Fifteen years ago, Chicago artist Dan Grzeca (pronounced Jet-sah) was painting. It was the ’90s, and Bob Hartzell and Steve Walters of Screwball Press introduced him and a slew of other artists, including Jay Ryan, to screen printing — specifically, poster making. “That’s one of the reasons Chicago has such a rich pool of talent,” Grzeca says. “It’s very self-perpetuating with older artists inspiring and encouraging new, younger artists.”
First working out of a tiny home studio in Lexington, Kentucky, Brian and Sara Turner created Cricket Press, a hand-printing, silk-screening, poster-making operation, in 2003. Since then, the duo has generated work for hundreds of bands, ranging from “indie rock to free jazz, bluegrass to punk, as well as promotional work for events both local and national,” the Turners say.
A tentative lineup for Zorn Fest 2009 is posted; math metallists The Dillinger Escape Plan have another new drummer; rock cellist Helen Money just finished a new album; tour dates have been announced for Lymbyc Systym, the Alex Skolnick Trio, and the Extra Action Marching Band.
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