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Jonathan Davis, singer of the US metal band Korn, performs on stage during the Greenfield Open Air festival in Interlaken, Switzerland, on Sunday, June 14, 2009.

Let’s call it the PopKorn Festival.

Apparently some Facebook rumors were floating around the other day that the nu metal band Korn would be playing at Valpariaso's Popcorn Fest.

This is the same band currently touring amphitheaters across the country. In July they'll be at the Chicago Open Air heavy metal festival at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Illinois. They recently played at something called Hellfest.


From Hellfest to Popcorn Fest? I think not. Korn is not exactly for the moms-with-strollers crowd. Now if the mom (and baby) has piercings and tattoos…maybe.

This is not a knock on Valparaiso, it just is what it is. I’ve covered and attended enough events in town to guess that Korn isn’t on the Spotify playlist of most of the locals. That being said, I will say the first time I heard one of my favorite Korn songs, “Alone I Break,” was when I appeared in the play “Balm in Gilead” in the early 2000s at Valpo's Chicago Street Theatre. Someone really cool added it to the production's pre-show and intermission soundtrack.

But Valparaiso is Matthew Sweet, the 90s pop star who actually is headlining Popcorn Fest. I could see Mayor/musician Jon Costas getting on stage to jam with Sweet. But slinging alongside Korn frontman Jonathan Davis, the Godfather of nu metal? Probably not.

Besides, the mayor would probably be too busy trying to find out who among the throngs of Korn fans beheaded the Orville Redenbacher statue.

Korn made news a few years ago when an assistant principal in Michigan suspended a student for wearing a shirt with the Korn logo. She called Korn’s music “indecent, vulgar, obscene and intends to be insulting.”

It backfired on her, as a local radio station gave away hundreds of Korn T-shirts with the help of county police. The band even threatened her with a million dollar lawsuit.

I like Korn. I’d love to see Korn in downtown Valparaiso. Just know when they sing “Freak on a Leash" that they’re not talking about the cute dog you're walking down Lincolnway.

But come Sept. 10 you’ll hear Sweet sing his popular “Girlfriend” and not Korn performing “B@#$ We Got A Problem.”


Lake County reporter

Rob covers urban affairs and other matters in Crown Point, St. John, Winfield and beyond. Previously he covered Valparaiso, Hammond, Gary and East Chicago. He's also written for various magazines and pens a culture blog for The Times.