Wednesday, September 11, 2019

SUB POPULAR: 50 years of indie and alternative music

Elks Temple - Spanish Ballroom

6 pm doors, 7 - 10 pm show

Free

All ages welcome

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About SUB POPULAR: 50 years of indie and alternative music

Punk/new wave

SUB POPULAR: 50 years of indie and alternative music

Sub Pop founder Bruce Pavitt grew up in the Chicago area, where he was fortunate to witness the unfolding of the punk/new wave culture of the late 70’s.

Not only did many notable bands pass through Chicago (Talking Heads, Devo, The Clash) but one of the country’s great alternative record stores, Wax Trax!, also provided unique access to many of the indie acts that were developing in both the UK and the US.

In 1979, Bruce Pavitt moved to Olympia, WA to attend Evergreen State College and to DJ at KAOS-FM. Developing a show around US indie music called Subterranean Pop, he then started a fanzine of the same name, eventually shortening the name to Sub Pop. After moving to Seattle in ’83, he pursued his interest indie music by  starting up the infamous Sub Pop record label in 1986, eventually signing (along with business partner Jon Poneman) Nirvana, Soundgarden and Mudhoney. The rest is history.