Neumos closes for two-month overhaul, Moe Bar change

The stage at Neumos — the true center of Pike/Pine’s sometimes raucous nightlife scene — is starting 2017 with two months of quiet.

The partners behind the nightlife complex at the southwest corner of Pike and 10th tell CHS that when Neumos and its sibling lounge reopen after a two-month overhaul, the club will be reborn with “a full systems and facility upgrade” including everything from bathrooms, bars, and the heating and cooling, to the all-critical sound system. You can also expect a new life for the old Moe Bar. Continue reading

Survey: Capitol Hill Station buskers? Great or totally great

Your various government entities seem to have a lot of questions for you in the new year. Sound Transit wants to know how its pilot to allow busking in Capitol Hill Station is going. As occasional users — why leave the Hill, right? — CHS can’t really identify any downside to having the performers be part of the station.

But Sound Transit also wants to hear from all you buskers. Here’s the survey:


What kind of busker are you, anyhow? Sound Transit will ask.

The survey will be part of Sound Transit’s evaluation of the pilot and decision on what to do next with the program when the test phase ends in February. CHS reported here on the pilot’s September launch and the program’s goals of helping to “retain existing users, as well as attract new users, and is consistent with promoting transit-related activities.”

Do you have a favorite Capitol Hill Station busker? The survey doesn’t ask but you can let us know.


Happy birthday, David Bowie

David Bowie, the artist whose work embodies the best spirits of Capitol Hill, would have turned 70 Sunday. You can mark the day with a night of Bowie music at Barboza:

David Bowie Birthday Bash

The Stranger has a list of Bowie birthday-related events across the city.

In the meantime, here are some of the ways Capitol Hill remembered Bowie after his January 2016 death. CHS stopped by Pony and the Crescent Lounge as patrons paid their respects and sang their favorite songs.


Join First Covenant Church this Friday for an evening of singing around Capitol Hill…spreading joy and peace! Meet at the Summit (420 E Pike) for warming up and singing through a few classic carols at 7pm. We will then walk around the Hill and sing outside local bars and stores. Hopefully some more neighbors will join us along the way!

No singing experience necessary. Invite your friends! Anyone is welcome!

Find the Facebook event page here.

Santa Breakfast Mini Nutcracker


The Nutcracker  It’s always a family affair!  This season DASSdance rings in the holidays with a traditional spirit.  Meet Santa Claus while DASSdance professionals and kids perform the story of The Nutcracker.

Together with a delicious Continental Breakfast ( bagels / Muffins / Fruit plates / OJ / Coffee / Tea ), door prizes, balloon twisting, and pictures with Santa and the Nutcracker characters, this local holiday event will please, inspire, and leap into your heart.

91-year-old Capitol Hill house of worship lives on as At the Church performance space

As one old area church appears destined for demolition at 14th and Spring, a large brick church built in 1925 still sits at the corner of E Olive St. and 13th. But while the building may still look like a church, its function has changed.

The building now hosts congregations of a different sort in its new life as performance venue At The Church. The mysterious venue has been hosting events since at least 2013.

While its ownership declined to be interviewed for this story, according to its website, At the Church is “one of the most unique” venue spaces in Seattle available for live performances and other events.  Continue reading

CHS Pics | The Boss on Capitol Hill

In New York City, Bruce Springsteen did his book event at a Barnes and Noble. New Jersey, too. In Seattle, the American rocker came to the basement of Capitol Hill’s indie bookseller the Elliott Bay Book Co. for his “selfie” tour where fans got a chance to pose with The Boss and some were lucky enough for a kiss. Tickets for the event which included a pre-autographed copy of Springsteen’s new autobiography, Born to Run, were snapped up as soon as they were made available online weeks ago. Some paid hundreds of dollars for their place in line. Some paid $37.50. Springsteen didn’t perform or read at the event but he did draw quite a crowd with lines wrapping around the block. Continue reading

Novel Laddy Groove based on days as a mod kid on Capitol Hill

"Dive into the world of new kid on the block Trevor, king of the mods Andy, and goth princess Lucy, for a wild ride through the Seattle youth scene on the tip of the grunge explosion."

“Dive into the world of new kid on the block Trevor, king of the mods Andy, and goth princess Lucy, for a wild ride through the Seattle youth scene on the tip of the grunge explosion.”

Scooters, parties and music made up the Seattle mod scene in the ’80s and ’90s.

Jerry Boak lived it — much of it on Capitol Hill — and wrote about it in his new novel, Laddy Groove.

“I have some great memories of that time and some really incredible friends,” Boak told CHS.

The narrator of the book is the principal character’s younger brother, who shares stories his brother, Trevor, told him.

Readers follow Trevor, who recently moved to North Seattle from Los Angeles with his recently divorced father. He hates the rain and suburbia, but digs a smart, back-talking, goth girl named Lucy. Trevor meets up with Lucy at a party, who takes off with Andy, king of the mod crowd with his suit, scooter, and flock of followers. The coming of age story follows Trevor as he joins Andy and the mods and the escapades that ensue, which include a stolen car and Swedish mobsters. Continue reading

Sound Transit begins pilot allowing buskers at Capitol Hill Station

A busker at Capitol Hill Station's grand opening earlier this year

A busker at Capitol Hill Station’s grand opening earlier this year

Just like a real big city neighborhood, Capitol Hill now has a subway station. And like a big city of the future, you can use your phone in the subway tunnels. Starting today, our subway will get another important feature — station buskers.

Sound Transit began a six-month trial Thursday allowing busking on Capitol Hill Station and University of Washington Station property:

Sound Transit believes that allowing buskers to perform at the University of Washington and Capitol Hill light rail stations will help retain existing users, as well as attract new users, and is consistent with promoting transit-related activities. Accordingly, Sound Transit is adopting this pilot program for a 6 month period to assess the feasibility of adopting a permanent policy regarding performances by buskers.

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CHS Pics | Seattle Acoustic Festival at All Pilgrims

Newly expanded to three days — “We wanted it to stay small and focused but we’ve decided to let it grow a little bit” — the Seattle Acoustic Festival’s 2016 edition started off Friday with small crowds and a non-amped-up night of music inside Broadway’s All Pilgrim. The festival continues through Sunday night. Continue reading

Seattle Acoustic Festival quietly grows to three days at Broadway’s All Pilgrims

The Seattle Acoustic Festival returns to Capitol Hill this week with pay what you can pricing, a gloriously underrated musical venue in Broadway’s All Pilgrims, and an expanded three days of performances.

“We wanted it to stay small and focused but we’ve decided to let it grow a little bit,” organizer and musician Elijah Dhawan tells CHS.

The 2016 festival starts Friday and runs through the weekend across three stages at All Pilgrims, 500 Broadway E. This is the third year Dhawan and co-organizer Paul Mauer have held the festival. The two also organize an annual acoustic festival in Olympia. Continue reading