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Concert Poster Design

Concert poster design is where my two main interests in life dovetail. I have been playing guitar and vocals in bands since 1998. I have also booked bands for countless shows and festivals. My responsibilities include designing flyers to promote concerts. I also often print and distribute them myself. It’s a very important part of being a successful DIY independent artist.

I love to create full color, large format printed posters. It is very fulfilling to find the right visual image for an upcoming gig. Sometimes, I like to create black and white handbill variations. They can also be effective promotional tools.

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Are you in a music group that has a big local show or festival gig coming up? Perhaps you are a regional or national concert promoter looking for the perfect poster designer. Contact me for a striking design to promote your event.

Rick Danko concert poster design (The Band) by Lexington, KY graphic designerLynagh’s Irish Pub

Lexington, KY

Since 1981, Lynagh’s Irish Pub has hosted many local and national concerts here in Lexington. The owners commissioned me to create a series of posters to commemorate many of the famous acts they have hosted over the years. I created this Rick Danko concert poster design for one such act, the bassist of the legendary group The Band. He performed solo at Lynagh’s in 1999, just weeks before his untimely death.

Rick Danko concert poster, along with another event flyer I used the template for.

Rick Danko concert poster, framed along with another event flyer I used the template to create.

Rick Danko concert poster design story

I sought out to create a vintage style poster simulating screen printed art. First, I found a suitable photo with a creative commons license attached. I then simplified it down to just black, and cut out the elements of the background, leaving only Rick, his microphone, and bass in the shot. After that, I added a solid green shade back in for the background of the photo. This made the image pop.

After laying out the focal image, I added all of the show information. As with many old school posters, the layout of the text blocks is important. Of course, I made the name of the headline artist the largest and set it in the heaviest weight. The supporting artists list in the accent color green, with a horizontal rule above it to further emphasize the headliner’s name. Varying weights of the same font create continuity, while still keeping the information distinct enough not to get lost. Finally, I reversed out the show date from a black block. The block containing the Lynagh’s logo balances it out at the top. I surrounded said logo with a celtic knot pattern on either side. This is a nod to the Irish theme of the bar.

Lynagh’s asked me to create a template from this design, which we would use for future events. Essentially, I can just replace the main photo, change the accent color, and the specific information. Thus far, I have used this for a handful of events and everyone loves them.

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This Rick Danko concert poster design is one of my favorites. Do you need a graphic designer for your next event promotion? Contact me today!

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Concert flyer designer for Nashville band The Dirty DelusionsThe Dirty Delusions

Nashville, TN

Garage rockers The Dirty Delusions brought their stunning live show to Lexington on tour in October 2018. Their management tapped my band Sempervivi to open, and also employed me as the concert flyer designer. The event was close to both Halloween and Day of the the Dead. Therefore, I decided on a spooky theme for the 11×17″ poster.

Concert flyer designer for Nashville band

Let’s face it. Skulls are awesome. We all have one. They just look cool! Since Mexico’s Day of the Dead was just days away, I employed a stock photo of a woman in costume with a skull face paint design. Then, I added more roses around her to add more weight to the image. I simplified the photo to high contrast black and white and overlaid a scan of some crinkled paper. This gave it the appearance of a rough photocopy. Next, it was time to add information about the event. I rounded up each of the bands’ logos. Most of the time, I do not incorporate band logos, but thought doing so would help this design stand out. I “cut out” rough black rectangles as backgrounds to imitate patches with said logos. To complete the DIY punk rock feel, I set the rest of the text in a “label maker” style font on additional simulated cut outs. I then added sugar skull ornaments to help emphasize the date and location at the top. The QR code let anyone with a smartphone access the Facebook event to learn more and RSVP. Finally, the background incorporates a green to orange gradient to imitate vintage concert posters. I blended in a seamless black and white sugar skull pattern to complete the theme.

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An eye catching poster makes a huge difference in audience perception. Do you want look more professional, as well as draw more fans to your shows? Of course you do! Contact me today.
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Louisville, Kentucky CD release flyer by Bluegrass poster designer

Misty Mountain String Band

Louisville, KY

I have worked with my prize clients The Misty Mountain String Band on many projects, from T-shirt designs to vinyl banners. After creating the CD layout for their 2018 album Kentucky Bound, I was honored to also design the CD release poster. I am proud of my reputation as a Bluegrass poster designer, so this project was very satisfying.

Kentucky CD release show flyer by Bluegrass poster designer

The Bluegrass quartet gave me the option to either base the design off of the album artwork, or create something entirely new. I chose the former. The vintage paintings of nature elements and roots instruments perfectly compliment to the old time feel of MMSB’s music. The original illustrator supplied several large images to choose from. I chose to incorporate two robins, which I cut out of a larger composite image. Also, I cleaned up her painting of a collection of different flowers. Then, I combined them and arranged them so that they creep around the bottom of the posed photo of the band. I recolored the photograph as well. Both the sepia tint and the grunge overlay give it a worn, vintage look. I used a single font throughout the piece, the decorative title SwistInk Moabhoers. The banners in each corner feature sandstone textured backgrounds. Finally, all of the elements rest on a black background adorned with a cracked texture. This background reminds me of the weathered Formica countertops in my grandmother’s house. The outdoor event was a huge success. It attracted over 200 attendees. I received a lot of great feedback on the 11×17″ poster from the band, as well as their fans.

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Are you promoting a Bluegrass concert or festival? You need to hire the best concert poster designer in Kentucky. Contact me today.
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Flyer design for Cincinnati band Acarya concert in Lexington, KYAcarya

Cincinnati, OH

I created this flyer design for a tour date my longtime friends Acarya were playing with my project Sempervivi in Lexington. They are a Cincinnati based band with a unique, percussive sound they describe as “tribal rock”. They combine both acoustic and electric guitars with a customized drums and percussion instruments. Alternate tunings, as well as chanting vocals get their audiences’ feet tapping and heads bobbing.

Flyer design for concert story

In keeping with the band’s earthy vibe, I chose a stock photo of a mysterious female walking in a field surrounded by woods. I first reduced the colors to black and white. Then, I cut out the figure to separate it from the background. I did this so I could color her in a separate tone from the rest of the image. I only slightly toned the central figure in a faint creamy yellow. Next, I gave her a nuanced glow to create an otherworldly effect. I colored the wooded background in shades of rusty orange and red. I was careful not to make the background too bright and overpower the text in the foreground. Finally, I added a faded black overlay and inner shadow. Because of this, the image retains a dreary, blurry feel, not unlike one of my favorite horror films, The Ring.

Flyer design finishing touches and typography

Since I had logos for each of the bands on hand, I decided to incorporate them. I overlaid each element in the foreground with a dingy yellow. They are still bright, while not overpowering the background image, as I felt they would in white. All of the band genres, date, venue, and other information is set in light weights of the Trade Gothic font. I added logos for the venue, my record label, and a QR code for the Facebook event at the bottom. Last, I framed the it all with a fine inside stroke.

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I have been designing posters for bands and concert events since I started in 1999. Contact me today for your own flyer design.
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