Long Beach plays host to a plethora of events throughout the year which bring in talent from all corners of the globe for events like the Long Beach Jazz Festival, Summer And Music concert series, Zombie Walk Long Beach, & Funk Fest, but it is not very often that you see a locally held festival showcasing local talent.
It was the summer of 1967 when Jim Coke-- a Long Beach-bred student photographer shorthanded with just two rolls of film for the entire festival since he was, well, a student—snapped shots of The Doors' Jim Morrison during a performance in Northridge. The resulting "Scream Sequence" is now on display at Fingerprints along with a mural of one of the photos, all in honor of what would have been the frontman's 70th birthday.
Tonight, local band Slushbox is performing at Fingerprints Music as part of an opening night reception for Wake Up, an exhibition of photographs by Jim Coke. The photos were taken of The Doors during a performance in 1967, just before their song Light My Fire rocketed them to stardom. The exhibition, and the recently installed mural, Flying Morrison, are all in celebration of Jim Morrison's 70th birthday, which is on December 8th.