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Gin Blossoms head Staggapalooza

  • Written by Jeff Vorva

Stagg High School is throwing an all-day Staggapalooza bash Saturday to celebrate its 50th anniversary.
  The day will start at 8 a.m. with a craft fair and 5K run and end with a concert headlined by the Gin Blossoms followed by an 8:30 p.m. fireworks show at the athletic stadium.
  In late 1980s, Gin Blossoms started to grow a following in Phoenix and its jangle-pop sound was evolving during radio’s diverse mix of hair bands and grunge music superstars like Nirvana. After the Phoenix New Times chose it as the citys best rock band, it qualified to play at the South By Southwest Music Festival in Austin Texas in 1989. That same year, College Music Journal dubbed it as the “Best Unsigned Band in America” and added an invitation to perform on MTV’s New Music Awards in New York City.
  Taking its name from a caption on a W.C. Fields photo, Gin Blossoms signed a record deal with A&M and recorded its first EP “Up And Crumbling” in 1991. But, it was not until its breakout record “New Miserable Experience” in 1992 that its rise to fame began.
  “New Miserable Experience” kept the band on the charts for almost three years with singles “Hey Jealousy,” “Allison Road,” “Until I Fall Away,” “Mrs. Rita,” and “Found Out About You.”
  The schedule of events for the day:
  8 a.m. —5K Race Registration
  9 a.m. —5K race begins
  8 a.m.-5 p.m. — Craft fair on south side of campus
  9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. — Pancake Breakfast in Commons
  9 a.m. to noon — Vendor Fair in Charger Gym
  11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. — Main stage performances in stadium
  11:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. — Food vendors
  5:00 to 8:30 p.m. — Gin Blossom Concert in Stadium
  8:30 to 8:45 p.m. — Fireworks
  There are various price ranges for the event including a $3 half-day pass and a $10 mega all-day pass.