Music in the Park: Living Colour, Soul Asylum and The Replacement’s Tommy Stinson
July 21 @ 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm$45 – $200
Three iconic rock bands are gearing up to headline Plaza de Cesar Chavez this July. Living Colour, Soul Asylum and The Replacement’s Tommy Stinson will kick off this year’s Music in the Park.
Living Colour desegregated American rock music in the late 80s, paving the way for future bands like Rage Against the Machine and Sevendust. Led by guitarist Vernon Reid, the band formed in New York in 1984, with Corey Glover on vocals, Will Calhoun on drums and Muzz Skillings on bass. Their sound is an amalgamation of elements of jazz, funk, hard rock and heavy metal with lyrics ranging from the personal to the political, tackling issues like racism in the United States.
The band’s debut album, “Vivid,” was certified double platinum by the RIAA on it’s release in 1988. Featuring the widely acclaimed single, “Cult of Personality,” the hard-hitting rock song went on to earn the band the first of many Grammy Awards for Best Hard Rock Performance. Today, Living Colour continues to push the boundaries of the genre, more recently in their latest album “Shades,” with the introduction of many elements of thrash metal, blues and industrial rock.
Rounding out the bill on July 21 is Minneapolis alt-rock band Soul Asylum and Tommy Stinson of The Replacements. Soul Asylum is most recognized for their “Runaway Train,” the 1993 hit that won a Grammy for Best Rock Song, and musical contributions to the Kevin Smith films Clerks, Clerks II and Chasing Amy. Despite some lineup changes, lead vocalist and songwriter Dave Pirner still fronts the band, which now features drummer Michael Bland (formerly with Prince), guitarist Ryan Smith and bassist Winston Roye.
Finally, Tommy Stinson—founding member of Minneapolis alternative rock pioneers the Replacements—will be taking the stage at Plaza de Cesar Chavez. Stinson not only once played bass for Soul Asylum but also for Guns N’ Roses during the Chinese Democracy recording and subsequent tours. Stinson has released albums and toured as a solo artist since 2014.