Showbox’s venues provide the last opportunity to see musicians in an intimate setting before they explode onto arena and stadium tours. Not that every band playing here goes platinum, but it’s still fun to say you saw Miguel at Showbox SoDo way back when. The Showbox also produces shows like Wilco and Sublime at Marymoor Park, Seattle’s premier outdoor amphitheatre.
Like Melville’s Great White Whale, you won’t find the Seamonster unless you’re looking for it. Shoehorned into the sleepy Wallingford neighbourhood, the Seamonster provides crazy good jams Tuesday nights and squeezes the masses in every Friday for live soul from house band, Funky2Death. This haunt proved so popular that owner/singer Andrew Nunez expanded the habitat, doubling capacity.
Okay, first let’s get the name dropping out of the way. Yes, Nirvana and Pearl Jam put in many of their “10,000 hours” here, and start-up acts like R.E.M., Beastie Boys and Macklemore have taken to this medium-sized stage in a perfectly sized hall. Reopened in 2009, The Crocodile still feels a little “grungy,” an ideal setting for Macy Gray, Megan Nicole, Benjamin Booker, and a must for anyone wondering where to see live music in Seattle.
Neumos has served as an incubator for eclectic, independent music dating back to its 1994 opening as Moe’s Mo’Roc’N Café. Back then, a band called Pearl Jam chose to launch its Mirror Ball album here with a musician named Neil Young. Since then, The Shins, Fleet Foxes, Band of Horses, Vampire Weekend and scores of other indie “unknowns” have made their Seattle debut here.