Filed under: Music | Tags: Big World Breaks, black stax, Bulldog Horns, DJ Miguel Rockwell, drumline, Garfield High School, Helladope, Hi-Life Sound System, Jerm, JusMoni, Madrona K-8, massive monkees, music program, One Family Inc., Reign City, Spring Classic, the crocodile, The Town Entertainment, Turtle T, vera project, Vicious Puppies, Washington Middle School, Xperience
Spring Classic Vol. 1
Spring Classic Vol. 2
If you watched Macklemore’s rousing performance at the Mariners’ opening day game, you may recall seeing members of Garfield High School’s drumline proudly backing the local rapper. School music programs need funding now more than ever, and the Spring Classic 2011 performances seek to benefit the drumline programs at Garfield High School, Washington Middle School, and Madrona K-8. On Saturday, April 30, you can catch Spring Classic Vol. 1 at the Crocodile with Big World Breaks featuring Black Stax, Xperience, Hi-Life Sound System, and DJ Miguel Rockwell. Spring Classic Vol. 2 will be held at the Vera Project with Big World Breaks featuring Massive Monkees, JusMoni, Turtle T, Vicious Puppies, Bulldog Horns, and the Garfield High School Drumline. Both performances will be hosted by Jerm of Helladope. Credit goes to One Family Inc., Reign City and The Town Entertainment for putting together the shows. Click the links above for times and ticket prices for both events.
Filed under: Music | Tags: Earthwise Salvage, john roderick, Odd Fellows, Pretty Parlor, shelby earle, the crocodile, the long winters, The Showbox
If you love Seattle and you love music, then you should really watch the video linked above. Musician John Roderick of the Long Winters and Harvey Danger takes viewers on a “Rock Star Guide to the Galaxy Seattle.” The rock star stops at such city gems as Odd Fellows, Pretty Parlor, The Crocodile (including a chat with photographer great Charles Peterson), Earthwise Salvage, The Showbox (the night of the Telekinesis show), Shelby Earle recording with Eric Corson and Le Pichet. Be sure to give it a watch.
Filed under: Music | Tags: alice in chains, Nirvana, Pearl Jam, the crocodile
Sure, Belltown’s Crocodile Café holds a place near and dear to the hearts of many Seattleites. But now Gibson Guitar is singing The Croc’s praises, recognizing the music club of local legend as one of the ten greatest rock venues of all time. Catapulted into worldwide rock relevance by the grunge explosion of the early nineties, The Crocodile made Gibson’s impressive shortlist for establishing itself as “the prime stomping ground for the burgeoning Seattle music scene”–a legacy which still endures today. In the venue’s relatively short history (it’s only been around 16 years) The Crocodile has played host to big name acts, like R.E.M., Sonic Youth, The Beastie Boys and even Yoko Ono, not to mention some little homegrown bands you might’ve heard of—Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains, Death Cab for Cutie and Nirvana. You know, just to name a few. For more details or to read the entire list of venues, check out the link.
Filed under: Music | Tags: Ben Gibbard, death cab for cutie, one shot seattle, the crocodile
One Shot Seattle
Check out this video from One Shot Seattle of Death Cab For Cutie’s Ben Gibbard playing “405″ and “I Am a Kaleidoscope” at The Crocodile. One Shot Seattle is a Seattle spin on La Blogothèque and features spontaneous live musical performances with one camera and in one take filmed in various, unique locations in or around Seattle.
This Saturday, January 9, Seattle School of Rock students will perform music from Northwest artists past and present. Beginning at 5:00 pm, this is the Crocodile’s first all ages show. Click the above link to purchase tickets and find out more!
Filed under: Music | Tags: no depression, Seattle City of Music, seattle hip hop, the crocodile, Wheedle's Groove
The Seattle Times’ Jonathan Zwickel runs through Seattle’s 2009 musical landscape. He highlights the momentous leap forward for 206 Hip Hop, the revival of Americana powerhouse No Depression, the re-opening of the Crocodile, the amazing reunion of Seattle’s soul community on the Wheedles’ Groove compilation and more. Also highlighted was our office’s City of Music Initiative which passed an admissions-tax exemption that helped certain venues retain more profits from shows and opened the Artist Clinic, providing low-cost health care to artists and musicians via the Country Doctor on Capitol Hill.
Rock Daily spotted some reports about a near Soundgarden reunion last night in Seattle at one of Tom Morello’s Justice Tour stops. RS reader Chris Senn writes in with an eyewitness account of what went down at the Crocodile Café. “Of course, with Tom Morello and Wayne Kramer in the building it’s a given the audience is in for some kind of incarnation of ‘Kick Out the Jams.’ For lead vocals they brought out Mark Arm, lead singer of Mudhoney, while Morello and Kramer faced off in a guitar duel front and center stage. Shortly after this an additional guitarist showed up quietly, playing at the side of the stage. Although it’s been over a decade since Soundgarden broke up and his signature beard is now gray, there’s no mistaking Kim Thayil!”
The Crocodile is back — and in fine form. The iconic rock club opened officially Saturday night with Hot Buttered Rum, after closing suddenly back in December. It may still be called the Crocodile (sans the “Café” that no one used anyway), but it’s a completely different animal now. Gone is the annoying pole that blocked a clear view to the stage. Gone also are the cafe setting and the stools. But inside, the Croc looks like an artist loft, with deep-red-painted walls, where old posters from concerts from the club’s formidable years now hang. Also, the bathrooms are not like any nightclub I know — completely clean, painted white with shiny white tiles. I wonder how long that will last.
On Thursday, the iconic club — formerly the Crocodile Cafe — opens its doors once more. The club closed suddenly in December 2007 due to financial difficulties. It has since been completely remodeled. The space now features a showroom and a full service Via Tribunali dining room, formerly occupied by a bar. The club opened in 1991, and hosted such stars as Nirvana, Pearl Jam, the Beastie Boys and R.E.M. To break in the club once again, the public is invited, free of charge, to check out some local bands Thursday and Friday.
Seattle will welcome back an old friend with a new look Saturday when The Crocodile reopens its doors after the venerable nightclub was abruptly shuttered more than a year ago. The venue, which first opened its doors in 1991, was resurrected after a group of investors bought the club last year, assuring Seattlites the Crocodile will rock once again.