Traveler Concert Poster by Danny Garrett. Show was at the club Steamboat Springs 1874 on 6th Street in Austin on March 14, 1981. Here are Danny’s notes on the piece:
This was one of four full-color posters commissioned by Craig Hillis of Steamboat Springs 1874 in the years 1980 – 1981. This was the second, the first being Beto Y Los Fairlanes, and the following being Stevie Ray Vaughan. One more, Joe “King” Carrasco, was commissioned and completed, but was never printed, as the show was cancelled just as the artwork went to press. When posters were first done for the Austin music venues, they were the only effective and cost efficient ways to promote the acts and thereby sell tickets. As time went by and money and sophistication increased in those venues, promotional money was better spent on newsprint and radio advertising. Consequently the poster became more and more a vestige of the earlier days, and hardly cost-effective in selling tickets. As a result, many clubs dropped them altogether. Craig was the first to recognize that what posters did do was promote the venue over the long haul, and so – at considerable expense – he not only bucked the trend by continuing to commission posters, but improved their quality by going from two- to four-color (full-color) printings such as this.
Denim was one of many local bands who changed their names periodically – as in this case – and assumed as one of its incarnations, Traveler. This particular band belonged to a group that played a tight spectrum of clubs, most notable among them, besides Steamboat, were The Saxon Pub, Mother Earth and The South Door. Their reunion show was quite incredible, with the venerable Krackerjack opening for them. What really made it all memorable though was the inclusion of a young guitarist in the reformed band – his name was Eric Johnson. And he would become one of the definitive guitarists in this guitar town. On this cold March night downtown, he burned the roof off.
Sadly, Traveler was a viable band for only another year of so, though Eric would go on to much greater fame. So too for Beto, and much later for Joe “King” Carrasco. Steamboat, the most venerable of the 6th Street clubs would be forced to leave, though it would reincarnate again after a year’s hiatus at Riverside and Congress, south of the river.
Poster is offered on behalf of, and with permission by, Danny Garrett.
- 175 gsm fine art paper
- Matte finish
- For indoor use
- Shipped in cardboard tube