Sub Pop celebrates 20th with Seattle bash

Wed Apr 16, 2008 6:18am EDT
 
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By Jonathan Cohen

NEW YORK (Billboard) - Sub Pop Records, the indie label that gave the world Nirvana, will celebrate its 20th birthday with a weekend of concerts in a Seattle park in July.

Among the groups reuniting or breaking long hiatuses for the July 12-13 event at Marymoor Park are Green River, Red Red Meat, the Fluid, Beachwood Sparks and Seaweed.

Current label acts confirmed to appear include Mudhoney, comedy duo Flight of the Conchords, Fleet Foxes, Foals, Grand Archives, the Helio Sequence, Iron & Wine, Kinski, Low, No Age, Wolf Parade, Pissed Jeans and the Ruby Suns.

Additional bands will be added to the bill, tickets for which go on sale April 26. As an adjunct to the music, a comedy night will be held July 11 at the Moore Theatre, featuring Patton Oswalt, Eugene Mirman, Todd Barry and other guests.

For Jeff Ament, who played in Green River with Stone Gossard before they left to form Mother Love Bone and then Pearl Jam, the show will be a chance to dig back into his shared history with Mark Arm and Steve Turner, who went on to form Mudhoney.

"There's been a few emails exchanged and a few jokes about how we'll get our hair that big and long again," he told Billboard.com. "We might all have to go in for weaves. If we got together and wrote a couple of songs and put out a single, that'd be more important to me than playing a show; just getting in a room together."

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<p>File photo of Kurt Cobain, lead singer for the 'grunge' rock group Nirvana performing during a September 1992 performance at the MTV Music Awards show in Los Angeles. REUTERS/Lee Celano</p>