Ogden's most rabid music fan has brought his memoirs to the art gallery.
A portion of Mike Correll's collection of more than 500 concert posters, representing 40 years of his rock memories, are on display in a downtown Ogden gallery.
The posters are concrete reminders of his concert-going experiences -- like when he took a three-day trip to see Phish in Coventry, Vt., in 2004.
The highways were closed down by a torrential rainstorm that made travel treacherous, almost impossible. Correll ended up parking his car off the freeway and making a 12-mile trek, walking and hitchhiking, to reach the concert venue. The show was supposed to be Phish's last concert ever ... until members reunited in 2009.
Now, Correll said, he has been searching for the concert poster from that show to add to his extensive art collection.
One of his prized possessions, which he searched years for, hangs in the front window of the Universe City gallery -- a poster of the 1978 Grateful Dead/Blues Brothers concert on New Year's Eve in San Francisco.
"It says 'Breakfast will be served at dawn.' It's an all-night event," Correll said. "For me, to find one on the Internet is just a gem."
"I have been collecting this stuff for 25 years and the only people who see it is me and my son, because it's hanging in my hallway, my laundry room, my bathroom, my kitchen. This is kind of a way to get it out there and let some other people appreciate it," said Correll, from Ogden.
The rock poster collection is a tribute to the music and the bands he has followed -- as well as a music anthology.
"Each one of these to me has crazy stuff involved with it or an amazing trip, just the trials and tribulations of just getting there," Correll said.
"Traveling for concerts is what I do. It's what I spend my spare money on. Part of that is collecting these amazing posters."
The Grateful Dead started his passion for rock art.
"Back in the '80s, I started following the Grateful Dead. I started buying these Bill Graham Presents (rock posters). He was their promoter," Correll said.
As a Deadhead, the moniker given to avid Grateful Dead fans, he took advantage of every opportunity to see the band. Correll said he saw the Grateful Dead around 75 times -- and has the tickets to prove it at the gallery.
He buys a memento at every concert he attends, typically a one-of-a-kind art poster that lists the date and location of the rock show.
"As it went on, I started going to the Rock and Roll Poster Show down in San Francisco. It's like a national event," Correll said.
The gallery has posters dating back to the 1960s, featuring early work he has found of Grateful Dead and Jimi Hendrix, among others. The collection is formatted for the visitor to travel between the decades; the rock posters are in chronological order.
The posters are usually created by professional artists. There are several works from Chuck Sperry and psychedelic artist Stanley Mouse, who, Correll said, did the Grateful Dead artwork until the early '90s.
Correll's collection was already well-known among his friends, since his house's walls are full and floors are piled with boxed memorabilia. He has loaned pieces out to friends who went to shows with him.
He thanked his friend Tom Hughes, of Ogden, who took it upon himself to help preserve the artwork in museum-style frames.
The decision to host the work in a gallery was actually a birthday gift.
"Mike asked me ... if I could hold his 40th birthday party at the gallery -- just as a private party. I said yes. And within a day or two we kind of laughed about, wouldn't it be nice if we could put the collection up for the month," said Benjamin Jennings, curator of Universe City.
"I think this art show was the best present I could give him."
The Ogden music scene is well-represented. There are signed posters of Joe McQueen -- jazz legend, Ogden resident and Correll's friend.
On the opposite wall are numerous posters of Tanglewood, a jam band from Ogden.
Correll has become well-known among musicians because of his undying support.
"He is very popular with the musicians because he is such a supporter of live music," Jennings said. "It's not that he's just there -- he's a rally man. He gets everyone else there. He gets right to the front and gets everybody excited."
He greeted friends and visitors on the opening night of the gallery exhibit while holding a special memento in his pocket -- an Adam Ant ticket stub from his first-ever concert. He said his dad (wearing a set of ear plugs) took him to his first shows.
Correll never throws out a ticket stub, storing them in three photo books that are on display at the gallery. He is still an avid concert attendee and hopes to one day add the likes of Stevie Wonder and Neil Diamond to his ever-expanding ticket albums.
"Between these three books, I could probably own three houses with the money involved with airfare, rental cars, hotels, posters. All the fan fare that goes along with just going to see that show," Correll said. "This is what I do -- I love it."
"40 Years of Rock and Roll," with 75 concert posters, is on exhibit at Universe City, 2556 Washington Blvd., Ogden, through Saturday. Hours are 5-8 p.m. Friday and 1-5 p.m. Saturday, and by appointment (801-458-8959).