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The Revolution of the Northwest Music Scene and The Evergreen State College

(Olympia, Wash.) Olympia and Evergreen were at the epicenter of a history-making independent music scene in the 1980s and early 1990s. Whether Greeners performed in a band, did spoken word, were involved with KAOS Olympia Community Radio, recorded music, created a zine, made flyers, attended all-ages shows, documented happenings, or organized shows and festivals, the world took notice.

“They were participating in and transforming the culture – a revolution was taking place,” says former KAOS DJ and Evergreen grad, Diana Arens.

Now, some of those pioneers are coming together to celebrate those musical efforts and breakthroughs with an event at The Washington State History Museum, Saturday, April 22.

A Revolution You Can Dance To: Conversations with Evergreen Alumni is hosted by Arens, and will include conversations with the movers and shakers of the era. The event is in partnership with the museum and their months’ long exhibit, A Revolution You Can Dance To.

“While putting together this exhibit for the Historical Society, it was impossible to ignore the vast influence Evergreen played with the students and on the music scene,” says Len Balli, program facilitator for the Washington State Historical Society. “Coordinating this program with the Evergreen alumni department has been a natural extension of the exhibit and an exciting step in seeing history come alive.”

From 2 to 4 p.m., Arens will interview some of those key historical players including Steve Fisk, John Foster, Toni Holm, Dave Rau, Calvin Johnson, Mariella Luz, Lois Maffeo, Tae Won Yu, Pat Castaldo, Pat Maley, Michelle Noel, Kento Oiwa, Nomy Lamm, Slim Moon, Joshua Ploeg, Aaron Tuller, and Sarah Utter. The afternoon will conclude with an acoustic set by Chris "Sandman" Sand, as well as time to socialize and view the exhibit. 

Since September, the Washington State History Museum has displayed artifacts form the era, such as cassette tapes, show fliers and musical instruments. The exhibit ends April 23.

The Washington State History Museum, Mount Tahoma Auditorium, 2nd Floor, Saturday, April 22, 2 – 4 p.m. Museum and box office open at 10 a.m. Auditorium doors open at 1 p.m.

$12 adults, $8 seniors, students, and military. Free for Historical Society Members and those 5 and younger. Advance tickets available through Wednesday, April 19. Tickets may be available at the door day of event. Plan to arrive early – space is limited.


Katherine Heck

Alumni Programs Officer

(360) 867-6530