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.
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.
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.
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.
Since 1991, The Crocodile's stage has served as the honorary home of such rockers as Nirvana, Pearl Jam, and Cheap Trick, making it a virtual incubator of the Seattle sound. U.K. artist Gold Panda transforms the hallowed neighborhood stage into an unworldly space, blending mixed vocals, found sounds, and foot-clapping beats into songs so strange and compelling that NPR dubbed his album Lucky Shiner among the best new electronic music in 2010. Joining the lineup, Natasha Kmeto fills the hall with futuristic soul, a novel fusion of experimental electronic music, hip-hop, intelligent dance music, and clones of The Commodores. Local DJ Nordic Soul warms up the stage and the dance floor with mash-ups of organic and synthetic tones and live instrumentals inspired from hip-hop and house music. After maniacal dance moves and hours stuck in conga-line traffic, patrons can refuel with a personal-size wood-fired pizza at the Crocodile Back Bar (not included in this Groupon).
Each month, Twisted Flicks showcases one charmingly tacky, past-its-prime film and gives it an off-the-cuff audio makeover. These 90-minute yukfests paint inventive humor across low-budget cinematic canvasses including I Was a Teenage Werewolf, Kronos, Ravager of Planets, and Zombie with a News Desk: The Larry King Story. Each unique 90-minute performance is appropriate for all ages and incorporates audience suggestions. The talented funnybone-prodders create new dialogue as well as sound effects and music, while audiences feast upon popcorn, candy, and chortle-loosening libations available at the theater's concession stand and full bar. Humor savants and armchair comedians should arrive early to contribute their creative suggestions and secure first-come, first-served seating.