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2013 Convention News
Seattle, February 12–15

Music and Theater in the Emerald City

Caffeinated all day, Seattleites like to get out at night. The city continues to support one of the most vibrant music scenes in the country, providing music of every genre. There are a plethora of independent theaters and dance studios. There's something for everyone in the Emerald City; following is a list of some of the most unique and popular.

Good Events Calendars

Be sure to check out these publications for a calendar of events as we get closer to the convention.

The Stranger http://www.thestranger.com

Seattle Weekly http://www.seattleweekly.com

Performing Arts

ACT Theater (Downtown) http://www.acttheatre.org

Intiman Theater (Queen Anne) http://www.intiman.org

Seattle Repertory Theater (Queen Anne) http://www.seattlerep.org

Velocity Dance Center–Dance (Capitol Hill) http://velocitydancecenter.org/events/box-office

West of Lenin-Playwright Theater & Avant Variety (Fremont) http://www.westoflenin.com

On the Boards – Theater (Queen Anne) http://www.ontheboards.org/performances

Can Can Kitchen & Cabaret (First & Pike) http://www.thecancan.com

Live Music

Seattle has a vibrant community of musicians and bands. Throw a rock in Seattle and you're likely to hit a Web developer, a barista, or a musician. Listed below are a few venues that will help you experience some of the music emerging out of Seattle today. Although Seattle is proud of its grunge past, it continues to be a city with a vibrant and eclectic music scene.

Benaroya Hall is home of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra. Founded in 1903 and now in its 110th season, the Seattle Symphony has completed more than 140 recordings and received 12 Grammy nominations, 2 Emmys, and numerous other awards (http://www.seattlesymphony.org/symphony).

Comet Tavern is an old Capitol Hill watering hole that hosts live music, mainly emerging local acts. The Comet is a great place to see local characters and get a feel for the Capitol Hill community. The bar continues to be a favorite among young artists and musicians. Neighborhood: Capitol Hill (http://www.comettavern.com).

The Crocodile is a historical venue from the grunge era, once owned by Peter Buck's (an R.E.M. local) wife. The Crocodile hosted several emerging Seattle bands: Nirvana, Mudhoney, Soundgarden, Fleet Foxes, Death Cab for Cutie, and Neko Case & Her Boyfriends, to name a few. Today the Crocodile continues in the same spirit of the 1990's, booking local and international emerging artists. This is a highly recommended stop for music lovers. Neighborhood: Belltown (http://thecrocodile.com).

Dimitriou's Jazz Alley has been a great jazz venue since 1979 and was voted one of the best jazz venues in the world by Downbeat magazine. Jazz Alley has hosted such greats as Taj Mahal, Ertha Kitt, and Quincy Jones, to name a few. Neighborhood: Belltown (https://www.jazzalley.com/default.asp).

Neumos hosts everything from hip-hop, punk, Americana, and singer/songwriters to DJs. You can find anything at this venue. Neighborhood: Capitol Hill (http://neumos.com).

Showbox is a larger venue that tends to book national alternative acts. Neighborhood: Westedge and Sodo (http://www.showboxonline.com).

Sunset has hosted bands from Cracker and local singer/songwriters, to Japanese girl punk bands. You can see anything here. Neighborhood: Ballard (http://sunsettavern.com).

Tractor Tavern has great Americana décor, PBR tall boys, and the best selection of live local and national alt-country, rockabilly, old-time, folk, blues, and bluegrass bands in town. Neighborhood: Ballard (http://www.tractortavern.com/basics.asp).

The Triple Door is a great place to get a drink and then enter the comfortable theater for world-class musicians—a great experience. Bring a few friends and reserve a booth for a show. Neighborhood: Downtown (http://thetriple door.net).


SeeSound Lounge hosts DJs from all around the world and tends to serve a cross section of people out to break a sweat while dancing. Neighborhood: Belltown (http://www.seesoundlounge.com).

Electric Tea Garden is an after-hours dance club that claims, “Our primary mission is to foster a participatory and creative culture through our music venue performances, gallery events, experiential and educational programs, and our reoccurring podcast.” Neighborhood: Capitol Hill (http://www.electricteagarden.com/?page_id=130)

Great Radio

KEXP 90.3 FM's curatorial staff of 40 DJs, who are widely recognized as experts in their field, present the newest emerging popular artists alongside established bands. As described on their website, “KEXP's programming features both variety and specialty shows that brings you the emerging sounds and long-time favorites from the Pacific Northwest, the country, and throughout the world…. Artists championed by KEXP are not typically supported by traditional nonprofit arts organizations or commercial media outlets. They are inventive, contemporary musicians creating new work in popular genres that include rock, hip hop, reggae, country, Latin, modern global, and more.” (http://www.KEXP.org)