Friday night 5/23/09 was the night at the Showbox to see the Melvins 25th Anniversary. The night of the show I had to drive to Phinney Ridge and pick up a new friend for the show. He didn’t want to have to worry about parking downtown and I was also going to be the DD for the night since we had to drive to an afterparty. After we picked him up we decided to catch something to eat and along the way we ran into his friend Meredith. She was on her way to the Crocodile to buy tickets to an upcoming show. We went along with her so I could check out the renovation of the famous venue and restaurant. The escape of the restaurant was very much my style. Giant chandeliers with high back black leather booths and 20 ft. doors; very masculine goth style.
The entrance to the venue had remarkable pictures in the hallway of all of the talented artists that had played there over the years. Here are some of the pictures I captured for evidence, I apologize for the quality. I was rushed because we were given special privileges to check it out while the band was setting up.
I was anticipating sushi for dinner but walking around the three of us decided to have mexican food. Little did I realize the spot we stop in front of was the mexican restaurant a great friend took me to last year called Mama’s. I enjoyed a margarita with a prawn quesadilla.
After dinner we stopped by Amber’s; a bar on the way down to the Showbox, because one of my friend’s wanted to stop and watch the Lakers game. I amused myself checking out the women’s restroom and gathered some pictures for a best friend. We started this picture game with public restrooms several years ago.
After the game was over we continued our walk towards to the Showbox and upon the arrival of entering the block of the venue people were trying to buy tickets from those entering in. I had to immediately notify my friend that the show was sold out and I would have to meet with him afterwards. As a promoter I always try to keep a camera on me whether it is my phone or my video camera. Prior to arriving the gates of the venue I was worried that my camera with my latest coverage in Boise was going to get confisgated. The security went through what I call “The Black Hole”- my bag, and pulled out my camera. He looked at it and said “Don’t worry you can record in here”. Phew! I was relieved I didn’t have to walk back to my Hotel and back and miss the first half of the show.
I was impressed that the line for the show moved so quickly and we didn’t have to wait to go in. I regret not taking the few extra minutes to take a picture of the giant chandelier at the wide staircase towards the stage after entering the gates. The Showbox has a great atmosphere and I didn’t have a proper camera on me to record the evidence that would support the imagery I experienced. Meredith, the friend we met on our walk and company to the Crocodile was already at the venue and reserved some seats for us. They were located right next to the bar in the corner. It had a great view looking down over the entire venue.
I was able to capture one of the smaller chandeliers in the reflection of the mirror in our seating area. My favorite attribute about this venue was the quality of the sound. There were hundreds of people at the show and the sound was remarkable from all levels. I highly recommend bands with a great following to have a show at this location. Note that I mentioned GREAT FOLLOWING this is a larger venue and it would look empty with anything less than 100 people in attendance. Green River was my favorite act of the night with a great stage presence and great live music.
The night ended earlier than I had anticipated. I was exhausted. I left back to the hotel with two new affiliates had offered me a ride. It must have been the walking around I accomplished all day and the late night production of my radio show after the drive. Living life in the fast lane 🙂 It was a pleasure meeting my new contacts in Seattle and thank you for new contact information for Austin, TX!