There was a great story in the Seattle Times a couple weeks ago about club owner and bookers reacting to the popularity of the Neptune's new role as a live music venue in town, and how it's gonna make their jobs more difficult. Many of the comments were reminiscent of the same crew's reaction to the Hard Rock bringing a glitzy new stage to downtown, which we reported a couple years ago. The main difference being that the Hard Rock canned the booker that may have made the club a serious competitor, while the Neptune has the backing of STG's Adam Zacks, the mother/father of Sasquatch! who's not going anywhere.
OK, in that same Times story, Neumos confirms that they're going to make good on their promise of re-opening the downstairs of the club on Pike. They'll be throwing parties and hosting bands with enough space for 200 heads, roughly the number of people you see at a Neumos show when they drop they curtain off a large chunk of the room (like they did for Bassekou, etc.)
Now that we've got that out of the way ... the Croc's putting a stage in their bar.
And according to a press release:
Starting this week, we're now featuring live shows in the Crocodile back bar. A small stage has been built in the front corner of the room, and our sound and light team has assembled a good little system. We'll have live shows back there as often as the calendar allows. In other words, pretty much whenever there isn't something going on in the main showroom.
It will be a good opportunity for young bands and DJs to get into the mix, and definitely provides our booking team the chance to expand their horizons. Some of these shows will be all-ages, and cover charges will always be low (and, in some cases, non-existent.
And as if that's not enough ... tomorrow I'm gonna tell you about another stage that's coming to the area that is sure to be met with a healthy combination of grins and frowns.