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Dave Meinert On Seattle's Changing Nightlife Scene

Sep 23, 2013

Dave Meinert manages bands like the Hey Marseilles and the Lumineers. He’s involved with the 5 Point Café, and he started Seattle’s other big music festival: the Capitol Hill Block Party. He's also been a driving political force for the last few decades, helping shape the culture and nightlife of this city.

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In the early '90s he booked shows for Odd Fellows Hall. Of that experience he remembers:

The police wanted to shut that place down because it was all ages. We did raves, hip-hop, punk rock shows. We got a lot of pressure from the city to close. At one point a lieutenant from the precinct told us they'd leave us alone if we stopped doing black shows.

We did a show right after that, that was a traditional Ethiopian group and the police shut that show down. There was no dancing. They just saw black people so they shut it down. It was a very different scene. You couldn't do that now, but back then, even as recently as the early '90s, it was a very different culture here.

David Hyde spoke with Meinert on his political activism and how the nightlife scene has changed in Seattle over the years.