Rick’s Picks: Rick Nielsen’s Lifelong Affair With Guitars & Music Opens in Rockford August 11, 2012!

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The First 150 Visitors Will Receive a Commemorative Poster

Rick Nielsen and his famous Hamer Checkerboard Standard

Visitors to the exhibit will step into the world of one of music’s most enigmatic legends - his past, present and future.

Rockford’s Burpee Museum of Natural History invites you to the opening of its newest exhibit, Rick’s Picks: Rick Nielsen’s Lifelong Affair With Guitars & Music. Rick’s Picks presents a state-of-the-art, video-enhanced multimedia experience. Visitors to the exhibit will step into the world of one of music’s most enigmatic legends - his past, present and future.

In his lifetime, Nielsen has collected more than 2,000 guitars. An eye-popping sampling of them, and guitars belonging to celebrity friends like Conan O'Brien, Dave Grohl and Slash will also appear. In addition, curators cataloged more than 3000 pieces of rock & roll memorabilia, roughly 2000 of which will be on display. 

Attendees will enjoy an exciting environment enhanced by audio and video, including a 30-minute biopic "Rickumentary" movie featuring appearances by Rick and his family and friends, including Dave Grohl, Slash, Todd Rundgren, rock writer Ira Robbins, legendary music producer, Jack Douglas, and more. A concert stage features vintage equipment and historic concert footage. Large projected images and a rich audio track set the tone for an engaging and one-of-a-kind rock & roll experience.

The exhibit opens in Rockford, Illinois to the general public Saturday, August 11th at Burpee Museum of Natural History, 737 North Main Street Rockford, IL 61103. Find more information on Facebook. Or follow emerging news on Twitter

$18 - includes Rick's Picks exhibit and admission to the entire museum
$15 - for Rockford area residents

Burpee Museum Members - FREE Admission to the museum, Rick's Picks exhibit admission only $3.

Special Rick's Picks Membership Offer: $70 - family 4 pack of one-day exhibit and museum admission, plus a one-year membership to The Burpee Museum.

Open Daily 10 am - 5 pm

This project was partially funded by a Grant from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, Office of Tourism

Post-Rockford, officials intend to send the exhibit on an worldwide tour. Corporations and Organizations interested in national and international sponsorship of the exhibit are invited to visit the Rick’s Picks Sponsorship page, or to contact Rick’s Picks Director of National Sponsorship, Jennie Walker at jwalker(at)rickspickslive(dot)com for more information. Many levels of collaboration are available.

About Rick’s Picks
It’s Guitars. It’s Rick. It’s Music History. It's a Fundraiser. From Rockford, Illinois’ skating rinks to Tokyo’s Budokan, Rick’s Picks tells the 40-year story of one of the hardest-working stars in Rock & Roll. As one would expect, Rick has more stories than his five neck has strings. Rick's Picks also is a fundraiser for Rick Nielsen's favorite hometown museum, the Burpee Museum of Natural History. For more information, visit http://www.rickspickslive.com or contact Anne Boccignone, 815-742-0110, aboccignone(at)grahamspencer(dot)com.

About Burpee Museum of Natural History
Since 1942, Burpee Museum of Natural History has inspired people to engage in a lifetime of learning about the natural world. Burpee Museum of Natural History is home to 66-million year old juvenile T.rex, Jane, as well as a number of other interactive and educational exhibits. For more information, or to see a schedule of events, please visit http://www.burpee.org.

About Rick Nielsen & Cheap Trick
When Cheap Trick burst onto the national music scene in the 1970s, it broke new ground with a punkish, hard-edged brand of literate garage rock that was the perfect antidote to what ailed weary FM radio listeners worldwide. The band’s uniquely midwestern sensibilities have been deftly recorded in 28 albums and laid bare in thousands upon thousands of performances worldwide. With walls of gold and platinum records to prove their enduring success, Cheap Trick and its pick-flinging, checkerboard-bedecked dynamo Rick Nielsen have never stopped touring, much to the delight of one of rock history’s most loyal fan bases. Rick Nielsen, and bandmates Robin Zander and Tom Petersson can be seen touring with Aerosmith in major cities across North America this summer. The band and the tour were named among “the summer’s hottest” by Rolling Stone magazine.

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