Seattle is best known in the music scene for as the birthplace of grunge. The city’s place in the musical consciousness of the US peaked during the 1990s as artists like Nirvana, Pearl Jam, and Stone Temple Pilots achieved massive success. Grunge became the “Seattle Sound”, which NPR describes as a “gritty sound that developed in a gritty port city”. Grunge contributed to major growth in Seattle as young people flocked to the city in the 90s and beyond.
The city built the Seattle Center as the location for the 1962 World’s Fair. Though the most famous landmark from the Fair is the iconic Space Needle, the KeyArena was also built as part of the center and has served as one of Seattle’s major entertainment venues. KeyArena is known as the former home of the NBA’s now-relocated Seattle Supersonics, and has also been a noteworthy concert venue in US music history. The Beatles played two shows at the venue in the 1960s, and Metallica performed one of their first shows at a major venue there. Seattle local, Macklemore, has also played a number of sold out concerts at KeyArena and has two more shows scheduled for the end of 2017. Some other recent and upcoming concerts at KeyArena include Charli XCX, Jay-Z, Lorde, Pink, and Sam Smith.
The area’s other major concert venue is located in nearby Tacoma (about 30 miles south of Seattle). The Tacoma Dome is noteworthy for having the largest wooden domed roof of any arena. It also has more customizable seating configurations than most venues of its size. The Tacoma Dome can fit up to 20,000 guests but can be scaled down to smaller, theater style configuration for 3000. In 1983, David Bowie became the first artist to perform at the arena. Garth Brooks, Miranda Lambert, Shania Twain, and Katy Perry will perform at the Tacoma Dome in the near future.
You can also find more intimate venues all around Seattle. Some its highest rated concert venues include The Showbox, Cafe Racer, and The Crocodile.