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Please help with informations about EMP!!

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Please help with informations about EMP!!

Hi to all,

read mixed reviews about EMP. We only have 2 days in Seattle. Should we go?? We have a teenage son, very much interested in music (punk, rock). Is it worth the money and time?

And, after all, how far is it from the Grand Hyatt?


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1. Re: Please help with informations about EMP!!

I think if you're really into music, then yes, it's worth it--especially since they just lowered the admission price.

Best way to get there would be to take the monorail which is about 2-3 blocks from the Grand Hyatt. Otherwise, it's about a mile walk along 5th Avenue from downtown.

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I went 2 years ago and thought it was great for 2-3 hours. Equal to RnR Hall of Fame in Cleveland.

When I visited the Dylan "early years" exhibit was on. There's some good Hendrix and NW music exhibits.

Having said all that...

If it's a beautiful day, I'd find something outdoors to you, esp. since you have onnly a short time available. Great for a rainy day.

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Agree with others. If you are comfortable doing so, leave him there and go enjoy Seattle. I'm assuming you have cell phones so when he is done, he can contact you.

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The EMP has now instituted a new fare of $15 for a combined ticket which also includes the Sci-Fi museum ... making it a better deal than it was before. There is also free admission on the first Thursday night of each month. See www.emplive.org.


Although a bit off topic, following are a few ideas related to music. Seattle has a great music scene. With respect to live music, unfortunately your son will not be able to visit a number of the live music venues if he is a teen.

The Vera Project is all ages all the time


Here are other live music venues of note that would have local rock:

The Crocodile. http://www.thecrocodile.com/

The Showbox http://www.showboxonline.com/

Chop Suey (Capitol Hill) http://www.chopsuey.com/

Neumos (Capitol Hill) http://www.neumos.com/

High Dive (Fremont) http://www.highdiveseattle.com/

Sunset Tavern (Ballard) http://www.myspace.com/sunsettavern or http://www.sunsettavern.com/

You will have to check the calendars for the venues to see if there are all ages shows.

The best sources of info on weekly live music are probably the Stranger and the Seattle Weekly (weekly newspapers).



Other music links for Seattle:

KEXP (one of the nation's great independent music stations) http://www.kexp.org/home.asp?noflash=true Check out the club calendar on their site and club venue list on their website under the events tab.

Subpop http://www.subpop.com/ Best known Seattle label. Riding high on the Shins at present but check out the list of current and past clients. I didn't know this but I was reading an older post on Tripadvisor that says that you can visit their store to browse the back catalog for discs that may be hard to find elsewhere

Barsuk http://www.barsuk.com/home/home Another great local label. Probably best known for Death Cab for Cutie at present.

Record stores

If your son is interested in wax one of the biggest selections in the US is here in Seattle: Bop Street records. http://www.myspace.com/bopstreetrecords.

A local article listing various record/cd stores: nwsource.com/shopping/…record_stores.html

Hope that helps


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5. Re: Please help with informations about EMP!!

I wanted to answer since my son is a musician too.

We thought that the EMP was just "okay". We went last year when the admission price was higher and bought the combo ticket. I felt a bit "taken", especially since you can't take pictures or anything.

The exhibits are interesting, but not mind blowing. My son kept waiting for the "WOW!" moment, but it never came. It's good for a quick walk-through and it shouldn't really take you more than a couple hours to do the whole thing.

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6. Re: Please help with informations about EMP!!

Thanks everybody for your input.

From your posts I understand, that the EMP is not a Seattle "must see", but I think it is a good idea to consider visiting it when weather is not great.

K, thanks a lot for all your helpful informations about music in S.

in general.

Greetings, Q.

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