Ever since the grungy nineties, Seattle has been known as a music hotbed. Pearl Jam, Alice In Chains, Candlebox, and of course Nirvana have all sprung from these rainy steps and surely many more are to follow suit. What makes the area so instrumentally prolific must be a combination of the weather and culture, food perhaps, or maybe it’s just something in the air.
And seeing that Seattle is such a wealth of good garage bands, Vans Warped Tour has always made a stop at the door of Seattle. For 16 years the tour has offered big grungy bands to sweaty mosh-pitters and complacent music lovers alike, and without the high-ticket price tag of other big events like Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza. The Warped Tour is unique due to its intimate nature, as most bands have a private tent in which to buy memorabilia and records – even live recordings that day.
This Saturday, August 12, more than 65 bands arrive to wow: Less Than Jake, Sum 41, Lucero and many more will fill out a number of stages and host a muddy all-day music fest. Sounds like a good call to arms for you to get out there, get wild, and get muddy. The Gorge is the name of the venue if you find yourself wanting to partake, and if you’re in Seattle, it would be a shame not to pay homage to the rock-god roots.