For a city we don't hear enough about, Seattle is one of the world's most dynamic music cities. Its rich history feeds a lifestyle and the industry is independent and dedicated to keeping the roots of Pacific Northwest music alive.
Seattle city's website is crammed with listings of venues, rehearsal studios, record companies and music events. Locals have a great sense of pride about their important part in the music scene and fully support music, film and the arts.
Who better to show us the city than singer, songwriter and musician Delta Goodrem? While she didn't grow up a fan of grunge music, as a songwriter she was intrigued to visit its 1990s birthplace.
Bands such as Nirvana and Pearl Jam, Soundgarden and the fantastic Quincy Jones and Jimi Hendrix are high-profile names in Seattle's music history. Their sounds resonated to millions of fans around the world.
Her Intrepid Travel's Urban Adventures guide around Seattle was muso Dan Moore. They met at the Moore Theatre. Founded in 1907, it's Seattle's oldest theatre and has a history of plays, operas, musicals, symphonies, vaudeville and rock.
Dan told Delta how Seattle's independent record stores are booming, and who doesn't enjoy flipping through albums? Easy Street, Silver Platters Queen Anne and Sonic Boom are all worth a visit. Vinyl records are back in popularity and how many of us regret discarding them when CDs arrived on the market!
Lake Washington is a famous address on a Seattle music pilgrimage. You will see the home of Nirvana's Kurt Cobain. He lived there and died there. There's an unofficial memorial in a park and visitors sit on a bench, pay their respects and light candles.
Jimi Hendrix was a major rock legend way before grunge and is Seattle's favourite son. He is often considered to be the greatest electric guitarist in the history of rock. His first gig was with an unnamed band in the basement of a synagogue, Temple de Hirsch. A sculpture on Broadway was erected in 1997 and it's always surrounded by candles, flowers and notes left by fans.
One of Dan's favourite spots to soak up the scene is Pike Place Market. Quite apart from having wonderful fresh produce, gourmet foods and crafts, you will see more buskers there than you can count. It's open every day and you're guaranteed to hear some great sounds.
Crocodile Café has been running since 1991 and is the city's best live music venue. Virtually every band you have ever loved has performed at Crocodile. Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Cheap Trick, REM, Mudhoney and even Yoko Ono. The music's great and the beer is cheap. Delta got to see a performance of her guide Dan's band, Roxbury Pound. It's part of the new Seattle sound and Delta was more than impressed.
Related: Delta discovers the Twilight trail
Seattle in the American state of Washington.
Intrepid Travel's Urban Adventures "Seattle Music Tour by Foot" costs around $43 per person. It runs for around three hours and includes a guide and afternoon snack. There are daily departures year-round.
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Prices correct at August 19, 2010.
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The Moore Theatre
1932 Second Avenue
Seattle WA 98101
Ph: +1 206 467 5510
The Crocodile Café
2200 Second Avenue
Seattle WA 98121
Ph: +1 206 441 7416
Kurt Cobain's house
171 Lake Washington Blvd East
Seattle WA 98112
The house is not open to the public.
Seattle City Information
Visas: Most Australians do not need a visa, providing they have a machine-readable passport with at least six months' validity after the departure day, have a round-trip non-refundable ticket and do not intend to stay longer than 90 days. Australians need to complete a pre-travel authorisation at www.cbp.gov/esta.
Electricity: 110V to 115V at 60Hz. Outlets take two parallel, flat prongs. Australian visitors will need a US adapter and converter.
Time zone: Seattle is GMT -8.
Currency: The American dollar.
International dialling code: +1.