Kassie Peterson is the new K-12 music teacher at Southgate Academy. Peterson attended Concordia College in Minnesota on a music scholarship. Peterson says Southgate Academy will host its first concert of the school year at 7 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 19, at the academy, 850 W. Valencia Road.
What was the first concert you attended?
I saw Bush and No Doubt when the Goo Goo Dolls opened up for them.
What are you listening to these days?
Oh my gosh, that is hard. I listen to so much. I really love classic rock, Bob Dylan, Aerosmith and Lynyrd Skynyrd.
What was the first album you owned?
I want to say Guns N' Roses' Use Your Illusion. And if it wasn't that, it was Nirvana's Nevermind.
What artist, genre or musical trend does everyone seem to love, but you just don't get?
All music has its place. Every fad means something to someone. I don't (like) all of it personally but I get all of it. Music is emotion. You can't judge how people feel at different times in their lives. It's too personal.
What musical act, current or defunct, would you most like to see perform live?
I would have loved to have seen Aerosmith, the Doors. I would have loved to have seen original Skynyrd. Oh, and Green Day, I had tickets to see them ... just after Dookie came out, and they canceled at the last minute. I think it would have been pretty awesome to see Green Day at their peak.
What is your favorite guilty pleasure?
Whatever the pop station is playing right now is an embarrassing guilty pleasure. The music is completely worthless ... But, gosh, it's so catchy.
What song would you like to have played at your funeral?
"Freebird" by Lynyrd Skynyrd.
What band or artist changed your life, and how?
The Doors. Shortly after my mom had died I asked my dad who his favorite artist was, and he said the Doors. I had never really looked into them and I suddenly started listening to them, and asking my dad about the music. I respect his opinion and it was cool glimpsing into a part of his life and sharing it with him.
Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?
Nirvana's Nevermind and the Offspring's Smash. Those are the first that come to mind.