A new letter placed in the Seattle Times centerfold has been drafted by a number of local and national artists to attempt to save local historic music venue The Showbox. Last month, news broke that BC-based developer The Onni Group has plans to tear down The Showbox to build a 44-story luxury residential tower in its place. Led by Ben Gibbard, Mike McCready, Duff McKagan, and Macklemore, the note states: “We have joined Historic Seattle in the fight to #SAVETHESHOWBOX because it means so much to our community and artists around the globe. For many of us, [the Showbox] played a critical role in our evolutions as artists and helped us launch national careers. It is not just another venue or stop on the road.” The letter is signed by a long list of artists including Sleater-Kinney, Neko Case, The xx, Run the Jewels, Fleet Foxes, Grizzly Bear, and The War on Drugs.
Ben Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie and Seattle City Council member Kshama Sawant stop by The Morning Show with John Richards to discuss saving The Showbox.
A 44-story tower has been planned where this venue has stood for the past 79 years.
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