First look: the new Neumos and The Runaway

Some 25 years after its birth as Moe’s Mo’Roc’N Café in an old Salvation Army at the corner of 10th and Pike, Neumos showed off the results of its 2017 overhaul with a party Wednesday night.

There is an upgraded sound system and new lighting to keep the club rocking. There is a new life for the old Moe Bar next door. And there are smaller changes — yes, the bathrooms have been redone — and new details like a plaque to honor longtime friend of the club, Jon “Gash” Sanders, who died in 2016 and is remembered as the “Pope of Capitol Hill.”

“Our new sound system will blow you away and possibly is the best in the city,” Neumos talent buyer Steven Severin said in a message to friends about the reopening. Continue reading

Diplo, Run the Jewels, and 21 years on E Pike: Capitol Hill Block Party announces 2017 lineup

Neumos, the Pike/Pine club behind the annual music Capitol Hill Block Party, is already celebrating this week with a Wednesday grand re-opening marking its new sound, new lights, and new bar. Tuesday morning, owner Jason Lajeunesse once again returned to Seattle’s KEXP to announce the lineup for the 2017 edition of CHBP, the event’s 21st year as a major music festival.

Slated for the weekend of July 21st to 23rd this year, here are the headliners for 2017, Lajeunesse’s 11th year with the event: Continue reading

Neumos has new sound, new lights, new bar The Runaway

The Temples helped break in the new Neumos sound system over the weekend (Image: David Endicott via Neumos)

The Temples helped break in the new Neumos sound system over the weekend (Image: David Endicott via Neumos)

The quiet start to 2017 is over for Neumos and the live music venue at the corner of 10th and Pike is ready to unveil the results of its overhaul — and a new form for its next door lounge.

Let’s start with the music. Neumos and its underground sibling Barboza now have a new sound and light system and a system of “seven closed circuit TV monitors of the Neumos stage for live performances in the mezzanine and other areas of the venue.”

Additional upgrades include:
· New mezzanine layout, completely opening up the balcony to the showroom.
· Fully renovated bathrooms in mezzanine and main floor.
· New stage and production areas.
· New layout in the showroom, include removing the small bar near the stage and adding a new bar in the back of the showroom.
· Complete heat and AC system installation.
· Displayed poster archives from the last decade.
· Exterior building mural honoring the musicians and bands that have graced the stage over the last 20 years, designed and painted by local artist Wierdo.

Meanwhile, the old Moe Bar is gone. In its place, meet the Joan Jett-inspired, Paseo sandwich-powered The Runaway: Continue reading

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

NEW THIS YEAR!
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!
http://www.balkannightnw.com/benefactor

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

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(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