It's another pleasant Saturday in Denver and tonight there will be no shortage of live music options to check out. If you are looking to support local music tonight you'll have to make a few tough decisions, because there are many events happening that all include quality local talent. You could head to the Bluebird Theater and catch local indie rockers Mercuria and the Gem Stars open up for Low. You can go to the Meadowlark and see Gauntlet Hair, Force Publique, Tjujtuna and King Mob melt faces on the outdoor stage. The Walnut Room is hosting local blues rockers Woodrose along with Radical Knitting Circle and Slumgum. You can even go to the Soiled Dove Underground and see John Common and Blinding Flashes of Light, Eldren and Glowing House. But I'll be headed to the Hi-Dive, because tonight is the only night I'll be able to see seven local bands pay tribute to one of the most definitive bands in rock music, Nirvana, on the 20th anniversary of the release of the landmark Nevermind album.
20 years ago on this very same day, the world was introduced to an album that would prove highly influential for years to come and has been regarded as the album that introduced alternative rock and grunge to the world. I was only six years old when this album first came out, but I still remember how everyone couldn't stop talking about "Smells Like Teen Spirit". Just a few years later, Nevermind became one of the very first albums in my CD collection. Tonight, seven local bands will express their gratitude for the inspiration and influence garnered from this band by performing songs that span across the Nirvana catalog. Each band has chosen a few of their favorite Nirvana songs to be covered in each band's respective style.
There will be cover performances from; Hearts In Space, Il Cattivo, Night of Joy, Pacific Pride, Science Partner, The Swayback, and Le Divorce. These are local rock bands that span a wide range of styles, so it'll be especially interesting to see how these bands interpret each Nirvana song. It should be an incredible once-in-a-lifetime experience to be able to witness this nostalgic show, so I am very excited to take part in this event.
The doors open at the Hi-Dive at 8:00PM. The show is 21+ and tickets are $8. As an added bonus, boyhollow will do DJ sets in between bands to keep the party going. If you remember how influential Nevermind was to you, this is a concert you're not going to want to miss.