Thursday, January 28, 2010
ERIK VOAKE PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT: ROXY 365 – A YEAR AT THE ROXY THEATRE
By: Brent X Mendoza
For one night only, The Roxy Theatre was transported to Beverly Hills. Complete with the usual door woman and bartenders, most of the staff were present, either working or as spectators, to celebrate the work of Erik Voake. Working independently as the unofficial house photographer for The Roxy, the photog/video director has been capturing images, documenting the amazing performances and exclusive happenings at the legendary venue for the past year. Voake says, “This wasn’t about celebrities or famous people… it’s more about a venue, family owned and operated, who pull off the same talent as The Staples Center, only for 500 people… The Roxy isn’t just a music venue… it’s a community. I challenge anyone, to find another place in the world with this pool of talent”.
Known for their existing collection of works by prominent celeb photographers, The Celebrity Vault hosted the packed crowd of music enthusiasts at this gallery gala. Industry movers and shakers, city representatives, and musicians all packed the place to get a glimpse of Voake’s vision through the lens. In attendance, Lou Adler (founder of The Roxy), Cisco Adler (Shwayze), Slim Jim Phantom (Owner The Cat Club/drummer Stray Cats), Steve Jones (The Sex Pistols), and SSBA Executive Director and founder of The Sunset Strip Music Festival Todd Steadman.
With so many great shots, you would be hard pressed to rank them or make note of one over another. As an overview, the works included the performances and events at the 2008 Sunset Strip Music Festival (Juliette and The Licks, Slash, Larry King with Roxy and Whisky founders Lou Adler and Mario Maglieri respectively), Robby Krieger and Ray Manzarek (The Doors), Cheech and Chong, and multiple photos of fallen Roxy brother DJ AM.
When asked for his thoughts on the photo tribute to The Roxy, current owner and operator of The Roxy Nic Adler said, “I am shocked at the turnout… I shouldn’t be though, all the faces here are a testament to the work The Sunset Strip has done to build this community”. It’s people like Voake, who are out every other night documenting The Strip that are the reason old faces keep returning and new faces keep popping up at venues like The Roxy which has thrived for over 35 years.