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Music and Concerts

With a music history as deep and diverse as Seattle's, and a community so dedicated to cultivating its future, it is little wonder that Seattle is known as the City of Music. Seattle is on the map as a happening jazz scene, a launching pad for indie rock artists, as well as a hotbed for touring rock, country, folk and international entertainers. Whether rocking out in a historic neighborhood club or applauding our world-famous opera, Seattle music enthusiasts don’t miss a beat.

In addition to the links listed below, one valuable resource is the Seattle Music Map - an insider's guide to Seattle's music history.

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The twelve-time Grammy nominated Seattle Symphony, known for its sometimes daring, always awe-inspiring programming, presents more than 220 concerts annually in the acoustically divine Benaroya Hall. The Seattle Chamber Music Society treats audiences to internationally renowned musicians in innovative and exciting ensemble performances of traditional, contemporary and seldom-heard chamber music repertoire.
Early Music Guild
Gallery Concerts
Lake Union Civic Orchestra
Orchestra Seattle & Seattle Chamber Singers
Seattle Baroque
Seattle Chamber Music Society
Seattle Philharmonic Orchestra
Seattle Symphony at Benaroya Hall
Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra
Soundbridge Music Discovery Center
Thalia Symphony
Town Hall
UW World Series at Meany

Famous Seattle bands like Nirvana and Pearl Jam got their start in the same neighborhood clubs that emerging talent plays today. Visit a rock & roll club in Pioneer Square, or the newest nightspots in Belltown, Ballard or Capitol Hill. Seattle has a lively bar and club scene, boasting more than 80 hot spots. The Stranger and Seattle Weekly are favorite local resources for entertainment calendars and upcoming events.
Chop Suey
Columbia City Theater
Comet Tavern
The Crocodile
Dimitriou's Jazz Alley
El Corazon
Fremont Abbey
Hard Rock Seattle
High Dive
Moore Theatre
The Neptune
On the Boards
Paramount Theatre
Skylark Café & Club
Sunset Tavern
The Rendezvous/Jewel Box Theatre
The Showbox
The Vera Project
Tractor Tavern
Triple Door
Resource: The Calendar - The Stranger
Resource: Seattle Weekly - Music Calendar

Seattle Opera is internationally revered for its theatrically compelling and musically accomplished performances since its birth in 1963. Sold out productions dazzle patrons at the exquisite Marion Oliver McCaw Hall year after year. The Seattle Times said, "The sound in the hall is nothing short of amazing."
Seattle Opera

Seattle's most famous jazz spot, Dimitriou's Jazz Alley, has become a very popular west coast jazz destination, attracting internationally recognized artists to perform each week. Well respected Tula's in Belltown receives outstanding reviews for its appreciation for fine music, food and atmosphere. The Earshot Jazz Festival brings important artists to Seattle each fall for more than 50 performances at venues all over the city.
Bake's Place
Chapel Performance Space
Dimitriou's Jazz Alley
Earshot Jazz Festival
Egan's Ballard Jam House
Gallery 1412
Highway 99 Blues Club
New Orleans Creole Restaurant
The Royal Room
Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra

Seattle Women's Jazz Orchestra
Triple Door
Resource: Earshot Jazz
Resource: Seattle Jazz Scene
Resource: Washington Blues Society

Catch a folk or country group and dance the night away at the Tractor Tavern or the Little Red Hen. For an eclectic mix of bluegrass, folk, Irish and alternative country, visit Conor Byrne's Pub for a pint and a wildly entertaining performance!
Century Ballroom
Conor Byrne's Pub
Empty Sea Studios
Fremont Abbey
Little Red Hen
Seattle Folklore Society
Sunset Tavern
Town Hall
Tractor Tavern
Triple Door
Resource: The Calendar -The Stranger
Resource: Seattle Weekly- Music Calendar

Not 21 yet? Have no fear; you can have a social life in Seattle too! Many music clubs and concert venues offer all ages nights, but there are also venues that are strictly all-ages, all the time. The Vera Project is a safe, affordable and rockin' club that acknowledges a passion for music in Seattle that people of all ages should be able to enjoy. The most convenient resource is the calendar of our local alternative weekly newspaper, The Stranger, and filter your search by "all-ages."

El Corazon
The Old Fire House in Redmond
Showbox Seattle
The Vera Project
Resource: The Stranger-Calendar-All Ages Action

You can delight in a broad array of choral groups in Seattle. Remarkable young talent is on display at a Northwest Boy's Choir or Seattle Girl's Choir concert. Seattle Men's Chorus is not only the largest community chorus in the nation, but has been performing for packed audiences since 1979.
Choral Arts Northwest
NW Boys Choir
Opus 7
Seattle Choral Company
Seattle Girls Choir
Seattle Men's Chorus
Seattle Pro Musica
Seattle Women's Chorus
The Esoterics


Some of these venues host shows year 'round, and other prime outdoor venues come alive with summer concert series. Set a picnic on a blanket and spend an evening watching your favorite artist at an award-winning winery, beautiful park, or overlooking the Columbia River at the largest outdoor concert venue in Washington State.
Benaroya Hall
Chateau St. Michelle Summer Concert Series
Downtown Seattle Out to Lunch Summer Concert Series                                                   
Everett Events Center
Gorge Summer Concert Series
Kirkland Performance Center
Marymoor Park
Moore Theatre
Paramount Theatre
Seattle Center
Sky Church at EMP
White River Amphitheatre
Zoo Tunes
Resource: Seattle Visitor Center & Concierge Services


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