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L-R: Squad 17, Lonny Unitus, Flora Fauna

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First Avenue Poster Fair

Aug. 17
11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Free with museum admission ($6-$12)
Art, Museums, Music

Way back when, gig posters were created to get the word out on shows. In the modern era of Facebook event pages, Google alerts, and online calendars, however, gig posters continue to have purpose. Although they were always valued as mementos of past shows and sought after as collectibles items, that’s even more true nowadays, as venues and bands often team up with printmakers of note to commemorate a show. Over the years, a bevy of local artists have created posters for shows at First Avenue. That includes Aesthetic Apparatus, who have been making works for the venue for the past 12 years; Squad 19, with tributes including Hank III and Animal Collective; and Miss Amy Jo, who has created works for shows like Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Electric 6, and the Gossip. Other artists include DWITT, TOOTH, Flora Fauna, and Lonny Unitus. Check out all their rad work at this special event. See something you like? Art will be available to take home. The party will also include tunes from DJ Danny Sigelman and hands-on demonstrations, as well as access to the museum’s current show, “First Avenue: Stories of Minnesota’s Mainroom.”