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An Insider's Guide to Seattle's Music History

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The Smith Tower was the tallest building west of the Mississippi until the Space Needle was built in 1962.

Pioneer Square

This historic neighborhood stays hopping straight through last call. Sports bars serve the overflow from the nearby stadiums, while hard rock-oriented taverns, romantic eateries, and many antique and art galleries attract both tourists and locals.

18. New Orleans: 114 1st Ave. S. Located in the venerable Lombardy building, this venue was the first structure completed after Seattle’s historic fire of 1889. John Coltrane recorded “Live in Seattle” across the street at the Penthouse, at 1st and Cherry, in 1965. On Wednesday nights, enjoy Seattle’s longest-running jazz gig (two decades!) with multi-instrumentalist Floyd Standifer.

19. The Central Saloon: 207 1st Ave. S. Opened in 1892 as a frontier eatery, the Central was a gathering place for hippie radicals in the 1960s, Mayoral aides in the 1970s, and indie rock lovers after that. It would be the last place Mother Love Bone played before singer Andrew Wood‘s death in 1990.

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