On Friday, August 19, Pavement will be honored with special album-themed pierogi at an event in Parma, Ohio. Local businesses Schnitz Ale Brewery, Rudy’s Strudel, and the Current Year Records and Tapes are joining forces for the ticketed event, which will feature “special varieties of Pavement pierogi,” paired beer flights to match, and a vinyl DJ set by the band’s own Bob Nastanovich.
“I’ve been thrilled and amazed by a group of Pavement enthusiasts striving to get our band to play at a local football stadium for some time,” said Nastanovich in a statement. “Led by Lidia at Rudy’s and the Stutzes, the effort has been heartening. I figured the least I could do is come visit, spin a variety of weird tunes, and try to raise some dinero for a good cause. I love the Cleveland area and it’s been too long.”
In an exclusive statement to Pitchfork, representatives for the event said the Pavement pierogi were narrowed down from fourteen potential flavors to five winners, one named after each Pavement album: two meat pierogi, two vegetarian pierogi, and one dessert pierogi. The Terror Twilight dessert pierogi has sour cherries, macadamias, and vanilla bean ice cream drizzle that’s paired with date-infused sour cream. Other pierogi include steamed asparagus, Parma prosciutto, and gorgonzola as well as sweet Italian sausage, ricotta, fresh basil, and a regional marinara. Nastanovich will reveal who came up with each pierogi on the night of the event.
“When we started working on this, Lidia—who is the pierogi princess of Cleveland—told me that she asked the band, ‘So, do you gentlemen like pierogi?’ and she said they were like, ‘Oh, we LOVE pierogi!’” said Michael Stutz of the Current Year. “We just feel like when a band or artist really makes a difference and has made an important contribution to the cultural landscape, and to our hearts, giving them their own official pierogi flavor with an induction right here in Parma is about the highest honor you could ask for. So it’s not just for anyone. It’s a very special thing.”
Tickets to the Parma for Pavement event cost $10 on MeowSold with seating reservable in a European-style table auction. As per Nastanovich’s request, all proceeds will go to All Faiths Pantry, a local nonprofit that delivers groceries to Parma’s seniors. Earlier this summer, Rudy’s went viral for their Kate Bush pierogi, which was based on an old recipe of hers using brown rice, steamed carrots, and wild mushrooms.
Pavement recently announced special anniversary reissues for their debut album Slanted & Enchanted and the 1999 Spit on a Stranger EP. Last month, they released the deluxe reissue Terror Twilight: Farewell Horizontal. Earlier this summer, Pavement kicked off their long-awaited reunion tour, which will see the indie rock icons staying on the road through the end of November.
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