Seattle is famous for its live music scene. Music royalty from Usher and John Mellencamp to Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love have stayed at Inn at the Market. From legendary arenas to cozy clubs, here are the top venues to catch a great live show.


For those who crave an intimate musical experience with touring acts, The Showbox is your go-to. Known for featuring rock and alt-pop bands on the rise, it is located next to Pike Place. Get up close and personal with the artists in the mostly standing room space. Another iconic institution is The Crocodile in Belltown. Acts from Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains, Soundgarden, and Lizzo have played to the standing room only crowds.


Downtown’s Moore Theater is the oldest theater in the city and remains one of the top spots to see a seated show. This ornate, century-old theater has welcomed everyone from David Bowie to Adele. If you’re a jazz aficionado, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley is your sanctuary. This intimate supper club has hosted jazz legends and rising stars alike for over 30 years. Step inside the Paramount Theater, the city’s most majestic venue, for big-name acts on the indie front. Indie favorites like The Decemberists and pop star Camila Cabello have graced its stage.


Climate Pledge Arena is the grand dame of venues where global superstars light up the stage. Legends like Janet Jackson, Pearl Jam and Macklemore have electrified audiences here. So, if you’re ready to rock with music giants, this is the place to be. Lumen Field, home to the Seattle Seahawks, isn’t just about touchdowns. It’s also a win for music lovers. The mammoth stadium transforms into a pulsating concert space for music giants like Beyoncé. The combination of live music and the iconic Seattle skyline as your backdrop is an experience you won’t want to miss.

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