The rumors abound. Did Keith Richards really receive a blood transfusion before jumping on a Swiss stage in 1973? Did Van Halen really insist that all brown M&Ms be removed from their backstage bowl? Did Guns & Roses honestly request a hot tub filled with models? Perhaps no locale is more mysterious than backstage at a rock concert. But those who where there adhere to a rock-n-roll code of sorts, rarely sharing the details of the incidents that took place. Until now.
Pittsburghers will get their chance to experience what really happens backstage on Friday, June 12th, when the Mattress Factory
presents ALL ACCESS: The 2009 Urban Garden Party. Co-Chairs for the event are Rich and Cindy Engler, who are responsible for producing more than 5,000 concerts and events, and some of Pittsburghs most memorable concert experiences throughout the past 35 years.
Each year, the Mattress Factorys Urban Garden Party becomes the talk of the town as more than 1,000 attendees turn out to help support the museums mission in a festive, celebratory atmosphere. As the Mattress Factorys primary annual fund raising event, the Garden Party is vital to the organizations programming and has helped the museum push the artistic envelope for more than three decades.
Cindy and I are very excited to bring our rock-n-roll twist to this anticipated event, says Rich Engler. Rock music and contemporary art have gone hand-in-hand for more than five decades. From artist-designed album covers to songs inspired by visual art, the relationship between the two artistic genres has been there all along. We look forward to shedding some light on the truth, fiction and mystique of the backstage scene at the Garden Party.
ALL ACCESS: The 2009 Urban Garden Party will take place from 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM on Friday, June 12. A VIP Pre-Party, hosted by Bob Sendall of All in Good Taste Productions, will begin at 6:00 PM.