city: seattle

myers music

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This address used to be the location of Myers Music. A former music shop, the store was run by Julius M. Myers (1906-1994).

Quincy Jones bought his first trumpet here in the 1940s, and Jimi Hendrix bought his first guitar here in the 1950s. The store was shuttered in 1984.

It is now the home of R.E. Welch Fine Art Galleries.

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the showbox

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Opened in 1939, The Showbox is an art-deco theater/venue that has been presenting live music for decades.

Icons as varied as Duke Ellington and the Ramones have toured through and played The Showbox. Pearl Jam has also played several shows here.

Currently, about 200 shows take place here a year.

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emp museum

from pearl jam, nirvana, jimi hendrix posted in music by pete_nice

The EMP Museum has had an interesting history since its creation. Founded by Microsoft billionaire Paul Allen, with a building designed by Frank Gehry, the museum is currently dedicated to the history and exploration of both popular music and science fiction of the Seattle area. It has had exhibitions that featured Pearl Jam, Nirvana, and Jimi Hendrix (among many others).

It was also home to the Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame (SFM) from 2004 until it closed that portion in 2011.

Typically, there will be a number of exhibits dealing with music through interaction or multimedia.

Note: the monorail runs through the building. Monorail!

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seattle center international fountain

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Typically a place where children can play in thefountain, this location is where distraught fans of Nirvana gathered to mark the death of Kurt Cobain on April 10, 1994. Later, fans gathered to mourn the death of Alice in Chains’ singer Layne Staley on April 20, 2002.

It was at his memorial where Cobain’s wife Courtney Love read through (while cursing) Cobain’s suicide note.

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trianon ballroom

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Built in 1927, the Trianon Ballroom was a dance hall that featured top jazz era orchestras including those led by Seattle’s Vic Meyer and Gay Jones. Jones recorded the town’s first ever jazz record.

Victor Myers had a residency at the ballroom for several years, and the venue was famous for its disregard for Prohibition laws. Myers went on to run for political office, and would campaign by driving a beer wagon through the city (during Prohibition) while his band played "Happy Days Are Here Again".

Today, the Trianon Ballroom is an office building.

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