mikel covey


Mikel Covey was born in Ogden, Utah, and grew up in Salt Lake City. He attended area public schools, married young, and began attending the University of Utah by the mid-sixties. While there, he became interested in film making and photography. He worked at KUED and simultaneously became immersed in the San Francisco "hip" culture and ballroom scene.

In 1968, Mikel, along with his brother Allen (and Kenvin Lyman) began Numenor, a company which produced four legendary psychedelic concerts during that year: Blue Cheer/Clear Light; "The Dance of the Desert Prophet" featuring Canned Heat and The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band; "Vernal Equinox" featuring Buffalo Springfield, Youngbloods and H. P. Lovecraft; and Quicksilver Messenger Service. The Numenor posters were among the first psychedelic posters and concerts in Salt Lake City.

Covey and Lyman went on to establish the Factory Company in 1968 and their own light show Flash and Edison with Harvey Warnke. Mikel and his then wife Toni formed their own light show in the spring of 1969 named Frank & Stein. In 1969, Frank & Stein produced light shows almost every weekend at the Old Mill as well as the Terrace Ballroom, Fairgrounds Coliseum and other venues including the Egyptian Theatre in Ogden.

The Coveys went to San Francisco in 1969 to .produce light shows for Bill Graham and the Fillmore, under the name "Lightyear". Mikel went on to a career in fashion and rock photography in the 1970s and 1980s. After splitting up with Toni, Mikel returned to Salt Lake City in 1982. Mikel and his new wife Traci O'Very Covey formed a graphic design and photography firm. O'Very/Covey have since discovered computers and their digital work is in increasing demand.

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