This past February we were shocked and saddened to learn of the tragic death of Rick Kulwicki. Kulwicki was best known as the guitarist for The Fluid, Sub Pop’s first non-Seattle signing, and had been a mainstay on the Colorado music scene for more than 25 years. While his passing left a big hole in the music world, it left an even bigger hole in his family.
Rick was a proud single father and his life revolved around his sons, Richard and Roman, whose well-being and happiness were important to him above all else. He was proud of their academic achievements, their band Purple Fluid, and their profound kindness. The fact that they were growing up to be individuals who were wonderful beyond his imagination filled him with happiness.
While the pain of something like this can be unbearable for the family, the financial strain of losing a sole parent and provider is also a great hardship and the boys’ basic needs should not be threatened because Rick died unexpectedly. These are teenagers with very bright futures and together we can help lessen the strain by giving generously in memory of their dad.
Which is why Mudhoney has teamed with the Denver-based organization Prints For a Cause to offer signed, limited-edition photographs taken during their mesmerizing performance at The Kulwicki Twins Benefit show in Denver on January 6th, 2012. Proceeds from the sale of the signed prints will be donated directly to The Kulwicki Twins Foundation in the name of Mudhoney.
Mudhoney jumped at the opportunity to take part in the benefit. “Rick is an old friend of ours and we want to do whatever we can to help his boys out,” Mark Arm said before the show. “We met Rick and the rest of The Fluid back in ‘88. In fact, we played with them at a small club in Denver on our first tour in October of that year. It’s a fucking tragedy that we even have to do this.”
My good friend and Fluid guitarist, Ricky Kulwicki, died of a heart attack last month. He went home on his lunchbreak, took a nap and never woke up. Ricky was a single father of two 15 year old boys, Richard and Roman.
A memorial fund (here) has been set up to provide for Ricky’s sons and keep them in their house with their grandmother until they graduate high school. If there is a surplus, a college fund will be set up.
Richard and Roman meant the world to Ricky. I can’t think of a better way to honor him than to donate to this fund.
Last month we posted the sad news of Ricky Kulwicki’s passing. Ricky played in The Fluid and provided us with powerful music and memories. We have information that we’d like to share about upcoming benefit shows as well as his family foundation.
If you’d like to make a donation to The Rick Kulwicki Memorial Fund, you can do so here
BLUEBIRDTHEATERANNOUNCES PURESUNSHINE: RICKKULWICKICELEBRATION & BENEFIT FRIDAY & SATURDAY, MARCH 25 AND 26, 2011
Pure Sunshine: Rick Kulwicki Celebration & Benefit – Friday & Saturday, March 25th and 26th, 2011. Doors 8pm, Show 8:30 pm. ****Advance tickets for both shows are $15. Two-day passes are $30.
AEG Live formally announces “Pure Sunshine,” a two-day benefit concert celebrating Rick Kulwicki, guitarist of Sub Pop recording artists and seminal Denver rock band The Fluid, on Friday, March 25 and Saturday, March 26, at the Bluebird Theater. Tickets go on sale Saturday, March 5th at 10 a.m. Please join the Bluebird Theater in supporting the local rock community.
Rick Kulwicki was a longtime and beloved member of the Denver music community. In addition to his groundbreaking work as a guitarist of legendary Denver band The Fluid, he also contributed to the Frantix and the Buckingham Squares. He is survived by two teenage twin sons, two sisters, and his mother. Pure Sunshine is a celebration of everything Rick achieved and everyone he influenced. As plans for Pure Sunshine began, word leaked and the response has been overwhelming. What was once a single-night event has evolved into a two-night event featuring some of Denver’s best bands! Below is the tentative line up, subject to change:
Friday March 25
Saturday March 26
Tickets for the Bluebird event will be $15 per night. A 2-day pass is available for $30 and includes a commemorative event poster. Tickets are available at ticketmaster.com and all Ticketmaster outlets. Tickets are available without service charge at the Bluebird and Ogden box offices on show nights and at the Ogden every Saturday from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. All proceeds from Pure Sunshine will be donated to a memorial fund to benefit Rick’s twin boys. Additionally, donations can be made to the Richard Kulwicki Memorial Fund at any Wells Fargo bank. Each ticket purchased to Bluebird Theater shows in July and August will also include a 25-cent donation to this memorial fund.
Besides being an all-around great guy, fine guitar player and devoted father, Ricky was simply one of the friendliest people that I’ve had the honor of knowing. He played in a number of bands in his hometown of Denver, but The Fluid were the band with the greatest recognition.
The Fluid recorded two albums, (Clear Black Paper and Roadmouth) one EP (Glue) and two singles for Sub Pop, including a split Singles Club single with Nirvana. The Fluid also had a track (“Is It Day I’m Seeing”) on Sub Pop 200. (Their debut album, the wonderfully assaultive Punch ‘n’ Judy, came out domestically on Rayon Records.) After a lengthy hiatus, The Fluid roared back to action in time for SP20 in 2008. Their performances leading up to the festival and at the festival itself were commanding and timeless.
As Sub Pop gleans information we will provide updates as warranted. We love you, Ricky. —jp
To celebrate the label’s twentieth birthday, Sub Pop will release a series of re-issues starting with Mudhoney’s Superfuzz Bigmuff: Deluxe Edition (which, like their brand new album The Lucky Ones , comes out May 20, 2008), launch a limited run of the Sub Pop Singles Club (more on that soon-ish), and throw a series of over-the-top birthday parties for itself this summer.
Herewith the scoop on these birthday parties:
SP20 Comedy Show – Friday, July 11th at The Moore Theatre
You can also buy tickets for SP20 in person at the Marymoor Park Office between 9am and 4pm, Monday-Friday. You can also phone them at 206-205-3661 or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org to buy tickets and have them mailed to you. A fee of $8 per ticket supports maintenance and operations of King County Parks. There’s more info about all of this on the Concerts at Marymoor site.
There is also, at this same link info for those interested in carpooling to SP20!