Ringo Starr's achievements over the past two years have been celebrated by the David Lynch Foundation, the Grammy Foundation and even by the French Government. Last year Ringo received the French Medal of Honor for his invaluable contributions to not only rock music but the visual arts. An accomplished author, he delighted parents and children with "Octopus's Garden" (Simon and Schuster) based on his own lyrics. 2013's PHOTOGRAPH (Genesis Publications) featured gems from the drummer's treasured archives. But it was while touring that the busy former Beatle developed a passion for art and he continues to create whimsical pieces that spark international gallery interest.
After showcasing colorful and socially reflective self portraits at Soho Contemporary Art in Manhattan this June, alongside work by Robert Rauschenberg, Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol and many other contemporary artists, Starr shares his unique collection with Chicago's Hard Rock Cafe until June 28. A portion of the proceeds will fund the Lotus Foundation.
This first-time Chicago event coincides with Ringo's All-Starr Band appearance at the Chicago Theater, June 28. Past shows have featured Ringo singing a solo set of his original music as well as hits written and performed by Steve Lukather, Joe Walsh, Todd Rundgren, Edgar Winter, Gary Wright and many other rock luminaries. So if you're seeking a brilliant week of nonstop art and music, Ringo's got you covered.