Crocodile Cafe

"I think it's a blow to the scene," said David Meinert, a local promoter and publicist. "Part of the side effect of the mayor's downtown development plan, which seems to have no room for live music in it. The Croc is an institution. At the same time, things change, and keeping a venue open as long as the Croc has been, through all the changes the music scene has been through, is a very difficult job. I feel for any club owner trying to make it in Seattle."

Local musician Chris Martin, a guitarist in local rock band Kinski, called the Crocodile Café "the most exciting club to play in town." [The Seattle Times] (thx Renee)

David Bazan played the last show. Nirvana played there. Beth Ditto fell there.

The DecemberistsAccording to the schedule that is still posted on the club's website "Bobby Bare Jr. and the Decemberists" were supposed to play there on January 26th - which, according to the Tractor Tavern where the show will now take place, is actually Bobby "with members" of the Decemberists. The Decemberists have played with Bobby before, and they're (all of them) scheduled to play Seattle twice just four days later - two of four West Coast shows they have scheduled. It will be the first time they play since cancelling a whole tour due to illness.

Also on the Croc schedule: Atlas Sound, Black Mountain, A Place to Bury Strangers, Tilly & The Wall, Beach House, and Born Ruffians. All Decemberists & Bobby Bare dates below...

The Decemberists - 2008 Tour Dates
01/22 - Portland, OR Crystal Ballroom w/ The Dead Trees
01/23 - Portland, OR Crystal Ballroom
01/30 - Seattle, WA Moore Theatre w/ The Shaky Hands
01/31 - Seattle, WA Moore Theatre w/ The Builders And The Butchers

Bobby Bare Jr - 2008 Tour Dates
01/04 - Chicago, IL Schubas Tavern Is She Weird, Is She White (Pixies Tribute featuring Bobby Bare Jr. & Friends), The Teenage FBI (Guided by Voices Tribute)
01/05 - Chicago, IL Schubas Tavern
01/26 - Seattle, WA Tractor Tavern w/ The Builders And The Butchers (and members of Decemberists)
01/27 - Portland, OR Crystal Ballroom