Gallery night Fri., April 15, 5-9 p.m., free, exhibit through April 27, Philadelphia Mausoleum of Contemporary Art, 351 N. 12th St.
Ever since the warped and brightly colored placards of the psychedelic era, concert posters have been yet another place for art and music to collide. “Sonic Textures,” PhilaMOCA’s exploration of the (literal) pageantry of concert promotion, runs throughout the month of April, but this gallery night adds a special layer of musical appreciation to the mix: a screening of selections from Billy Martin’s (Medeski, Martin & Wood) performance documentary, Life on Drums. For musicians and newcomers alike, Martin’s film features a visit from his very first percussion teacher, explorations of the possibilities contained within each kit, and showcases of Martin’s compositions and improvisations. The fusion of art and music in both presentations brings continuity to this night of cultural re-examination. The oft-overlooked artistry of concert posters and the usual background positioning of the drummer suggests that both subjects were overdue for some spotlight. Live performances from Ghost/Light and Girls Rock Philly will complete the multisensory experience.