BAD JUJU LOUNGE
Singer/songwriter, indie/pop/rock, country/folk/blues, jazz, hip-hop
1425 10th Ave. * (206) 709-9951
Attached to Neumo's and the Reading Room, the Bad Juju Lounge is a hip, small place located in the heart of trendy Capitol Hill nightlife. Predominantly indie crowd.
1207 Pine St. * (206) 625-4444
The Baltic Room is famous for bringing DJs of international renown to Seattle. The interior is classy but the bass is booming. A rare dance club that puts class before ass.
CAFE VENUS AND THE MARSBAR
Singer/songwriter, indie/pop/rock, down-tempo DJs
609 Eastlake Ave. * (206) 624-4516
Weekend shows have a soundman, but weeknight shows are DIY. You can rent microphones and cables from the bar. Indie to rich-indie (a.k.a. underground yuppie) crowd.
Booking: firstname.lastname@example.org, attn. Matt Ashworth
207 First Ave. S * (206) 622-0209
The Central is, like, 100 years old and attracts a fairly rough-and-tumble crowd. Would be really smoky if Washington allowed it. To be taken seriously, BYO pool cue.
Booking: www.centralsaloon.com/booking (includes demo sending instructions)
Indie/pop/rock, heavy/loud rock, DJs/dance music, hip-hop
1325 E. Madison St. * (206) 324-8000
All the best hip-hop in Seattle happens here, but the indie rock is high-profile too. Chop Suey is small and, more to the point, centered on music. Tough to play your first (or 10th) time out.
Booking: Colin Johnson at email@example.com
Rock, heavy/loud/punk rock
922 E. Pike St. * 323-9853
A workingman's Pabst hole in a hip location. Allows dogs, spit on floor, etc. Great place for a band that likes to play drunk.
Indie/pop/rock, heavy/loud rock, singer/songwriter, hip-hop
2200 Second Ave. * (206) 441-5611
Premier live music venue, rich with history, it's a Seattle staple and damn proud of it. Nirvana used to play here. Colin Meloy sold his merch here after shows. Like, in person.
Booking: information on demo acceptance at the Website
610 First Ave. * (206) 682-3705
The place for rock-loving, non-scenester adults who still want some excitement in their nightlife.
Booking: Craig Cook (425) 489-7900
Singer/songwriter, country/folk/blues, acoustic
3517 Fremont Ave. N * (206) 548-1508
Bring some friends if you want a crowd on a weekday. Solo acoustic sets happen in front of a fireplace a la James Taylor but drunk.
Booking: Matt Kramer (206) 548-1508
Indie/pop/rock, heavy/loud/punk rock, hip-hop, instrumental, whatever's cool
109 Eastlake Ave. E * (206) 262-0482
Booking: check Website
Side note: There are El Corazon concerts every night, so bring your friends to the show and pack the place to get booked again.
Loud rock, dance/DJs, bands that tour a lot
1700 First Ave. S * (206) 382-7877
This place is really big -- Cessna airplane-hangar big -- with a beefy sound system. Lots of space to fill. The Fenix books cover bands and bands like Warrant. Play here if your game is tight like your pants.
Booking: (206) 382-7877
Punk, heavy/loud rock
206 Fifth Ave. N * (206) 374-8400
Across from Seattle Center, the whole area wishes it would go away, but it never will. Professionalism optional if you want to get beat up, but showing up on time and presenting a schedule will make you some friends.
Booking: Brian Foss, firstname.lastname@example.org
257 100th Ave., Bellevue * (425) 452-6118
An all-ages teen center unlike any that exist in normal cities. The sound equipment is pretty good, and the environment attracts the same bands that play Seattle clubs.
Whatever's cool, hip, happening
513 N. 36th St. * (206) 632-0212
This place is small and can either be the pinnacle of hipness or the nadir of fratness. KEXP broadcasts live from here sometimes.
KIRKLAND TEEN CENTER
348 Kirkland Ave., Kirkland * (425) 822 3088
A much nicer stage and audio situation than most teen centers. Mainly teen bands, but the Divorce plays here from time to time.
Booking: (425) 822-3088
LAST SUPPER CLUB
124 S. Washington St. * (206) 748-9975
People come here, buy expensive drinks, and hook up with each other. Book yourself for a DJ slot here only if you can hang on the international circuit.
Indie/pop/rock, heavy/loud rock, hip-hop, dance/DJs
412 N. 36th St. * (206) 632-2020
Across the street from the High Dive, Nectar has live music all the time -- part of the reason Fremont is a key place for struggling bands making the "Seattle scene."
Indie/pop/rock, heavy/loud rock, hip-hop, dance/DJs
925 E. Pike St. * (206) 709-9442
A big place that attracts a lot of underground heat. A premier concert venue.
OLD FIRE HOUSE
16510 NE 79th St., Redmond * (425) 556-2370
A great all-ages venue. Bands bigger than you might think play here, but with teen-center staples like adult supervision and clean bathrooms.
THE PARADOX (ON HIATUS UNTIL DEC)
1401 NW Leary Way * No Phone
This is a nonprofit venue run and staffed by volunteers. It is all-ages, all the time. Great place, big floor.
Booking: Website for instructions, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org to follow up.
Web: www.theparadox.org, myspace.com/the_paradox
Indie/pop/rock, heavy/loud rock
5433 Ballard Ave. NW * (206) 784-4880
The crowd here prefers harder rock, but will negotiate if the band "really feels it."
Booking: Kwab Copeland , email@example.com
5213 Ballard Ave. NW * (206) 789-3599
Exists as a gathering place for the Uncle Tupelo set. It's like No Depression magazine in the form of a venue. Cigs? Yes. Whiskey? Yes. Hair products? No.
1916 Fourth Ave. * (206) 956-VERA
Premier nonprofit, all-ages concert venue. The acts are usually a cut above and the place is run really well. Books two to four months in advance.
ACME FOOD & amp; DRINK
Indie rock, loud rock, hip-hop/DJ, 21+
1304 SE Eighth Ave. * (503) 230-9020
Singer/songwriter, indie rock, country/folk/blues, all ages
3017 SE Milwaukie Ave * (503) 233-1994
Booking: Mark Adler, (503) 233-1994
Singer/songwriter, jam band, country/folk/blues, hip-hop/DJ, indie rock, loud rock, jazz/instrumental, all ages
4315 SE Division St. * (503) 803-5942
ASH STREET SALOON
Hip-hop/DJ, indie rock, loud rock, 21+
225 SW Ash St. * (503) 226-0430
Singer/songwriter, indie/rock, loud rock, hip-hop DJ, all ages
10 SW Third Ave.* 248-4579
Booking: Conrad Loebl, (503) 226.2122 ext. 3
Singer/songwriter, country/folk/blues, jam band, instrumental, 21+
6000 NE Glisan St.* (503) 233-1178
Booking: Ian at the Pub, (503) 233-1178
THE BLUE MONK
3341 SE Belmont St. * (503) 595-0575
Indie rock, jam band, singer/songwriter, country/folk/blues
6835 SW Macadam Ave. * (503) 244-7111
Booking: Jared Mannis, firstname.lastname@example.org
Indie rock, loud rock, 21+
1 SW Third Ave. * (503) 226-6630
Booking: Frank Faillace, (503) 226-6630
Singer/songwriter, indie rock, loud rock, jam band
830 E. Burnside St. * (503) 231-9663
This is the hottest Jetson's-inspired log cabin in town. Booked by the Decemberists' photog, this is as hot as hot gets. Good luck getting booked here.
Booking: Alicia Rose, email@example.com
Indie rock, loud rock, 21+
1905 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. * (503) 493-8637
Booking: Mark, firstname.lastname@example.org
Jam band, hip-hop/DJ, indie rock, country/folk/blues, 21+
2845 SE Stark St. * (503) 239-9292
Indie rock, loud rock, all ages
3862 SE Hawthorne Blvd. * (503) 233-7100
Singer/songerwriter, hip-hop/DJ, indie rock, loud rock, 21+
1001 SE Morrison St. * (503) 239-7639
Singer/songwriter, country/folk/blues, jam band, instrumental/jazz, hip-hop/Dj, 21+
2229 SE Hawthorne Blvd. * (503) 239-4002
Loud rock, all ages
315 SE Third Ave. * (503) 234-LOVE
MISSISSIPPI PIZZA PUB
Singer/songwriter, hip-hop/DJ, indie rock, loud rock, country/folk/blues, jazz/instrumental, jam band, all ages
3552 N. Mississippi Ave. * (503) 288-3231
Booking: Sunny, (503) 888-4480
NEW PARIS THEATRE
Loud rock, all ages
6 SW Third Ave. * (503) 224-8313
Booking: Hugo Paris, (971) 506-4846
ROCK 'N' ROLL PIZZA
Loud rock, hip-hop/DJ, all ages
11140 SE Powell Blvd. * (503) 760-7646
Booking: Dave, email@example.com
SABALA'S AT MOUNT TABOR
Loud rock, 21+
4811 SE Hawthorne Blvd. * (503) 238-1646
At Sabala's, the thrashier and the noisier, the better. A popular southeast Portland venue for thrash fanatics and horror movie buffs alike. And it's at the foot of a dormant volcano - could it be any more metal?!
Hip-hop/DJ, indie rock, loud rock, country/folk/blues, jam band, 21+
3100 NE Sandy Blvd. * (503) 238-0543
Booking: Lisa, firstname.lastname@example.org
Web: www.thetoniclounge.com, myspace.com/thetoniclounge
Caf & eacute; Wonder
128 NE Russell St. * (503) 284-8686
Hip-hop/DJ, loud rock, indie rock, singer/songwriter, country, folk/blues, most shows in the ballroom are 21+, Caf & eacute; Wonder is all ages
Booking: Howie Bierbaum, (503) 284-8686
769 E. Hastings * (604) 764-PUNK
Hip-hop/DJ, loud rock, indie
210 Abbott * (604) 681-6666
Web: thelamplighter.ca, myspace.com/thelamplighter
1926 W. Broadway * (604) 733-5862
Indie, loud rock
403 East Hastings St. * (604) 255-4301
Booking: Steve Chase (604) 874-7906, email@example.com
Loud rock, indie, hip-hop
620 W. Pender * (604) 682-3221
Booking: Warren Armstrong, (604) 572-0613; firstname.lastname@example.org
DJ loud rock
340 Cambie St. * (604) 602-0644
Booking: Pierre (604) 537-1405
THE BIG EASY
416 S. Ninth St. * (208) 327-1212
Owned and operated by Bravo Entertainment, just like our Big Easy. Might be a long shot, but give them a try, especially if you have a relationship with Big Easy Spokane.
Web: bigeasyconcerts.com, myspace.com/bigeasyboise
Loud rock, indie rock, blues
1010 W. Main St. * (208) 345-6605
Loud rock, metal, hip-hop
1576 Grove St. * No Phone
Booking: Kimra, (208) 713-4085, Lisa (metal shows) myspace.com/markofkain
Indie, DJs, loud rock
111 N. 11th St. * (208) 343-0886
Reggae, blues, world music
105 S. Sixth St. * (208) 287-9200
Jam band, DJs, indie
1519 W. Main St. * (208) 342-1776
521 Broad St. * (208) 919-0011
Loud rock, indie
251 N. Main St., Ketchum * (208) 726-5297
Outside Boise. A lot of people play here on their way to somewhere else.
Booking: Cory Ballentine email@example.com
SAM BOND'S GARAGE
407 Blair Blvd. * (541) 431-6603
Eugene's premier live music venue, especially for Americana-tinged acts. Shows seven days a week in lively pub environment.
Booking: firstname.lastname@example.org (541) 343-2635
50 E. 11th St. * (541) 686-6619
Booking: Isaac Hall, (541) 228-7472
COZMIC PIZZA @ THE STRAND
Eighth Ave. and Charnelton St. * (541) 338-9333
LUCKEY'S CLUB CIGAR
933 Olive St. * (541) 687-4643
Booking: Sam Hahn, (541) 510-5205
922 Garfield St. * (541) 345-3606
Booking: Cindy Ingram, (541) 485-7533, myspace.com/cindyingram
291 W. Eighth Ave. * (541) 687-2746
Booking: Mike Hergenreter, (541) 687-2746, email@example.com
BEND DISTILLERY AND MARTINI BAR
Singer/songwriter, country/folk/blues, jazz/instrumental
850 NW Brooks St. * (541) 388-6868
Booking: Jaime Kitchens, (541) 388-6868
1033 NW Bond St. * (541) 318-8578
JC'S BAR AND GRILL
642 NW Franklin Ave. * (541) 383-3000
Booking: MariAnne Cox, (541) 383-3000
Jazz/instrumental, country/folk/blues, singer/songwriter
700 NW Bond St. * (541) 382-5174
Booking: Jan Haedinger, (503) 288-6556, firstname.lastname@example.org
125 SW Second St. * (541) 754-8522
Booking: Stephanie Mather, (541) 754-8522
Web: www.nowtowns.com/peacock, myspace.com/peacockbargrill
Rock, jazz, loud rock
100 SW Second St. * (541) 753-8057
Booking: Greg Little, (541) 753-8057
BIG RIVER RESTAURANT AND BAR
101 NW Jackson Ave. * (541) 757-0694
Booking: Joe Holdgrafer, (541) 757-0694 ext. 215
1611 Everett Ave. * (425) 259-3551
Booking: Jason Sofie, (425) 259-3551
JIMMY Z'S NIGHTCLUB
Rock & amp; roll
1712 Hewitt Ave. * (425) 339-2424
Booking: Joe Durbin, (425) 339-2424
JIMMY JACK'S RESTAURANT
13428 Hwy. 99 * (425) 745-1590
Booking: Diane Kennedy, (425) 742-6608
1630 Lancaster Dr. NE * (503) 588-9525
Booking: Gizzelle Williams
THE COFFEE HOUSE
Country/folk/blues, indie/pop/rock, singer/songwriter
135 Liberty St. NE * (503) 371-6768
Booking: Larry Delapp, (503) 371-6768
LEFTY'S PIZZERIA AND BLUES CLUB
1230 State St.* (503) 371-3855
Booking: (503) 371-3855
With indie stalwarts like Phil Elverum, Karl Blau and Mount Eerie calling it home, Anacortes has joined Olympia to bookend Puget Sound's fertile musical shelf. Well worth the drive from I-5.
Bluegrass, blues, jazz
510 Commercial Ave. * 588-0653
BROWN LANTERN ALE HOUSE
Indie, folk, singer/songwriter
412 Commercial Ave. * (360) 293-2544
One of the oldest pubs in Washington, they've seen their fair share of Pacific Northwest darlings (Laura Veirs, Velella Velella, The Visible Men), but they're interested in hearing from three- to four-piece touring bands, too.
1717 Commercial Ave. * (360) 293-9788
Along with the Department of Safety, Anacortes' other all-ages, indie/folkie bastion. Just make sure to bring your own P.A. system (and no, they won't do your postering for you).
Booking: Liz, email@example.com
DEPARTMENT OF SAFETY
Indie, rock, folk, singer/songwriter, hip-hop, all the above
1011 12th St.
All-ages music venue, art gallery, recording studio and creative space housed in an old firehouse/police station downtown. Resident artists include Laura Veirs, Karl Blau and Mount Eerie and Norfolk & amp; Western's Adam Selzer. Only a few shows a month. Everybody from locals to Architecture in Helsinki and the Mountain Goats have played here.
Web: departmentofsafety.com, myspace.com/departmentofsafety
THE ROCKFISH GRILL AND ANACORTES BREWERY
Jazz, blues, other
320 Commercial Ave. * (509) 588-1720
614 S. First St., Mt. Vernon * (360) 336-0602
Booking: (360) 336-0602
CUES 'N' BREWS
708 Metcalf St., Sedro-Woolley * (360) 855-2263
Booking: (360) 855-2263
BUCER'S COFFEE HOUSE PUB
Jazz, folk, blues, instrumental
201 S. Main Street, Moscow * (208) 882-5216
Booking: (208) 882-5216
JOHN'S ALLEY TAVERN
114 E. Sixth St., Moscow * (208) 883-7662
Booking: (208) 883-7662
CJ'S CADILLAC JACK'S
112 N. Main St., Moscow * (208) 883-3147
Booking: Phil, (208) 883-3147
RAY'S GOLDEN LION
1353 George Washington Way, Richland * (509) 720-1048
Booking: Dustin Stecker, (509) 720-1048
Web: www.raysgoldenlion.com; www.myspace.com/raysgoldenlion
Jazz, instrumental, folk, blues
894 Tulip Lane, Richland * (509) 627-5000
Booking: Dawn Bargo, (509) 627-5000
321 ART SPACE
321 W. Kennewick Ave., Kennewick
BOB'S KEG AND CORK
27 N. Front St. * (509) 573-3691
Booking: (509) 573-3691
The 3B's recent closure has some locals crying that the sky is falling in on Bellingham's local scene, but newcomers like Chiribin's and the Acoustic Tavern look to keep the place afloat.
BAY STREET COFFEE HOUSE
Jazz, singer/songwriter, folk, indie, other
1302 Bay St. * (360) 734-3868
Formerly Stuart's Coffee House.
Booking: Boo, firstname.lastname@example.org
BOUNDARY BAY BREWERY
Folk, singer/songwriter, jazz
1107 Railroad Ave. * (360) 647-5593
Booking: Chris Glass, (360) 483-9197
Indie, loud rock, folk, DJ
113 E. Magnolia St. * (360) 734-0817
One of B'Ham's newest live music venues, Chiribin's hosts all manner of rock-y, indie goodness. No-Fi Soul Rebellion call it home. So do a lot of hipsters from Western. You'll perform in front of a mural with a giant, multicolored rooster playing the piano.
Booking: Joel Myrene (book through MySpace)
516 High St. * (360) 650-3000
Okay, this isn't actually a venue. It's a Monday night student-run radio show, broadcast from Western. It's also a Website (see below) with a lot of good resources regarding the local music scene. Check out both.
Booking: Mat Fuller
FAIRHAVEN PUB AND MARTINI BAR
1114 Harris Ave. * (360) 671-6745
GREEN FROG CAFÉ (A.K.A. ACOUSTIC TAVERN)
Folk, singer/songwriter, indie, others
902 N. State St. * (360) 756-1213
Customers love playing the Green Frog. The house provides instruments -- guitar, bass, mandolin, banjo -- for just anybody to futz around on. (And the peanuts are free!) Performers must like it, though. They've got Chuckanut Drive and Clampett, Gaddis and Buck in their Top 8.
Booking: James (call or use MySpace)
Rock, indie, folk, blues, jazz
211 E. Chestnut St. * (360) 527-1531
This is perhaps the place to play in Bellingham, hosting a good mix of local acts and up-and-coming indie, rock, hip-hop and world musicians. Just look at the schedule for May -- Danny Barnes, Over the Rhine, Lyrics Born and South African jazz great Hugh Masekela. If you don't get in on the first attempt, keep trying.
Booking: Tamara, email@example.com
POPPE'S BISTRO & LOUNGE
714 Lakeway Dr. * (360) 392-6520
Small, mostly jazz-oriented groups play at a little stage in the corner of this bar inside the Best Western, but locals say the martini-swilling clientele tend to actually pay attention.
Booking: Donna Hartsell, firstname.lastname@example.org
VIKING UNION UNDERGROUND COFFEEHOUSE
Western Washington University
516 High St. * (360) 650-2846
Only book shows during school year. Hang on to this one.
THE WILD BUFFALO
Rock, indie, blues, jazz.
208 W. Holly St. * (360) 752-0720
This is one of Bellingham's premier music venues, but be sure to read the lengthy booking guidelines on their Website before you even think about trying to get a gig there. They've got more rules than Pol Pot.
Take all the stuffed-shirt politicos from that big domed building and all the crunchy dykes and hippies from Evergreen and smash 'em together. What you get is Olympia's club- and restaurant-lined 4th Avenue. The state's capitol has been a radical indie stomping ground for years, thanks in some part to Kill Rock Stars and K Records, who call it home.
THE 4TH AVE ALE HOUSE & EATERY
210 4th Ave. E. * (360) 786-1444
Rock, indie, folk, singer/songwriter
124 4th Ave. E. * (360) 754-8187
Fans will flock when they see your band wailing through the big picture window on 4th Avenue. They'll stay for the coffee.
THE CHINA CLIPPER
402 4th Ave. E. * (360) 943-6300
Tuesday night Radio8Ball Songwriter Sessions
Indie, loud rock, singer/songwriter, folk
404 4th Ave. E. * (360) 943-5710
The reverse mullet of venues. Party (dining, drinking, Wednesday night trivia) in the front, business in the back (a tiny, high-ceilinged, windowless performance space). Shows are free and each band member gets three free drinks or a free meal.
Web: levoyeur.netfirms.com, myspace.com/levoyeur
All sorts, especially loud and indie rock
421 4th Ave. E.
434 NW Prindle St., Chehalis * (360) 740-0492
Folk, singer/songwriter, world, jazz/blues
300 5th Ave. SW * (360) 705-2819
Old hippies and trustafarians converge here for excellent acoustic and world music. Shows are run concert-style, with $10-$20 tickets. Books about six months out.
Booking: email@example.com (or use phone above)
320 4th Ave. E. * (360) 705-0330
Cost to rent the space is $75.
CLUB IMPACT, INC.
754 Pacific Ave. * (253) 274-1583
Tacoma's Rock Coffee. All ages, plenty of shoegaze, emo and screamo.
Booking: Derek Smith, Derek@clubimpact.org
Web: clubimpact.org, myspace.com/clubimpact
Rock, Loud Rock
3829 6th Ave. * (253) 759-6003
Booking: (253) 209-7798
JAZZBONES RESTAURANT & NIGHTCLUB
2803 6th Ave * (253) 396-9169
The home of jazz in Tacoma, if that's saying anything.
Booking: Fill out online form
Celtic and folk music
3923 S. 12th St. * (253) 761-3482
The Mandolin Caf & eacute; books Celtic and folk music in an artsy-fartsy, coffee-and-magazines environment. They don't pay musicians, but they'll buy you a sandwich and a latte.
NORTHERN PACIFIC COFFEE CO.
Singer/songwriter, folk, small acts
401 Garfield St. S. * (253) 537-8338
Booking: Mike, (253) 318-6862 (Call Mon-Fri 9 am-5 pm)
Rock, folk, hip-hop, singer/songwriter, open mic
2618 6th Ave. * (253) 572-2787
Booking: Karl Sorenson, firstname.lastname@example.org