Where to hear live music in Seattle.
A reincarnation of the early-'90s Seattle music venue Moe's Mo' Rockin' Cafe, Neumo's returned to the city in fall 2003, picking up where it had left off the previous decade. Original Moe's founder Jerry Everard teamed up with another local venue owner to take back Moe's original space, which had been used as a disco, several clubs, and even a video arcade, since it closed its doors in 1997.
Today, Neumo's hosts bands like uber-hipsters The Teenagers and punk legends Neurosis and Converge. Despite a few unlikely appearances (Bone Thugs-N-Harmony) on its calendar, Neumo's has stayed true to its underground rock roots: Moe's did, after all, play host to the Flaming Lips and Radiohead in its early days.
The venue, located in Seattle's Capitol Hill area, has gotten nothing but glowing reviews from Seattle's local press. In addition to praise for its layout (one writer claims you can get an unobstructed view of the stage no matter where you stand), the venue also scored props for its gig selection.
Local writer Geoff Carter summed it up:
Its bookings are among Seattle's most righteous and run the gamut from old-school punk to new-school power-pop with stops nearly everywhere in-between.
The Showbox at the Market sits comfortably in Pike Place Market, the city's most tourist-friendly stretch of shops and fish mongers. Since opening in 1939, the venue has hosted icons like Duke Ellington, Muddy Waters and the Ramones. It also provided a venue for now-well-known Seattle-based acts like burlesque queen Gypsy Rose Lee and Pearl Jam. Today, the guitars are out and DJs and drum machines are in: The Showbox is the best place in Seattle to catch hip hop.
Before the latest Method Man concert, fuel up on food and drink right at the venue. The Green Room is an adjacent bar and diner open Tuesday through Saturday from 5 pm to 2 am, or anytime there's a show. It pays to get there early: you can't beat the happy hour specials.
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The Crocodile Café, better known as "The Croc" in downtown Seattle, serves our three favorite things: good live music, cheap and satisfying food and strong Bloody Marys.
The stage follows a formula. Three bands perform each night. The Croc hosts mostly unknown acts, with the occasional Pixies cover band in the mix, and usually charges between $10 and $20 for a three-group show. Many consider The Croc the best place to see the Northwest's up-and-coming talent. It fits about 500 people in the open room behind the diner. And yes, Kurt Cobain played there, but only once, says The Washington Post:
The Croc, a club-restaurant-bar, has a reputation as the CBGB of grunge, though no single club really qualifies as the musical movement's launch pad. The club, which opened about five months before the September 1991 release of Nirvana's breakthrough blockbuster, "Nevermind," is often erroneously perceived as the center of Nirvana-mania, even though the band played the club only once - as an unannounced opening act for Mudhoney on Oct. 4, 1992.
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