Skate Punk Takes Center Stage At EMP

Skate punk and all its glory are on display this week at Seattle's brand spanking new Experience Music Project, the subject of a three-day exhibit exploring the symbiotic union between the sport and the music associated with it.

EMP's skate punk event kicked off on Thursday, and U.S. Bombs, JFA, 169ers, the Monkeywrench, and TSOL are expected to perform before the event wraps up on Saturday.

The museum has a permanent skate punk exhibit, but it is bringing in the bands as well as assorted skate legends to explore and elaborate on skate punk lore. Fans can expect to find skaters like Tony Alva, C.R. Stecyk III, Skip Engblom, Glen E. Friedman, Steve Alba, Steve Olson, Duane Peters, Doug "Pineapple" Saladino, and Kevin Thatcher coming out for the event.

"In the '70s, skateboarding and punk music, two rebellious youth cultures, collided," EMP senior curator Jim Fricke said in announcing the event. "The aggressive sound of punk fit perfectly with the

skateboarder's radical nature and the grass-roots, underground cultures of both meshed into a new musical expression."

The event will also feature a screening of the skate documentary "Fruit Of The Vine" on Friday, and the aforementioned bands will hit the stage on Saturday.