Best Of 2019

Best T-Shirt Tribute to a Tiny Local Club Show: Nirvana’s tiny club show at Murphy’s Pub

The poster art promoting a pre-fame Nirvana’s tiny club show at Murphy’s Pub on Clifton Avenue (one of only two gigs the band would ever do in the Queen City) was put on a T-shirt by local print/design house We Have Become Vikings and sold to raise funds for the local Women Helping Women organization. The shirt featured the photocopied flier for Nirvana’s 1989 appearance at the bar near the University of Cincinnati, which was opened by local band Grinch (led by Bill Alletzhauser, who went on to play with The Ass Ponys and form great local bands like The Hiders and Ruby Vileos). Also on the poster is a photo of the band (this was pre-Dave Grohl; Chad Channing was behind the drum kit) and the admission price — a whopping $3. WHBV donated $5 per shirt sold to the women’s group to honor the memory of Kurt Cobain, a feminist ally. About the donations, writer/musician Peter Aaron — who designed the flier and booked the show, once estimating it drew a crowd of around 30 people — noted, “Kurt would have liked that.” We Have Become Vikings, 1355 Walnut St., Over-the-Rhine, wehavebecomevikings.com.