Talents Continue to Rock Seattle Stages Where Legends Once Reigned

The power of live music to make folks feel good is on full display at a host of Seattle night clubs. If listening to bands and vocalists show off their skills is how you like to spend an evening, you'll find that Seattle does things right. Multiple options let you tap into the venues that 10Best readers favor, like Showbox at the Market, just blocks from downtown's Pike Place Market, or you can get a taste of the city's offerings by visiting spaces like Neumo's, which is known for its rock music at a bustling location in Capitol Hill. While many venues on the local music scene are clustered in the downtown area, remember that terrific places to hear live music can be found all throughout Seattle. Popular neighborhoods north of downtown and Lake Union like Ballard and Fremont feature more intimate venues with smaller stages and friendly vibes.

Consider stopping by the Experience Museum Project by day to learn about the city's storied musical past. By night, plan a musical adventure that will introduce you to some of the scene's up-and-coming talents. To get a feel for current music offerings, pick up a copy of The Stranger or do research on helpful websites like Sealivemusic.com. Happy listening!

Showbox at the Market
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Although it's experienced a variety of incarnations, the Showbox today is a must-visit place to catch touring bands. Amid Art Deco columns, young and hip crowds clamor to hear and see their favorite groups. There's even a dance floor for them to...  Read More



Dating to the late 19th century, this venue has been restored to the glory it knew as a movie theater in the 1920s. These days, you can catch acts as diverse as Boyz II Men and The Head and the Heart to Sturgill Simpson and The Beach Boys, and...  Read More

Columbia City Theater
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Columbia City Theater boasts one of the most intimate settings for live performances in Seattle, in a charming neighborhood south of the city. Since the venue reopened a few years back, its gotten rave reviews and attracted a flock of loyal...  Read More



An eclectic lounge hides behind this unassuming storefront off Wallingford's main strip on 45th Street. Featuring live music almost every night of the week, it promises a unique mix of jazz, soul, R&B, and blues. DJs fill the gaps on off-nights....  Read More



This small, recently-revamped, hipster music venue slash Flying Squirrel Pizza joint proves a favorite among locals for the comfortable atmosphere, ample seating, decently priced covers, and quality of shows by up-and-coming but still obscure...  Read More



Located at a thriving Pike Street intersection in Capitol Hill, this music club hosts awesome punk and indie-rock concerts and has attracted bands like Black Mountain, Vampire Weekend, Buckethead and The Reconteurs. The space was originally...  Read More



This local institution is the place for true jazz lovers, and the "best of" awards it's garnered are proof of its quality and longevity. The elegant club offers specially created artwork and first-rate lighting and sound systems. Patrons dress...  Read More

Fremont Abbey Arts Center
Photo courtesy of Corinne Whiting


Fremont Abbey Arts Center remains one of the city's biggest champions of local talent. In their own words, "Abbey Arts focuses on local music, contemporary dance, visual art, spoken word and storytelling," and show formats include multi-arts...  Read More

The Triple Door
Photo courtesy of Angela Sterling


Located in Seattle's historic Mann Building, this intimate and sophisticated award-winning music and dinner theater occupies the renovated space that formerly housed the Embassy Theater, originally a 1920's vaudeville house. The Mainstage,...  Read More



This beloved Ballard nightspot features a smorgasbord of impressive music on a weekly basis, and performances range from zydeco, bluegrass and country to rock, folk, jazz and beyond. In addition to great live music, the Tractor also offers a...  Read More


Meet Corinne Whiting

Corinne hails from the other Washington, where she caught the travel bug early on. Corinne studied abroad in Strasbourg, France (undergrad) and in Edinburgh, Scotland (graduate school). She's...  More About Corinne