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.
Quarter Lounge envelopes patrons in a laid back setting laced with traditional bar games while pacifying ravenous thirsts with nine brews on tap and a smattering of bottled beverages. Sudsmiths can swig back a domestic ($3.50) glass brimming with Bud Light or Pabst while microbrew ($5) seekers can peruse the line-up of specialty pourables including Manny's Pale Ale, Lucille IPA, and Pike Dry Wit, a summertime Belgian white boasting a dry finish and a stellar impersonation of Jean-Claude Van Damme. A free bowl of popcorn keeps any wet whistle from drowning while an on-tap draft such as Pacifico ($5) washes down kernels like a rubber duckies surfing the Amazon River.
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.
Beady Eye squeezes its stadium-ready sound into the intimate Showbox at the Market, reinvading U.S. shores on its 2011 tour. Rising from the ashes of the long-lived, seminal British band Oasis, inimitable vocalist Liam Gallagher, guitarists Gem Archer and Andy Bell, and drummer Chris Sharrock transfix audiences with potent doses of Rickenbacker crunch, Ludwig thump, and cockney vocal rasp. In support of its jaunty debut album, Different Gears, Still Speeding, the band drills at top volume into the essence of pop music. From the art-deco Showbox’s standing-room space, audiences can digest the fuzz-laden hooks and take in Liam’s signature microphone stance without having to climb a Jumbotron. Starting the show, UK duo Black Box Revelation raise pulses with unabashed energy, very bashed drums, and guitars that refuse to shave.
GameWorks fosters friendly competition between kids and adults by surrounding pizza, draft beer, and half-pound burgers with a mosaic of interactive pursuits. Each location holds more than 150 arcade-style games, which include racing and shooting challenges from Sega as well as lower-tech classics such as pinball.
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.
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