Is it the crisp mountain air that washes over our city streets? Or perhaps there truly is something magical and otherworldly in the water. Whether you believe it’s wizardry, fate or sheer force of will, there’s just no denying that Seattle has more than earned its place in the pantheon of music history. And if there are still any doubters out there in the world, allow me to throw a few names at you:
- Pearl Jam
- Alice in Chains
- Minus the Bear
- Fleet Foxes
- The Foo Fighters
- Sunn O)))
From grunge and indie rock to pop and heavy metal, this city has nurtured some of the world’s greatest musical talents. But it’s not all national acts and headliners who keep the Pacific Northwest buzzing. No. Seattle’s true identity is on full display within the sounds of after-work jammers, weekend headbangers, sunny day strummers, and shower-based songsters.
So, it should come as no surprise that This Place is also packed with musically inclined individuals. A full-on supergroup-in-the-making, our team consists of singers, pianists, guitarists, bass players, and woodwinds from all over the world. If the Partridge family (pardon the dated reference) were a business, we’d be their extended family.
For instance, there’s Project Director extraordinaire, Zach Marley, who fronts/shreds in his own band, Prison, whereas I used to lend my vocal talents to a few heavy metal and hardcore bands in my youth. Not to mention Kyle Adams, our recently departed UI/UX designer, who’s currently off drumming for the likes of Emarosa and Indian Lakes.
It’s this shared love of music that reminded me about a cool company I’ve become familiar with over the years – Sofar Sounds. Dedicated to reimagining the live event experience through secret, curated, intimate performances, Sofar seemed like the perfect partner to help us open our love of music to the world.
And open it we did, when we invited close to 100 people into our space to enjoy the sweet sounds of up-and-coming acts, Tobias The Owl, LADIES, and Jonah Sol. Each of these highly talented musicians took to the stage and immediately captivated the attendees with their own unique blend of energy, personality, and unmistakable style. As a business solely focussed on creating amazing experiences, it made perfect sense to apply this philosophy to our shared love of music and create this after-hours experience for fellow music aficionados.
Fully immersed in every chord, lyric, and melody, the audience gladly offered up their full attention from intro to exit – pausing only to sip wine or crack a beer. It was a truly hypnotizing experience and from the moment it began, we knew this was the beginning of something wonderful. In fact, at the end of the night, the only question we were left asking was, “When can we do this again?”
Needless to say, we’re proud to play a small role in Sofar’s ongoing mission and look forward to hosting them again next month. We cannot wait to see who comes through our doors next.
by Steve Taylor, Communications Designer/Music lover, This Place Seattle