AND GET OUT!
"DIRK FEST", a tribute to the "Pope of Punk", Dirk Dirksen
(1937-2006) will be held on Thursday, June 7th, at Slim's, and
Friday, June 8th at the Great American Music Hall, In San
Francisco. The show will feature reunion performances by many of
the great bands who once graced the stage of the Mabuhay Gardens
back in the heyday of punk rock in the late 70's and early 80's.
Tickets are going fast, but are still available!
Last November, Dirk Dirksen, the punk rock impresario who ran San
Francisco's Mabuhay Gardens, also known as the "Fab Mab", and
later the On Broadway during its heyday in the '70s and 80's, died
in his sleep with a smile on his face at the age of 69. This June
7th and 8th, Dirk's friends and colleagues will host "Dirk Fest"
to pay tribute to Dirk and help raise funds to pay off his final
expenses and for the preservation of his rare archive of
videotaped performances, photos, posters, and other punk
Thursday , June 7th
Pearl Harbor and the
The Sea Hags
Rubber City Rebels
Ron Jones spoken word poet
(w/ Megan Bierman)
DJ Denise Demise
Film shorts by Karl Hinz
Emceeing the show is V.
RE/Search Publications and The Counter Culture Hour)
(of the DNA Lounge).
Friday, June 8th
- Dirk Fest at GAMH:
SF Mutant Non-Allstars
(w/Naomi Ruth Eisenberg)
White Trash Debutants
(w/ the fabulous Jon Gries ďUncle RicoĒ of Napoleon
No Alternative (w/
Chip Kinman of the Dils and Rank and File)
Emcee, Jello Biafra
DJ Denise Demise,
Film shorts by Karl Hinz
Ness Aquino, the
original owner of the Mabuhay Gardens restaurant which Dirk helped
transform into the "Fab Mab" providing a much needed outlet for
"outspoken ideas" in Dirk's words.
event is being organized and by Kathy Peck, a member of the
Contractions, and founder of H.E.A.R, a nonprofit hearing health
organization, which will be handing out earplugs at the show. H.E.A.R.
and the Dirksen Family wish to thank Dawn Holiday, the great staff
at Slimís and The Great American Music Hall whose generous support
made Dirk Fest possible. Sponsors for the event include KUSF
radio, Punk Globe, Lennon Studios, Dirk Dirksen Memorial Auction,
Haight Ashbury Music Center, Winston Smith's Artcrimes, Craig Pop
Artist, John Seabury, David Denny Audio Consulting, Dirksen-
Molloy Productions, RE/Search Publications, Daniel East, Future
Sonics, The Counter Culture Hour, Barry Simons Ė Your Music
Attorney, Firehouse Kustom Rockart, Co., Fuzzmonster Records,
Drinks with Tony, Mack's Hearplugs, GAMH and Slimís.
auction (www.hearnet.com/auction) will recommence the week of June
7 th and June 8 thís "Dirk Fest." Part of the proceeds will help
to pay for Dirk's final resting place at the San Francisco
Columbarium which holds the remains of such notable individuals as
and concert promoter
who was known as the "Godfather of the Summer of Love" and who
happens to be interred near Dirk, the "Pope of Punk."
Proceeds from the benefit will be used to set up the Dirk Dirksen
Memorial Fund and for the preservation of his rare archives of
video tapes that need to be transferred before they disintegrate,
photos to be scanned, and posters to be framed to preserve a part
of San Francisco's irreverent artistic and musical culture. A
portion of the proceeds will go to H.E.A.R., which is
administering the auction, producing Dirk Fest and taking
donations for the Dirk Dirksen memorial fund under the aegis of
it's 501c(3) status through an agreement with Dirksen's family and
partner Damon Molloy.
Here is what the LA Times
had to say about Dirk Dirksen:
Considered the godfather of the city's punk rock scene, Dirksen
presented a who's who of punk acts in his more than 10 years of
running the club. Acts included the Dead Kennedys, the Mutants,
Flipper, the Contractions, Vktms, Nuns, Crime, Avengers, Devo,
Blondie, the Ramones, Peal Harbor, Black Flag and the Go-Go's.
After leaving the club business in the early 1980s, Dirksen
operated a video production firm Dirksen Molloy Productions with
partner Damon Molloy producing local TV shows " "Positive Spin"
and "Comos San Francisco", as well as, music videos and
documentaries. Dirksen was born in
Germany, in 1937. His family moved to Southern California after
World War II and settled in
Dirksen served in the Army and briefly attended San Jose State
before dropping out to open a surfing business in Santa Cruz. He
found his way into the entertainment business as a tour manager
for Ray Charles, the Supremes and Iron Butterfly and worked as a
TV producer for famous comedians, Red Skelton "Red Skelton Show"
and "Rock to Stardom" with a young Lenny Bruce. Continuing a
pattern of helping to break new ground in the arts, Dirksen also
worked closely with the San Francisco based "Unity
Foundation","Recreation Center for the Handicapped" and the "H.E.A.R.
Dirk Fest/ June 7: Slimís, 333
St., San Francisco, CA. Doors open 7:30 PM, show starts 8 pm.
Dirk Fest/ June 8: Great American
Music Hall , 859 O'Farrell St., San Francisco, CA
Doors open 7:30 PM, show starts 8
pm. Tickets: $25
Tickets for both Slimís and GAMH are available Ė in person at
Slimís/GAMH box offices, by fax order (downloadable fax form on
both websites), tickets.com (in person at their outlets,
charge-by-phone & online) and
tickets please contact. The Great American Music Hall
For more information please contact:
Dirk Dirksen Memorial Fund /Auction -
Dirk's message board (Dirk Fest info) -
Artist contacts websites for interviews
Dirk Fest June 8th at GAMH
Avengers: Penelope Houston
Mutant Non All Stars
Contractions: Kathy Peck (producer of Dirk Fest and Co Founder of
Mary Kelley and Debbie Hopkins.
White Trash Debutantes:
Dirk Fest at June 7th Slim's
Pearl Harbor and the Explosions
J. Stats Beret
Rubber City Rebels