Three Imaginary Girls are already mourning another Seattle club closing


A few weeks ago I was at a show on a weekend night, headlined by one of my favorite local bands, and noticed that the club was barely half full. This time a year earlier and the club would have been packed. Although I can’t make any definite judgments, it seems like the elephant in the room is the economic climate and it is having an adverse impact on clubs. Last Sunday night I watched the Academy Awards at my favorite bar – and I was the only person in entire bar during that time. Now, unfortunately, another club, The King Cobra, is closing its doors this weekend.

Admittedly, The King Cobra had other issues to deal with (losing their original booker after only a few months, having a location that was next door to The Comet Tavern and across the street from Neumo’s) and never really identified what niche they were going to fill in this community, but I don’t want to see another club fail. Although staying in more nights does sound like a prudent strategy for dealing with the recession, I’ve been trying to make it a point of tipping the bar and club staff members more than I usually do and trying to go to as many shows as I possibly can.

Here are a few shows that I think are worthy of your time and consideration:

The final show at The King Cobra, Friday, February 27
Even though they are going out of business, The King Cobra isn’t going quietly. They are putting on one final blowout party and it’s free and the rock is starting early. Eleven bands total are booked, with the first one, Pain Cocktail, going on around 5pm. Without doing too much research, it’s sufficient to say that these bands are going to be loud, fast rock bands, more on the punk and metal side of things. I recommend Blue Ribbon Boys, The Greatest Hits and Neon Nights – all make kick-ass, non-pretentious rock and/or roll. The full roster is:

Neon Nights
All Bets On Death
The Altar Boys
Flexx Bronco
The Pranks
The Valkyries
The Greatest Hits
Hypatia Lake
Blue Ribbon Boys
The Wrecked Chords
Pain Cocktail

H is for Hellgate at The Comet, Saturday, February 28 at 5pm

H is for Hellgate became one of my favorite Northwest bands with the release of their fantastic album Come for the Peaks, Stay for the Valleys (before they headlined the show I booked for my birthday at Chop Suey last month) and they had just returned from a tour, so I’m sure that frontwoman Jamie Hellgate will have plenty of great stories that convert well into witty stage banter.

This show begins very early – doors at 5pm, so get there early; it’ll make for an excellent way to start your Saturday night.

Big World Breaks, Khingz, Dyme Def Gabriel Teodros and D. Black at Nectar, Wednesday, March 4

The calendar on Nectar’s website bills this show as “A concert promoting peaceful conflict resolution”. After Northwest hip hop had gotten an unfair label after a shooting at Chop Suey at the beginning of the year, this sounds like a great idea – and with an even better lineup. I especially am a fan of Dyme Def, who are one of the most promising hip hop groups in the Northwest. Their debut album Space Music and last year’s “3 Badbrothaas” mixtape have found their way into heavy rotation on my iPod, and for good reason. Their single “The Game Needs Me” is one of the best hip hop songs over the past few years. Here’s a video of the group playing it at Bumbershoot ’07:

See you out and about,

Chris Burlingame
*Three Imaginary Girls*

In high iPod rotation:
AC Newman
Partman Parthorse
Horse Feathers

(Three Imaginary Girls is a Seattle-based website that showcases the great music of the Northwest and beyond to music lovers worldwide. We post a Seattle live show calendar to help you fill your day-planner with loads of great shows, as well as record reviews, live show reviews, and an imagi-blog to entertain you throughout the day.)

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  1. Paul Thomas
    Posted February 27, 2009 at 11:19 am | Permalink

    Sorry to see it happen but maybe someone can take over the spot and make it rock (again)!

  2. Posted March 3, 2009 at 1:11 pm | Permalink

    While its a drag to see any purveyor of local seattle music get the shaft, fact is, you get what you deserve. While Cobra may have struggled with their location, it’s been made very clear that the bigger reason behind their demise is the general crappy attitude of the staff over there.
    When people get hassled on the way into a place, refused entry because they’re wearing a friggen Smiths Tee Shirt, get hassled while in a joint and even get hassled on the way out…word’s gunna get around fast that the place is not conducive to having a good time. People even complained about the door-thugs giving folks on the sidewalk a hard time.. what the hell?
    The only positive thing I have ever heard about the place is that it had good sound. Period. And even that has been contested. I’m glad to see it go and maybe someone a little more interested in elevation the music scene rather pompous exclusive fascists will fill the stinking hole.

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