photo by Bryan Anton
Another Seattle institution is shutting its doors this month: after fourteen years, Capitol Hill venue Chop Suey will close on January 20th. The club will celebrate itself this Sunday, January 18th with an amazing line-up including Tacocat, Pony Time, Wimps, Kithkin, Chastity Belt, Deep Creep, Universe People, Childbirth, Sashay, Blood Drugs, DJ Dave Hernandez, and more.
We asked KEXP’s own staff and DJs to share their memories of this Capitol Hill cornerstone. What were some of your favorite shows? Share your own stories in the comments section below.
Brian Foss, co-host of Sonic Reducer:
i saw some good shows there, but (and sorry to make this about me) but my best memory was djing during a redd kross show there in 2012 – wow, that was an honor!
other than that – the spits.
every show by them there.
John Richards, Morning Show Host/Producer:
I have a LOT of Chop Suey memories over the years. I’ve filmed no less than two different shows there, hosted a game show, and had a number of John in the Morning at Night shows there (Silversun Pickups and the Black Angels on the bill). I also loved the Jesus and Mary Chain acoustic session, but was pretty drunk so it might have been terrible. But the number ONE was the New Years Eve Show we did there to ring in 2007. It was a two night show on Dec 30th and Dec 31st and was live on KEXP with one of my all time favorite artists here in town: Jeremy Enigk. What I love though is looking back on a show like this and there are bands on the bill that aren’t together anymore but at the time were being championed on my show and just killed it that night. They included Wild Sweet Orange, Pablo, Catfish Haven, The Village Green, Walter Meego, and The Ettes. The fact we could ring in a new year there live on the air and fill both nights with bands we were loving that year just filled the room with love and energy. That could have only happened at Chop Suey.