Fifth floor of Seattle's Hotel Max — Photo courtesy of Hotel Max
Father's Day is here, and if you've got a grunge-rock fan in your life, Seattle is an excellent destination - the grunge rock sound was formed in Seattle. The grunge sound was influenced by the Seattle punk scene bands, with proto-grunge bands fusing elements of heavy metal, noise rock, and punk instrumentation. While the rest of the world was busy intensely scrutinizing the music scenes in New York and Los Angeles, bands in Seattle were left to their own devices, riffing off indie punk groups and each others' ideas, creating a distinct regional sound.
The Experience Music Project is located in downtown Seattle, at the eastern edge of the Seattle Center. The EMP is a museums of popular music and science fiction, with a series of themed exhibits and shows, from displays of rock photography, to ships from science fiction shows and movies, to record and concert cover art, to biographies of influential bands and musicians. Among the exhibits presented by the EMP this year is Nirvana: Taking Punk to the Masses. This exhibit opened in mid-April 2012, and will run through April 22, 2013.
Seattle's Hotel Max has teamed up with them to offer the Nirvana Experience package. Check in to a room on the fifth floor, where the walls showcase immense photos taken by iconic rock photographer Charles Peterson, of Nirvana and other Seattle-area bands. The Nirvana Experience package also includes:
- two tickets to the Taking Punk to the Masses exhibit
- one $25 gift card to the EMP store
- a signed copy of Charles Peterson's book Touch Me I'm Sick
- two patches from Seattle-based indie record label Sub Pop
- a six-pack of locally-brewed beer to get the weekend rolling
Nirvana Experience package rates start at $249 plus tax. Room assignments on the 5th floor are based on availability.