Kris K (photo by Lindsay Borden)
Whenever I receive an email from someone in the music industry with the subject header "Chhhhanges" (or "Ch-ch-ch-changes", or any variation thereof), I know someone's just quit their job. I always open these hoping that it's actually good news for those involved.
Today, there was good news for a couple of key Seattle players, Chop Suey/Aero Booking agent Kris K. and former Crocodile booker Pete Greenberg.
Via Kris K.:
"I will be leaving my position at Chop Suey at the end of December. I'm very happy to announce that Pete Greenberg, who recently departed the Crocodile Cafe, will be taking my place.
I have been at Chop Suey for a year now and am very proud of my time here. I have navigated the club through a very difficult transition period. I have been pleased to work with all the promoters and artists that have come through such as The People's Republic of Komedy, the Broken Disco crew, Club Pop, Comeback and Neumos. I have come to this decision, which was made about a month ago, simply due to what I want in life and taking a look at my long term goals and working for a club isn't part of those goals.
Pete comes over with a vast amount of experience of professionalism. He will still be working in tandem with Steven Severin and Jason Lajeunesse from Neumos making sure the best possible programming happens at Chop Suey.
All regular programs and nights (Laff Hole, Broken Disco, Club Pop, Comeback) will still remain for the foreseeable future.
Pete will start at Chop Suey effective tomorrow, Friday Dec 14. I will remain as long as it takes to get him up to speed and introduce him to all the necessary people so as to make as smooth of a transition as possible."
Kris sounds happy and confirmed that he will continue to book effervescent local electronica band U.S.E. through Aero Booking, and has a couple of other intriguing job prospects on the horizon. Best of luck to both--always glad to hear the Bowie lyrics signaling happy things to come.