Dino’s Tomato Pie baking plan for new music venue below E Olive Way

Dino’s Tomato Pie is kind of like a Denny at E Olive Way time machine. Its next stop is a small start in reversing the neighborhood’s trend of restaurant concepts and developments pushing out the last vestiges of the Capitol Hill music scene.

“One, I like the idea of anti-gentrification, where small music venues are closing, we can actually add something,” Brandon Pettit tells CHS about a project he hopes will eventually create a new music and events venue at Dino’s.

Two, Pettit has a Dino’s-sized underground level to work with below the bustling pizza joint. Continue reading

Seattle Classic Guitar Society Presents Michael Partington

The Seattle Classic Guitar Society is proud to present award-winning British guitarist Michael Partington on Saturday, March 4, 7:30 pm at Illsley Ball Recital Hall, featuring music by Albéniz, Giuliani, Johanson, Piazzolla, da Milano, and new music composed for him by Stephen Goss. “Lyricism, intensity and clear technical command” – Classical Guitar Magazine

Seattle Classic Guitar Society presents Michael Partington

Seattle Classic Guitar Society presents Michael Partington

Balkan Night NW

Balkan Night Northwest is a joyous explosion of music, dance and tradition from all over the Balkans, from Albania, through Serbia, Croatia, and Macedonia, Greece, Bulgaria, Romania and beyond! This community event welcomes people of all ages, making this a family event for kids and grandparents alike. This year we have dozens of bands providing non-stop music on three stages, with delicious ethnic food provided by the Seattle Croatian and Greek communities. Bring your friends! No dance experience necessary!

Saturday, March 4th
3 pm opening ceremonies with Kukeri, Bells, gaidas, tapans, zournas and more!
Here is a preview…
Spread the word! Select “going” on the facebook invite and choose friends to invite!
Tickets at: http://www.strangertickets.com/events/39211659/balkan-night-northwest-2017

More info: balkannightnw.com

Be a Balkan Night Northwest Benefactor!

Exclusive private concert with Chris and Vlado and band!!!
3-4 pm at Balkan Night NW (in the kafana)
March 4th at St. Demetrios
Hors d’oeuvres from PFI
slivovitsa, ouzo, beer, wine
$100/person $150/couple
contact balkannightnw@gmail.com to reserve your spot.
Space is limited!

Balkan Night Northwest Afterparty!
March 5th 6-10 pm
Sarajevo Lounge

Bask in the afterglow of Balkan Night Northwest at the cozy Sarajevo Lounge with Chris Bajmakovich and Vlado Pupinoski and band! I just must say that the last time they played for this was one of the top music/dancing experiences of my life! You do not want to miss this. Make a reservation if you want a seat, or just show up and mingle and dance! Ends at 10 pm. All ages.
$15.00 adults
$10.00 under 21
Reservations:(206) 448-9000
Tickets at :http://www.strangertickets.com/events/41234057/balkan-night-northwest-afterparty

YWCA King County Luncheon: Women & Girls Rising

Join YWCA for the King County Luncheon, featuring keynote speaker Angélique Kidjo (three-time Grammy Award-winning singer, activist, and humanitarian), as well as stories of survival, solidarity, and community from women served by YWCA.

Event proceeds will benefit YWCA Seattle | King | Snohomish, which has spent over 120 years advancing the quality of life for women of all ages, races, and faiths. We help more than 15,000 individuals and families a year discover their potential and take control of their future, creating a stronger community where everyone can live with dignity and respect.

Each spring, YWCA’s King County Luncheon brings together over 2,000 guests in support of women and families. Last year, this generous group raised over $1.2 million to fund YWCA programs that provide resources for sexual assault and domestic violence survivors, affordable housing, and job training. The YWCA Luncheon gathers together a community in the fight for equal opportunities for women and girls, and social justice for all.

Make a difference and leave inspired. Register for this event on YWCA’s website or call 206.490.4378.

CHS Pics | Katy Perry’s Capitol Hill disco ball


(Images: Joshua Lewis for CHS)

Calling all champion Easter egg hunters and pop music enthusiasts — Katy Perry has launched a worldwide hunt for disco balls teasing her new single “Chained to the Rhythm.”

CHS decided to play along and found a disco ball in Cal Anderson Park chained to a bench by the reflecting pool Wednesday morning.

People walked by the disco ball looking at it, and a few stopped to plug in their headphones and listen to the snippet of the single scheduled to be released in full on Friday. Continue reading

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.