By Claire Ricke | January 19, 2018 @11:47 AM SHARE
AUSTIN, Texas â In an effort to celebrate mental wellness, Austin Mayor Steve Adler has declared Jan. 22 âHi, How Are Youâ Day.
The iconic piece of Austin street art serves a purpose beyond a tourist attraction. Located at the corner of Guadalupe and 21st Street, âHi, How Are Youâ was painted by singer-songwriter Daniel Johnston, who has dealt with his own mental health issues.
Co-founders Courtney Blanton and Tom Gimbel created the âHi, How Are Youâ Foundation based on the art piece to promote mental well-being and educate communities on mental health issues. Their goal is to spark a conversation and help those suffering in silence find someone to talk to.
âHowever people are, whatever they are dealing with, you could be the turning point in that moment. Sometimes people just need to be heard,â states the foundationâs website.
On Jan. 22, Austinites are encouraged to check on a friend, neighbor, or family member and say âHi, How Are You?â The day was picked to honor Johnston, whose birthday is Jan. 22.
Then at 8 p.m., a night of music and art will kick off at The Mohawk with performances by Moving Panoramas, Kathy McCarty, Cowboy Diplomacy, Jane Ellen Bryant, Will Courtney, Josh T. Pierson & Jonathan Terrell and a special guest.(424) 901-6859
JANUARY 22 TO BE DESIGNATED âHI, HOW ARE YOU?â DAY IN AUSTIN Awareness for city-wide, neighbor-to-neighbor mental well-being check-in highlighted by a night of music and art and featuring performances by, Moving Panoramas, Kathy McCarty, Cowboy Diplomacy, Jane Ellen Bryant and Will Courtney.
(AUSTIN, TEXAS â January 9, 2018) â âHi, How Are You?â Foundation is pleased to present, in partnership with SIMS Foundation, City of Austin Music & Entertainment Division, and Mohawk, a night of music and art celebrating mental wellness on Monday, January 22 at Mohawk, located at 912 Red River St., Austin, Texas, 78701. The line-up includes Moving Panoramas (featuring Laurie Gallardo), Kathy McCarty, Cowboy Diplomacy, Jane Ellen Bryant, Will Courtney, Leslie Sisson with Josh T. Pierson and Jonathan Terrell, and special guests. The musicians will perform select songs written by Daniel Johnston, as well as their own original music. The event starts at 6:30 p.m. with a VIP art sale and cocktail hour with bites by Frank, and features works by artists Daniel Johnston, David Thornberry, Jason Archer, Miguel Rangel, and Matthew Rodriguez. Art will be for sale throughout the event and music starts at 8:00 p.m.
âHi, How Are You?â Day is the brainchild of Courtney Blanton and Tom Gimbel, co-founders of the aptly named âHi, How Are You?â Foundation that promotes togetherness and education around mental well-being. It derives its name from the beloved Austin frog, âJeremiah the Innocentâ, famously painted on the corner of Guadalupe and 21st Street by singer-songwriter and visual artist Daniel Johnston. Johnstonâs own mental health issues have long been chronicled and serve as inspiration to the music community and beyond that mental wellness can be a challenge for all of us and we need to check our mental health just like we get a physical at the doctor. âHi, How Are You?â Day, will be officially proclaimed by the City of Austin on January 22 and will remind citizens of Austin to check on their friends and neighborsâ mental health and offer assistance and resources if needed.
Tickets for the âHi, How Are You?â Day show can be purchased for $10 in advance/$15 at the door for general admission, and $50 for the VIP ticket that includes art preview and sale, food and drink. Buy tickets at: /eventbrite.com/e/hi-how-are-you-day-a-celebration-of-music-art-and-community-mohawk-tickets-41472988826
"I have struggled with depression and anxiety throughout my life. I wanted a day to inspire and encourage others to talk openly about their own struggles and to really listen to and be with one another," said Courtney Blanton, co-founder of âHi, How Are You?â Foundation. âMy goal is to create a platform where leaders in the field of mental health come together to exchange ideas and foster positive change.â
"I have had the privilege of working with Daniel Johnston for 25 years,â said Tom Gimbel, co-founder of âHi, How Are You?â Foundation. âHe is both a longtime friend and a lifetime inspiration. I canât believe that âJeremiah the Innocentâ has been staring us in the face all this time and no one has thought about the true meaning.â
"SIMS Foundation is thrilled to be part of this creative effort to reduce stigma for seeking mental health services,â said Heather Alden, Executive Director of SIMS Foundation. "Musicians make eloquent and poetic work out of their emotions. But, emotional well-being can be difficult to maintain. We want the Austin music family and all Austinites to know resources exist for treating their mental health issues. "
"The Austin Music & Entertainment Division jumped at the chance to be involved in the inaugural âHi, How Are You? Day,â" said Erica Shamaly, Division Manager at City of Austin Music & Entertainment Division. "Music is an integral component of what makes Austin special, but the hours and expectations of the industry can be tough, leading to addiction or other challenges. We must be sure that we check in on each other, and this event is a great reminder to do just that.â
ABOUT THE âHI, HOW ARE YOU?â FOUNDATION: The âHi, How Are You?â (HHAY) Foundation was created to generate new conversation around mental well-being. The name and city-proclaimed HHAY Day were inspired by Austinâs love for the iconic mural painted by Daniel Johnston. On January 22nd (Johnstonâs birthday) Austinites are encouraged to check in on a neighbor, friend, co-worker, family member, or loved one and ask, âHi, How Are You?â. The Foundation, created with the support of the Johnston Family, provides a platform for the exchange of ideas and education on mental well-being. Johnston is a world-renowned musician and visual artist despite his own struggles with mental illness. www.hihowareyou.org
ABOUT THE SIMS FOUNDATION: The SIMS Foundation provides mental health and addiction recovery services to Austin musicians, music industry professionals, and their family members. SIMS was founded in 1995 to treat the Austin music family with high quality, low-barrier to entry mental health services for depression, anxiety, stage fright, alcohol and chemical substance use disorders, trauma, and other mental health issues. More information about SIMS Foundation, www.simsfoundation.org
ABOUT THE CITY OF AUSTIN MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT DIVISION: The ATX Music Office is an economic development accelerator and centralized resource center for Austinâs music industry, and an active community partner for Austinâs citizens, community groups, and neighborhoods. More information can be found at, /www.austintexas.gov/department/atxmusic/
MEDIA NOTE: To RSVP for the Jan. 22 event, or general press inquiries, please contact Courtney Blanton, firstname.lastname@example.org, 917-853-0568.2064987531
Playback: No Really, How Are You? Daniel Johnston provides backstory to Hi, How Are You? Day, plus the first 2017/18 Austin Music Awards talent reveal
Playback: No Really, How Are You? Daniel Johnston provides backstory to Hi, How Are You? Day, plus the first 2017/18 Austin Music Awards talent reveal
Playback: No Really, How Are You? Daniel Johnston provides backstory to Hi, How Are You? Day, plus the first 2017/18 Austin Music Awards talent reveal BY KEVIN CURTIN, JANUARY 19, 2018, MUSIC "People call it Jeremiah, like Jeremiah from the Bible, but it's not really the frog's name," clarified Daniel Johnston about the happy, tentacle-eyed amphibian famous from both his 1983 cassette Hi, How Are You: The Unfinished Album and the mural at Guadalupe & 21st Street. "I didn't have a name like that for the frog. I always called it the Innocent Frog.
"He's full of innocence the way I was back then."
The inimitable artist â whose lo-fi songs have been covered by Tom Waits and championed by Kurt Cobain, whose drawings of ducks, boxers, and Captain America sell in art galleries worldwide, and whose schizophrenia and manic-depression were explored in the 2005 documentary The Devil and Daniel Johnston â has recently endured a rough go that includes hospitalization, falling, and frequent adjustments to his medication â his sister Margy Johnston told "Playback."
Nonetheless, the singer was upbeat last Friday when speaking by phone from his home in Waller, recalling the day in 1992 he painted the frog on the side of Sound Exchange, an erstwhile record store that kept a box of his cassettes by the cash register.
"I remember they paid me $70 to do it!" exclaimed Johnston. "And I was happy."
Former Sound Exchange employee/current Chronicle Listings Manager Mark Fagan says Johnston was a regular at the shop, often with a stack of drawings to sell to employees or trade for Beatles records. He says they supplied Johnston with a ladder and some paint one day, and the mural was done in a half hour. The initial rendition, he says, included flying eyeballs, but the neighboring church complained about the "satanic imagery." They were eventually painted over.
Today, most know the iconic image from its overhanging phrase: "Hi, how are you."
"When I was growing up, after church, everybody shook hands and would say, 'Hi. How are you?'" recounts Johnston. "I always heard it, even at the funeral home when there was some dead person who died of old age. The undertaker said to me, and I was just a little boy, 'Hi. How are you?' That's how that started.
"Then, when I worked at AstroWorld, I found a container in the garbage that held rubber frogs," he elaborates. "It had a picture of a frog and it said on it, 'Hi. How are you?' So I decided to name my album Hi, How Are You."
The Innocent Frog and its accompanying query remains omnipresent as a cultural landmark. You can buy it as a doll, a doormat, or a coffee mug, and now it's being used to frame discussions about mental health. The first-ever Hi, How Are You? Day, coming this Monday, Jan. 22 â Johnston's birthday â literally and figuratively puts a question mark on the artist's trademark phrase. Organizers envision it as a time for people to open up, in-person and online, about their mental well-being, thus eroding stigmas that keep us from talking about our issues.
"The Jeremiah mural has been staring us in the face for 25 years saying, 'Hi, how are you,' and we've overlooked the potential for something much more profound," says Daniel's longtime co-manager Tom Gimbel, who founded the Hi, How Are You Foundation with partner Courtney Blanton.
Blanton says the community's familiarity with Johnston and the Innocent Frog affords a comfortable environment for people to start sharing about their, or a loved one's, depression, anxiety, and mental illness.
"When I think of Jeremiah the Innocent, I'm reminded that people with mental issues are just that: innocent," says Blanton. "We don't choose this."
The effort coalesces at Mohawk with performances from Glass Eye's Kathy McCarty, still noted for 1992's all-Johnston cover LP Dead Dog's Eyeball, Lift to Experience singer/guitarist Josh T. Pearson, and Moving Panoramas with KUTX's afternoon deejay Laurie Gallardo. The gathering, benefiting SIMS and the new foundation, also features an art show including Johnston originals. While the celebrant himself isn't guaranteed to attend or expected to perform, he may yet feel compelled.
"If they're having a get-together in my honor, then I think I should play a few songs when the crowd's there," declares Johnston unprompted. "All I would need is a microphone and an amplifier, and I could bring one of my own guitars."
What would you sing?
"'Casper the Friendly Ghost' and maybe some new ones. I've been working on a new album with [Austin's] Brian Beattie for years, and I hope it comes out real soon."
Half Notes Rapper Merlyn Wood may be the biggest MC out of Austin, well, ever. Largely unknown while attending the UT School of Architecture, the 21-year-old local (real name William Wood) posted his college withdrawal documents on Twitter in May and headed to California to join his collaborators in Brockhampton, a hip-hop "boyband" founded in San Marcos in 2015 by Kevin Abstract. The collective has released a trilogy of LPs since last spring, gotten booked for Coachella, and has an album (Saturation III) currently charting on Billboard. Brockhampton's Love Your Parents tour hits Emo's Saturday.
Poison 13 singer Mike Carroll, hospitalized since late last year with bacterial meningitis, died Tuesday. By all accounts friendly and shy offstage, the onetime Big Boys roadie spewed raw truth in the role of frontman. Poison 13, featuring Big Boys' Tim Kerr and Chris Gates, pioneered a strain of vastly influential blues punk with a rockabilly swagger beginning in 1984. In the ensuing decades, Carroll remained a foundational presence on the Austin scene and beyond with hard-hitting garage rockers Lord High Fixers and aggressive noise art mob Total Sound Group Direct Action Committee, both featuring Kerr at his side.
The Best Songs on Lolita Lynne's new album, Fools Moon, read like love letters and breakup notes found on a nightstand after waking up alone. "Don't you want to break me in two, or am I another girl who paws all over you?" inquired Lolita Carroll Larriva with sultry, spellbinding delivery on gripping original "I Won't" during last Friday's album christening at Barracuda. Daughter of Tito & Tarantula bandleader Tito Larriva, she enchanted thoroughly with impeccably penned, personal songs delicately executed by an ensemble of trumpet, violin, upright bass, synth, and Latin-leaning beats. The outfit kept the room hushed until detonating must-hear single "Enslaved," which clarifies their genre: brooding lounge pop.
The Black Angels descend on the Austin Music Awards Wednesday, Feb. 28, at the Moody Theater. Also on today's initial talent bulletin for the 36th AMAs: Americana heroine Lucinda Williams, local singer-songwriter breakouts Adam Torres and David Ramirez, plus a hip-hop set featuring Third Root, Riders Against the Storm, Bavu Blakes, and more. You have five days left to vote in the newly multiple choice Austin Music Poll: austinchronicle.com/vote-austin-music-awards.
Doom Side of the Moon, the Sword spin-off that transmogrifies Pink Floyd into heavy doom rock, surprised fans with the Encore EP last week. Extension of the full-length The Dark Side of the Moon cover last August, the three-song platter further plumbs the UK psych heroes' larger catalog with epic results, including highlight "Have a Cigar," in which Jason Frey's space rock saxophone breaks orbit and then crashes into bandleader Kyle Shutt's black matter guitar. Encore streams now, while sludge-green 12-inch vinyl arrives in March.
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by BWW News Desk Sep. 13, 2017
Daniel Johnston Adds San Francisco Show to FInal Tour
Today, Daniel Johnston, the iconic songwriter, performer and visual artist, adds a San Francisco show to his rare, final tour across North America this fall - November 4 at Herbst Theatre.
In the various shows, Johnston will be joined onstage by distinct backing bands he has influenced. In New York City, Johnston's band will consist of members of Beirut, Cibo Mato and more; and in Los Angeles he'll be joined by Mike Watt, Ben Lee, Maria Taylor, members of Silversun Pickups and more. Previously announced bands include Jeff Tweedy & Friends in Chicago; Built to Spill in Portland and Vancouver; The Preservation All-Stars (Preservation Hall Jazz Band) in New Orleans; The Districts and Modern Baseball in Philadelphia; members of Fugazi in Washington, DC; and a special guest TBA in Boise. Please see below for an itinerary of confirmed dates; more will be announced soon.
For each concert, Johnston has invited the band to create the set list, choosing songs from the total of 121 Johnston has released over the course of his career. The shows will begin with a screening the Sony Pictures Classics documentary The Devil and Daniel Johnston (2005), winner of the Documentary Directing Award at the Sundance Film Festival.
Johnston will also perform on KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic on November 1, joined by a band consisting of Watt, Lee and Taylor, as well as Guy Blakeslee and Joey Waronker.
Tickets for the Washington, DC show go on sale at 10am pacific/1pm eastern on Friday, September 8. Tickets for the other dates are currently on sale.
Daniel Johnston has spent the last 20 or so years exposing his heartrending tales of unrequited love, cosmic mishaps, and existential torment to an ever-growing, international cult audience. Initiates, including a healthy number of discerning musicians and critics, have hailed him as an American original in the style of bluesman Robert Johnson and country legend Hank Williams. A number of artists-among them Yo La Tengo, Eddie Vedder, Sparklehorse and more-have covered his songs. And he has collaborated with the likes of Jad Fair, the Butthole Surfers, Bongwater/Shimmydisc guru Kramer, and members of Sonic Youth. A hero of Tom Waits, Beck, Wilco, and the late Kurt Cobain, Johnston has recorded over 30 albums and has written over 500 songs. He was featured in the 2006 Whitney Biennial.
Daniel Johnston Final Tour, Additional Date:
November 4 San Francisco, CA The Herbst Theatre Joined by Cass McCombs, Sonny Smith (Sonny and the Sunsets), members of Heron Oblivion
Daniel Johnston Final Tour, Previously Announced Dates:
September 28 New Orleans, LA The Joy Theater Joined by The Preservation All-Stars (Preservation Hall Jazz Band)
October 3 Washington, DC The Lincoln Theatre Joined by members of Fugazi
October 4 Philadelphia, PA Tower Theater Joined by The Districts and Modern Baseball
October 7 New York, NY The Town Hall Theatre Joined by members of Beirut, Cibo Mato and others
October 20 Chicago, IL The Vic Theatre Joined by Jeff Tweedy & Friends
November 1 KCRW Morning Becomes Eclectic Joined by Mike Watt, Ben Lee, Maria Taylor, Guy Blakeslee and Joey Waronker
November 2 Los Angeles, CA The Orpheum Theatre Joined by Mike Watt, Ben Lee, Maria Taylor, members of Silversun Pickups and others
November 7 Boise, IL Egyptian Theatre w/ Special Guest TBA
November 8 Portland, OR Revolution Hall Joined by Built to Spill and others
November 10 Vancouver, BC Venue Nightclub Joined by Built to Spill and others
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