Move to Bremerton, We’ll Hang Out
I was 16-years-old in 1996 when MXPX’s hit “Move to Bremerton” was released. I had a big crush on the band’s frontman Mike Herrera. I was playing bass with dreams of being in a pop-punk band, and I wished on every star in the sky that I could be that “short-haired girl with a pretty smile” Mike was singing to in the song (even though I had sorta longer hair and a goofy smile)… back then I really did want to move to Bremerton. It seemed like a good place to be! Oh to be 16…
Now, 10-years after the trio’s big hit, “Move to Bremerton” is making waves again as MXPX teams up with the city in an effort to “promote Bremerton.” Not only has the band given the city permission to use their song as a promotional tool (for “Save Bremerton” commercials, perhaps?), but MXPX is also headlining a show on the 16th at the Admiral Theater in an effort to draw youth over to the other side of the Sound. To thank the men for their Bremerton-lovin’ attitude, the city’s mayor, Cary Bozeman, will present the band with a key to the city that same afternoon.
I’m totally not making this up. Here’s an excerpt from the weird the press release sent to the office today:
City revitalization efforts usually concentrate on bringing baby boomers—as business owners, residents, and tourists—downtown.
But Bremerton Mayor Cary Bozeman thinks they’re missing a key ingredient for a sustainable city—youth.
That’s why Bremerton is teaming up with punk band MXPX to promote Bremerton. MXPX is holding a concert in Bremerton on September 16 at 6pm, and has agreed to let the city use its song, “Move to Bremerton” as a promotion tool.
Bozeman is happy to report that the city’s revitalization efforts are working and businesses are opening downtown and condos are selling, but he also wants to “get on the radar of the younger generation that Bremerton is a great place to live with things to do.”
MXPX will get that message out with a 10-year-old song? Is this weird to anyone else?
To buy tickets for the September 16th show, call (360) 373-6743 or visit www.admiraltheatre.org. The Divorce, Tysen, and Ruxton Towers also play. To learn more about the city of Bremerton, visit www.ci.bremerton.wa.us.
If you do decide to head over, stop at Kate’s Jersey Subs. Their eggplant parmesan sandwich is really messy, but pretty good.
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