Think you know the grunge music scene? Think again. Fearless Music explores nearly four decades (1980 – 2018) of a vibrant, independent teen music scene on Bainbridge Island. During this time, the Island has been a breeding ground for creative, curious and resourceful youth whose music has influenced and also reflects regional and national sounds. celebrates the independent, teen music scene on Bainbridge Island from 1980 – 2018.

The independent, teen music scene is not monolithic; it’s eclectic and ever-changing. Bands form and evolve with different players; many teens align with multiple projects. Some bands embrace a punk sound and ethos, others lean towards glam rock or metal. Influenced by new wave, folk, electro, reggae, punk and classic rock, each band synthesizes their own sound.

Many people are familiar with Seattle’s iconic grunge music scene pioneered by local bands such as Malfunkshun and March of Crimes. People may not know that many other accomplished bands have emerged from the Island. Diverse in style, they all share an intrepid DIY approach. Multi-talented and hard-working, the teens compose and produce their own music, book and manage concerts on and off the island, design band graphics and write fanzines.

Stonecrow 1986

Rob Bay, Chad Channing, Jason Everson

Dirty Robbers c. 1998-1999

Kelley Swenson, Justin Maurer, Conor Kiley, Alex Daily

The Humanoids 1999

Ben Grant, Justin Maurer, Bradley Tatum

Malfunkshun c. 1985

Regan Hagar, Kevin Wood, Andrew Wood

Collectively, these fearless musicians and their fans have established an alternative culture that produces diverse music and provides a productive outlet for many local teens.

Guest curator, Merilee Mostov, is a self-described museum geek and creates provocative, people-centered gallery experiences for museums and libraries. Her bold, thematic approach to exhibit design activates diverse perspectives, imagination and critical thinking on historic and current social issues.