Circa '92
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Circa '92

Canton, Ohio, United States

Canton, Ohio, United States
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"CIRCA '92 REVITALIZES '90s SONGS WITH ACOUSTIC GUITARS"

CANTON - Scott Paris was 10 years old when Nirvana’s “Nevermind” was released. “It made me want to play guitar,” he says about that seminal grunge-rock album.

“In ’90, ’91, music just exploded — Nirvana, Alice in Chains, Nine Inch Nails, so many others. It was a real, real cool time to be a kid and be into rock ’n’ roll.”
Twenty years later, Paris is celebrating the music of his formative years in a Canton-based acoustic duo called Circa ’92. Performing together only since May, vocalist-guitarist Paris and guitarist Jon Risher already have a repertoire of almost 100 cool rock songs from the ’90s, with about 10 more being added weekly.
Here’s a mere sampling of the Circa ’92 song list: “Been Caught Stealing” by Jane’s Addiction, “No Rain” by Blind Melon, “Low” by Cracker, “Blister in the Sun” by Violent Femmes, “Wicked Game” by Chris Isaak, “Possum Kingdom” by The Toadies, “Mysterious Ways” by U2, “Where is My Mind?” by The Pixies, “Today” by Smashing Pumpkins, “When I Come Around” by Green Day, “Hey Jealousy” by Gin Blossoms, “Hunger Strike” by Temple of the Dog, “What’s Up” by Four Non Blondes.
“We wanted something really specific,” Paris, a GlenOak High School grad, says about Circa ’92’s musical focus. “We kind of took a nod from (popular local band) New Wave Nation. You know exactly what they do: ’80s dance-pop music. We want to be the ’90s version of that.”
“If a bar books us, they know just what they’re getting,” says Risher, who played locally with Into the Flood for four and a half years.
“Scott and I are playing the music we love and we’re getting accepted for it, which feels so great,” Risher says. “You don’t really see bands playing this stuff anymore, all these bands people forgot about. People say, ‘Man, I remember that song! I haven’t heard it in years.’ Everybody’s been real receptive.”
While Circa ’92 is an acoustic act, the guys definitely rock it out and Paris has an excellent and versatile rock ’n’ roll voice. “We’d both been playing with full bands and we wanted to do something acoustic,” Paris says. “With acoustic guitars you can play smaller bars and restaurants where a drum set won’t fit.”
Conveying hard-driving songs such as Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” and Faith No More’s “Epic” with acoustic guitars isn’t easy, Risher, a McKinley High grad, readily admits. “We’re definitely up for the challenge,” he says. “Scott has a knack for nailing these songs and I love his enthusiasm, moving all around and emulating the people from that time.” - Canton Repository - Dan Kane


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Circa '92 Song List (scroll down to see all)

311 - All Mixed Up
Alice in Chains - Brother
Alice in Chains - Nutshell
Barenaked Ladies - The Old Apartment
Blind Melon - Change
Blind Melon - No Rain
Blues Travler - Runaround
Bo Deans - Closer to Free
Bush - Glycerine
Bush - Little Things
Chris Issac - Wicked Game
Cracker - Low
Cranberries - Dreams
Cranberries - Linger
Cure - Friday I'm In Love
Dead Eye Dick - New Age Girl
Dishwalla - Counting Blue Cars
Duncan Sheik - Barely Breathing
Duran Duran - Ordinary World
Eagle Eye Cherry - Save Tonight
Eve 6 - Inside Out
Everclear - Santa Monica
Faith No More - Epic
Four Non-Blondes - What's Up
Gin Blossoms - Hey Jealousy
Gin Blossoms - Until I Fall Away
Green Day - When I Come Around
Hole - Doll Parts
James - Laid
Jane's Addiction - Been Caught Stealing
Jane's Addiction - Jane Says
Jesus Jones - Right Here, Right Now
Lemonheads - It's a Shame About Ray
Local H - Bound for the Floor
Maxi Priest - Close to You
Meat Puppets - Back Water
Nirvana - About a Girl
Nirvana - Come as You Are
Nirvana - Lithium
Nirvana - On a Plain
Nirvana - Polly
Pearl Jam - Black
Pearl Jam - Yellow Ledbetter
Pixies - Gigantic
Pixies - Where is my Mind
Proclaimers - I'm Gonna Be
R.E.M. - Man on the Moon
R.E.M. - The Sidewinder Sleeps Tonight
Seven Mary Three - Cumbersome
Smashing Pumpkins - Cherub Rock
Smashing Pumpkins - Today
Soundgarden - Fell on Black Days
Soup Dragons - Divine Thing
Spin Doctors - Two Princes
Stone Temple Pilots - Interstate Love Song
Stone Temple Pilots - Plush
Stone Temple Pilots - Vasoline
Stone Temple Pilots - Wicked Garden
Temple of the Dog - Call Me a Dog
Temple of the Dog - Hunger Strike
Third Eye Blind - Jumper
Toad the Wet Sprocket - All I Want
Toad the Wet Sprocket - Walk on the Ocean
Toadies (The) - Possom Kingdom
Tom Petty - Learning to Fly
Tonic - Open Up Your Eyes
U2 - Mysterious Ways
U2 - One
U2 - Until the End of the World
Ugly Kid Joe - Everything About You
Violent Femmes - Blister in the Sun
Violent Femmes - Kiss Off
Wallflowers - 6th Avenue Heartache
Wallflowers - One Headlight
Warren G - Regulators
Weezer - No One Else

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Circa '92 is an acoustic duo from Ohio that does up to 6 hours of music from the early '90s. What sets us apart is the set list! We don't just specialize in Grunge (although we can do ANYTHING you might expect from the Seattle scene), we also incorporate pop, early hiphop, and dance from that era.

Our show posters are tributes to the movies and TV from that time (Clerks, Reality Bites, Singles, In Living Color).

Also, We can also help you organize a 90's themed party to coincide with our performance. Depending on the event, we can bring TV's and show VH1's "I Love The '90s" series or era fitting movies. No stage is too big OR too little. Whether you have a bar, winery, restaurant, resort, or are planning a huge festival... We can be the life of your party!