Before the Weekender music starts up (again) a market of Chukker-related Art & Collectibles will be open—Saturday, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Druid City Brewing Company (DCBC; 700 14th St, Tuscaloosa, AL 35401; 205-342-0051). Come get you some.
Free to attend! But don't be a freeloader! Help support the vendors and bands by tossing a few coins at our GoFundMe page. You know it's worth it.
Most current updates can be found on the Chukker Weekender Facebook Page.
Jeremy Satcher is the author of Druid City, a graphic novel series set in a fictionalized Tuscaloosa. The series follows a driven but unscrupulous investigative journalist, Hunter Hastings, as he uncovers scandalous news stories to overcome his bad reputation. The series prominently features Tuscaloosa locations as settings and aims to depict a little piece of what living in Tuscaloosa was like from 2008 to 2014.
Facebook: Druid City - Graphic Novel Series
Hunter Bell creates art jewelry, assembled installations, unique wall and yard jewelry sculptures with sound and movement, eclectic and positive and focused accessories, psychedelic paintings, poetry and free-provisional music.
"I create beauty from decay... the lost, left behind, stepped on and kicked, the unwanted, unappreciated and lost."
Southron Creative, under the steady hand of Head Thingmaker Craig Gates, offers graphic design, brand identity, and creative consulting services. Projects involving music, entertainment, and culture are at the heart of our work. We joyfully collaborate with authors, musicians, independent record labels, and fellow artists and craftsmen. We believe in good work at a fair price, and we believe that art should be weird!
Tom Ellington is a photographer from Macon, Ga., where he is also a political science professor at Wesleyan College. Along with Merrill Sherman and Che Arthur, he performed with the band Godzookie at the Chukker in the mid-1990s.
Examples of his work can be found here: https://www.instagram.com/photographedechat/
"I love the Chukker because everyone was invited and any kind of music could be heard there. It will always be a special place to me since it was the first bar to book our band Western Decadence. Thank you, Bruce Hopper, for giving us a shot. For some reason I can't think about the Chukker without thinking of Club Wig. A house favorite for sure, Club Wig was the perfect college town rock band. Guys and girls swinging together onstage... just groovin along like a great art project! And as much I loved the bar inside, that courtyard was a pretty special scene, too.We all just wanted to be freaks and defy the norm. The Chukker let us do that and so much more."
Rusty's new album The Storyteller is out today, streaming everywhere. Stop by the table to say "Hi" and pick up a copy. 2024 tour dates coming soon!
Photo by: Andre Hill
Janet Mego has been compelled to paint, draw, and sculpt since the age of six. Her paintings and drawings reflect a variety of subjects translated through pencil, pen and ink, watercolor, and acrylic paint, from the interplay of light across land, weaving through trees in a forest or reflected on the surface of water, to the landscape and beauty of a child’s face in repose or the ironic appeal found in a deteriorating old house on the side of a lonely country road. Her work reflects the places and faces of magic and mystery she’s encountered, tweaked by her imagination and often including elements of fantasy, of what she thinks of as “rabbit holes,” or “Blackbird Places,” aspects of nature that entice the viewer to delve more deeply into each one.
She sometimes strives to capture the strange beauty in light reflected on water, echoing the mysterious pull of memory and the passage of time. At other times deteriorating architecture is her focus, as she focuses on conveying an essence of the ghosts who may still walk there, but ghostly essences inhabit her nature-scapes as well, spirits often accompanied by crows and ravens.ppp Janet has been been fascinated with these black birds for years now. She’s been painting them, most recently working them into her Recovery Series, since she sought Recovery from her mother’s death in 2012. Her maternal grandfather had a pet crow; he possessed that magical ability to draw animals into his space: Janet knows that “Crows are among the smartest of birds. They have been known to bring sparkly gifts and even protection to those who feed them, but they have their dark side as well, as Poe realized.
“It is the inexplicable relationship between and amongst humans and animals that truly fascinates me. For example, The “Corn Seller" was a man I met on a corner in Florence, Italy, many years ago. My camera helped me retain some of that magic moment, and then that photograph became a painting. Birds, especially large birds, literally soar through my recurrent dreams.”
Janet’s themes have evolved and become more focused in the past few months: “Most recently, as I continue to recover from my mastectomy, and my father’s death one month prior to my cancer diagnosis, I’ve begun this latest series of paintings, this time time hoping to combine some poetry with visual elements. In addition to crows, other symbols, among them specific types of flowers and dancers, have taken shape in my work, almost of their own accord, it seems. The fantasy crows, weaving and bringing flowers, demonstrate their own creativity and joie de vivre, reflect my own renewed lease on and love for life.
Alvin Sella, the painting teacher who most inspired me, once wrote to me that ‘Fences were made for those who can't fly.’ That wisdom stays with me as I paint.”
Janet also teaches art classes at the Kentuck Center for the Arts in Northport. She will be teaching ‘Painting for Recovery’ classes for adults and teens who are interested in using painting and poetry to help with recovery from alcohol and drug addiction, other disease, or the loss of a loved one. Check Kentuck.org/workshops in January 2024 for details.
Tallulah's Jewels specializes in Victorian, Art Deco, Art Nouveau, mid-century fine and costume jewelry.
Find her on Etsy here: etsy.com/shop/TallulahsJewels
Grey Rooster creates unique handmade stuffed animals, headbands, hats, and woven rugs. Don't miss her tent full of critters at The Weekender.
Team Nicki is Nicki Ishmael and Nick Rymer—taking the world by storm by making cute shit that includes shirts, buttons, koozies and photography.
Michael E. Palmer is a photographer and writer who documented the Chukker from 1996 to 2007, first as a University of Alabama photography student then later as a newspaper staff photographer.
Not only is Dial Back Sound sponsoring The Chukker Weekender 2023, they will be at the market as well.
Dial Back Sound is the recording studio owned by Matt Patton of The Drive By Truckers and The Dexateens. The studio was opened in 2009 by producer, Bruce Watson. Patton became a frequent session bassist early on and later began producing. The studio has launched a label of the same name.
Some of the many clients, guest engineers and producers include Jimbo Mathus, Jim Mize, Leo Bud Welch, Squirrel Nut Zippers, Jerry Joseph, John Paul Keith, The Seratones, The Dexateens, Young Valley, Tyler Keith, Bette Smith, Pony Bradshaw, Water Liars, Alvin Youngblood Heart, A.A. Bondy, Cedric Burnside, Cedell Davis, Jack Oblivian, Bobby Bare Jr., Ironing Board Sam, Simone Felice, Patterson Hood and Barrett Martin.
Dial Back Sound is located in Water Valley, just a short drive south of Oxford, Mississippi. Memphis, TN is a little over an hour to the north. The Mississippi Delta is a little over an hour to the south. Apartment lodging is available onsite.
Artist and former Chukker bartender, Scott brings his works to The Chukker Weekender 2023.
Moon River Flea says, "My first memory of buying vintage was when my Daddy took me to the Salvation Army on Queen City. I remember buying 'The Look of Love' single by Dusty Springfield. I had not heard it then, but that didn't stop me, it was the thrill of finding something cool. I've never struggled over a purchase wondering where it would go or what I would end up using it for. If it struck my fancy and I could afford it, I bought it and you should too!"
Moon River Flea is making a rare appearance at The Chukker Weekender. She does keep a few shelves stocked with her finds at Skyland Antiques in Tuscaloosa.
This lady is a collector of everything vintage, can sew like nobody's business and plays ukulele. Don't miss her table at The Weekender Market. I hear she is also reading Tarot cards Saturday.
Kerry Kennedy is the co-owner and potter at Fire Horse Pottery with creative designs contributed by her entire family. Kerry has been a studio artist at Kentuck for over 16 years and has been a potter for 27 years. The work produced by Fire Horse has evolved into colorful, functional art with a side of illustration and punk aesthetic thrown in.
Chukker Nation comprises a (very) loose-knit group of pranksters, malcontents, and misfits who found a home at the Chukker. It once had a newsletter. It occasionally has reunions. It's like Woodstock Nation, but without outdoor camping.