#SaveTheShowbox: What's next?

Rock Blog

September 12, 2018

In late July, Seattle's music scene was shaken by the news that our beloved Showbox at the Market was in danger of being torn down by a Vancouver-based development company. We learned that Onni Group's plan was to tear down this iconic place of art and build another residential high-rise. 


Our community of music-lovers was moved to make a ruckus and stand up for what we believed in - that the Showbox deserved landmark status in the city of Seattle and should remain that way for generations to come. Furthermore, at least 150 local and national artists have become involved in this landmark nomination process, including Duff McKagan and Mike McCready. 


What came next was a Change.org petition with 91,000 signatures on it, and after every single call, email and public comment served a purpose. On August 13th, the Seattle City Council voted unanimously to temporarily expand the Pike Place Market Historic District to include The Showbox, and on August 24, Mayor Jenny Durkan signed this temporary solution into law.


Her signature bought us approximately 10 months to prepare for the next phase, and part of that next phase happens next Wednesday, September 19th. That evening, there will be a Public Hearing on the ordinance at City Hall beginning at 6pm. We are all encouraged to (and should!!) attend to share our comments publicly.


If you are unable to attend, please submit your written comments by mail to:


Newell Aldrich

C/O Councilmember Lisa Herbold's office

PO Box 34025
Seattle, WA 98124-4025


Or by email to: 




The deadline to submit your written comments is 5:00pm on Wednesday September 19th, so let's get to work, Rockaholics! 

#SaveTheShowbox so the next generation of rockers can make their own @showbox memories. - @tarynkisw

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For more information and continued updates on our mission to #SaveTheShowbox, visit HistoricSeattle.org, and keep on fighting!


Happy Rocking,


Taryn Daly