What’s a better name for the Chop Suey?

8445101719_f5b8f866a2With a new life and overhauled venue in the works, it might be a good time to do something about the name. Artist Andy Panda thinks so. Panda has posted an open letter asking the new owners of the Chop Suey to do away with the venue’s name.

“As a Chinese person, seeing fake Chinese decor in a club that is not owned by Chinese people makes my heart sink,” Panda writes. “No one should have to see their own race caricatured in a venue that hosts so many great touring bands.” Continue reading

CHS Pics | Slummit Block Party, LLC

(Images: Alex Garland for CHS)

(Images: Alex Garland for CHS)

IMG_6877Last week, CHS reported that the artist enclave Summit Inn had been sold to a developer with plans to transform the Inn “into conventional apartments” with a total overhaul and inevitably higher rents.

Saturday night, some of the Inn’s remaining residents and other Summit Ave neighbors got together for a winter edition of the block’s annual music festival. Here are a few scenes from this weekend’s Slummit Block Party, LLC.

Meanwhile, the Summit Inn’s new owner Brad Padden‘s plan — “Substantial Alterations to an existing 40-unit apartment building. Renovate all units and decrease unit count to 35 small efficiency dwelling units” — is wending its way through the Department of Planning and Development.

Goodbye to the Chop Suey as we know it

The Chop Suey as we know it is ready to shut down after one final weekend and a couple epilogeous nights. The situation makes for a difficult obituary — CHS has reported that the E Madison venue is being prepared to live on under new owners with backgrounds in music and the LA club scene.

Erin Carnes, the co-owner of The Escondite, a live music venue and burger joint in downtown LA, and her musician business partner Brianna Rettig are set to begin an overhaul to both the interior and the exterior of the 1937-built building at 14th and Madison. The 2002-born Chop Suey business was on the market for just under $100,000 this summer as the Japanese company that owned Chop Suey decided to bring its investment to an end. In 2009, the club was purchased by the same ownership as K’s Dream, a live music venue in Tokyo. The business partners have declined to comment on the record but said to expect details soon. One performer with knowledge of the new set-up said music and performance will remain part of the new club’s offerings but that the way events are booked and promoted is set to transition to a “for rent” format that leaves elements like marketing and ticketing to the acts to handle. UPDATE: CHS has been told this format is NOT part of the new plan. Continue reading

Chop Suey schedules last show but plans for what’s next for venue are taking shape

ISluxgmyleqkcq1000000000January 18th will be the final night for Capitol Hill’s Chop Suey but plans are underway to make sure the address will live on in a new era of E Madison nightlife glory.

UPDATE: The club will host a final show on Monday, January 19th but the big to-do happens the night before.

In a penultimate Sunday farewell, a bill of local all-stars will shut the Suey down:

The venue says goodbye with one final local music hurrah on Sunday, January 18 in the form of an impromptu mini-festival entitled Another One Bites the Dust!. The lineup includes a collection of Seattle’s finest rabblerousers: Tacocat, Kithkin, Chastity Belt, Wimps, Pony Time, Childbirth, Universe People, Deep Creep, Sashay, and more. If that wasn’t enticing enough, it’s a screaming deal at only $5 ($10 at door).

If you’re not the type to take chances, you can purchase tickets online from The Stranger for $13.11.

While nothing has been formally announced, CHS has learned the partnership of a Skid Row club owner and a LA musician making plans to purchase the club is set to begin an overhaul to both the interior and the exterior of the 1937-built building at 14th and Madison. A permit was issued for the construction just before Christmas. Continue reading

Prospective Chop Suey buyers are a Skid Row club owner and a LA musician

Night Cadet performing at Chop Suey in 2013 as part of the inaugural Mo Wave festival (Image: CHS)

Night Cadet performing at Chop Suey in 2013 as part of the inaugural Mo Wave festival (Image: CHS)

Rettig's alter ego plays The Escondite weekly

Rettig’s alter ego plays The Escondite weekly

Since Chop Suey went on the market in August, Seattle live music fans have fretted over losing yet another concert venue on Capitol Hill. Well, here’s some potentially good news: CHS has learned that Chop Suey’s prospective buyer already runs a live music and food venue in Los Angeles and is making plans to partner with a LA musician on the deal.

The agent working on the sale of the 12-year-old club told CHS an agreement was being negotiated but had not yet been signed and wouldn’t identify any potential buyers. The business is still being listed for sale.

Last month, Erin Carnes, the co-owner of a Los Angeles club, and her musician business partner Brianna Rettig formed a new business at Chop Suey’s E Madison address. Continue reading

CHS Pics | Stevie Wonder on Capitol Hill

Stevie Wonder came to Seattle this week to sing, make a compelling speech… and eat at 12th Ave’s Plum Bistro Thursday:

Before his visit with Makini Howell, Wonder worked up his appetite the night before in a show at Key Arena where he introduced one of his classics by sharing a little wisdom on the week’s unrest:

Volunteer Park bandstand: Group wins grant to come up with new design for amphitheater

The old Volunteer Park bandshell in 1932 -- it was demolished 16 years later (Image: Seattle Municipal Archives via Flickr)

The old Volunteer Park bandshell in 1932 — it was demolished 16 years later (Image: Seattle Municipal Archives via Flickr)

A Capitol Hill community group is excited about a big grant from the City of Seattle that will help it continue its mission of helping shape and restore one of the neighborhood’s favorite public assets.

The Volunteer Park Trust tells CHS that it is kicking off a project to replace Volunteer Park’s aging stage with a new bandshell. The money will go to the development of a conceptual design for a new bandshell to replace the masonry stage that has served the parks since the early ’70s.

The stage in more recent times (Images: CHS)

According to a trust representative, the group plans to hold an open call to select the firm to create the conceptual design. You can sign up at VolunteerParkTrust.org to be notified when the process begins.

CHS can give you a few pointers if you’re looking for guidance in your design. Continue reading

Joyful! Noise 5th Annual Holiday Concert, “Winter’s Promise”

Joyful! Noise community choir sings songs of joy, thoughtfulness, and anticipation, from a gospel-funk version of “The Hallelujah Chorus” to “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” from Elton John’s “Step Into Christmas,” to “Run, Rudolph, Run.” A five-piece band, audience sing-along, and holiday gift basket raffle round out the program. Come and be merry!

Upbeat on Jackson Concert

On December 20th at 7:30pm the Nu Black Arts West Theatre will perform hits from their show Dark Divas at the next Upbeat on Jackson concert. The show will feature stories and cover songs of legendary singers Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Eartha Kitt, Bessie Smith and others. Nu Black Arts West Theatre is the oldest African American theatre company in the Pacific Northwest. Join us for this FREE community show!

CHS Video | Party ’til you puke in Pike/Pine with Deadkill

In early October as he discussed efforts to quell street crime in the neighborhood, East Precinct commander Capt. Pierre Davis said he was “alarmed” and “appalled” at the level of over-intoxication he saw while walking through Pike/Pine on a weekend patrol.

This new Pike/Pine-rich video for the song Shakes from Good to Die Records group Deadkill sends up the party-til-you-puke vibe in a pretty perfect way. Though, warning, it does contain simulated vomit *and* a Cha Cha bar trick that I’d prefer you not try when I have my laptop out and am trying to work. Also contains several E Pike backdrops. Also makes an excellent companion piece to Taco Cat’s gentrification + power pop Bridge to Hawaii.

Upbeat on Jackson

The Low Income Housing Institute (LIHI) and Seattle Department of Neighborhoods are pleased to announce the next show in the Upbeat on Jackson Community Concert Series at Ernestine Anderson Place.

Upbeat on Jackson, a series of free monthly concerts, kicked off in August with a stop on Mary McBride’s Home Tour and will continue throughout the year. On Saturday, November 22nd, the series will proudly feature Sumi Tonooka and The m9. The show begins at 7:30pm (doors at 7pm) and is free and open the public.

Jazz pianist, Sumi Tonooka, has been in the business of composing inventive and compelling music for over 30 years. A mentee of legends Mary Lou Williams and Kenny Barron, she is at home with nearly every style of jazz: bebop, swing, hard-bop and modern. Her impressive portfolio includes accolades and awards from the New York Times, Jazz Times, American Composers Orchestra and The Center for Jazz Studies at Columbia University. She will be joined by a trio of jazz musicians on November 22nd to delight the crowd with a full set of her own compositions as well as works by John Coltrane and Thelonious Monk.

The m9 will open for Sumi Tonooka’s trio. The m9 is a multi-piece brass ensemble that specializes in playing traditional Balkan and Greek music. The energetic band is sure to grab the audience’s attention with their unique global fusion of east meets west.

All shows take place at Ernestine Anderson Place, 2010 S. Jackson St., Seattle. The building is named for Seattle resident Ernestine Anderson, one of the great jazz vocalists of the 20th Century. The concert series is meant to honor her musical legacy and bring community members together to create fun and entertaining events that celebrate the history of the neighborhood. The series also allows LIHI to bring free high-quality music to seniors and low income people who don’t often have access to events of this nature.

6th annual Seattle Slack Key Festival

The Sixth Annual Seattle Slack Key Festival sponsored by Hawaiian Airlines features many of the Hawai‘i’s Master Musicians including: Ledward Kaapana Mike Kaawa,, Kenneth Makuakane, Cyril Pahinui, Jeff Peterson, Peter Moon, Jeff Au Hoy, Nathan Aweau, John Cruz, Patrick Landeza and more. Emcees Skylark Rossetti and Braddah Gomes and Hula Halau Pulamahiaikelikolehua add to this fantastic line-up. We’ll also enjoy Hawaiian tropical flowers and prize drawings.