This isn’t your Belltown dance club.
"This isn’t your Belltown dance club."

Photo by Jim Toohey

Substation, a new 150-capacity live-music venue located at 645 45th Street NW between Fremont and Ballard, announced its grand opening today.

Owners Ken Wallace, Dave West, and Jeremy Rudo have been hosting shows since April, including the techno night KRAKT, the Diggin' Deep house-music parties thrown by long-running Seattle crew Uniting Souls, and myriad rock and electronic acts. With local musician, graphic artist, and promoter TBASA (aka Tim Basaraba) serving as talent buyer, the plan is to be diverse with its bookings on local, regional, and national levels and to hold events seven nights a week.

On the horizon, Substation plans to book local artists Mia Katherine Boyle’s MKB Ultra, Robert Roth of Truly, Meridian Arc, Soft Blows, the Valley, Furniture Girls, Curse of the North, Dirty Dirty, Sunken Rocketship, and the Spider Ferns as well as touring bands like Oakland's Faun Fables and Austin, Texas' a Giant Dog.

“We are bringing an underground warehouse feel to the city,” TBASA said in a press release. “This isn’t your Belltown dance club. Substation is an old school warehouse party with a full service bar."

TBASA added:

As the city continues to lose small, independently owned and operated live music venues, a sense of community is what Substation’s owners, employees and talent buyer want to bring to the club. This is a place that has good sound. Where artists know how payouts work. Where bands stick around to watch the full sets of the other bands on the bill. Basically, we want to be a mecca for all things underground in Seattle.

If you're interested in getting a gig at Substation, e-mail TBASA at