Conductor Sir Thomas Beecham received credit for developing the skill and reputation of the early Seattle Symphony (*200 University St; seattlesymphony.org), where world-class acts continue to dazzle audiences.
Jimi Hendrix played at Seattle Center, his first hometown show since becoming a rock legend. Pay homage at Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP) (*325 Fifth Ave N; mopop.org) and Jimi Hendrix Park (2400 S Massachusetts St).
Seattle native Sir Mix-A-Lot stuck it to rival MCs with his hit “Posse on Broadway.” The black Benz limo stops at Dick’s Drive-In (*various locations; ddir.com) burger joint on Capitol Hill, where “the cool hang out.”
On the cusp of commercial success, grunge pioneer Nirvana performed Nevermind at the Paramount Theatre (*H911 Pine St; stgpresents.org). The show was recorded on 16mm film and described as “the end of an era” for the local band.
Homegrown boys Macklemore and Ryan Lewis kicked off their first multicity tour at The Showbox (*1426 First Ave; showboxpresents.com), where legends from Duke Ellington to Lady Gaga have performed.
As part of 25th-anniversary celebrations for pioneering indie rock label Sub Pop Records, Mudhoney played atop the Space Needle on July 11. Check out the Sub Pop Shop (SEA Airport Concourse C and 2130 Seventh Ave; subpop.com) for music, band T-shirts, and posters.
After taking home three Grammy Awards in 2019, local singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile teamed up with the remaining members of Soundgarden to re-record “Black Hole Sun” and “Searching with My Good Eye Closed.” See where she got her start busking at Pike Place Market (*85 Pike St; pikeplacemarket.org).
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