Here’s Your Guide to Music Venues Around the Seattle Area

Photo: Gabriela D'Elia

Photo: Gabriela D’Elia

Like concerts? Of course you do. That’s why you clicked on this article. Now that you live on your own in Seattle, you’re going to be going to a lot more shows. From pop music to punk, from raves to indie, here is a very mini guide to venues around the city, that we love and know, so you don’t miss any shows your first quarter; brought to you by your favorite radio station, KXSU! Addresses, descriptions, along with ground and bussing directions from campus are provided with estimated travel times. You can also use Uber or Lyft if that’s more your jam.

Neumos: This is Seattle U’s closest venue! Right in the middle of Capitol Hill, I’d say it’s one of the best, hosting a variety of new and up and coming artists. It is a 5 minute walk from campus. Artist that have played here in the last few months include The Vaccines, Haerts, Penguin Prison, Snakehips, and Dan Deacon.

Address:  925 E Pike St, Seattle, WA 98122

Walking: Just head straight North on 10th until you reach Pike. 5 mins

Bus: Don’t bus.


The Crocodile: All the best rap shows I went to last year were at this venue! Just a heads up though, at some shows they split up a large portion of the venue for those who are 21+ which kind of makes the view for us under 21 prettttty shitty. But still a good venue.

Address: 2200 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA 98121

By Ground: Travel down to 3rd turn right, and Travel over to Blanchard St. 1 hr

Bus: #2 Bus towards Downtown Seattle from E. Union and Broadway St. and get off at 3rd and Virginia! Walk down 3rd and take a left on Blanchard Street. 15 mins                              


Key Arena: This is where all the big events are. If you like raves, you may want to check out Freak Night. Everyone big plays here. Last year people from Kanye West to Justin Timberlake played here.

Address: 305 Harrison St, Seattle, WA 98109

Bus: To get there take the 2 bus on Madison and Union toward Downtown Seattle and get off at 1st Ave and Republican St. The Key Arena should be visible from there. 30 mins


El Corazon: If you are interested in punk/metal/hardcore this is the venue for you! (There is also the Black Lodge down the street which hosts a lot of local punk shows) It may be easier to walk here instead of taking the bus! It is about 1 mile, and not worth any of the worry about bus transfers. Artists who have played here in the previous year include: The Story So Far, La Dispute, The Devil Wears Prada, and Man Overboard.

Address: 109 Eastlake Ave E, Seattle, WA 98109

By Ground: Travel West to Boren Avenue. Turn right on Boren Avenue. Walk on Boren street. Take a right on Howell Street. Travel until you see El Corazon on your left. 45 mins


The Vera Project: This is an all ages focused venue. Bands range from punk to folk to hip hop.

Address: 305 Harrison St, Seattle, WA 98109

Walk: Travel to the needle! Cross the fountain. Vera is located next to Key Arena. 1 hr

Bus: #2 Bus towards Downtown Seattle from E. Union and Broadway St. and get off at 3rd and Virginia! Walk down 3rd and take a left on Blanchard Street. 30ish mins


The Neptune Theatre: This is the smallest of the Seattle Theatre Groups owned venues. This venue focuses of folk rock bands but occasionally has some good hip-hop shows.

Address: 2200 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA 98121

Bus: #2 or 3 toward Madrona or 4 toward Judkins park! Transfer to bus 48 towards Loyal Heights. Get off at 15th and NE Campus way. Take first left and the Neptune is right next to American Apparel. 20 mins


The Moore Theatre: Also owned by Seattle Theatre Group this venue hosts bigger bands than The Neptune does, but focuses more on traveling plays and theatre.

Address: 1932 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA 98101

By Ground: Travel down to 2nd Ave turn right, and walk over to Virginia st. Turn right and it will be right there! 1hr

Bus: #2 Bus towards Downtown Seattle from E. Union and Broadway St. and get off at 3rd and Virginia! Bus #3 or 4 from Jefferson and Broadway also work. 15 mins


The Paramount Theatre: This is the largest of the STG owned venues. Huge indie acts and the most popular theatrical performances play here.

Address: 911 Pine St, Seattle, WA 98101

By Ground: Walk from campus to Pine St. Take a left on Pine and walk until around 8th street. The Paramount will be on the left. There’s a big sign that says PARAMOUNT vertically. 40 mins


The Showbox at The Market: This is the smaller of the Showbox venues owned by AEG live. This venue focuses on up and coming popular music that has already hit the mainstream.

Address: 1426 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98101

By Ground: Travel from campus to Pike street. Take a left on Pike down to 3rdavenue. Travek from 3rd ave to 1st ave. Take a left on 1st avenue. Showbox will be on the left. 45 mins

Bus: #2, 3, or 4 Bus towards Downtown Seattle from E. Union and Broadway St. and get off at 3rd Pike! Travel south and Showbox will be on your left. 20 mins


The Showbox SoDo: This is the larger of the Showbox Venues. This venue hosts many bands that have hit the big time and have dropped slightly off of the mainstream in the genres of hip hop and pop rock.

Address: 1700 1st Ave S Seattle, Washington 98134

By Ground: Travel South of Campus to Jackson St. Take a right on Jackson St. Take a left on 4th. Take a right on Holgate. Take a right on 1st. Showbox will be on your right. 1.5 hrs

Bus: #2, 3, or 4 Bus towards Downtown Seattle from E. Union and Broadway St. and get off at 3rd and pike! Take a left on 3rd. Transfer to bus 21 toward Westwood Village. Get off at 4th and Holgate. Travel to 1st and Holgate. Take a right. SoDo will be on your right. 40 mins


More Venues…

The Black Lodge: Secrets, Secrets.

The Tractor Tavern: 21 and up bar / venue that focuses on folk.

The Nectar Lounge: 21 and up bar / venue that focuses on Hip Hop.

The Triple Door: Classy Restaurant with full concert set up. Focuses on indie music.

The Sunset Tavern

Chop Suey

Barboza

The Rondezvoux

High Dive

Highline


Welcome to Seattle!

Cheers,

The KXSU Staff

EDITOR’S NOTE: original post (2014) created by Marcus Shriver and Joe Manuel

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