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Friday, September 12, 2008

More Comments on the Croc From Seattle’s Music Scene

posted by on September 12 at 11:59 AM

We still don’t know who’s officially booking the venue (set for an early 2009 opening), but as construction continues, the news of the Crocodile’s return remains a point of discussion and excitement for many in the music scene. Earlier this week I posted the thoughts of a few local musicians, and since more responses have continued to come in, here’s part two of what the local rockstars have had to say about the Crocodile’s absence, and it’s return:

“Id be really pleased to have it back. I think it’s always been a classic venue in Seattle and for good reason—it’s a great place to see a show and quite possibly the best sounding. I always enjoyed playing there and most people I know were sad to see it go.” -Jon Auer, the Posies

“Yeah, I really missed the Crocodile. It was always such a staple. I’ve played there, and gone to shows there probably more than any other club in town. While the venue has been missed, I don’t think the music community suffered much, though. We are a pretty resilient little town and it’s been great to see more clubs opening, and other alternative venues popping up. I’m really excited about it’s return! It’s been so sad to walk by or drive by and see the old green sign, but with no flurry of activity going on. I’ve heard its gonna be a new and improved Crocodile, but either way, I will welcome it back with open arms.” -Shane Tutmarc, Shane Tutmarc and the Traveling Mercies, Dolour

“I think what I miss about the Crocodile is the people and atmosphere, not so much the actual venue. Of course the sound there was incredible (thanks to JIM) but the venue itself was annoying in some ways. The bar was so far from the showroom that if you weren’t the headliner, a lot of the times the bar would be full and the showroom empty.” -Garrett Lunceford, Ships, the Catch, Wild Orchid Children

“I haven’t heard much about the re-opening as far as who’s actually doing it, but I do know that we miss and love the Croc. The venue is vital to Seattle as a city and it’s growing music scene. All of us in Slender Means have been playing shows at the Croc for almost 15 years. This news makes us very happy. I just hope it stays unchanged inside and they don’t do what they did to the Rendevous. I miss the Rendezvous as a junkie, crackhead bar personally. So I say yes, bring the Croc back unchanged!!!” -Dave Martin, Slender Means

“Seattle is just not the same without the Crocodile. Easily my favorite revenue in the city and has been the home to the best shows I have played in the last five years. Talk about the reopen and remodel have made me excited that this could be the center of a new up and coming music scene.” -Matthew Shaw, With Friends Like These

“I did miss the crocodile. It was a great venue with an amazing group of people working there, not to mention the nicest security staff. They would even escort underage band members to the bathroom. I’m not sure if the music community suffered by it’s absence but a new and improved Crocodile could have a great impact on Seattle’s music community. It did in the past and could easily do it again.” -Davey Brozowski, Black Whales

“Coming from someone that missed the opportunity to perform at the Crocodile prior to it’s closure, I’m excited and happy to hear of it’s return under new management. It is never good to lose a venue, especially one as infamous and credible as the Crocodile, and I think it’s absence definitely left a hole in the Seattle music community. It will be interesting to see how the new renditions to the club affect its popularity and attendance. Hopefully people will support it as much as they did when it was under old management.” -Erik Walters, the Globes

Keep checking back for more updates on the Crocodile—when we have news, you’ll have news.

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Late 2009? I thought it was reopening sometime in December 2008 or January 2009.

Posted by SteveM | September 12, 2008 1:27 PM

You're right, SteveM, I meant late 2008. Fixed it now. Sorry about that.

Posted by Megan Seling | September 12, 2008 1:41 PM

Opening date is scheduled for late January/early February 2009, providing everything stays on course. So, early 2009.

Posted by kerri harrop | September 12, 2008 4:51 PM

Thanks, Kerri! Any word on who's gonna book it yet? ;)

Posted by Megan Seling | September 12, 2008 4:56 PM

Hopefully someone with a lot of patience, working ears, and a great Rolodex.

Posted by kerri harrop | September 12, 2008 7:34 PM

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