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Two-day celebration for Kurt Cobain coming soon

A two-day celebration to pay tribute to Kurt Cobain aims to be the first of an annual event come mid-July.

Kurt Cobain Days will kick off on Friday, July 17, with live music outside the D&R Theatre, 205 S I St, Aberdeen. July 18 will feature a street fair with live outdoor music and street vendors throughout the day, ending with a Kurt Cobain celebration concert — dubbed “Live & Loud” — in the D&R Theatre.

The musical lineup is almost entirely local, and will feature Hellbound Glory as the headliner, along with Black Top Demon, Gebular and Olympia’s Full Moon Radio. Troy Richart, owner of Boomtown Records and the event’s organizer, said he hoped to make the event an annual celebration, and to eventually attract larger acts that exemplify the area’s sound, like Olympia’s Sleater-Kinney, Seattle’s Mudhoney and local grunge veterans the Melvins.

“That’s kind of the plan is to do this every year and have those types of bands to celebrate the music of Nirvana and just the culture of what’s come out of Aberdeen,” Richart said Tuesday.

Richart said the acoustic lineup for July 17 wasn’t finalized, but added that it would include a performance by Clint Mullins from Gebular. Vendors on Saturday will include Boomtown Records, Sucher & Sons Star Wars Shop and art from local painter Scotty Karate.

Richart said he’s still searching for vendors interested in participating. He can be reached at 360-500-9387.

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