People will debate Nirvana versus Pearl Jam for decades, just like they do Beatles versus Stones.
But those dichotomous arguments always neglect all the other choices. What about The Who? What about The Kinks? What about Screaming Trees? What about Mudhoney? A case could be made on behalf of any of them.
The reason I bring it up: Mudhoney is playing The Seasons Performance Hall this November, and that’s a huge deal. This isn’t some also-ran band that opened for Kurt one time at some house show; Mudhoney is emblematic of the whole late 1980s, early 1990s Seattle scene. They never got their due nationally, but people who care about that era know very well that Mudhoney was just as good as those other more-famous bands.
They’re the connoisseur’s choice among grunge-era bands for a reason. They were fuzzier and louder and funnier and meaner than the others, which maybe didn’t endear them to the average rock-radio fan but definitely helped them influence an entire generation of kids who came of age around then. (Myself, admittedly, included.) And, while so much of the stuff that came out of Seattle back then sounds dated and stale these days, Mudhoney’s early albums still sound great.
The show is set for 7:30 p.m. Nov. 16. Portland band Nasalrod will open. Tickets cost $20, $25 and $35. For more information, visit www.theseasonsyakima.com.
Now a few other notes from the local scene:
■ It’s a very strange thing that Zillah, population 3,149, is gearing up to host its second Scott Stapp concert in three years. Stapp, best known as the lead singer of Creed, will play Perham Hall on Aug. 23. No matter your thoughts on Creed — my own are, shall we say, less than charitable — that band sold more than 50 million albums.
So what’s Stapp doing playing such a small town? Again? Well, it’s a matter of connections. Perham Hall’s entertainment director (and one of its owners), Sammy Hudson, plays bass in Stapp’s band. That’s kind of a neat coincidence and it explains how Hudson has been able to turn Perham Hall into one of the Yakima Valley’s foremost music venues.
So that’s cool. But what will the show be like? Judging by what I’ve heard of Stapp’s new album, “The Space Between the Shadows,” it will be essentially the same corny, overly earnest bellowing that made him famous. (Imagine your youth pastor. Now imagine him in a deep V-neck shirt with hair that looks like he just got out of the pool. Now imagine him standing on, like, the edge of a cliff shouting a power ballad at a gathering storm while flexing his arms. It’ll be like that.)
If you liked Creed, you’ll like it. The show starts at 8 p.m. Aug. 23. Tickets cost $40. Perham Hall is at 705 Railroad Ave. in Zillah.
■ There just aren’t enough outlaws and renegades around here. Or maybe they’re all just busy on Aug. 16.
Citing poor ticket sales, promoter Joeboy Entertainment announced this week that Travis Tritt and The Charlie Daniels Band, who were scheduled to play the Yakima Valley SunDome that night, have canceled the show. Fans who already bought tickets will get refunds. Those purchased online or by phone through TicketsWest will get their refunds via those venues. (Check your email for details, if that’s you.) Those who bought tickets from the SunDome box office can get refunds there.
And those who just can’t stand the idea of missing the Outlaws and Renegades tour can catch it on Aug. 15 at the Tulalip Amphitheatre in Tulalip. It’s about a three-hour drive.