The influence of Nirvana is often framed by the effect it had on the music industry — how it blew open the doors for “Alternative” music to invade the mainstream, burying Hair Metal to usher a wave of “Grunge” onto the charts.
Talk of Kurt Cobain and Co.’s influence on music itself is similarly often limited to the inspiration they gave to Rock musicians, but what made Nirvana’s breakthrough so unique — more of a next-level influence on par with Elvis or The Beatles — was more the freedom and spirit it embodied. It inspired artists of all stripes to let go, get raw and explore the wild and dark sides of their psyche — to rage and wallow through music in ways many young musicians perhaps weren’t exposed to previously.
This week's You Know You’re Right concert at The Redmoor is a celebration of that breadth of influence, with Greater Cincinnati acts who play music from a variety of genres coming together to celebrate Nirvana’s legacy.
Timed to the 30th anniversary of the trio’s first Cincinnati show (an “intimate” gig at the small Murphy’s Pub during the Bleach era, pre-dating Dave Grohl’s enlistment), the tribute show will feature artists ranging from ElectroPop performer Bishop Battle and Funk/Jam crew Sovereign Being to Metal group 6 Hours to Kill and rootsy singer/songwriter Mara Moon (who will be joined by eclectic local band Hobilly). The musicians will be playing music from across Nirvana’s career, from the best-known songs to the deepest deep cuts.
Here's a raw audio recording purported to be from that fateful Nirvana show at Murphy's on Oct. 6, 1989:
7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25. $7. The Redmoor, 3187 Linwood Ave., Mount Lookout, theredmoor.com