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HOUSTON, TEXAS…It’s ten years gone, but the song plays on! Carlos Hernandez and the Record Ranch Gallery (located inside Cactus Music) will present Day of the Dead Rock Stars: Ten Years Gone in Houston from October 15 through January 2017. This unique exhibit will memorialize deceased recording artists from rock, country, jazz and blues in honor of Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead. An artist’s reception, which is open to the public, will take place from 6-9 p.m. on Saturday, October 15 at Record Ranch Gallery (2110 Portsmouth). Saint Arnold Brewing Company will provide plenty of Santo, while the evening will also include live music and a DJ spinning records in the Record Ranch Gallery.

“Ten years. What recurring events hit the mark ten years in a row?” said Quinn Bishop, managing owner of Cactus Music. “It is a rare thing, indeed, and something of which we are very proud. Day of the Dead Rock Stars has become an anticipated event, which we have carefully managed to maintain the uniqueness and edge that made it so different when we started. We feel that the benchmark of ten years is a truly remarkable occasion, and we are planning to celebrate in grand style.”

The very first Day of the Dead Rock Stars painting of Johnny Cash still hangs at Cactus next to the in-store stage and is seen by thousands of music fans each year. “This painting was the catalyst for Carlos transitioning from graphic designer to fine artist,” said Bishop. “It also heralded the re-launch and re-emergence of Cactus Music. It serves as a touchstone of what we do at our store and is a constant reminder of what can be accomplished when great friends collaborate and think big.

While “El Johnny Cash” was the impetus for the first Day of the Dead Rock Stars show in 2007, much has changed about the event and Hernandez’s career since then. In 2013, Hernandez opened up his annual solo show to other artists, so it now showcases pieces from a group of Texas-based artists. Hernandez’s career also transitioned.

“I launched my ‘Day of the Dead Rock Stars’ show in 2007 as a way to merge my love of music and Day of the Dead culture,” said Hernandez.

Since the first show, Hernandez has moved into Burning Bones Press, a full-service printmaking facility co-owned with University of Houston printmaking professor Patrick Masterson, and has gone on to design and screen print posters for bands such as The Black Crowes, Arcade Fire, Stone Temple Pilots and more. In 2012, he was selected as the official commemorative poster artist for Austin City Limits Music Festival. His illustration work has included Miller Brewing Company, Google, Hohner USA, Lincoln Motor Company, Saint Arnold Brewing Company, and more.

After seeing the 2007 show, Cactus Music partner and Saint Arnold Brewing Company owner Brock Wagner was inspired to create a new beer modeled after Hernandez’s art.

“Day of the Dead Rock Stars is an iconic Houston event,” said Wagner. “I was immediately captivated by Carlos’ work at the first one and ended up with the giant John Lennon “Instant Karma” canvas. This inspired me to collaborate with Carlos in developing a beer label that resulted in our Santo brand.”

The 2016 Day of the Dead Rock Stars show will feature participating artists from across Texas, including ………, among others, in addition to Hernandez.

Celebrated throughout Mexico and the Southwest states, Día de los Muertos coincides with the Christian All Saints (November 1) and All Souls Days (November 2). On these two days, elaborate Día de los Muertos altars with photos and memorabilia are created in honor of the deceased.
Opened in 2007, the Record Ranch Gallery showcases local and national artists whose art features a music edge. In addition to Hernandez, previous shows have included works by Tim Easton, Stephanie Alexander, Steve Harris, and Will Johnson, among others.

Cactus Music, the Bayou City’s premier music store, re-opened in a new storefront in November 2007 to the delight of Houston’s music fans. The new 5,800 square foot location at 2110 Portsmouth and S. Shepherd continues a 30-year history of offering an extensive selection of recorded music, hard-to-find DVDs and music-related gifts and products. Cactus Music also showcases local, regional and national talent on its stage with weekly in-store performances. Located inside the new Cactus Music is The Record Ranch, an 1,800 square-foot store and art gallery offering a unique shopping experience for vinyl customers. In addition to thousands of new and used records, The Record Ranch Gallery presents exhibits featuring music-related artwork.


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