Venue Preview: Substation
Freelard, WA

Lately it seems we’ve been lamenting the loss of one independent music venue after the next, but somewhere out of the rubble rises Substation. Nestled in the neighborhood affectionately known as “Freelard” and topping out at a cozy 150-capacity, this is a spot that checks all the boxes for being your next favorite independent venue.

Booking shows since April, this newbie club’s owners Ken Wallace, Dave West and Jeremy Rudo celebrated the grand opening last week. Now officially hosting live music and stocking a full service bar, the club is focusing on its underground mentality and community feel. This old school warehouse party feel will see a wide mix of genres including rock (indie, hard, metal), underground house and techno, punk, shoegaze, electronic, trip-hop, nerdcore the occasional funk and soul bands. Booking the shows will be talent buyer and local musician, graphic artist and promoter TBASA.

Seattle Music News is definitely looking forward to adding the new venue to the rotation, as the summer’s lineup is already set to include notable local acts like Jack Endino’s MKBUltra, Robert Roth (Truly), Soft Blows, The Valley, Furniture Girls and Curse of the North as well as emerging bands like Dirty Dirty, Sunken Rocketship and The Spider Ferns and touring bands Faun Fables (Oakland) and A Giant Dog (ATX).

There will be Tuesday Vinyl Nights, Monday open mics, and the last Wednesday of the month there’s Baby Ketten Karaoke. Expect to see TBASA’s acoustic LoFi All-Stars and some underground roots and house.

Keep your eyes on this venue and we’ll see you at a show soon.

Substation Seattle
645 NW 45th ST Seattle WA | @SUBSTATION206

Preview by Stephanie Dore
Photos by Jim Toohey