Rock It: Soundgarden to headline May Day at Klipsch

Posted on November 14, 2013


Rock It: Soundgarden to headline May Day at Klipsch

By: Rachael Mattice

Chris Cornell, Soundgarden 2The traditional May Day is derived from early pagan roots across many cultures to celebrate spring and the upcoming warmth with symbols of fertility.

But for music fans, it is the 14th annual X103-sponsored festival at Klipsch Music Center in Noblesville on Saturday.

Unlike past years, the lineup is worthy of an early arrival at the grounds with The Virginmarys, New Politics, Buckcherry, Awolnation and Bush.

Seattle grunge pioneers Soundgarden are the event’s headliners.

Soundgarden’s 1994 album “Superunknown” debuted at No. 1, becoming one of the most popular records of the ’90s and earning them two Grammy Awards and more than 3 million album sales. The four-man band consisting of Chris Cornell, Ben Shepherd, Kim Thayil and Matt Cameron amicably split in 1997 to pursue other projects.

After the lengthy hiatus free of addictions, scandals, deaths and tumultuous band relationships, Soundgarden joined forces again in 2009 and wrote “King Animal.”

Not only was “King Animal” long awaited and acclaimed by critics and fans, the sold-out first leg of their U.S. tour demonstrates the once revolutionary band still seduces audiences with “one sound, one entity, one organic thing,” as Cornell said of the group.

Bush is another band that grew in popularity in the ’90s, forming in London. Bush split in 2002 and regrouped to work on the 2011 release “The Sea of Memories.”

More modern with his sludgy electronic solo project, Aaron Bruno exploded across charts in the past few years and tantalized television audiences with his band Awolnation’s first single “Sail.” Bruno’s raspy, wailing and atmospheric vocals coalesce with the event’s theme.

Visit for set times and ticket prices.

The massive wave of summer music commencing also includes several other concerts. Here are a few this weekend:

Greater Lafayette

* The Wall Clocks, 10 p.m. Friday at the Knickerbocker Saloon. Admission is $4.


* Brad Paisley, 7 p.m. Friday at Klipsch Music Center. Admission is $30.25.


* Opeth, Katatonia, 8 tonight at the Vogue. Admission is $25.

* Dragonette, The Presets, 8 p.m. Sunday at the Vogue. Admission is $20.

Mattice is a producer for the Journal & Courier. She can be reached  on Twitter @RachaelM_JC.

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