Kansas City's Puddle of Mudd is the quintessential example of hard rock after the grunge backlash at what was called "modern rock" in the late 1990's and early 2000's. In fact, there's a little nod to the Pacific Northwest Mecca in the band's 2002 single "She Hates Me" — I love that song. It was with songs like this, and huge single "Blurry," that Puddle of Mudd dominated the 2002 Billboard Music Awards with five nominations and four wins. Melia and Officer Friendly (look out for a reunion show soon) warm the stage.
Puddle of Mudd performs Thursday, June 27, 5-10 p.m. as part of Party in the Park, Riverside Festival Site, Court & Exchange. $2-$5. cityofrochester.gov/PIP.