In a quirky conjunction of two Seattle icons, grunge band Mudhoney will play a live broadcast from the roof of the Space Needle Thursday to kick off the Sub Pop label’s Silver Jubilee celebration. Video and audio streams of Mudhoney’s rooftop show will be broadcast live by radio station KEXP 90.3 FM at 5 p.m.
For its 20th anniversary, Sub Pop flew a flag and had its name painted on top of the Needle, but sending a band up there is a new idea.
“This is the first time in our history that a band has played live from the roof,” said Space Needle PR manager Sean Marshall.
Notices of the Mudhoney performance have been circulating for days, but details of this unusual celebration have been scarce. Here’s what’s actually happening and how the public can (and can’t) access the event.
At 11 a.m. Thursday, KEXP’s Cheryl Waters will broadcast a live interview with Sub Pop president Jonathan Poneman and vice president Megan Jasper at the KEXP studio.
From noon to 5:30pm, KEXP DJs John Richards and Kevin Cole will broadcast live from the observation deck of the Space Needle, playing music from Sub Pop’s catalog. They will also play interview highlights with label founder Bruce Pavitt, Soundgarden’s Kim Thayil, grunge-era photographer Charles Peterson and record producer Jack Endino.
KEXP will stream live performances from the Space Needle roof by singer-songwriters Sera Cahoone at 1 p.m and J. Mascis at 3 p.m. The Mudhoney set begins at 5 p.m.
During the broadcast, the public may access the observation deck, as usual, by buying a ticket. Mudhoney and the other performers, however, will be on the roof, not in the observation deck area with the radio station personnel. It is unlikely that fans will be able to hear anything from the Seattle Center grounds, said Marshall, but live streams of video and audio from the broadcast will be available at KEXP.org and will also be archived there.
The Thursday event is the kickoff for Sub Pop’s Silver Jubilee, which begins Friday with a comedy benefit show at the Neptune Theatre and continues Saturday with a day of free music in Georgetown (details here).