SN&R on Concerts fiasco

News & Review’s Nick Miller posted another great roundup today on the recent firing of Jerry Perry as promoter of Concerts In The Park. Apparently people’s Facebooking has made the firing of a Sacramento legend even more controversial. Go figure.

I know I’m weeks late to the party on this but Perry’s firing really bums me out. This is one of maybe five people that come to mind when you think of the local music world. (I admit that this is mostly nostalgic, but I temper that by not being offended at his replacements.) I don’t know how the lineups in recent years could be any more local. It seems like the bookings have led to themed lineups, and maybe people want more eclectic slates? I don’t see that working; If a band I like is playing after a bunch of say, hardcore bands, I will either skip the hardcore bands or just not go at all. Who wouldn’t? Is that really what people are saying they want?

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Nirvana: Live! Tonight! Free!

Negative Creeps
Twenty years ago, Jerry Perry hosted a young, mostly unknown band named Nirvana at the Cattle Club. This was on the Bleach tour, before Nevermind and Smells Like Teen Spirit drove a nail or two into the coffin of 80’s hair metal, brought punk rock guitar to the forefront of popular music and made most people forget that Use Your Illusions was supposed to be the album that changed rock & roll that year. Luckily, he filmed it.
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