Calvin JohnsonCalvin Johnson will be playing an all ages gig in Exchange Dublin on Friday 30th July.

Calvin Johnson will be playing an all ages gig in Exchange Dublin on Friday 30th July with Patrick Kelleher, Laura Sheeran & Squarehead.

Based in Olympia, Wash., Calvin’s work in underground culture started as a teenage fan volunteering at the local community radio station, KAOS-FM. He moved on to writing for fanzines, organizing music and film events, playing music in various ill-fated bands. Calvin established K, a locally oriented media outlet, in 1982.


In 1993 Calvin founded Dub Narcotic, a recording studio, in which he has documented the work of the Somehow Is and Never Was, such as Mirah, the Blow, Versus, Built to Spill, Fitz of Depression, Make-Up and Little Wings. It has also been the incubator of many Calvin experiments in collaboration and self-expression, such as Beat Happening, Halo Benders and Dub Narcotic Sound System.


The decade of the double zeroes has seen Calvin Johnson set out into the world, acoustic guitar in hand, as a solo artist of musical platitudes. Last year’s release of his album Before the Dream Faded… [KLP170] is one byproduct of such venturing forth.

Calvin’s last visit to Dublin was almost two years ago to the day of this gig (31st July 2008) when he led the audience through the brambles in the back garden of the Hideaway House and played his set under the ivy in a little clearing at the back. This will be the first performance in Exchange Dublin of the Summer and will provide a good opportunity to check out the space. Exchange Dublin is open 7 days a week with “…exhibitions, performance and plenty of couches and tea”. 

This is an all ages gig. Doors are at 6.30pm and the gig will be over at 10pm, and admission is €6 on the door. Exchange is an alcohol-free venue.

Calvin Johnson

Patrick Kelleher
Laura Sheeran
Squarehead
ExchangeDublin, Exchange St, Upper Temple Bar
Friday 30th July, 6:30pm-10pm, €6

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