4819 96th Avenue East
Mercurial. DarkVine. JetBlack. Shield Wall. CrimeTime. Melody Tyger. They’re just a sample of the acts that have graced the stage at Underworld 93, the old queen of Seattle music venues. While other clubs in the metroplex may be tops for dancing, drinking, or … other entertainment, none can match the Underworld when it comes to sheer star-power. The club has been booking the top musical acts for decades, and an appearance at the Underworld 93 is often one of the stepping-stones to mega-stardom.
The club may not seem like much to look at: a converted ferro-crete warehouse retaining many of the industrial elements of its initial design. Only the tall AR-enhanced marquee outside blazing its name, and the state-of-the-art sound and lighting system inside show the building’s current calling, but that is the way patrons of the 93 like it. After all, they say, they’re not there for the ambience, but for the music. Be sure to check in with the club’s up-to-the-minute booking site for all the latest information on acts and shows. They sell out fast!
- Although it might not look that way on the surface, the Underworld has gone through some changes of late. Its long-time manager, Al Costanzo, passed away a few years ago. The new manager, a dwarf named Vince O’Halloran, was in bed with the Finnigan Family and tried to change the club’s long-standing protec-tion deal with the Yakuza. He lasted fifteen months before they found his body in a dumpster a few blocks from the club. The new new manager is Annette Harris, a former A&R exec with Mega-Media. ‘Nette (as she likes to be called) patched things up with the Yaks and has thus far avoided trouble with the Mafia, but we’ll see how long that lasts.
- I’m betting a fair while. Rumor has it Ms. Harris’ “silent partner” in the club is a dragon who is a rock music aficionado and a fan of the club’s storied history. He put up a portion of the cred to buy the place (in gold coins, no doubt) but leaves the business side of things to ‘Nette and just drops by for shows from time to time in a metahuman guise. Whether it is true or just a story put about by Lady Harris, it seems to be effective in making others think twice before they decide to mess with a Seattle institution—and have to deal with a dragon.
- While it’s an awesome place to see a show, the Underworld 93 is a terrible place to do business: too loud and crowded, with halfway decent security at the doors, but no secure private meeting space to speak of. If you have to meet here, you’re better off taking things elsewhere once they get serious (business or pleasure). Most of the biz that goes down at the Underworld is bodyguarding the latest mega-star or meeting them in the dressing rooms for a job interview.
- Hard Exit