Metronome Coffee's founders built their business around the idea of fresh coffee, tasty foods, and good music to sooth both cravings and consciences. They acquire their coffee through direct trade with farmers, each cup benefiting the people who did the hard work of growing it. They stock their pastry case with treats from local Corina Bakery and serve up hot pancakes made from scratch. They even squeeze their orange juice fresh. And they pair their food and drink with the tunes of local artists, helping customers discover new music.
Set in Rosebud, a 19th-century mining town, Boom Town takes audiences 145 years back in time on a whimsical Old West adventure. World-class circus performers, including many drawn from the ranks of Cirque du Soleil, use mining equipment and other colorful props to execute a variety of stunts and maneuvers worthy of double, triple, and quadruple takes. The acrobatic action takes place within the fittingly historical walls of the venerable Pantages Theater, a former vaudeville venue and movie house. Before or after the show, head down the street to Pacific Grill, where chef/owner Gordon Naccarato oversees a menu rich in nautical delicacies such as weathervane scallops ($30) and turf-based tastes including grilled lamb T-bone chops ($32).
For over a century, the Seattle Symphony has built its audience and enraged Rumpelstilskins with an ever-growing collection of accolades and golden awards. Two Emmy-winning television specials stand out among a list of credentials that also includes 12 Grammy nominations and upward of 140 recordings. The orchestra continues to live up to its esteemed reputation thanks to new principal pops conductor Jeff Tyzik who has been hailed, "Among the best pops conductors in America,” by Rochester Democrat & Chronicle. He has also been recognized as an innovative conductor through his startling arrangements, original programming, and engaging rapport with audiences of all ages. The symphony is also well known for performing classical juggernauts such as The Rite of Spring as well as more whimsical nights of jazz standards.
Named Billboard's top Hot 100 artist of 2010, electropop sensation Ke$ha electrifies fans with catchy tunes, punchy lyrics, and a larger-than-life persona. With a list of chart-topping hits that includes "TiK ToK," "We R Who We R," and "Your Love is My Drug," Ke$ha charms even the most curmudgeonly, highbrow ears with irreverent lyrics and taut, shimmering beats that stick in listeners' heads like dreams covered in peanut butter. Presided over by a quirkily becostumed Ke$ha, the Get $leazy tour sucks fans into a nonstop, glitter-filled night of dancing, performance, and languor-shattering rapture. LMFAO, the tuneful twosome behind the high-energy hit "Party Rock Anthem," and electro-rapper Spank Rock complement Ke$ha's sonic spectacle with their own dulcet melodies.
Steps from the famous Pike Place Market, music fans can’t miss the huge sign in front of this branch of the international casual dining chain. With scads of memorabilia from Seattle’s music scene, Hard Rock Cafe diners can find Eddie Vedder’s acoustic guitar, instruments played by Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic, a 1969 Fender Stratocaster used by Jimi Hendrix, plus a handwritten poem and notes from Bob Dylan, John Lennon, and more. The menu inside the rocking space reads like a pub-food playlist, featuring various spins on classic burgers, Ben & Jerry’s milkshakes, dry-aged steaks, fish and chips with Shock Top beer batter, and salads with house-made dressings. Worth a peek is the rooftop terrace, with its comfortable seating and sleek fire pits, which looks out on the city with views of the Market and Elliott Bay.
The granddaddy of Seattle jazz clubs, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley has showcased inimitable jazz legends and contemporary recording artists for more than 35 years. Every seat in this intimate, sophisticated venue is within 50 feet of the stage, offering great sightlines that are complemented by a state-of-the art sound system. Not that it’s entirely necessary – the intimate, hip interior holds sound well, and the blaring sounds of horns, guitars and wailing voices more than fill the room. The sexy candlelit ambience also makes Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley a popular destination for special occasions and dates, with owners John and Carla Dimitriou offering a menu of Pacific Northwest-inspired cuisine. Ticket prices vary according to the artist, and reservations are strongly advised.