MxPx @ The Showbox

That ’90s NYE feeling 🎉

📸: MxPx

📅 Saturday, December 30th
⏰ 7:30 pm doors | 8:30 pm show
📍 The Showbox: 1426 1st Ave, Seattle

Few things make me feel older than New Year’s celebrations. With birthdays, at least I can pretend I’m a different age, that my personality doesn’t quite match up with the number of candles atop my cake, and very few people actively look at my ID unless I’m buying alcohol. But when a new year comes around, it does so in bold letters, fireworks exploding left and right, and people screaming out descending numbers as a giant silver ball falls to the earth in Times Square. And if you want to write a check, or send in an invoice, or generally live a documented life, it behooves you to know what year it is. Time is not a flat circle; it’s a steady march to another plane of existence.

So two days before it’s suddenly, shockingly 2024, I’ll be that elder millennial pretending that the Showbox is now magically the all-ages punk club that sat a mile from my high school. Enter MxPx, Bremerton’s finest. (Perhaps you’ve heard their catchy tourism song, “Move to Bremerton.”) Formed in 1992 at Central Kitsap High School, the left coast skate punk band are a great mirror of teen pop culture at the turn of the 21st century. They have a track in a Daria TV movie, recorded a version of the Scooby-Doo theme song for the 2002 film, and were mainstays on the Warped Tour, where I caught them at least twice. Heck, I saw them at Kamp KOME ’97 on a bill with Fiona Apple, Dance Hall Crashers, Less Than Jake, Reel Big Fish, Cake, and friggin’ Local H. That’s the kind of ’90s feeling I need right now.

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Marcus Gorman

Marcus Gorman is a Seattle-based playwright and film programmer. He once raised money for a synagogue by marathoning 15 Adam Sandler movies in one weekend. You can find him on Instagram and Twitter @marcus_gorman.