Carrie Akre returns to her roots Oct. 11 for an evening of music at the Emerald of Siam nightclub in Richland.
The Kennewick High graduate blazed a trail to the grunge music scene in Seattle after high school, playing with various bands while attending the University of Washington.
She put her degree on hold after she joined the rock band Hammerbox as the lead singer and set out on a national tour.
Things were great for a time, then Hammerbox folded in 1993 and she joined the band Goodness the following year. The years that followed had some ups and downs, but these days, Akre is still crankin’ out music while raising a 6-year-old son.
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She and her husband spent three years working for Target.com in Minneapolis before moving back to the Seattle earlier this year. And even though she continues with her day job, music never takes a vacation, she told the Herald in an email.
“I am getting ready to do a Kickstarter campaign in November to (produce) a ‘singles of the month’ series for fans,” Akre said. “I look forward to making new recordings next year.”
When Akre hits the stage at the Emerald, she’ll be performing with a whole new band, she said.
Her appearance is part of a special music lineup for the weekend dubbed The Year That Grunge Broke, which is how the music world interpreted 1991, said promoter Peter Greenberg.
Other bands scheduled to appear at the Emerald on Oct. 10 are Social Ritual, which hasn’t performed together since 1993, along with Ghost Motor featuring Andrew Westergren from The Burning Cindys, Pets featuring Tim Leingang from Funkytonk Records, and Shipwreck Soul featuring Adam Bulow from Length.
Doors open at 8:30 p.m. Cover is $7.
“While the rest of the world raged on with power chords and grimy hooks, the Tri-Cities staged its own musical revolution with such awesome bands like Diddley Squat, Small, One Eye Open, Loudermilk and The Ladybird Unition,” Greenberg said.
The Oct. 11 gig will feature Akre, along with French Walker and Chris Baugh. Doors open at 8:30 p.m. Cover is $8 in advance or $10 day of show. Tickets are available at the Emerald.
“In addition to the shows, we’re adding an art exhibition that covers the music scene from that time by recreating fliers and covers of releases, albums and demos, as well as getting band members, show promoters, managers, sound crew and label representatives to share their thoughts on time in the scene (during the 1990s),” Greenberg said.
“So far, quotes to be included in the exhibit are coming from Loudermilk (aka Gosling), Small, Spydial, One Eye Open, Dance Imperative and other Northwest favorites like Hammerbox, Gas Huffer, Black Happy, Seaweed, Medicine Hat and The Gits.”
Akre plans to catch up with old friends during her homecoming visit.
“I’m glad to be (living) back home in the Northwest,” she said. “And I hope we get time to hang out after the show.”