Boston Tea Party poster exhibit

Brian Cady brianinatlanta2001 at
Mon Mar 21 06:11:59 CST 2005

>From the Boston Herald at:

Psychedelic sojourn: Trip out on '60s rock concert
By Dean Johnson
Monday, March 21, 2005 - Updated: 02:19 AM EST

Relive the '60s at the New England Institute of Art's
"Musta Got Lost" exhibit at its Gallery on the Plaza
in Brookline Village. 
The free show features 38 posters of concerts once
staged at the Boston Tea Party, the Hub's legendary
rock ballroom from 1967 to 1970. The Tea Party
introduced Boston's rock audiences to acts ranging
from Santana, Fleetwood Mac, Iggy Pop, the Kinks and
the Grateful Dead to Elton John, Chicago, the
Yardbirds and Jethro Tull. 
The original Boston Tea Party was housed in a
long-gone former synagogue at 53 Berkeley St. It later
moved to a larger space on Lansdowne Street that is
now the site of the concert/dance venue Avalon. 
The posters in the exhibit feature a wild variety of
artistic styles, from pop art and "Alice in
Wonderland"-inspired images to sheer psychedelic
graphics. Some of the visuals, such as The Who's
leaping, scissor-kicking guitarist Peter Townshend,
are now classics of the era. 
One of the smaller posters hints at what the
free-wheeling rock ballrooms such as the Boston Tea
Party - and its sister rooms including San Francisco's
Fillmore, Chicago's Kinetic Playground and
Philadelphia's Electric Factory - were like in the
'60s. A June calendar listing featured these four
shows on consecutive weekends: first the Jeff Beck
Group and the Nice, then The Who with jazz great
Roland Kirk, then the still-new British blues band Led
Zeppelin, and then the final weekend in June featured
a double bill of the Velvet Underground and the Allman
     Now that's a rock 'n' roll calendar.

"Musta Got Lost" is at 10 Brookline Place West,
Brookline, through April 12. Gallery hours are 8:30
a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday
and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call
617-582-4442 or go to

-Brian in Atlanta
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