Aromas from 88 Keys' menu of American and Italian fare waft across floors crowded with jovial dancers shimmying beneath exposed-brick walls. 88 Keys' calendar orbits around the Piano Man's Friday- and Saturday-night dueling-piano shows, which exhibit the impressive nature of musical competition without the expense of shot-putting a cello. Blues showcases, open-mic jams, and a rotating cast of visiting bands round out the schedule.
For over a century, the Seattle Symphony has built its audience and enraged Rumpelstilskins with an ever-growing collection of accolades and golden awards. Two Emmy-winning television specials stand out among a list of credentials that also includes 12 Grammy nominations and upward of 140 recordings. The orchestra continues to live up to its esteemed reputation thanks to new principal pops conductor Jeff Tyzik who has been hailed, "Among the best pops conductors in America,” by Rochester Democrat & Chronicle. He has also been recognized as an innovative conductor through his startling arrangements, original programming, and engaging rapport with audiences of all ages. The symphony is also well known for performing classical juggernauts such as The Rite of Spring as well as more whimsical nights of jazz standards.
Since its 1926 opening, The Triple Door has played many roles—vaudeville theater, movie house, burlesque—and in 2002 it entered its latest incarnation, as an award-winning music venue and lounge. The Musicquarium Lounge at The Triple Door boasts a 1,900-gallon freshwater aquarium, as well as a menu inspired by Asian delicacies and brought to you by the acclaimed Wild Ginger kitchen. Start your evening with some Bangkok boar satay dipped in a golden-raisin plum sauce ($5 each, two for $9), and kick your noshing into high gear with fragrant duck spiced with cinnamon and star anise and served with steamed buns, Sichuan peppercorn salt, and sweet plum sauce ($14.50 half, $23.50 whole). Sip a beer-like beverage ($3.50–$12.50 bottled, $5.50 draft), sake ($8–$15), or cider ($5.25–$15.25) as live music swims into your ear canals most evenings from the lounge stage sans cover charge. Signature cocktails such as the river taxi ($8.50)—made with Mekhong whiskey, coconut water, lemongrass, and pineapple—float on sound waves aboard rafts made of smooth, smooth bass lines.
Copenhagen-based musician Anders Trentemøller enraptures audiences with a four-piece live band that breathes life into his ambient electronic compositions. An accomplished producer who has remixed tracks for fellow Scandinavians Röyksopp and The Knife, Trentemøller garnered international acclaim as an artist with his debut LP, The Last Resort, in 2006, following a string of successful singles and an ill-fated attempt at a concert on Pluto. Onstage, Trentemøller and his band fuse elements of minimal electronica with pounding rock percussion and surf-guitar melodies, tearing through songs off Trentemøller's 2010 sophomore album, Into the Great Wide Yonder, as well as older cuts. The technologically savvy outfit headlined Roskilde Festival in Denmark in 2009, lighting up a crowd of 50,000 people and innumerable balloon animals with disposable incomes. A trio of opening acts primes audiences for the headliner with further electronic bliss, including New York pop outfit Xylos, ambient-experimental artist The Sight Below, and local techno DJ Nordic Soul.
Every evening at El Corazón is a different experience. Although the downtown venue is best known for its rock ‘n’ roll attitude, its calendar presents a genre-defying variety including comedy shows and punk, electroclash, postrock, and postman rock concerts. The majority of their shows are all ages, with a special bar area for the 21-and-up crowds.
Cover your stomach with a warm, electric blanket of food. Today's Groupon gets you $40 worth of comfort food at Shadowland, a low-lit, intimate setting for a relaxing, nourishing, and potentially low-lit, intimate evening. The Restaurant: Helpful waitstaff The Land of Shadows: Usurper king Zand the Pestilent wields Trandmor’s Staff to plunge once peaceful kingdom into darkness