Four concerts will not be the only attraction for Phish fans descending on Miami as 2009 draws to a close. Mock Show: EPIC NYE, a poster exhibition at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, will feature the best poster art paying homage to Phish while raising funds for the nonprofit civic engagement organization HeadCount.
In keeping with HeadCount’s mission of “inspiring participation in democracy through the power of music,” HeadCount and the Mock Show organizers are planning several activities to make the Mock Show a true celebration of democracy. The first starts now, as HeadCount.org hosts a “Mock Election” to select the best Phish-inspired poster art of 2009. Voting begins today at http://www.headcount.org/mockshow.asp and results will be announced at the Mock Show. Winners in each category will be presented the coveted “Golden Tube.”
Artists with multiple nominations – all of whom will have their wares on display at the Mock Show – include Jim Pollock (PollockPrints), A.J Masthay, Ryan Kerrigan, Isadora Bullock, and Justin Helton (Status Serigraph). Categories include “Best Official Phish Print,” “Best Fan Print,” and in a special nod to HeadCount’s mission, “Best Political Art.” HeadCount will also hold balloted voting at the event to recognize the best posters created especially for the Mock Show and Phish’s New Year’s Eve concerts.
The exhibition begins at 10am and is open until 3pm that afternoon. Tickets are on sale at http://www.amockshow.com/ and include a complimentary commemorative 2010 calendar featuring work from many of the artists featured in the exhibition.