In tribute to one of Rock ‘n’ Roll’s most influential bands, the Center for the Arts will celebrate the music of Nirvana Saturday in memory of the 20th anniversary of founding member Kurt Cobain’s untimely passing.
The concert is a fundraiser for Anew Day, an organization that provides healing and hope through counseling for those who are hurting.
“Following the success of our community tribute to the Velvet Underground in February, there was great buzz. Many of the performers who performed were enthusiastic to pay tribute to Nirvana,” said Center program associate Sara Zahn.
Singer/songwriter Paul Kamm will join in with his band Achilles Wheel.
“Nirvana and those crazy cheerleaders came crashing through the TV well ahead of anyone having a digital device glued to their palm. Who could miss it!,” Kamm said.
Nirvana is set to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year, the band’s first year of eligibility; the museum’s biography of the band states that Nirvana “start[ed] a rock revolution” and “remain an enduring influence and challenge”, before declaring them “proof that the right band with the right noise can change the world.”
“Nirvana was the reason I started becoming obsessed with music. For a 12 year old kid growing up in Michigan, Kurt Cobain was the ultimate cure for teenage angst. I was in 5th grade when I started my first band, a Nirvana cover band of course, I still remember wishing that I could afford to smash my guitar during practice,” said Lasher Keen guitarist Dylan Sheets.
Since its debut, Nirvana has sold more than 25 million records in the United States alone, and over 75 million records worldwide, making them one of the bestselling music artists in history. Four of their albums, two studio and two live, have reached the number one spot on the Billboard 200 chart.
Nirvana was formed by singer/guitarist Kurt Cobain and bassist Krist Novoselic in 1987. Despite releasing only three full-length studio albums in their seven-year career, Nirvana has come to be regarded as one of the most influential and important rock bands of the modern era.
Rolling Stone described Nirvana’s influence as having “kicked in” the 1990s as a musical era, adding that their music “guaranteed the nineties would not suck,” and claimed that the band “transformed rock for a generation.” According to the magazine, “few bands in rock history have had a more immediate and tangible impact on their contemporary pop musical landscape than Nirvana did in the early Nineties.”
Concert beneficiary Anew Day has developed no cost crisis counseling services, professional counseling, support groups and immediate crisis counseling for those struggling with suicide, abuse, and difficult life situations.
The 8 p.m. Saturday concert will feature performances by Achilles WHeel, The Soft Bombs, THe Bleach Boys, Serve the Serpent, Nevada Union High School Choir, Rat Stomp, Ear Wrecked, Roger Ramsaur, The Devils Train, Weird Silence, Jay Tausig and the duo of Angelica Rockne and Blake Severn.
Tickets are $12 for members of the Center, $15 for the general public and are available at the Center’s Box Office in person, by phone at 530-274-8384 ext. 14, online at www.thecenterforthearts.org or at BriarPatch Co-op.