Nightlife & Music

Best Places to Discover New Music in Seattle

January 3, 2013 5:00 AM

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Seattle’s musical sound was made famous by Jimi Hendrix, the punk band Nirvana and smooth sounds of Kenny G., but the music scene changes constantly. To see stars before they get famous, music lovers must be on the ball. Don’t fret, these timeless venues host the latest, greatest and sometimes just the most conveniently located musicians in Seattle.

Sky Church at the EMP Museum
325 5th Ave. N
Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 770-2702
www.empsfm.org

Sky Church, part of the EMP Museum, is a unique performance venue inside one of Seattle’s most iconic buildings. The space can hold up to 800 guests at a time, boasts of having the largest indoor LED screen in the world and features state-of-art sound and lighting. Not only is it a great place to hear new music, but it doubles as a venue for dance, cinema and a dance hall throughout the year. On Friday, Jan. 11 at 7:30 p.m., listen to the music of Jimi Hendrix and Nirvana performed by the School of Rock.

Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley
2033 6th Ave.
Seattle, WA 98121
(206) 441-9729
www.jazzalley.com

Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley’s shows change every week featuring everything from Kenny G (Jan. 24 to 27) to Juan de Marcos and the Afro-Cuban All Stars (Feb. 7 to 10). In addition to a great venue to hear new talent, Jazz Alley is also a premier restaurant serving Northwest cuisine with organic produce from local farmers. As the music acts change, so do the admission charges. Admission costs vary from week to week depending on how big the artist is.

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The Triple Door
216 Union St.
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 838-4333
www.thetripledoor.net

Pollstar Magizine rates The Triple Door as one of the top 100 clubs in the world, but those who have been there knew that already. It is an incredible place to visit for musical entertainment. The main stage room doubles as a restaurant serving meals from next door’s world-class Wild Ginger Restaurant. The main stage features national acts while the smaller, but no less elegant Musicquarium, presents local artists.

Showbox at the Market
1426 1st Ave.
Seattle, WA 98101
(888) 929-7849
www.showboxonline.com

Since 1939, the art deco-styled Showbox at the Market has hosted acts ranging from Al Jolson to Iggy Pop to The Police. In fact, this hopping place offers more than 200 diverse concerts a year. Some shows are for all ages while others are strickly for those older than 21. The Green Room, a lounge inside the Showbox, is open two hours prior to any scheduled concert or event.

Showbox SoDo
1700 1st Ave.
Seattle, WA 98134
(888) 929-7849
www.showboxonline.com

In 2007, Showbox added a larger facility in the SoDo district of Seattle. The converted warehouse may be uninspring from the outside, but its dark wood and brick walls have housed big events including concerts with legendary groups including Heart and Kid Rock. This space is known for booking some of tomorrow’s biggest talent. Like its predesossor, Showbox SoDo also features events for all ages and those age 21 and older. The SoDo Lounge, an ornate and comfortable space, offers a full bar and full menu to boot.

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Jeffrey Totey is a freelance writer living in Seattle. He has a love for the arts and is a student of pop culture. He covers stories about the performing arts, theater, museums, cultural events, movies and more in the greater Seattle area. His work can be found at Examiner.com.

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