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Nirvana, the exhibit, comes to EMP

Post by Craig Sailor / The News Tribune on April 4, 2011 at 1:29 pm with No Comments »
April 4, 2011 1:29 pm


EMP has announced the lineup of events for the premiere of “Nirvana: Taking Punk to the Masses” on opening weekend, April 15-17.

EMP is celebrating the music scene that the Northwest can claim as its own: grunge. And who sits at the head of that legacy? Nirvana, of course.

Here’s the lineup from the press release:

Opening Preview Celebration – EMP Members Only
Friday, April 15, 2011 at 7:00 PM
EMP members get the first look at the world-premiere opening of Nirvana: Taking Punk to the Masses. Current or new members who join and RSVP by April 8 may attend as space is available. Celebrity guest DJs will spin iconic songs from punk to grunge, and all points in between, including: Kurt Bloch (Young Fresh Fellows and Fastbacks), Steve Fisk (Record producer of Nirvana and Soundgarden), Charles Peterson (grunge-era photographer) and Mark Pickerel (Screaming Trees and Truly).

For membership info, visit

Opening Day
Saturday, April 16, 2011
EMP Member Morning (For EMP Members Only):
9 AM-Noon Nirvana: Taking Punk to the Masses opens for EMP Members

9:30 AM Family Activities: Bring your own t-shirt and learn to silkscreen, make your own rock star buttons

10:30 AM Nirvana Scavenger Hunt for Kids

11:00 AM Grunge Guitar Licks 101 – Learn how to master the guitar, all skill levels welcome

Saturday, April 16, 2011
Public Opening and Events:
Noon Nirvana: Taking Punk to the Masses opens to the general public

Noon Nirvana: From Nowhere to Nevermind Panel
Explore the road stories and behind-the-scenes tales during Nirvana’s world tours from 1989-1994, as seen through the eyes of the people who kept it rolling. Nirvana: Taking Punk to the Masses curator Jacob McMurray moderates this panel with the band’s sound engineer Craig Montgomery,
drum tech Barrett Jones, Kurt’s guitar tech Earnie Bailey and more guests to be announced. Price: $10 General Admission, $5 EMP Members. For tickets, visit

2:30 PM The Metropolis: Birthplace of Grunge
Seattle in the 1980s wasn’t exceedingly friendly towards punk rock and youth. But in 1984, an all-ages venue called the Metropolis opened in downtown Seattle and became a regular destination for teens that were interested in alternative music and culture. The Metropolis was the creative epicenter for many people who would go on to be major players in the grunge era. Senior Curator Jacob McMurray will lead a panel discussion on the Metropolis and the salad days of Seattle punk rock with former club owner Hugo “Poki” Piottin, Jason Finn (Love Battery, The Presidents of the USA), famed grunge photographer Charles Peterson, Alice in Chains manager Susan Silver, Tom Price (Gas Huffer, U-Men) and Kurt Bloch (Fastbacks, Young Fresh Fellows). Price: $10 General Admission, $5 EMP Members. For tickets, visit

Additional Family Activities Open to the Public:
Noon, 2:00 PM Sing Along-Dance Along in Sky Church – Rock out to your favorite grunge and punk songs

1:00-5:00 PM Rock Button Making in the Rec Room

Sunday, April 17
Nirvana Film Fest
Sit back and prepare to be floored by Nirvana live in action on the big screen of JBL Theater. These concert films chronicle three very different facets of the band: footage from early shows as selected by the band members, one of their most legendary and raucous concerts, and finally their genre-shattering performance on MTV Unplugged. Films will be screened in JBL Theater at EMP. Admission is free. Seating is first-come, first-served.

11:00AM Live! Tonight! Sold Out!!
Featuring live footage from various Nirvana shows from 1991-1993, Live! Tonight! Sold Out!! was mainly compiled by Kurt Cobain himself. The film was originally released November 15, 1994, just six months after the singer’s death. The concert footage following his death was completed by surviving members Krist Novoselic and Dave Grohl, attempting to remain as close to Cobain’s vision as possible.

1:00 PM Nirvana Live in Reading
Widely believed by fans and critics to be the most legendary grunge performance ever captured on film, Nirvana Live at Reading was filmed during the band’s historic August 30, 1992 headlining appearance at the UK Reading Festival. The concert has been ranked #1 in Kerrang Magazine’s “100 Gigs That Shook The World”, voted as “Nirvana’s #1 Greatest Moment” by fans in an NME poll, and has become one of the most bootlegged concerts in the history of rock‘n’roll.

2:30 PM Nirvana: MTV Unplugged
On November 18, 1993, Nirvana taped MTV Unplugged at Sony Music Studios in New York City. Band members Kurt Cobain (lead vocals, guitar), Krist Novoselic (bass), Dave Grohl (drums) and Pat Smear (guitar) performed a set list composed of mainly lesser-known material and cover versions of songs by The Vaselines, David Bowie, Meat Puppets (during which they were joined by two members of the group onstage) and Lead Belly. The accompanying MTV Unplugged album was released seven months after the death of Cobain, and went on to become the group’s most successful posthumous release.

ABOUT Nirvana: Taking Punk to the Masses
EMP is proud to present the world’s most extensive exhibition of memorabilia celebrating the music and history of Seattle grunge luminaries, Nirvana. The exhibit will feature rare and unseen artifacts and photography from the band, their crews and families. Nirvana: Taking Punk to the Masses runs April 16, 2011 – Spring 2013.

ABOUT Experience Music Project
Experience Music Project (EMP) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the exploration of creativity and innovation in music, science fiction and popular culture. EMP combines interpretative, interactive exhibitions with state-of-the-art technologies, and educational programming to offer visitors of all ages a first-hand, multi-dimensional experience of the creative and artistic process.

EMP is housed in a 140,000 square foot Frank O. Gehry-designed building. This spectacular, prominently visible structure has the presence of a monumental sculpture set amid the backdrop of the Seattle Center.

Winter hours September 7, 2010 – May 30, 2011, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Summer hours May 31, 2011 – September 5, 2011, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.

325 5th Avenue North, Seattle, WA 98109
206-770-2700, main line
206-770-2702, box office
1-877-EMP-SFM1, toll-free

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