If you've picked up any music magazine in the past 40 years, it's likely that you've seen Colorado Springs photographer Larry Hulst's work, which is currently on exhibit at two local galleries.
Upon returning from a 1969 tour of duty in Vietnam, Hulst turned his camera to the burgeoning counterculture music scene in San Francisco. Shooting from the front row at venues such as the original Fillmore and Winterland, Hulst has earned acclaim and widespread publication for his iconic shots of artists such as Led Zeppelin and the Grateful Dead. In all those years, Hulst has seen countless bands in varied venues, with a portfolio equally diverse.
"On March 25, 1970, in a 24-hour period, I saw Joe Cocker's Mad Dogs and Englishmen tour at Winterland with Van Morrison opening," says Hulst, recalling a particularly memorable day. "I got home around 3 a.m., slept for a few hours, and drove to a local racetrack in Sacramento to see the Jimi Hendrix Experience. It was the biggest concert ever then, and it was madness. I took some photos. Most of the negatives were stolen, but 30 years after that day, my photos turned up on two different Jimi Hendrix albums!"
Since moving to Colorado in 1993, Hulst has yet to slow his pace, still shooting photos at countless shows and curating an ongoing, traveling exhibit of his rock 'n' roll photography. His latest showings, entitled My Classic Icons, feature prints from negatives shot between 1969 and 2012.
"I was scanning important original negatives for RockPaperPhoto, a company in New York City who sells high-end photography to collectors," explains Hulst. "With these scans finished, I knew I needed to make large prints for exhibit."
The portraits feature Janis Joplin, The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Joni Mitchell and many other classic rock musicians of cultural and historical significance.
"These are images of our history, and they need to be celebrated. This is my celebration."
Hulst's classic icons will be on display at 503W through the month of July and at the Ivywild School through September.
As for the coming week in live music:
Dave Arvizu, also known as Rvzoo, has been a mainstay of the Colorado Springs music scene since the '80s, both as a solo artist and in his years fronting power-pop ensemble Big Back Yard. Arvizu recently released a new single, "When I Was Young," with his latest project, Rvzoo and The Sugar Spun Elephant Band, and the group will be performing a free show at Limbach Park in Monument on July 15.
Houston-based rapper/author/designer Lil' Flip, whose sixth LP, El Jefe, was released earlier this year, hits Rawkus on July 17. Colorado emcees Wes Rawkins and Big Sly will round out the bill.
Also on July 17, Jimmy Eat World frontman Jim Adkins will be making a solo acoustic appearance at the Black Sheep, joined by local alt-rock band Sound Studies.
Following her stop at the Telluride Americana Music Festival, Grammy-nominated twang-pop artist Kim Richey will perform an acoustic show at the Mining Exchange on July 18.
Meanwhile, if "one semi-human and three inanimate objects" playing garage punk piques your interest, you'll want to see Gar Gar on July 18 at the Triple Nickel, where the mysterious lizard-headed performer will be fronting his four-piece Louisiana band. Night of the Living Shred, Saustro and the Fruity Loops open.
Finally, if you'd like to broaden your musical horizons, the seventh annual Colorado Springs Native American Intertribal Festival & Traditional Powwow takes place at the Mortgage Solutions Financial EXPO Center on July 18. The festival, sponsored by Palmer Lake Historical Society and One Nation Walking Together, features native dancers, drummers, singers and many other attractions.
Although I'm hoping that Gar Gar or Lil' Flip prove me wrong, the powwow will most likely be the only music event of the summer to feature live wolves.