The New Croc Finally Opens Tonight. Here's How We Got There

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Laura Musselman
John Roderick performs inside a Croc in progress. "The Crocodile played a central role in this town's music culture for the better part of 16 years." Lots more photos over here.

It's about time.

Since the iconic club closed in Dec. 2007, there have been benefits for former staffers, rampant speculation about why it closed, even more speculation about who would buy it (Johnny Depp?), and more obituaries than one can count. It's made for great for copy. Here's a look back at some of those stories (after the jump) that have appeared on Reverb and elsewhere, and a few reminders of how we got to where we are today: another rock show at Second and Blanchard:

What: Hypatia Lake, The Kindness Kind, The Quiet Ones

When: 8:30 p.m.

Cost: Free, 21+

Web Site: www.thecrocodile.com

Check back Friday morning for a review and photos.

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Marcella D. Volpintesta
Robin Pecknold performs at The Crocodile Cafe's final show on Dec. 15, 2007.
-- Saturday, Dec. 15, 2007: David Bazan, J. Tillman, and Robin Pecknold perform at what will be the Croc's final show. Watch a slideshow of the evening.

-- Sunday, Dec. 16, 2007: Word comes down that owner Stephanie Dorgan has told her staff that the Croc no longer has the capital to continue and that the club would close immediately.

-- Dec. 17, 2007: Krist Novoselic: "Going to the Croc was like hanging out at the neighborhood watering hole...Nirvana did a great show at the Croc. There's a box of about 3 or 4 camcorder cassettes of the performance somewhere."

-- Dec. 17, 2007: Seattle P-I: "Crocodile Cafe, R.I.P."

-- Dec. 18, 2007: Hannah Levin: "I had my wedding reception there ... on the night my husband and I decided to divorce, I quietly drowned my sorrows in the same space while Eddie Vedder, Michael Stipe, and a blur of other guests celebrated at an R.E.M. postshow party."

-- Dec. 21, 2007: Seattle Times: "The Croc's closure like losing a friend"

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Photo by Renee McMahon
-- Dec. 30, 2007: Musicians from The Long Winters, Fleet Foxes, Peter Parker, and others perform at "Unscrew the Croc Employees" at Chop Suey, a benefit for those abruptly laid off.

-- March 18, 2008: A deal between Dorgan and Groupee Ventures falls through.

-- Sept. 10ish, 2008: An ownership group including Susan Silver, Sean Kinney, and Marcus Charles announces they would renovate and re-open the club.

-- Feb. 4, 2009: John Roderick of The Long Winters, "The new club is a completely different experience."

-- March 17, 2009: The official word comes down that the new Croc would open on Thurdsay, March 19 kicking off two days of free shows.


Visqueen "Forgive Me" from The Crocodile on Vimeo.

In anticipation of the opening, the Croc partnered with One Shot Seattle on a series of performances in an in-progress Croc. Videos featuring Visqueen, John Roderick, The Moondoggies, and others can be seen on Vimeo.

 
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