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Sub Pop legend Mudhoney will headline a Seattle Art Museum fundraiser Friday (June 25) at the Olympic Sculpture Park.
Sub Pop legend Mudhoney will headline a Seattle Art Museum fundraiser Friday (June 25) at the Olympic Sculpture Park.

The Seattle Art Museum is having a rather unique fundraiser Friday featuring none other than Sub Pop legend Mudhoney. If you think Mudhoney and SAM sound like an odd combo, well wait until you hear the location of the fundraiser: the Olympic Sculpture Park's Gates Amphitheater.

The event, which will take place Friday (June 25), is being called SAM's Party in the Park and tickets cost $100 in advance or $125 day of show. Your ticket gets you food, a hosted bar with beer, and one VIP ticket to the "Kurt" exhibit at SAM. All funds raised will benefit SAM'ꀙs artistic programs, including programming at the Olympic Sculpture Park.

Also on the bill for the show is Sweet Water, the grunge-era band best known for its song 'ꀜSuperstar,'ꀝ a 1990s hit that was a staple of Mariners games at the Kingdome whenever utility man Rich Amaral stepped up to bat. Outside of one-hit-wonder status, Sweet Water may be remembered as the group that headlined a 1991 show at The Offramp (now El Corazon) that served as the first live performance by a group called Mookie Blaylock — a band that went on to worldwide success after changing its name to Pearl Jam.

While tickets could be considered a bit expensive for a Mudhoney show, this is a fundraiser for a good cause in a unique setting. Besides, how many opportunities will you get to see Mudhoney perform outdoors in front of massive pieces of public art?

If you go: Seattle Art Museum'ꀙs Party in the Park, June 25 (Friday), 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., Olympic Sculpture Park, 2901 Western Ave. Tickets cost $100 in advance or $125 at the door and can be purchased here.

Here's a Sweet Water sample to get you in the mood:


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