Governor Inslee's newly instated social-distancing rules to deal with the effects of COVID-19 are obviously having a profound impact on Seattle's music venues. Here's a roundup of how some clubs are dealing with them, plus some updates about events happening this week.
Neumos/Barboza/The Runaway's official statement: The Runaway and Barboza fall under the 250 capacity limit, so they will remain open as usual. At this time, each show will be treated on a case-by-case basis. The majority of shows [at Neumos] will be postponed to a later date, but some will happen on the original date, in a smaller capacity.
We are committed to doing our part in protecting our staff, attendees, and performing artists. We greatly appreciate your understanding and patience as we do our best to maintain a fun and safe environment for all. Visit neumos.com for status updates.
Kremwerk/Timbre Room Complex official statement: It is with a heavy heart that we have made the decision to temporarily close the Kremwerk + Timbre Room Complex this week due to mandatory government restrictions and regulations regarding COVID-19. We will be evaluating the situation on a weekly basis, and will communicate any other required closure dates once more is known.
This is a quickly evolving situation. We encourage you to please follow King County Public Health for the latest updates and information.
We care deeply about the safety and well-being of our staff, performers, and patrons. This is a hard time for us and for all nightlife and entertainment businesses, and we want to encourage you to support local businesses, treat each other with kindness, help each other out, and remain vigilant. It is needed now more than ever.
Please follow us on socials for any changes and updates. We will also be announcing any updates via our newsletter. All refunds are handled by the ticketing company, whether it is Boldtype Tickets, DICE, or EventBrite. Please contact them directly. We are working on rescheduling options for cancelled shows with artists and management.
MoPop is postponing PopCon 2020: Forever Young: Popular Music and Youth Across the Ages, originally slated for April 23-26, to September 27-30. Tickets will be honored for the rescheduled dates.
Dane Garfield Wilson, Re-bar: We just closed the venue, effective immediately and hope to reopen in a couple of weeks.
STG Presents' press statement for the Paramount, Moore, and Neptune Theatres: Governor Jay Inslee has issued an order to cancel or postpone gatherings of 250 or more through March 31, 2020. Seattle Theatre Group, operators of The Paramount, Moore and Neptune Theatres, will immediately be following this order. We appreciate the leadership of our public officials and will continue to monitor the situation as it evolves to ensure the health and well-being of our patrons, artists and staff before anything else.
We are currently working to reschedule all performances that were set to take place in our venues between now and March 31st. Your patience with us is greatly appreciated, as this process may take some time. We will directly email patrons regarding the status of each performance as details are confirmed. The most up-to-date status for each event is available on our calendar.
If your event has been canceled, all tickets + parking paid for via credit card will be automatically refunded. To request a refund for tickets paid for with cash, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note: refunds are only available for tickets purchased directly through Ticketmaster or STG. STG is not responsible for the refund practices put in place by secondary ticket providers.
In the event that we are instead able to reschedule your event, you will be notified of the postponement, and we will share new event details as soon as we have them. Please be patient, as we remain dedicated to presenting as many performances in the future as possible, and it will take some to work with all scheduled performers.
Adam Wakeling, the Crocodile: It’s much more complicated than holding sales to 250. There are specific guidelines for gatherings and business below that number in regards to how a business can operate. We are currently making decisions with the limited information available right now.
There will be cancellations and postponements happening, for sure, but the goal is to try and stay open in some capacity working within the guidelines.
Our focus is on the health and safety of everyone and keeping employees above water in the financial world by providing them with the resources they need to make that happen. We are working on a plan of attack for going forward.
Chad Queirolo, Showbox at the Market/Showbox Sodo: We are canceling or postponing all shows in the time frame outlined by the governor. Tough times for all.
Scott Giampino, Triple Door: [This is the venue's prepared statement.] In response to King County's ban on events of 250 people or less, the Triple Door will be limiting our venue capacity to 230 people. Our staff is prepared to meet and exceed public health guidelines to ensure social distancing, sanitation, and regular health checks. We also encourage the elderly and vulnerable individuals to not to attend.
In order for these smaller events to take place, The Triple Door will be closely following all government issued public health guidelines to ensure the continued safety of our guests. Refunds are available upon request and we do encourage guests experiencing health issues to please stay home and stay safe.
Ken Wallace, Substation: Our under-250 capacity room will go as planned and we’ll comply with the additional rules. For distancing, some [shows] may be moved into the large room. However, some events have already been canceled/postponed that were tied to Treefort Music Fest or don’t make sense any longer.
Q Nightclub press statement: As you may have heard, today Governor Jay Inslee announced a restriction on events of more than 250 people within King, Snohomish and Pierce Counties due to the current COVID-19 concerns. In light of this, we have decided it is best to close Q Nightclub until the end of March. This situation is very unfortunate, but we are adhering to these guidelines in order to ensure the safety of our patrons and staff. We are working on rescheduling options with all artists and their management. Keep your tickets and we will contact you when details are confirmed.
Dan Cowan, Tractor Tavern: As of now, we are proceeding with all shows unless the artist or promoter chooses to cancel the event. We are complying with the reduced capacity guidelines and have set up hand-sanitizing stations in multiple locations around the venue.
Jazz Alley press statement: We are working diligently to comply with Governor Inslee’s ban on large gatherings. While we plan to be open tonight, March 11, in order to keep our customers and staff safe and healthy, we are closing for the remainder of the month. We are contacting all ticket holders via the email address we have on file, as some artists have rescheduled their dates, while others of have canceled completely.
We plan to reopen on March 31st with Cécile McLorin Salvant, but will comply with any extensions of the ban on large gatherings. We will keep our website/social media pages up to date with any future notices.
Date cancel/changes confirmed:
The Wooten Brothers originally scheduled or March 12-15 have rescheduled to July 23 – 26
Molly Johnson originally scheduled for March 17 – 18, canceled.
Eddie LaVert March 19 – 22 reschedule date pending.
Monty Alexander originally scheduled for March 26 – 29, canceled.
Delvon LaMarr Organ Trio originally scheduled for March 24 – 25 rescheduled to August 4 – 5
KNKX NW Music Monday with Anton Schwartz, March 30, reschedule date pending.
Benaroya Hall is canceling all events through March 31.
In other nightlife news, Lenny Kaye, guitarist of rock legend Patti Smith's band, whose show tonight at the Paramount was canceled, will be performing a free gig at Belltown Yacht Club, with DJs Maxwell Edison and TrickBag Record Party. The event starts at 8 p.m.
Also tonight, Brent Amaker Death Squad, Razor Clam, and Smoker Dad will rock Neumos, and there will be a documentary film crew in the house capturing the action. So if you want to possibly get your coronavirus-traumatized visage on-screen and hear some bracing music, be there.
Finally, Skyler Locatelli of Freakout Records says that his label's band, Acid Tongue, will still play their record-release show at the Tractor on Friday, but with conditions. "In response to the Covid-19 pandemic and Washington state/King County's limits on events with less than 250, Freakout is still proceeding with the release show at the Tractor with a reduced capacity, as Tractor holds 400. This is far from ideal and a major blow to the entire arts community, in our case to the band and Freakout as we have three records dropping in the next couple of months. We need to keep the event and not postpone it, but it's limiting the impact, for sure.
"All that said we are taking quick and creative measures to live stream the show with the support of local videographer Tyler Coray, for those who still want to be involved in the show but couldn't get in with reduced capacity or preferred to not go out."
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