Get ready to bust out the Hypercolor shirts, fanny packs, blue hair dye and chain wallets this summer, because shit is about to get way '90s. That's right, Music City is rapidly becoming quite a hotbed for the '90s oldies circuit. Take for example the Merrell Crawfish Boil, going down May 15-16 at Riverfront Park. This year the downtown minipalooza will feature Candlebox (who are either back or still around), Hoobastank, Bush's Gavin Rossdale, The Offspring and 311 sharing the bill with more "current" artists like Flyleaf, Saving Abel, Boys Like Girls and locals Here Come the Mummies. In the middle of this buzz bin sandwich will be Souljaboy. I wouldn't be surprised if Arrested Development, The Shaolin Monks, Moby or The Mighty Mighty Bosstones are added to the bill in the days to come. Get your tickets here.
If you're more of an early '90s type then there's the "Sounds of Seattle" tour, which hits the Cannery Ballroom on July 24. This show will feature a grungy trifecta of nostalgia with Badmotorfinger - A Tribute to Soundgarden, Nevermind - A Tribute to Nirvana and Ten - A Tribute to Pearl Jam. (I hope and pray that Ten is fronted by Scott Stapp.) Whether or not these bands just play those albums in their entirety or other cuts isn't quite clear.
Also, don't forget: the archetype of the '90s crooner, Eddie Vedder, will be appearing at The Ryman on June 18, and American idiots Green Day will have the time of their lives at a "venue TBA" on July 31. If we're lucky, Eddie Vedder will jump up on a church pew and scribble "pro-choice" across his arm, and Billy Joe Armstrong will claim sole responsibility for ending Karl Rove's proclaimed "conservative revolution." Oh wait a minute--American Idiot came out before the 2004 election.