The Free Press, Mankato, MN

Currents

March 8, 2013

Former Dead artist gets live in Mankato

MANKATO — Who could blame Chuck Hues? 

He was only 6 years old, towed behind his mother on the way to her hair appointment on an upper floor of the Hilton Hotel in Greensboro, N.C., when none other than Elvis Presley exited the elevator. As the entourage cleared space for Presley to navigate the crowd, he paused and said to Mrs. Hues and her three kids: “ What cute children.” 

When the King speaks, subjects listen. And Hues has been a faithful rock n’ roll disciple ever since. 

“It seems like rock n’ roll has always been a big influence in my life,” said Hues, whose Rochester residency still hasn’t been able to overcome a slight Southern drawl. “I still love it.” 

In a career that has taken him from a physical confrontation with tie- dyed Grateful Dead security to some of the biggest music festivals in the Midwest, Hues has established himself as the paintbrush of music. He’s painted the giant, stage-wide backdrops for festivals like 10,000 Lakes, WeFest and Shangri-La. He’s provided album cover art, T-shirts and illustrations for Grateful Dead, Insane Clown Posse, Moe, WookieFoot and God Johnson. All the while, he’s gained a reputation for being a frequent live painter during outdoor music events, creating sale-ready works in under 90 minutes that are matched to the mood of the music. 

“I close my eyes and try to see where the music is going,” said Hues, who’s more commonly known by the handle Artguy Chuck. “I use the music to surf on, and the painting sort of takes shape on its own.” 

Hues will be in Mankato on Saturday for a collaborative event between Red Sky Lounge and Christy and Kristie’s, a newly established collective of art, jewelry, gems and glassware located at 420 Park Lane in Mankato. 

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Currents
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
NDN Video
Could Sandra Bullock Be Leaving Hollywood After Recent Home Intrusion? Megan Fox Turns Up The Heat At Comic Con Gwyneth Paltrow Did What? Zack Snyder Shares An All-New Batfleck Photo The Secret Behind Sofia Vergara's Gorgeous Hair You're Not Going to Believe Who's Turning 50! Taylor Swift Looks Terrific in a Tummy-Baring Style Joan Rivers Calls Kristen Stewart a "Moron" Blake Lively's Wedding Dress Revealed?! Hillary Clinton Blamed Bill's Affair With Monica Lewinsky On Abuse He Suffered As A Child 'Fifty Shades of Grey': Watch the Super Sexy First Trailer Now! Yes It's True! Jessica Biel Returns to TV H-O-T! "Fifty Shades of Grey" Trailer Is Here! A Look Back at Batman On Film Through The Years Zoe Saldana is Reportedly Pregnant, Will Announce it When She's Ready Kim and Kanye's Daughter Takes Her First Steps Tori Spelling Lets Loose on Marriage Problems Selena Gomez Caught Snuggling With New Guy Snoop Dogg Says He Smoked Weed at the White House Selena Gomez Celebrates her 22nd Birthday with Cara Delevingne