Please join us for the Bill Graham Mural Dedication
Monday, November 6, 2023
at the Goodwill Building,
1669 Fillmore Street (at Post)
Speakers will commence at noon.
The mural is a perfect fit for the neighborhood, as it stands a very short walk from both The Fillmore and the site of Winterland, both venues where Bill held hundreds and hundreds of shows and benefits. It's created by Wes Marks, a practitioner of spray paint art for more than 30 years. Wes became intrigued by the poster artists and the culture of the late ‘60s when painting a Summer of Love series in the Haight in 2006 and being able to design and paint a mural featuring Bill Graham is a natural progression.
Highlighted within the mural are a number of the benefit shows and tours which Bill produced — from The Mime Troupe Legal Funds Benefit in 1965 to the SNACK Benefit in 1975, and Amnesty International Conspiracy of Hope Tour 1986. The depiction of Bill is inspired by a 1985 photograph taken at The Fillmore by Ken Friedman, who was the photographer at Bill Graham Presents for many years.
It was great to be able to work with Lisa Brewer and MissionArt415, aerosol artist Wes Marks, photographer Ken Friedman, Bill’s family, the folks from The Fillmore, Karen Boyd and Goodwill Industries who allowed us the use of their wall, and others throughout the BGP community to be able to bring this mural to life, right where it belongs, in the Fillmore District of San Francisco.