27 Club: SLUG Celebrates 27 Years With Six SLC Performers

Anniversary Party

For SLUG’s 27th birthday, we’ve enlisted six local performers to breathe new life into songs from members of the 27 Club, famous musicians who passed before their time at the age of 27. Be sure to catch SLUG’s 27 Club Anniversary Party at Metro Bar on March 11—doors at 9 p.m., show at 10:30 p.m., $5 at the door.

Lindsay Heath

It was 1991, and I was 10 years old. I so vividly recall one night head-banging while balancing on my skateboard, facing the television in the middle of my childhood living room as I pretended to be Kurt Cobain and Dave Grohl simultaneously, singing and air-drumming along with “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” hoping to impress my babysitter. Read More…


Jimi Hendrix

I find it interesting that so many iconic artists are so powerful onstage and then off stage, shy and semi insecure. I love that some people communicate better through an instrument or paint, or whatever medium. I think that in regards to Jimi, this aspect made him so humble. Read More…


Scotty Ray
Amy Winehouse

Amy wasn’t a typical beauty … Messy beehive hair, smeary cat eye eyeliner, imperfect teeth and a sailor mouth accompany the voice you’d easily mistake for a Billie Holiday–era hit. Everything was such an enigma about her in the beginning and that honesty was incredibly charming. Read More…


Aaron Ray
Kurt Cobain

The first time that Nirvana resonated with me would have been some time in middle school when I was reading a back issue of Guitar World magazine of my oldest brothers. The person interviewing Kurt Cobain was hassling him a little about the couple of times he had worn dresses on and off stage, Kurt was having none of that and simply said “I’m not gay, but I wish I were gay, so I could tell all the homophobes to go to hell.” Read More…


Luna Slipstream
Jim Morrison

Jim Morrison was a bad boy in tight leather pants. He WAS shock value. He set the bar higher for all rock stars. Read More…


Janis Joplin

My best friend’s parents were a couple of hippies and were always playing music in their home. Janis was someone I frequently heard playing while I spent time there. The power and grief in her voice continues to be a source of inspiration. Read More…