The Seed poster is documented as the very first psychedelic rock poster for the Charlatans performance on June 21, 1965 at the Red Dog Saloon in Virginia City, NV. The artists for the poster were Michael Ferguson who drew the body of the poster, and George Hunter who drew the very distinctive logo for The Charlatans.
The Charlatans will be having a historic 50th anniversary reunion in Virginia City, Nevada on June 20th & 21st, 2015 and will include a spectacular light show from the legendary Bill Ham, with a very special show poster based on The Seed by artist Dennis Loren!
You might recall, Dennis designed an homage to The Seed for Moonalice when they played at the Red Dog Saloon on August 18, 2012. You can read about the story and Dennis’ adventures when he attended the show here, poster M510 in the series.
Fans of The Seed will be excited to know that the official version of the 50th Anniversary poster was done by Dennis Loren with art direction by George Hunter and is an homage to The Seed. “In a minute there is time for decisions and revisions which a minute will reverse.” Those who know George Hunter will understand the relevance of that quote.
Charlatans Reunion Info
THE CHARLATANS’ & THE RED DOG SALOON’S 50TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION – June 20 and 21, 2015
Dedicated to the memory of Mike Ferguson, Lynne Hughes (Miss Kitty), Chandler Laughlin (Travus T. Hipp) and Mark Unobsky.
The Charlatans will play Piper’s Opera House on North B St. in Virginia City, Nevada on Saturday, June 20th, 2015. Doors at 7:00 pm, show at 8:00 pm. There will be a “Meet & Greet” after party with the Charlatans at the Red Dog Saloon after the show starting at 10:00 pm.
The Charlatans will also play at the Red Dog Saloon on North C St., on Sunday, June 21st. This event on the 50th Anniversary of both the opening of the Red Dog and the Charlatans public debut will feature dramatic recreations of some of the famous stories of Red Dog lore including some of the legendary gun play by bartender Don Works. Bill Ham will provide lights for this show as well. Bill built the original automated light show box which was installed in the Red Dog in 1965. Doors at 7:00 pm, show at 8:00 pm.
Tickets for Saturday, 6/20/15, “A Night at the Opera” are $75 or $100 for both “Opera” + “Meet & Greet” after party at the Red Dog. Piper’s has two private boxes overlooking the stage with seating for a party of four, the best seats in the house. Prices for the boxes TBA. Tickets for Sunday, 6/21/15, “Red Dog Daze” are $100. Combo tickets including all three events are $175. Tickets are available at www.reddogvc.com Seating is extremely limited. Capacity of Piper’s Opera House is 350 people. Capacity of the Red Dog Saloon is 125.
THE AMAZING CHARLATANS featuring the 4 ORIGINAL MEMBERS George Hunter, Dan HIcks, Mike Wilhelm & Richard Olsen + Freddie Steady Krc of the Jerry Jeff Walker Band on drums & Tom Constanten from the Grateful Dead on keyboards. Light show by Bill Ham, the originator of the light show and liquid projection!
The Charlatans and the Red Dog Saloon pioneered all of the elements used in the dance/concerts in the ballrooms of San Francisco during the late 1960s including the first psychedelic rock poster, the first light shows, the first long jams. The Charlatans, with their Victorian/Edwardian & Western clothing bought in thrift stores and costume shops also pioneered the style of dress worn by the hipsters and hippies of the late ’60s. This is a rare and historic event! It will be the first time in 18 years that the Charlatans have played a full set and it will also be the last performances by the Charlatans…ever! If you are a fan of the Charlatans or have heard about the Charlatans but never heard them live…here is your last chance to hear the first “psychedelic rock band” in San Francisco during the mid ’60s.