Series Overview:
Red Run Art Series (No Blackout Dates) is a mixed-media series by artist Damon Kardon created to celebrate the traveling circus that is the music tour. He has various bands and solo artists whose music and words have influenced him and his art over the years. He set out to encapsulate in these works everything that a band or artist puts forth with a new album and accompanying tour. What better way to convey the creativity and excitement of travel than in a postage stamp representing this new voyage?

“Red Run” is a postage term describing an assignment to handle registered mail and “Blackout Dates” a travel term meaning no time off from travel. These terms represent to Damon, a clear vision each band or artist delivers in their new album and then expresses 24/7 in their subsequent tour. Each piece he creates starts with a painted portrait of the band or artist. He then incorporates colors and elements of their new album into the background. Next, he takes that image of the finished painting and digitally alters and adds text through Photoshop.

The text seen on each postage stamp design incorporates new song and album titles as well as the names and dates of the tour. Each completed stamp design is a mixed-media collage representing the artist/band and their music. You shall see a new finished piece featured every week for the entire run of the series. Through their boundless creativity and determination, these artists/bands have put their musical stamp on the world.

Road-Ready Listening:
– Be sure to enhance your viewing/reading experience by streaming Greta Van Fleet’s Double EP, “From The Fires”, released on November 10th, 2017, via Lava Records.

About the Painting:
– I listen to music nowadays like everyone else, streaming on sites like Spotify and Pandora. I also buy vinyl of my favorite albums, but I usually discover my favorite new bands on my local radio station 88.5 WXPN. This is where I first heard Greta Van Fleet and Holy Smokes! they blew me away the first time I heard “Highway Tune”. I was starting to lose faith in modern rock music… This band is no joke, and the keeper of the flame of true rock n’ roll glory.

Brothers Josh and Jake Kiszka are like a modern day Plant and Page! Additionally, 3rd brother and bassist Sam and drummer Danny Wagner bring the thunder not heard since Zeppelin II and Bruce and Baker on “Wheels of Fire”. This band is going to raise the bar. I’m glad I got to do their portrait now and catch a moment in time early in their journey as one of rock’s most promising new groups. – Damon Kardon

Package #15: “From The Fires”:
– Check out Damon’s creative process by scrolling through the photos below.

Tour Dates:

06/29 – Kansas City, MO – Middle of the Map Festival
06/30 – Tinley Park, IL – 101WKQX PIQNIQ
07/01 – Milwaukee, WI – Summerfest
07/03 – Minneapolis, MN – Armory
07/06 – Toronto, Canada – Rebel
07/08 – Toronto, Canada – Rebel
07/09 – Quebec, Canada – Festival Dete de Quebec
07/10 – Ottawa, Canada – Ottawa Bluesfest
07/18 – Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE
07/20 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
07/21 – Washington, DC – The Anthem
07/23 – Boston, MA – House of Blues Boston
07/24 – Boston, MA – House of Blues Boston
07/27 – Floyd, VA – FloydFest
07/29 – New York, NY – Panorama Music and Arts Festival
07/31 – Cleveland, OH – The Agora Theatre
08/01 – St Louis, MO – The Pageant
08/03 – Chicago, IL – Lollapalooza
08/04 – Chicago, IL – Official Lollapalooza Aftershow @ The Vic Theatre
08/18 – Osaka, Japan – Summer Sonic Festival
08/19 – Tokyo, Japan – Summer Sonic Festival
08/23 – Kahului, HI – Maui Arts and Cultural Center
08/24 – Honolulu, HI – The Republik
09/07 – Seattle, WA – The Paramount Theatre
09/08 – Seattle, WA – The Paramount Theatre
09/09 – Vancouver, Canada – Skookum Festival
09/11 – Edmonton, Canada – Shaw Conference Centre
09/12 – Calgary, Canada- BMO Centre
09/14 – Portland, OR – Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
09/17 – Oakland, CA – Fox Theater
09/18 – San Jose, CA – City National Civic
09/19 – San Francisco – The Masonic
09/22 – Las Vegas, NV – iHeart Radio Festival
09/23 – San Diego, CA – The Observatory North Park
09/25 – Tempe, AZ – The Marquee
09/26 – Tempe, AZ – The Marquee
09/28 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Union Event Center
09/29 – Denver, CO – Fillmore Auditorium
10/01 – Denver, CO – Fillmore Auditorium
10/05 – Austin, TX – Austin City Limits Festival
10/06 – Austin, TX – Austin City Limits Festival
10/06 – San Bernardino, CA – Cal Jam
10/07 – Austin, TX – Austin City Limits Festival
10/11 – Madison, WI – The Sylvee

Greta Van Fleet’s cover artwork for From The Fires:

The Series & Future Artwork:

– Coming up in Package #16… Mastodon
– Previously in Package #14… Pearl Jam
– Package #13… The Fever 333
– Package #12… Slayer
– Package #11… MGMT
– Package #10… A Perfect Circle
– Package #9… Sheer Mag
– Package #8… Ministry
– Package #7… Judas Priest
– Package #6… Arch Enemy
– Package #5… Run The Jewels
– Package #4… Corrosion of Conformity
– Package #3… alt-J
– Package #2… G-Eazy
– Package #1… Killswitch Engage