Seattle will probably always be best known for the grunge scene that began in the 1980s and gained national and international attention in the 1990s with bands like Pearl Jam and Nirvana. Since then, the music scene here has only blossomed, producing such acts as Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Death Cab for Cutie, Brandi Carlile, The Head and the Heart, THEESatisfaction, and Odesza, among many others. Importantly, independent record labels like Sub Pop, Barsuk Records, and Tooth & Nail continue to push the boundaries of the Seattle music scene. There’s so much good music!
And if you want to get ready for Seattle music at your desk, just tune to world-famous listener-supported KEXP online and on the air at 90.3 FM when you’re in town. People may already be listeners or have read this recent article in the New York Times.
If you want to see a show when you’re in town, we have tons of music venues where you can find something nearly any night of the week. Here are some places to find out what’s happening:
- KEXP event page
- The Stranger’s event page
- The Seattle Weekly event page (you’ll need to narrow the list to music events)
Want to know more about the current music scene? Check out this documentary: Something in the Water.
TIP: Want to see something at the Neptune in the U District, the Tractor Tavern or Sunset Tavern in Ballard? No problem! Buses run between both neighborhoods from within a few blocks of the Westin.
TIP: As you get set to enjoy the nightlife, you should know that music venues and bars (and all other public businesses) in Washington State are tobacco-smoke free as of 2005. And though marijuana sales (at regulated stores) and personal possession have been legal for those 21 and over since 2012, it’s still illegal to use pot in public, despite what your nose may detect as you walk the streets.
Josh Polansky, Joint Conference Co-Chair Seattle 2016, and Traci Timmons, Local arrangements team