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January 15, 2009 at 10:57 AM

Sonics tribute party planned for Jan. 23 at Neumos

SaveOurSonics.jpgSo, organizers at Save Our Sonics haven’t completely vanished. They’ve been working behind-the-scenes to plan a “Tribute Show” for the departed team, although if you listen to local sports radio, not many want to talk about the former Sonics turned Oklahoma City Thunder.
Again, with all of the issues the state is facing, it’s tough to generate support for a KeyArena renovation. Still, SOS doesn’t want Olympia or Seattle to forget about the $30 million Thunder owner Clay Bennett still owes — if a plan to snag another NBA team can be put in place by December 2009.
Organizers are asking fans to be at Neumos on Capitol Hill on Jan. 23 for a fun gathering featuring Cedric Ceballos, hot local rappers and DJs, former Sonics dancers, Big Lo, KJR-AM (950) personality Dave “Softy” Mahler and more.
Don’t know if it’ll get an arena spruced up, but who doesn’t like to party?
Here’s the complete release:
Neumos Hosts SuperSonics Tribute Show on Friday, Jan. 23
Community leaders, businesses, performers, fans and celebrity guests remember the Sonics and support bringing an NBA team back to Seattle.
Seattle, WA — Jan. 14, 2009 — Live music club Neumos (925 E. Pike Street) will host Bring em Back Home — The Seattle SuperSonics Tribute Show on Friday, Jan. 23 at 9:00 P.M.
The purpose of the event is to celebrate 41 years of SuperSonics basketball in Seattle and demonstrate support for bringing an NBA team back to a revitalized Seattle Center. Admission is $10 at the door, with discount advance tickets currently available for $8 at www.ticketswest.com, the Moe Bar (Neumos box office) and Rudy’s Barbershops.
“Clay Bennett left a huge void in our region when he moved the Sonics to his hometown of Oklahoma City last year,” show organizer Adam Brown said. “This event will unite the local community to celebrate the cultural significance of Sonics basketball in Seattle, and hopefully our elected officials will be paying attention.”
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The show’s organizers at FixTheCenter.com want to make sure city and state officials take advantage of Seattle Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer’s offer to contribute $150 million in private funds to a $300 million remodel of city-owned Key Arena and bring a new NBA team to Seattle. This economic stimulus package would create state infrastructure, construction jobs, tax revenue and tourism at a public facility using 50 percent private money and zero new taxes. The city must also act in 2009 to collect the $30 million Bennett owes Seattle if it fails to get another NBA team by 2013.
Full event details are as follows:
Bring em Back Home — The Seattle SuperSonics Tribute Show
Friday, Jan. 23 @ Neumos (925 E. Pike Street, Seattle)
Doors at 9 P.M., 21+ with ID
$10 admission / $8 advance tickets
Live performances by Neema, Grynch, Spaceman, Wizdom, DJ Money D, DJ 100 Proof and the Sonics Dance Team! Hosted by Jay Barz with special guests:
* Dave “Softy” Mahler of Sports Radio KJR
* Big Lo (Seattle’s #1 Sports Fan)
* Brian Robinson of Save Our Sonics
* A guest DJ set by former NBA All-Star Cedric Ceballos
About FixTheCenter.com:
FixTheCenter is a nonprofit advocacy group that works to ensure the future of Seattle Center as a cultural and economic and the economic cornerstone of the Northwest community.

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