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      Zhou B Art Center Presents “61 at 61”, An Exhibition of Noted Rock & Roll Photographer Michael G. Bush, Celebrating 40 Years of Exquisite Rock Concert Photography in Chicago


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      March 19, 2019

      Tuesday  10:00 AM - 5:00 PM (weekly Monday through Saturday until April 5, 2019)

      1029 W 35th St
      Chicago, Illinois 60609

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      Zhou B Art Center Presents “61 at 61”, An Exhibition of Noted Rock & Roll Photographer Michael G. Bush, Celebrating 40 Years of Exquisite Rock Concert Photography

      Zhou B Art Center, (1029 W 35th St., 773-523-0200) in Chicago’s Bridgeport neighborhood, presents 61 at 61, a debut solo exhibition from photographer Michael G. Bush, showcasing his forty years of shooting big-name Rock & Roll concerts. 61 at 61 is an explosive debut for Bush, with “61 at 61” referring to both the 61 photos being exhibited and the photographer’s age. The exhibition presents, for the first time ever, the best of Bush’s extensive collection of onstage and offstage images. 61 at 61 will be on view on the second-floor exhibition space from March 15 to April 5, 2019. Exhibition hours are Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

      On opening night, March 15 from 7-10 p.m., Bush will be joined by Gary Lewis of Gary Lewis and the Playboys for a free meet and greet. The photographer also will be attending the exhibit from noon to 5 p.m. on all three Saturdays, March 16, 23 and 30 during the exhibition's run. Members of famed Chicago-area rock bands of the 1960s are expected to attend the exhibition to honor Bush, their longtime friend and photographer.
      Armed with his trusty Nikon camera equipment and his film of choice (Fujichrome), Bush captured musical moments in time that can never be replicated or duplicated. All photographs in this exhibition were taken with a hand held 35mm film camera with no automatic settings, a challenge that propelled Bush to learn and strive for excellence all on his own.

      “I am proud to be partnering with the Zhou B Art Center to host my first ever photo exhibition,” said Bush. “I have personally handpicked my images of the hitmakers, idols and legends from the original Rock & Roll era, and I'm excited to be finally sharing them with the world. With no formal photography training, I thrust myself into the Rock & Roll world, and learned by trial and error. I witnessed firsthand the ‘Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll’ lifestyle, and managed somehow to stay in the background and just take my pictures."

      Bush has been photographing live concerts since the late '70s. He has shot superstars like The Rolling Stones, Elton John, Queen, The Who, The Bee Gees, Marvin Gaye, Bob Dylan, Rod Stewart, Stevie Wonder, Santana, James Brown, Paul McCartney and David Bowie, but he was partial to the Pioneers of Rock 'n' Roll like The Everly Brothers, Carl Perkins, Roy Orbison, Bo Diddley, Ray Charles, Jerry Lee Lewis, Fats Domino, Little Richard, and Ricky Nelson. When Chuck Berry’s 1987 autobiography was published, Bush had more of his photos included than any other photographer.

      The Beach Boys used his photographs in their press kit, and he was the featured photographer in their 25th Anniversary tour program. Bush’s portfolio reads like a Who’s Who of the Original Rock 'n' Roll Era, shooting nearly every charting act and teen idol of the '60s from Herb Alpert to the Zombies, as well as Doo Wop legends, the '60s Chicago music scene and hit-makers of the '70s and '80s, including Alice Cooper, Ted Nugent, Cheap Trick, Joan Jett, The Police and KISS (without makeup).

      Bush also has been a road photographer for several tours, traveling with The Monkees during the '80s and '90s and providing photos for their official tour programs. Bush was so popular with the fans that in 1988 a fan club was started for him and he also appeared in "16" magazine.

      He has formed close friendships with many of the artists and has been called “the best kept secret in Rock & Roll photography.” His work also has been featured on album covers, in newspapers, magazines, and on many artists’ websites. A Chicago native and resident, Bush is planning to publish a series of books and limited-edition prints featuring his photography.

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