with all the tour dates on the back so it was nostalgic 90’s “I rock this shirt proudly because I was at the show” ha ha. Remember those days?) but was not going to miss the chance to at least say hi to them. And on a splurge I totally bought the Sparkle and Fade record despite already owning the CD. I really wanted to have something for them to sign and since this was so unexpected I was not my normal prepared self. They also don’t do ticket stubs the way they use to back in the day and I wanted to be able to wear my shirt so no go for signatures there. So I thought this is something I have dreamt of since I was younger and despite the mark up on the album I told myself “buy it or you will regret it”. So I did. I also knew it would be a great way to remember the unforgettable time I got to hear this entire album live.
As cool as the signatures are to have as memorabilia nothing will compare to the photo my friend Ellie captured or me with Art!!!!!!!!
If only I could go back in time to tell my younger self “be patient” that this would happen to me in my 30’s. Even so I don’t think I would’ve believed myself. I know sometimes we get star struck but this actually meant so much to me to be able to tell the band how much their music has gotten me through some of the toughest and greatest times of my youth. They also really loved my Jane Lane shirt ha ha.
Me and my handsome husband at the show
Now that it is getting closer I just wanted to remind everyone that I will be vending my FIRST show! Yes I finally said yes to doing a show after countless times of being asked by many awesome events to do so. This one being special to me as not only are my husband and I members of the Hardcore Hearse Club (Frankenhearse will also be on display), but I am also their webmaster. I will have one of a kind items never before sold on my Etsy Shop and have also donated prizes to the shows big raffles!
More about the event…
HardCore Hearse Club’s Hearse Show 2016 is once again going to be the main event of the summer. Only in its 3rd year, this hearse show is the most talked about and anticipated day for Hearse owners and enthusiasts everywhere. The event will be 2 days long this year & the best show to date. Make sure you put this weekend on your calendar. It is not to be missed! All hearses, ambulances, limousines and flower cars are welcome.
Saturday June 11, 2016 – Sunday June 12, 2016
2pm – 8pm each day
1000 N Rohlwing Rd, Lombard, Illinois 60148
There will be a ton of killer rides, lots of vendors who sell unique creations from handmade art to funeral antiques and oddities, meet and greets with Svengoolie, magic and illusion show by Ron Fitzgerald of Fitzgerald’s Realm, bands to rock out to, awesome raffle prizes to bid on and trophies awarded for the top voted on rides! Fun for the whole family during the day and when the show closes down at 8pm the party continues inside the bar as we rock the night away. See photos from our past events event HERE!
Hope to see you all there! It’s gonna be a killer time!
Merch getting prepared for tonight’s Axe Man’s Bridge show!
Stickers are in! Bottle cap necklaces and pins revamped! Limited edition pick bracelets! A merch girls work is never done! 😉
I know you guys are probably sick of see this same photo every time I do a shout out to Rob Zombie, but think about it.. wouldn’t you post this if it were you? Uh Hell Yes! Best concert experience of my life getting to meet him and Sheri. So with that here it is again ha ha.
Happy Birthday Rob Zombie!
Living Dead Girl Nicole and Rob Zombie
Thank you for teaching me that art is not about rainbows and butterflies!
P.S. Yesterday was my Dad’s 60th Birthday. Tonight we are going out to eat to celebrate. Expect a very fun and art filled post next week!
Northcoast Band Backdrops And Band Scrims posted on their page that Axe Man’s Bridge is one of the top 2 bands with the most votes so far. The contest is a raffle drawing so every time someone votes for them it increases their chance of winning!! They could really use this stage backdrop for their future shows and really appreciate your support. They love the work of Northcoast because they do quality work! So this would be so wonderful for them if they won!
Please continue to tell people about the contest by sharing this post or the post on Axe Man’s Bridge’s Facebook page with your FB friends and ask them to vote for Axe Man’s Bridge! And if you have not already done so PLEASE vote for them! It only takes a moment to go to the contest photo and comment Axe Man’s Bridge and like their page! Support local music! These guys deserve this!
Remember you have to follow all three steps for your vote to count.
1.) Go to THIS IMAGE!
2.) Comment ON THE IMAGE with Axe Man’s Bridge as your vote. You have to use their name Axe Man’s Bridge for the vote to count for them!
3.) Like the Northcoast Band Backdrops and Band Scrims Facebook page
4.) Share the image but remember to include a note asking your Facebook friends to vote for Axe Man’s Bridge so they know who to vote for!
This is a new Deadly Design I did for Axe Man’s Bridge‘s upcoming Halloween Gig!
Living Dead Girl Nicole
A nice shout out from Darlene at Another Hole In The Wall for donating my art for their Venue Revival Benefit Show.