There is still time to ‘save’ Chop Suey as a Capitol Hill music venue

From the building owner’s perspective, there’s plenty of time to work out a deal to save Chop Suey as a music venue said Scott Shapiro, owner since 2005 of the building that houses the Capitol Hill music venue and nightclub.

In February, the asking price for the business — not Shapiro’s building — had been $375,000, according to a listing on a real estate agent’s site found by CHS. The listing – for an “undisclosed bar and club on Capital Hill” – claimed Chop Suey grosses more than $903,000 annually. Capital, indeed.

In recent weeks, the asking price dropped to $99,950.

The agent did not return calls for comment.

Shapiro said the current tenant has “at least a few more years” left on its lease. The building, he said, already has a Class 1 hood, so a conversion to a restaurant would be eased, but that’s not necessarily what his investment company wants. While Shapiro said he’s not ruling out any prospective tenants, he’d like to see it remain a nightlife destination. Continue reading

Filthy and Divine: A John Waters Tribute

“Atropa Productions proudly presents Filthy and Divine: A Tribute to John Waters. A night of Cry Baby cabaret, divine drag and burlesque bizarre with some very talented performers.
All at the gorgeous Columbia City Theater!
Don’t miss this strange and spectacular show!”

Doors are 730 and show starts at 8pm sharp!

Starring:
Backseat Bettie
MissAlex Kennedy
Ivy DuPri
Solange Corbeau
Queenie O’Hart
Cherry Tart
Boom Boom L’Roux
Jacqueline Hyde
Sylvia Steiglemyer -aka Sylvia O’Stayformore
Eric J Lowell-aka Honey Bucket

Featuring Music by:
Lady Krishna’s Peppermint Lounge

And the delightful and comedic host Jeffrey Robert!

Purchase tickets here! $7 adv / $12 at the door

http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/830329

Upbeat on Jackson

Upbeat on Jackson, a series of free monthly concerts kicked off in August with a stop on Mary McBride’s Home Tour. On Saturday, September 20th the Ernestine Anderson Place stage will welcome one of Seattle’s most powerful funk bands, Septimus, led by guitarist Herman Brown.

Septimus will perform on Saturday, September 20th at 7:30pm (doors open at 7pm) at Ernestine Anderson Place – 2010 S. Jackson St. Septimus is a Seattle based group recently given attention as part of the 2009 documentary film “Wheedle’s Groove.” The group formed in the early 70s and has been an integral part of the Seattle soul and funk scene ever since. Leader Herman Brown was part of the Motown group “Ozone,” and has played with Sammy Davis, Jr, Billy Preston, Teena Marie, Shalimar and Al Green.

Being a family band of musicians, songwriters, producers and performers has greatly added to the longevity of this talented group. In the 70s and 80s, Septimus operated a rehearsal studio in the Fremont area of Seattle and provided practice space for some of Seattle’s famous grunge bands. Septimus is comprised of Frankie B (vocals & keyboards), Coleman ‘Bluesman’ Brown (guitar), Ronald Abraham Brown (bass) and Herman HB Brown (guitar).

In keeping with true community spirit, the show is free and open to the public and will also feature additional local musicians and Ernestine Anderson Place residents. The powerful Seattle based, Black Stax, which combines new hip hop and soul, will open for Septimus. Black Stax is comprised of MC Jace ECAj and vocalist Felicia Loud. Their music carries messages of social justice and community uplift delivered in an eclectic urban sound laced with jazz and 70s-era soul.

WEST AFRICA LIVE! A Festival of Music, Food & Dance

Gambia Health Education Liaison Project (GambiaHELP) presents WEST AFRICA LIVE! – a celebration of West African arts and culture.

Experience exhilarating music and dance, sample traditional foods, stroll through a marketplace of handmade African goods, and share stories with visiting Gambians and other travelers. All ages welcome. Profits will benefit a village school in The Gambia.

Performances will include dancing, singing and drumming by Gansango Music & Dance Company, and the enchanting music of the 21-string Mandinka harp played by kora masters Kane Mathis & Sean Gaskell. There will be hands-on activities for children, traditional West African dishes from Bantaba African Restaurant, and wine, beer, and nonalcoholic ginger and hibiscus drinks.

GambiaHELP is a Seattle-based nonprofit that seeds health, education and small-business projects in The Gambia. For more information about the organization or this event, visit www.GambiaHELP.org or call Shelby Tarutis at 206-660-5826.

CHS Video | Capitol Hill + gentrification + power pop = Bridge to Hawaii

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I’m guessing not the destinations that you had in mind
Your brain’s unraveling, the endless traveling
And you can’t go up, jump into the ocean

Tacocat’s newly released video for their song Bridge to Hawaii is a Capitol Hill classic: Bummed out people in the rain bitching about buildings getting torn down get together for a Rav 4 Geo Tracker Hawaii party. Happens. All. The. Time.

h/t to @whitnud and, of course, @TacocaTs.

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Puget Soundtrack: Vox Mod

Join us for the kickoff of our new Music Movies series, Puget Soundtrack, where we invite Seattle musicians and bands to create a live score for a film of their choosing.

In September, local animator and electronic musician Vox Mod (also of Lazer Kitty) sets his encyclopedia sci-fi knowledge loose on a mystery title. Fans have detected influences as far ranging as the ‘90s cartoon Aeon Flux, Carl Sagan’s Cosmos and Jean Giraud’s oil paintings in Vox Mod’s hypnotically cinematic albums and EPs.

Looking for insight into which film he’s choosing? Think Japanese, think dystopian future, think canonical anime influence. “Because science-fiction films are my main inspiration, each album or record I have made is really the soundtrack for a movie I did not make,” he said.

High Voltage wants to keep the music going on E Pike

(Images: Rayna Stackhouse for CHS)

(Images: Rayna Stackhouse for CHS)

_DSC0964The closure of Platinum Records on E Pike is another moment of change for the entertainment culture of Pike/Pine. Those still rocking like High Voltage music and repair shop might feel like they’re the last ones standing.

“We don’t have everything under the sun but it’s really cool that the community wants this place to succeed,” said Pam Sternin.

Sternin says many phone calls she receives are people asking if High Voltage carries certain equipment before they buy from Guitar Center. But the abundance of musicians and music lovers and lack of stores and repair shops on Capitol Hill keep High Voltage buzzing with business which is getting better as the store moves out of its infancy.

The owners have transformed the space in the past two years taking DIY to heart. They added a new wall and stairs to a second floor full of desks and equipment parts where Tanner Brewer repairs amps. Continue reading

Music shop turned supplier to Capitol Hill DJs, Platinum Records searching for new home after 20 years on E Pike


With the sometimes relentless change underway around Pike/Pine and Broadway, you can pretty much take your pick of beloved neighborhood attributes and make an argument proving that special quality is “dying” on Capitol Hill.

We don’t know if music is “dying” but we do know that the world’s leading supplier to Capitol Hill DJs and E Pike guitar gods is having to uproot from its longtime E Pike home after 20 years. Here’s a post from owners Scott McQuain and Ali Tabatabaie reporting his Platinum Records Seattle location is on the move:

To all my Seattle peeps – after twenty years we finally lost our lease at the Seattle Platinum Records. While we look for a new space, we need to clear everything out. I’ll be here all week, so come on down and do some wheelin’ and dealin’! Store fixtures are available also, if you know anybody that’s looking. Display cases, truss, desks, everything must go. Major blowout pricing on vinyl, and now is the time to make us an offer on gear. Major Labor Day Week sale!

Kippy ready to serve back in 2012 (Image: CHS)

Kippy ready to serve back in 2012 (Image: CHS)

CHS stopped by the 915 E Pike shop in 2012 to learn more about the shop’s transformation from music shop to DJ gear and rock band outfitter:

 Located on E Pike since 1994, Platinum sells not only vinyl, but turntables, mixers, lighting — the standard accoutrement and tools needed for the men and women behind the ones and twos.

Platinum’s goal is to be a one stop shop for all things DJ, but there has been enough of a mandate from shoppers that they have now moved into areas that start to blur the line between a DJ shop and a traditional music store.

“We’re starting to get into guitars, picks, guitar strings, drum sticks, because there’s nowhere else on the Hill. We’re kind of venturing out, and honestly, it’s been a hit. We’ve been going through guitar strings like crazy,” said Platinum’s manager of ten years, Kippy.

A check of permits doesn’t reveal anything about what’s next for the E Pike space. Across the street, music lovers will still have High Voltage around — we hope! — for guitar and gearhead browsing.

The Portland Platinum continues to operate at 104 SW 2nd Ave.

We have messages out to Platinum’s ownership to learn more about what’s next. With Chop Suey up for sale, maybe some kind of music miracle pairing can be worked out.

You can buy Capitol Hill’s Chop Suey for $99,950

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A peek inside from the Chop Suey real estate listing

A peek inside from the Chop Suey real estate listing

Everything is for sale. Just ask Broadway’s Charlie’s. The restaurant’s owner Ken Bauer has listed the Capitol Hill classic for years.

On Thursday, Seattle’s only music writer David Segal posted about the peculiar real estate listings involving 14th and Madison rock club Chop Suey and got some intel from longtime neighborhood booker Jodi Ecklund.

“The most recent development is that the price was significantly dropped from the original asking price. The issue is the rent on the building is 13k; even with a thriving club like Chop Suey, that is not sustainable. I have heard there are some interested parties and I have been contacted by a few folks for more insight. My number one concern is that if Chop Suey is purchased, I hope it is by someone who values the local music scene.

If you’re wondering, Dave Meinert tells us he’s not interested in owning “a live music venue.” We’ll let you parse that statement.

Team Dresch on the Suey stage in 2013 (Image: CHS)

Team Dresch on the Suey stage in 2013 (Image: CHS)

To be clear, Chop Suey is for sale.

Not the 1325 E Madison building across the street from the former Piecora’s where a six-story development is planned. Continue reading

One last song from the piano in Volunteer Park

Monty Banks

Monty Banks

The pianos in the parks are gone, auctioned off to the highest bidders to support public open spaces in King County. In addition to inspiring musical spins around Capitol Hill’s green spaces, the Pianos in the Parks campaign has also inspired some excellent performances. A contest to capture some of the best from around the parks system has wrapped up — the winning video shot down on the waterfront is below. We’ve also included a finalist who chose the Volunteer Park piano for his plinking — check out the performance by Monty Banks after the jump. Continue reading