It’s hard to believe how much a city can change in 10 years, but from the time that I lived in Seattle (’93-’99) till now; it’s a completely different city…especially the club scene.
Gone are most of the “original” clubs that hosted such acts as Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains, Nirvana, Soundgarden, and Mudhoney (long before they were popular). Some buildings lay vacant while others have been turned in to something entirely different, like a quilt shop.
I was fortunate enough to have been able to play on the same stage as most of the original grunge bands that put Seattle on the music map. A couple of my personal favs were the Off Ramp Cafe, and the Crocodile Cafe. You may notice the word Cafe in there, see, the cool thing about these rock clubs is that they also had some killer food! (and usually till 3am).
The Croc (as we called it) was great for it’s sound quality and really just a fun place to be even if you weren’t there to see a band. My bandmates and I often just went there to hang out and be a part of the scene. One local music writer called it “the living room of the Seattle music scene”.
The Off Ramp was a classic Seattle club. It’s been described as, “a little dirty, a little nasty, and a whole lotta fun”. A total hole-in-the-wall club that saw the birth (and death) of many Seattle bands.
Both these places will always have special memories for me. As I reflect on the time I spent there, I can still smell the food, taste the drink, and my ears still ring from the rockin sounds that came from all the great bands that played there.