The 10th annual Layne Staley tribute will be held this August in Seattle, Washington. In memory of the music left behind by this one-of-a-kind vocalist, a five-day tribute has been planned in the Seattle/Tacoma area. In addition to the music of ALICE IN CHAINS and MAD SEASON, the entire Seattle grunge scene of the '90s will be honored as well, making this a historic week of celebration for grunge lovers everywhere.
First off, there will be a memorial gathering at the Seattle Center International Fountain by the historic Space Needle on Wednesday evening, August 22, for Layne Staley's birthday. There will be a candlelight vigil and quiet time for reflection as fans gather and share memories, but acoustic performances by any musicians are welcome, and afterwards everyone is also welcome to gather across the street at Floyd's Place in Queen Anne for an acoustic jam session.
Second will be a weekend warm-up show, Thursday, August 23 at Pioneer Square's historic Central Saloon in downtown Seattle. Local musical artist Jonny Smokes will be performing his incredible one-man band — loop sampling show, along with many special guest musicians, spotlighting music from classic to current Seattle artists. Expect everything from Jimi Hendrix to NIRVANA, ALICE IN CHAINS to SCREAMING TREES, DEATHCAB FOR CUTIE to PRESIDENTS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, and more!
The third event will take the party down south to Tacoma on Friday, August 24, where the Backstage Bar & Grill will be hosting an evening of Seattle grunge featuring JAR OF FLIES (ALICE IN CHAINS and MAD SEASON tribute) and OUTSHINED (SOUNDGARDEN and TEMPLE OF THE DOG tribute).
Next up will be the fourth show, Saturday, August 25 at the Crocodile in Seattle. The lineup will start with VITALOGY (PEARL JAM tribute,) followed by OUTSHINED (SOUNDGARDEN and TEMPLE OF THE DOG tribute) with JAR OF FLIES (ALICE IN CHAINS and MAD SEASON tribute) headlining.
Last but far from least, the fifth and final show will be held Sunday, August 26 at the Hard Rock Cafe in downtown Seattle. This will be a very special end to the week with an entirely acoustic performance by all three tribute acts, and a big jam session at the end! The acoustic lineup will start with OUTSHINED (SOUNDGARDEN and TEMPLE OF THE DOG tribute,) followed by VITALOGY (PEARL JAM tribute,) with JAR OF FLIES (ALICE IN CHAINS and MAD SEASON tribute) headlining.
Proceeds from the weekend will be donated to Therapeutic Health Services Of Washington, where donations are always welcome. You can help contribute to the Layne Staley Memorial Fund at any time, and help others in need of recovery.