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August 7, 2019

MOHAI looks at efforts to save the Showbox

Photo provided by MOHAI, Al Smith Collection [enlarge]
In April 1940, Duke Ellington and his orchestra performed at the Showbox in Seattle.

The Museum of History & Industry will hold a free program titled Preserving the Showbox and Seattle's Music Scene from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Aug. 21 at 860 Terry Ave N. in Seattle.

According to the event announcement, the Showbox has hosted top talent for over 80 years. It has claimed its place as a musical and cultural institution in Seattle. Performers ranging from Duke Ellington to the Ramones to Pearl Jam have graced its stage.

The program will focus on this rich musical history and the efforts of local advocacy groups, historical organizations and individuals to preserve the entertainment venue.

Seattle's Landmarks Preservation Board recently voted to designate as a city landmark the 1426 First Ave. building that houses the Showbox.

In 2018, the DJC reported Vancouver, B.C.-based Onni Group filed plans to build a 44-story tower with 442 residential units on the property. However, The Seattle Times last month reported that Onni has terminated an agreement to acquire the property.

The program is part of MOHAI's History Cafe series.

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