In 2012, there’ll be at least three new stages for you to see live music at Seattle: two at already established local venues and a new concept for a club in Columbia City. Here’s a little bit about each of the new venues.
The Royal Room, just south of Columbia City Theater, celebrated their grand opening last week but I suspect it will take the new year for Seattle to really explore the room. The permanently back-lined stage will encourage collaboration between musicians of all types, here’s a little more on the Royal Room’s vision:
With permanent backline, recording and video, a grand piano and a generous stage, the venue has been designed to serve the musicians and artists who will be performing. Thursday through Monday evenings feature local artists with no cover charge, allowing fans and regulars alike to enjoy the music. Tuesday and Wednesday nights are reserved for national and touring acts. The music featured at the Royal Room covers a wide range of styles, with an emphasis on creative programming and development. This allows artists to work on projects in a collaborative community space. To that end, the club has been designed to accommodate in house recordings, off hour rehearsals and residencies of four to twelve weeks.
As reported by The Stranger yesterday, Neumo’s will be opening a new 21+ basement venue in April of 2012 with a capacity of 200. With the untimely end of Healthy Times Fun Club, we were hoping the new Neumo’s venue might offer a much needed all-ages alternative on Capitol Hill, but the plans for a seven-night-a-week venue focusing largely on local talent is still a welcome addition to the neighborhood.
Here’s more from LineOut:
(Steve) Severin says they plan on a art deco design with two bars, and the space will be versatile, able to host DJs and/or bands, or just stay open as a place to hang out. “We’re going to be open seven nights a week,” he says. “It will feel really cozy and comfortable. A place that will be nice for just chillin’ and rocking out to bands or dancing. Lots of bands are going to be a better fit down there, and it’s going to allow us to put on a LOT more local shows, which I’m really excited about.”
Crocodile Back Bar:
The Neumos news came hot on the tail of The Crocodile announcing they’ve added a small stage to their back bar, home to “The Office” happy hours this summer and fall and they too will be booking local shows and DJs. And you won’t have to wait till April to see shows there.
Here’s the word from Kerri Harrop, we’re especially excited to hear the words all-ages mentioned:
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).
We’re also hearing about a new stage in the U District in the new year and news will be coming out soon about that. When it comes to stages for local bands to play, we are of the mind, the more the merrier and we’re looking forward to checking out these new stages in the new year.