Seattle is best known as the hometown of legendary 90s grunge act Nirvana. Grunge was the defining sound of Seattle in the 1990s but music was well-known in Seattle long before this. Even as early as the 1960s, Seattle was influenced by pop-rock such as Paul Revere and the Raiders. Some other popular musicians who called Seattle home include Ray Charles, Quincy Jones, Jimi Hendrix, the sisters who formed Heart, Macklemore, and Ben Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie. Let’s check out some of the great options for the present-day music scene of Seattle.
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Music in Downtown Seattle
The Triple Door (216 Union Street) includes indie pop and rock, jazz, and folk music. Food and cocktails are offered at seated tables.
Showbox (1426 1st Ave.) is for rock and indie alternative. There are local acts as well as national and international tours at this location.
The Paramount Theatre (911 Pine Street) holds 2800 people. There are stage productions with a wide range of music touring acts.
The Moore Theatre (1932 2nd Ave.) is the oldest Seattle theater in operation, and a little smaller than The Paramount Theatre.
Highway 99 Blues Club (1414 Alaskan Way) specializes in blues, country, rockabilly, and honkey-tonk music. Creole food is served.
Music in Belltown
The Crocodile (2200 2nd Ave.) is diverse and specializes in indie rock and hip hop.
Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley (2033 6th Ave.) provides jazz music at night. This location is for national and international touring with seated tables and alcohol.
Tula’s (2214 2nd Ave.) is a place to grab supper and listen to some local jazz music.
Music in the Seattle Center
Key Arena (305 Harrison Street) provides touring shows with stadium seating.
Vera Project (305 Harrison Street) is alcohol-free with indie rock and new NW bands.
Music at South Lake Union
Lo-Fi Performance Gallery (429 Eastlake Avenue E.) has showings that include a DJ, hip hop, and indie rock.
El Corazon/The Funhouse (109 Eastlake Avenue E.) has two venues at one location. The Funhouse is specifically punk rock, and El Corazon shows punk, metal, and hardcore rock.
Victory Lounge (433 Eastlake Avenue E.) is a place to grab hot dogs while listening to hard rock, punk, and surf.
Music at Capitol Hill
Neumos (925 East Pike Street) is a club that provides local talent including indie rock, hip hop, electronica, roots, and more.
Barboza (925 East Pike Street) is a bar located in the basement of Neumos with live music.
Highline (210 Broadway Avenue E.) serves vegan food with metal and punk rock showings.
Chop Suey (1325 East Madison) provides hip hop, indie, and metal.
Music at Ballard
Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Avenue NW) showcases music including roots, country, Americana, new folk, rockabilly, and singer/songwriter material.
Sunset Tavern (5433 Ballard Avenue NW) is a dive bar specializing in indie rock.
Conor Byrne Pub (5140 Ballard Avenue NW) includes singer/songwriter, Irish music, folk music, bluegrass, and roots.
Music at Fremont
Nectar (412 North 36th Street) is both indoor and outdoor with a range of music including hip hop, reggae, bluegrass, and indie folk music.
High Dive (513 North 36th Street) is a place to pick up some great barbecue while checking out music such as indie rock and pop, roots, Americana, and metal.
Fremont Abbey Arts Center (4272 Fremont Avenue North) is a venue in a 100 year old church with local music, spoken word, storytelling, and dancing.
Music in University District/Wallingford
Neptune Theatre (1303 NE 45th Street) features music such as NW rap and indie rock. There is also touring and a wide range of other acts.
Sea Monster Lounge (2202 North 45th Street) provides food and drinks along with jazz and funk music.
Music in Columbia City
Columbia City Theater (4916 Rainier Avenue South) is burlesque featuring local and regional artists.
The Royal Room (5000 Rainier Avenue South) has seated tables with food and cocktails. You can expect jazz, folk, and world music at this location.