All Star Press presents The Poster Art of Scott Williams, A Soul Summit Retrospective which opened Saturday, Jan. 13 – 31.
The retrospective, featuring Chicago’s own Scott Williams, is a must see: It has really funky retro posters of soul and R&B acts; posters that look like you swiped them from your cool Uncle’s rec room.
Flip through the racks of prints from Fugscreens Studio and there’s all kinds of beautiful prints of various subjects in bright & vivid color: There’s a Chance the Rapper poster that I absolutely fell in love with among others that would make great gifts for my punk and metalhead friends.
Since 1996, Williams has designed promotional posters all over Chicago for Second City, has been commissioned by heavy-hitting funk and soul bands and has worked with Soul Summit, a collective of DJs inspired by the early funk, soul and R&B music out of Chicago. The four head honchos of Soul Summit are Dave Matta, Duke Grip, Sloppy White and Mo Manley, including special guests each month.
Every month, these DJs spin their own rare and eclectic vinyls, rocking the dance floor at the East Room in Logan Square (2354 N. Milwaukee Ave.). Soul Summit is free for all to attend except for live shows.
All Star Press (2775 N. Milwaukee Ave.) focuses mostly on sports-related prints but supports and promotes artwork from prominent artists all over Chicago, such as the lovely pen-and-ink drawings of Kate Lewis’ 150 Years of Frank Lloyd Wright.
There’s lots of cool merch from prints to baseball caps to pins that are worth the trip to All Star Press, which is a short walk from Kimball and Milwaukee, between the Diversey Bank of America and the Dill Pickle Co-op.
See this exhibit and immerse yourself in some funky-fresh prints from yesteryear; then head to the East Room and get down to the wax tracks of DJ Maseo of De La Soul on Jan. 27.