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    February 05, 2019

    PORTSMOUTH — 3S Artspace announces upcoming March event series: Clash! Loud and Clear. In celebration of the 40th anniversary of the release of The Clash’s iconic album, London Calling (1979), 3S Artspace presents events, exhibits, and activities related to music’s ability to instigate, motivate, and encourage action.

    Clash! Loud and Clear kicks off with two exhibits opening on March 1: The Clash on Record on exhibit in the Performance Space, and Faces of Punk on exhibit in the Lobby Gallery.


    The Clash on Record  will highlight a stunning collection of LPs, 12", and 7" vinyl by The Clash. Music collector and owner of Skele-tone Records in Rochester, NH, Todd Radict has amassed extensive stockpile of official and unofficial releases from around the world, studio and live recordings-- from the rare to the unusual.

    The Faces of Punk exhibit features the photographs of Boston-area photographers JJ Gonson and Kimberly Maroon, and capture the raw energy and aliveness of punk, past and present.

    A large amount of JJ’s work is of punk and hardcore bands taken in dank clubs of the Boston area between the years of 1985 and 1991. Unafraid to climb stacks of amps and speakers or bang around in the pits with beer and sweat to get the best shots, JJ captures the living, in-your-face passion and power of punk rock in the 80s and early 90s.


    Kim Maroon was mesmerized by the wild energy and chaos at punk and hardcore shows from her first concert. From 2003 to 2011, she traveled stretches of the east coast documenting bands and crowds in basements, bars, theaters, arenas, festivals, and even a bowling alley. Present day, Kim can still be found in the pit, shooting shows and continuing her quest to keep an intimate photographic record of the community and subculture built around punk music.

    The two exhibits will have an Artists’ Opening Reception on March 9, from 6-7pm which is free and open to the public.

    On March 7 from 7-9pm, there will be a London Calling Listening Session and Pop Up Record Shop in the Performance Space. This event is free with a suggested donation of $5.


    Attendees are invited to get reacquainted with the landmark blend of outspoken rock & roll, roots music, and an expansive punk aesthetic that has made The Clash album London Calling endure 40 years after its release.

    The event also includes a Pop Up Record Shop with local record store vendors on-site selling vinyl and swapping stories with music collectors. Vendors include White Heron Tea Shop Records (Portsmouth, NH), Skele-tone Records (Rochester, NH), and Welfare Records (Haverhill, MA).


    Don Letts’ documentary The Last Testament - The Making of London Calling will be screened during the event.

    Included in the March 9 Rollercoaster family dance party event, artist Sam Paolini will host a hands-on button making session with kids and parents in the traditional punk rock style.

    Additionally, during the month of February, Sam is working with Portsmouth Middle School's visual arts students for a zine-making (short for “magazine” or “fanzine”) project. Zines have always been a critical element of the punk scene, and powerful DIY way to spread news, opinions, awareness, and passion in a tangible, accessible way. These handmade self-published works by students will be available at Rollercoaster for all to enjoy. 2-4pm. Free for parents and kids under 2. $10 for the first child and $5 each additional sibling.

    Co-creator of Clash! Loud and Clear and visual arts teacher at Portsmouth Middle School, Anna Nuttall is thrilled to share her love of punk and hardcore music, and its ethos with students through this project. “Our youth are watching the clashing of ideals, opinions and values play out on the world stage, in both productive and destructive ways and are wondering ‘What role can we play? Do we have a choice? A voice?,’” she said. “Punk is art, writing, activism, and more. It’s a scene, a movement, and at its core, is a force of fighting for the underserved and overlooked.  It raises awareness, promotes a cause, and most importantly, instigates real change for a better world. That’s an empowering dialogue worth having with kids.”


    Live music will cap off the Clash! Loud and Clear series on March 9 with the Super Black Market Clash City Rockers. The band, featuring Dave Steele, Jamie Perkins, Tim McCoy and Dan Kopko, will play London Calling in its entirety as well as other hits and favorites from The Clash. Attendees should expect special guests, too. 8pm. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at 3SARTS.ORG.

    The one-night-only lineup of the Super Black Market Clash City Rockers on March 9 includes Tim McCoy, also a member of the Boston-based band Watts. “I was happy to be approached by Cliff Lazenby and Anna Nuttall about the live music aspect of this series, and feel the need to deliver,” Tim said.I've known Cliff and Anna from ‘around the scene’ for a couple decades and

    I love their zest and spirit for all things music. We certainly share that.”


    He explained that the all the members in SBMCCR are fans inspired by The Clash’s spirit, vitality, and power in a way that has stuck with them for life.


    “It's not an easy task to learn and perform a seminal double album that many say is the greatest record ever made, especially in today's world where everything is scrutinized immediately,” Tim said. “Anyone into The Clash and London Calling needs to be at 3S on March 9th. We promise to deliver!”


    3S Artspace Board Chair and co-creator of Clash! Loud and Clear, Cliff Lazenby, explains the impetus for the series: “It was Todd Radict's jaw-dropping collection of Clash records on the walls of Skele-tone Records. Each time I would visit, I would marvel at the extensive and unusual collection -- none of it for sale, only on display to share. As a fan of The Clash and a lifelong record collector myself, it brought such joy to see the fruits of a major and dedicated fan. On one such visit, along with fellow music nerd (another co-creator of Clash! Loud and Clear) Anna Nuttall, we remarked that more people need to see this and celebrate it as an exhibit of the artform that it is."


    Anna quickly began to envision a wider scope to demonstrate the ways punk reaches beyond music. “The art, writing, photography, and holistic voice that the punk scene generates is a powerful cultural influencer and instigator of change,” said Anna.


    Cliff Lazenby and Anna Nuttall shared these notions with the team at 3S Artspace and from there, they worked together to build and refine it to a point of readiness to share with the community. “I see 3S Artspace as a positive force to support arts, creativity, expression, and human interaction, and it’s a terrific experience to work with their vision and spirit on this project,” Cliff said.


    “We enthusiastically welcomed their idea and quickly identified several ways to support and grow that idea into a series,” said Sara O’Reilly, Marketing Manager at 3S Artspace. “This is a unique opportunity for 3S to showcase and celebrate music from the past in a space that houses so many present day emerging acts influenced by that very music. We hope the community enjoys each thoughtfully planned component to the Clash! Loud and Clear series as much as we all enjoyed bringing it to life!”


    3S Artspace thanks generous sponsors of Clash! Loud and Clear: White Heron Tea Shop Records, The Friendly Toast, and Lure Bar & Kitchen.


    Schedule of Clash! Loud and Clear events:

    • March 9 - Rollercoaster: A Family Friendly Dance Party featuring button making (punk rock style!) and a Portsmouth Middle School zine showcase / 2-4pm / Free for parents & tots under 2 / $10 1st child / $5 additional siblings


    3S Artspace
    319 Vaughan St.
    Portsmouth, NH 03801