Seattle Times music critic, Paul de Barros, has put together a list of his top five Seattle area music venues. Sharing the honors with The Gorge, Chateau St. Michelle, McCurdy Pavillion, and Jazz Alley is Columbia City’s own Royal Room. As he explains:
Royal Room: Sometimes it’s all about the hang. This Columbia City outpost has become the musical hub Seattle has needed forever, a place where distinctions like jazz, rock and “neo-folk” don’t mean a thing to the musicians, friends and families who mingle here. (5000 Rainier Ave. S., Seattle)
For a history of the venue and an explanation of its pay-what-you-will approach, this article from Earshot Jazz is worth reading.
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