Cobain tribute spawns “Jada Project” to feed Aberdeen students

As Aberdeen and Hoquiam cities both prepare to celebrate their Nirvana heritage, the compassion of a 9 year old helped to bring a shunned tribute back into the light. Sculptor Randi Hubbard tells us after 19 years in her muffler shop, a statue of Kurt Cobain will soon be loaned to the Aberdeen Museum of History “Well my granddaughter was sitting there and she says ‘grandma we can sell t-shirts because I have a project in mind’.”
Jada helped Aberdeen Mayor Bill Simpson talk Hubbard into loaning the 600-pound statue to the museum as part of their Kurt Cobain display. Hubbard said they also they plan to sell t-shirts and photos, with the proceeds to be split between the museum, and the Jada Project. Jada tells KBKW “I thought of this idea because I’ve seen kids like on the TV that have been starving and kids that don’t get to eat need to get sack lunches on Saturday and Sunday.” The Jada Project will work with Aberdeen schools to send sack lunches home with kids that might not eat lunch on the weekends otherwise.
Articles about the "Martyr in a muffler shop" have spanned the the country from the Chehalis Chronicle to MTV.
Articles about the “Martyr in a muffler shop” have spanned the the country from the Chehalis Chronicle to MTV.

Hubbard said it was compassion that inspired her to sculpt the statue with Aberdeen art students shortly after Cobain’s suicide in 1994 “The original idea was to bring the mental illness issue to light, recognize people with the illness that Kurt had, who self medicate, that was my first dream.” The muffled tribute was among many failed attempts to honor the Aberdeen native’s legacy, without honoring his choices. But the times they are changing, and 20 years later Aberdeen Mayor Bill Simpson plans to proclaim February 20th (Kurt’s birthday) as Kurt Cobain Day, while the city of Hoquiam has declared April 10th as Nirvana Day to celebrate their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Still making news, Paul McCartney and the surviving members of Nirvana took away the Grammy for the Best Rock Song at the 56th annual awards ceremony over the weekend for Dave Grohl’s song ‘Cut Me Some Slack’.

Muffled Kurt Cobain tribute headed to Aberdeen Museum of History

As he prepares the city of Aberdeen to celebrate “Kurt Cobain Day” on the Nirvana front man’s birthday, Mayor Bill Simpson tells us he also has a birthday present lined up “On the 20th, we have been working with Randi Hubbard who owns the statue of Kurt Cobain that’s in the muffler shop, and we have come to an agreement to put it in the museum where it can be seen.”
Articles about the "Martyr in a muffler shop" have spanned the the country from the Chehalis Chronicle to MTV.
Articles about the “Martyr in a muffler shop” have spanned the the country from the Chehalis Chronicle to MTV.

Sculpted by Randi Hubbard and Aberdeen art students shortly after Cobain’s suicide in 1994, the 600-pound concrete statue has been well-described as larger than life. The Aberdeen city council at the time argued over where the statue might be appropriate, eventually banishing it to Hubbard’s other business; Hubbs Muffler Shop off of Sumner Avenue. The muffled tribute was the first of many failed attempts to honor the Aberdeen native in his own hometown.

Simpson said the statue has a new home at the Aberdeen Museum of History, just one block from where Cobain attended Weatherwax High School, at 111 E 3rd Street.

The city of Hoquiam last month declared April 10th as Nirvana Day to celebrate the band’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Lady Washington helps Macklemore win at MTV Video Music Awards

Lady Washington appears in several places in the music video. Working with the Grays Harbor Historical Seaport Authority, the production team shot the video for “Can’t Hold Us” while the vessel was in Ventura, Calif., and Oakland, Calif. this year. As of today, “Can’t Hold Us” has been viewed more than 80 million times. The single “Can’t Hold Us” reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart earlier in 2013.

Macklemore is known for his dedication to raising awareness of the needs of at-risk youth, such as his work with Youth Ambassadors in Seattle.