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Showbox at the Market gains temporary protection in fight for its preservation

Since it opened in 1939, the Showbox has hosted a who's who of musical acts, from the legendary Duke Ellington, to blues icon Muddy Waters, and local bands expanding the Seattle music scene like Windowpane, who have rocked the Showbox for nearly a decade.

With resounding efforts to save The Showbox at the Market in full swing, Seattle City Council voted on Monday to expand the Pike Place Historical District to include the iconic venue. While this is a big win for those hoping that The Showbox will see historic landmark status, Monday's decision just temporarily halts Onni Group's plans to demolish it and develop a 44 story luxury apartment tower in its place. There is still plenty of work to be done.

Musicians, music fans, and a slew of organizations have partnered together to further their agenda to preserve The Showbox. Local bands who have played at the venue for years, including Windowpane, have made their voice heard. Joined by Naomi West, the Director of Philanthropy at Historic Seattle, they share their thoughts on Save The Showbox.

Windowpane will be performing on August 18th, 9:00 PM at Jazzbones, 2803 6th Avenue, Tacoma. Their music is available on iTunes, Google Play, and physical copies are available online.

Save the Showbox t-shirts are also available online.

Photo credits:

Duke Ellington marquee - Al Smith/MOHAI

Windowpane outside the Showbox - Lim Sang Photography

Windowpane onstage at the Showbox - Max Cordova

Windowpane taking a bow - "Iron" Mike Savoia/Savoia Concert & Event Photography

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