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Here's the latest addition to the Showbox #PolaroidProject: The Shins from their recent SOLD OUT show at the Showbox! 
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Here's the latest Showbox #PolaroidProject addition: Damien Jurado and Benjamin Gibbard who played their hearts out for a very satisfied (and sold out) Showbox crowd!
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Here's the latest addition to the Polaroid Project: Billy Idol!! Pictured here with new friend, Nite Wave's Michael Henrichsen. Check out the coverage by +Good Morning America  here: http://bit.ly/YfrkZb
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Gorgeous, interactive 360 Panorama view of the Seattle waterfront, the Seattle Aquarium and the Great Wheel!
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Here's the latest addition (and it's an AWESOME one) to the Polaroid Project: Snoop Dogg! Pictured on the right getting in some quality hug time with our Marketing Director Mikhael.
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Here's the latest addition to the Polaroid Project (this time with set list): The legendary Ray Davies who played a perfect pop set for a sold out Neptune Theater this past Saturday!
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Here's the latest addition to the Showbox Polaroid Project: Justin Townes Earle returned to Showbox at the Market with a full band an put on a great show!
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WALK THE MOON get wild for the latest addition to the Showbox #polaroidproject - LOVE IT!
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Walk on the moon is great so is showmovies
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Here's the latest addition to the Polaroid Project: Merlin Mann, Jonathan Coulton, John Roderick, Scott Simpson and John Hodgman - THE GAMECHANGERS! This show was hilarious...we can't wait for these guys to get together again!
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Hanging on to this Seattle summer...
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Flashback Friday - check this fantastic poster by Art Chantry for The Cramps at the Showbox back in 1997. Were you at this show?
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Pumped Up, Primped Out and always Pretty F’n cool…Steel Panther went BALLS OUT last night at Showbox SoDo. SO. GREAT.
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1426 1st Ave Seattle, WA 98101
1426 1st AvenueUSWashingtonSeattle98101
(888) 929-7849showboxpresents.com
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Local acts & well-known bands perform at this big rock club that includes a separate bar & eatery.- Google
"Not a bad "seat" in the house and they bring in good bands."
"It was rude to the musicians and the people wanting to hear the music."
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a month ago
Nestled on the corner opposite Pike Place Market. Lots of great eats only a block away. Went here to see Drive Like Jehu. Settled in at the bar an hour before the show. Drinks are shockingly expensive, and service is decidedly cold and no-nonsense. If you like getting completely hammered, the bouncers don't seem to mind; the place is great for alcoholics with deep pockets like me, and not so great for people who don't like getting their toes stepped on by stumbling drunks. The atmosphere in the venue is very dark, rich, and old-timey, with giant chandeliers, art deco columns, red pendant lights and a hardwood dance floor, like some corner of hell where all the cool cats hang out. Like most venues this size, there isn't much seating, so be prepared to stand the whole time. My only complaint is this; y'see, the PA system is too damn loud. The amplification was pushed well beyond the edge of distortion. I could not pick up any technical detail in the music at all. I could see the musicians' fingers dance on their guitars' fretboards, but all I could hear was just a solid sheet of noise. *BWAAAAAAAA*. And it's a shame, too, because the acoustics in this building are top-notch. The domed ceiling above the dance floor and other architectural features control the reverb very nicely. The crowd around here is very noisy and rowdy, so I suppose if the PA were any lower, you wouldn't be able to hear the music. But on the other hand, they have it so high, I can't even hear myself think. It was just 120 decibels nonstop. My ears are still ringing 24 hours later. I'm a hobbyist tracker musician myself, and I have very, very sensitive hearing. I'm 26 years old and I can still pick up sounds from between 15 to 18 kHz, like transformer whine from television sets and those whistles only teens are supposed to be able to hear. If I had any advice, it would be to the audio engineers at this place; for the love of god, turn it down a tiny, tiny bit. Profile your EQ a bit to remove sibilant hiss and low-midrange roar. Bring that hotness down. Let the music speak for itself. To be honest, I don't go to very many concerts. I prefer home audio where I set the parameters myself. Is this what people expect out of the experience? Paying good money for permanent hearing damage? Missing out on all the dynamic range and technical guitar playing? Drive Like Jehu's "Here Come The Rome Plows" is a beautiful piece of modern composition, with elaborate chord progressions that wouldn't be out of place in an orchestral arrangement. The problem is that the music is, by its very nature, very loud, so when you have the mix set up for quieter pieces, and a super-high-energy band like DLJ plays, what you get is amplification on top of amplification. When it came time for them to play it, I couldn't even hear any of that complexity at all. The sound that came out of the PA was best described as *KSHRRRRRSH*. Those are high-quality, capable loudspeakers. Just grab the knobs and sliders and turn them the eff down. I like the building, I like the decor, I love the acoustics, and the drinks were decent. Just... turn the damn PA down a little tiny bit.
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I really like this venue. It's small and a great view of the stage from all areas. The drink prices are very high.
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Devin Burnett
2 months ago
A good place to catch a show short walking distance from Pike place. Always good eclectic acts and great acoustics.
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a month ago
This place is a joke. The venue is hot and smells bad. The people who work there are rude. The men especially. People get over drunk and bouncers do nothing at all about it. Will never return. I have never wrote a review in my life and this had to be said. I have seen 2 concerts in this place both times I delt with over drunken people and a over crowded building.
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Chris Delorenzo
a week ago
Look around. Littering everywhere. The manager stated " he will pick it up later". After all the rain and blowing around, i am sure it will be easier. HORRIBLE
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Creighton Watley
4 months ago
Probably the best pop music venue in Seattle. I've been to numerous shows here and this place does a great job in all of the responsibilities of a venue. There are lots of different places to stand and even some options to sit that give you a great view of the band. The different tiers really help break up the front of the stage and the human smoosh that goes along with it from the multiple bars. I am regularly surprised by it being easy to get a drink in this place. Thats not always the case of course, but theyre at least trying. The sound levels and mixing are great here. Im sure that the shape of the room has a lot to do with it. Being laid out in a concert shell style instead of a rectangular space does wonders.
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Mary Verhey
5 months ago
Hey Marseilles played tonight at the Showbox. The venue is charming. The audience was incredibly rude. The 3 tables around us talked nonstop in loud voices. When the band played they just talked louder. It was rude to the musicians and the people wanting to hear the music. If you want to visit with friends go somewhere else and let the rest of us enjoy the music.
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Corvus Woolf
2 months ago
Seeing the theater and bars both as a guest and as a performer, this is one of my favorite venues ever. It is really cozy and personal while still holding a significant crowd. They treat their performers well.