mentioned earlier this summer the Kurt Cobain Memorial
Committee is holding its second annual Lounge Acts concert. The
concert is a benefit for the committee with proceeds going toward
building a youth center in Cobain’s name as well as other
Cobain-related community projects.
The concert is happening Saturday at the 7th Street Theatre in
Hoquiam and it is well worth the drive south down I-5. Headliners
include my buddies in Schoolyard Heroes and the always excellent
Harvey Danger. Each band will perform at least one Nirvana cover,
and a little bird told me that one of the aforementioned bands will
play “Tourette’s” or “Drain You” or possibly both.
Aside from hearing some great Nirvana covers, you’ll also get to
see two bands with some of the best hair in Seattle. Put Sean
Nelson, Jonah Bergman and Steve Bonnelll in a room with the dudes
from SHIM (who are not on Saturday’s bill) and you’ve almost got
more hair than human.
All hair jokes aside (I’m just jealous because I can’t grow rock
star hair), tickets for the all-ages show cost $20 and can be
purchased by clicking
here. The concert, which also features openers Black Top Demon
(from Aberdeen) and Gebular (also from Aberdeen), starts at 7
I zipped an e-mail over to Jeff Burlingame, one of the
organizers of the event, and asked a few questions about Kurt,
Aberdeen, the committee and the concert. Here is what he had to
Tell me a little bit about the committee. How did it get
started, what are its goals, how close is the committee close to
achieving them, who are the members and how can people help or
donate if they are interested?
The committee was formed in 2004, after myself and my
co-founder, Aberdeen City Councilman Paul Fritts, decided to
finally do something to honor Kurt in his hometown of Aberdeen. We
were prompted by a newspaper article written by three Aberdeen High
School students who wondered, on the 10th anniversary of Kurt’s
death, why nothing had been done to honor him. So our goals, in
general, are to memorialize Kurt. Specifically, we are now working
on the goal of building an artistic youth center.
Our committee is made up of community members who also believe
Kurt needs to be memorialized in Aberdeen. Most prominent among
them is Kurt’s grandfather, Leland Cobain, who has built quite a
cult following for himself by interacting with Kurt’s fans across
the world. He is proud of his grandson and one of our more active
members. He even went to England to fundraise. The rest of our
committee are professionals in the community. You can see their
names on our myspace or kurtcobainmemorial.org. How someone can
donate is also there. Everything is tax deductible.
How did the idea for Lounge Acts come
The idea to hold a concert to honor Kurt was a natural fit with
what we are trying accomplish and what Kurt did for a living.
Countless fans of Nirvana and Kurt constantly come to town looking
for a way to pay their respects and a place to gather and mourn.
This gives them that once a year. Our youth center will give them
that on a daily basis. I created the name Lounge Acts as a play off
Nirvana’s song, “Lounge Act.” I think it fits perfectly, although
the name will continue to grow more ironic as the quality of our
acts continues to improve. And, no matter how big Lounge Acts gets,
we will always have a spot for a local band, or bands, on the bill.
That’s the true spirit of what we’re trying to accomplish.
What were some of your highlights from the first Lounge
There were several. Those include seeing a large crowd waiting
in line to get in; the tears I saw in a woman’s eyes when the first
band, local teen group Clouded Minds, opened the show with a very
solid rendition of “In Bloom,” and how nervous and excited those
kids were prior to the show; the positive comments all the bands
had after the concert; seeing the smile on the face of Kurt’s
grandfather, who was thrilled that so many people came to honor his
grandson. Being a big fan, the whole event was a highlight for
I read that a band from Europe traveled to Aberdeen for
the opportunity to play at first Lounge Acts last year. Did you
think the event would be so well received?
I was hoping it would be, but you never know. The story of the
European band was an interesting one. A group from Belgium came to
see the show last year. They approached me in the afternoon and
said they would be honored if they could play for a few minutes. So
we let them use the opening act’s gear and they played prior to the
official start of the show. Another highlight.
For readers like myself who have never been to Aberdeen,
could you please describe the city?