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.