"Hootenanny: A Community" opening June 19
|Jim Walsh photographed by Tony Nelson|
I had been reading books about the early days of Bob Dylan like "Positively 4th Street" and "Chronicles" and feeling like I was missing the more intimate and neighborly part of being a songwriter and performer. It was like I'd been living in the clouds too long. The Hoot was a way back to earth: if it was a performance, then all of us in the room were performers; or maybe all of us, including the ones with instruments on the stage, were the audience to our own home-brewed show.The "Hootenanny: A Community" exhibit features some of the Hoot's most beloved players photographed in their natural habitats -- bedrooms, recording studios, street corners -- and the resulting series of portraits provides a fascinating glimpse at a group of people who have quietly created a new folk movement in the Twin Cities.
"I saw the 'Hoot' as a central hub for a diverse, new community that formed around it that I hadn't experienced in my years working with the music industry in the Twin Cities," writes Nelson. "The musicians, the fans, writers, photographers and others seemed to all be coming together in support of each other more than I'd ever seen."
The exhibit runs June 19 through July 24 at the Fox Tax Gallery (503 1st Ave NE, Minneapolis). The opening reception will be held on June 19 from 6 to 10 p.m., and immediately following the reception there will be a -- what else? -- hootenanny next door at the Red Stag Supperclub.