Aberdeen was alive with the sights and sounds of Nirvana this past Saturday, September 20, when a dedication was held for a new mural honoring the alternative rock band: “Nirvana and Aberdeen.”
The rock band Gebular could be heard working its way through covers of Nirvana tunes like “School” and “Heart-Shaped Box” on a makeshift stage set up next to the now-closed D&R Theatre (where Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic made one of his first public appearances, guesting with the Melvins). Aberdeen mayor Bill Simpson could seen in the beer garden in front of GH Wine Sellars, listening as Black Top Demon played Nirvana’s “Aneurysm.” And Novoselic met up with Nirvana’s very first drummer, Aaron Burckhard, at a private reception held before the dedication.
Erik Sandgren, a professor of fine arts and humanities at Grays Harbor College, was the lead artist on “Nirvana and Aberdeen,” with assistance from Anthony James Cotham, Dominic Senibaldi, Jason Sobottka, and David Wall. The mural is located on side of Moore’s Interiors, a flooring and carpet installation business located on the corner of W. Wishkah and S. Broadway in downtown Aberdeen. It mural depicts not only Nirvana, but also namechecks other bands with ties to the ’90s alternative rock scene, like Soundgarden and Bikini Kill.More