Gary Wilson is an international underground legend, so to say it's exciting we get to see him live in his adopted home of San Diego is an understatement. Beck (famously, in the lyrics to "Where It's At"), Questlove, the Residents, Ariel Pink, Odd Future, Pyramid Vritra, Foxygen, and countless other artists have all cited Gary as an influence.
Gary's on a hot streak these days -- Over the last year, he has graced the front page of the New York Times, been featured in the New Yorker, and was included in the Metropolitan Museum of Art's exhibition, "Punk: From Chaos to Couture." Earlier this year he released his vinyl single "Sea Cruise/I Just Want to Hold You in My Arms,"(Rita Records). and later this year he'll be releasing a full-length album on New York's Sub-Bombin' Records. In August Gary will be opening for Foxygen. So the secret that Gary is a big deal is out...sort of!
I am very pleased that San Diego's one and only Poontang Clam will be sharing the bill for this special evening. These punk rock ladies bring it every time they hit the stage, and are absolutely one of the most enjoyable live bands in San Diego.
Max Daily has performed on the bill with Gary before, and his puppet artistry is second-to-none. Max's contribution to our night, "The Apprentice", is especially created for this event, so this is not to be missed!
The evening's guests will notice the new and highly original photography of Ashley Montoya on the walls of the Til Two Club throughout the evening. Anyone unfamiliar with Ashley's work is in for a treat. I was fortunate enough to be present when Ashley was capturing some unforgettable images of Gary in her photography studio, and I can't wait to see them on the wall of the venue.
Operation: Mindblow will be providing their classic, old-school light show to set the right tone of artistry and fun, and DJ Wankchops will be filling in the gaps with vinyl magic on the turntables.
Being involved with this sort of event (both as organizer and Gary's drummer) makes me proud of the art and music community here in San Diego. This is just the beginning!