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The Blue Moon Tavern in the late 1960's

University District / Northeast Seattle

Centered around the University of Washington, this neighborhood has maintained a daring and youthful ambience. You never know what to expect in this ever-changing, vibrant area.

12. KRAB Radio – Jack Straw Productions: 9029 Roosevelt Way NE. Established in 1963, KRAB was the second non-commercial, community-supported radio station in the US and the model for community radio nationwide. KRAB went off the air in 1984, but its spirit lives on in the Jack Straw Foundation. Around 1979, KRAB moved to its final location at 23rd and Jackson. Jack Straw is the Northwest’s only nonprofit multidisciplinary audio arts center, housing a recording studio, a gallery, a performance space, and a permanent exhibit on KRAB.

13. The Blue Moon and Rainbow Taverns: 712 & 722 NE 45th St. The epicenter of beatnik and hippie Seattle, these two taverns are greasy with literary and musical history. The Northwest’s most notable scribes, from Theodore Roethke to Tom Robbins, hugged the bar at the Blue Moon in its glory days, while next door at the Rainbow Northwest, blues, free jazz, and jam bands found a home. Robert Cray, Soundgarden, and Wayne Horvitz are among the Northwest artists who have contributed to the Rainbow’s funky ambience.

14. University of Washington: 4001 University Way NE. Notable U of W alums and/or former attendees include composer and pianist William Bolcom; leftist topical songwriter Earl H. Robinson; folk favorites The Brothers Four; jazz fusion pioneer Larry Coryell; smooth jazz king Kenny G. (who boasts a B.A. in accounting); punk legends Mark Arm and Kim Thayil; and guitarist Dave Dederer of the Presidents of the United States of America.

The U of W is also famous for its ethnomusicology archive, which holds more than 10,000 tapes and discs of field and other music recordings, and more than 250 musical instruments from around the world, as well as for the pristine Meany Hall for the Performing Arts.

15. Roosevelt High School: 1410 NE 66 St. Famous alumni of this “rock ‘n roll high school” include Pearl Jam’s lead guitarist Mike McCready, Guns and Roses bassist Duff McKagan, and Mötley Crüe guitarist Nikki Sixx. Roosevelt’s jazz band annually rivals Garfield’s in national high school competitions. Visit by appointment only.

Seattle Center Belltown Belltown Belltown Seattle Center Belltown 1) Marion Oliver McCaw Hall 2) Seattle Center International Fountain 3) Experience Music Project (EMP) 4) The Crocodile Cafe 5) KEXP 90.3 FM & 91.7 FM 6) Black Dog Forge 7) Teatro Zinzanni 8) The Vogue 9) Trianon Ballroom 10) Benaroya Hall 11) Myers Music 12) Pike Place Market 13) The Showbox 14) The Triple Door 15) Eagles Auditorium 16) The Edgewater Hotel / Pier 67 17) Ivar's Acres of Clams / Pier 54 18) New Orleans 19) The Central Saloon 1) Dick's Drive-In 2) 10th & E Pike Street 3) Cornish College of the Arts 4) Coryell Apartments 5) Jimi Hendrix Statue 6) Volunteer Park 7) The Blue Note / Local 493 Black Musicians' Union Hall 8) Viretta Park 9) Garfield High School 10) Ballard Avenue 11) Daybreak Star Cultural Center in Discovery Park 12) KRAB Radio - Jack Straw Productions 13) The Blue Moon and Rainbow Taverns 14) University of Washington 15) Roosevelt High School