Saturday, August 16, 2008

Worlds collide in a great way

My favorite band, Nada Surf, will be performing at the Democratic National Convention, along with other indie artists. Wish I could go.

From the press release:

All Star Line Up Of Indie Bands To
Headline Manifest Hope Gallery
Party Wednesday Night Of
Democratic National Convention

Manifest Hope Gallery -- Hosted By Shepard Fairey And MoveOn -- Will Display Obama Art During The Convention Week

Artist Shepard Fairey, Evolutionary Media Group and Upper Playground will join forces to host the "Manifest Hope Art Gallery" ( at the Democratic National Convention. The gallery will open to the public from Sunday, August 24 through Thursday, August 28 2008, will feature artists supporting Senator Barack Obama for President.

On Wednesday, August 27th at 6:00 pm, Manifest Hope and partner San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom will host Unconventional '08 with musical performances on an outdoor stage to feature artists such as: Silversun Pickups, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Cold War Kids Nada Surf and DJ Z Trip. Tickets are free and a limited amount will be available by visiting Manifest Hope Gallery in Denver.

Additionally, there will be an intimate invite only VIP performance songwriter in the round performance featuring Ben Gibbard of Death Cab For Cutie, Jenny Lewis of Rilo Kiley, Zooey Deschanel of She and Him, Matthew Caws of Nada Surf and singer/songwriter Jonathan Rice.

The Manifest Hope Gallery will showcase both known and new artists, some of the finest modern contemporary artists, acclaimed NY painters and sculptors, activated grass roots and street artists, and present the most widely recognized pieces seen throughout the 2008 presidential primary campaign, as well as newly commissioned works and previous works on loan from some of the United States top artists.

In addition to the professional artists, five artists selected from submissions in a MoveOn sponsored art contest will show their work for the first time at the Manifest Hope Gallery. These five pieces will be chosen by a panel of judges include famed artists Ross Bleckner, April Gornik, Eric Fischl, Shepard Fairey, musicians Moby, Thurston Moore and DJ Spooky, and Cydney Payton; Executive Director & Chief Curator MCA Denver, and Nancy Spector; Author & Guggenheim Curator of Contemporary Art.

The five finalists selected to show in the Manifest Hope Gallery will hang alongside well-known artists such as Shepard Fairey, Sam Flores, Ron English, Chris Pastras, Mel Kadel and Date Farmers. Other artists included in the exhibition include: Justin Bua, Todd Lockwood, David Choe, Maya Hayuk, Cathie Bleck, Cro (Go Tell Mama), MAC, Evan Hecox, Lukas Ketner, Henry Lewis, Scot Lefavor, Lisa Congdon, Amy Martin, and more to be added. Resident DJ Jeremy Sole will on hand all week to inspire music inside the art galleries.

The Manifest Hope Gallery will be open to the public in Denver, CO at the Democratic National Convention, between Sunday August 24th, 2008 and Thursday, August 28th, 2008 from 10am – 5pm daily.

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