Best Concert Fliers (2010)

The Surfside IV

Each week, our music blog, Up On The Sun (, appoints a "Flier of the Week" to recognize excellence in promotional posters for local concerts. If Phoenix's Surfside IV, a group that plays instrumental surf rock, has a show in any given week, they're always in the running. The band has gone through some ups and downs (the drummer and a guitarist quit at the same time last year, leaving the remaining members scrambling for replacements), but guitarist Trey a.k.a. "T-Ray" consistently draws up the best fliers in town. A poster for a show at The Icehouse Tavern featured a fantastic drawing of a man-eating Sasquatch, while the flier for a show at the now-closed Ruby Room was a dead-on take on the pulpy posters used to promote 1940s monster movies. Oh, then there was the killer robot attacking The Blooze Bar. It's all great stuff, highly stylized in a way that fits the band perfectly. We'd love to see someone offer T-Ray a gallery show on a First Friday.


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