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100 Bands. 100 Songs. All Made Up By 1 Man!

What started at Headlands Center for the Arts Residency Program by Sonny Smith in March 2009, has blossomed into a full-fledged music/ art exhibition a year later! From April 9th to May 31, 2010 Sonny Smith and Gallery 16 in San Francisco will team up for the “100 Records” exhibition. Smith approached 100 artists to help design 45 RPM Record Jackets for the 100 fictional bands and characters he made up. With his strong ties to music (he’s also in a band called Sonny & the Sunsets), Smith wrote 100 songs that each of these fictional bands “wrote.” You have to give Sonny huge props for being able to produce 100 songs–each carefully crafted to fit the personalities of these bands. This Friday will be the opening reception at Gallery 16 from 6-9 PM.

The first 45 record jackets will be exhibited at Gallery 16 along with a jukebox that will be playing these covers. Here are some sneak peaks!

Heart of Sadness

Courtesy of Gallery 16, San Francisco

Schnell Beats

Courtesy of Gallery 16, San Francisco


Courtesy of Gallery 16, San Francisco

Along the way, Sonny collaborated with fellow musicians to perform for his fictional bands including Kelley Stoltz, John Dwyer, The Sandwitches, and Ty Segall to name a few.

Here’s a list of some of the artists involved as well: William T. Wiley| Mingering Mike| Chris Johanson| Reed Anderson| Jo Jackson| Harrell Fletcher| Chris Duncan| Tucker Nichols| Paul Wackers and 91 others!

Gallery 16 will also take a selection of Smith’s music and create a limited edition Volume 1 box CD set. And Turn It Up Records will create a Volume 2 set of vinyl records as well!

Highly recommended art show, and we want to hear all the SF residents to tell us all about it!


Sonny Smith: “100 Records”
Opening Reception
April 9, 2010: 6-9 PM
Gallery 16
510 Third St.
San Francisco, CA 94107

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