30 March 2011
Last updated at 17:31
Manx Illustrator, Juan Moore will unveil the latest instalment of a year-long project titled, Welcome To The Neighbourhood at the Villa Marina on Monday, 4 April. The artist told BBC Isle of Man that The GIGhibition is going to be very different to his previous shows.
After the huge success of the first two events, Juan wanted his latest exhibition to have a twist. "I decided to create an art show that would run simultaneously with a music gig," he said. "My illustrations are all based on original music which has been created by some of the most talented bands and musicians on the Isle of Man."
The illustrations will be on display during live performances of the songs by the musicians who wrote them. Juan continued: "To my knowledge, nothing like this has been done before on the island, so it promises to be a very unique evening." The music night will be a one-off but the art will remain on display for two weeks.
"I hope it will be a special night where visual art meets musical performance," added the artist, who has exhibited his work all over the world. The six acts who are set to perform will be Planes Over Paris, Anna Goldsmith, The Heights, Simon Campbell, Christy DeHaven and COHIBA.
One of those performers, singer/songwriter, Simon Campbell, says he was sold on the idea as soon as he heard about the ambitious project. "It is a fantastic idea and should prove to be a very exciting evening of live music and great art," he said.
Singer/Songwriters Anna Goldsmith and Christy DeHaven will both take to the stage. Christy said: "I've been a fan of Juan's art for several years and have supported the 'Welcome to the Neighbourhood' project from the beginning, so when he then asked if I'd consider being one of the musicians, I was over the moon."
The Heights are one of the most exciting bands on the Isle of Man and lead singer, Sarah Puzzar added: "It's really intriguing to see what Juan will create. We play a blend on soul, rock and funk, so we're very interested to see what he comes up with."