Special Event

Party at 619 Western Before the Walls Come Tumblin’ Down

Satori Group hosts a "Smash Bash" this Friday.

By Laura Dannen July 27, 2011

619 Western Avenue in downtown Seattle, circa 1917.

As you may have heard, artists enclave 619 Western Avenue is endangered—soon to be extinct. The six-story building, home to dozens of artist studios and theater lab the Satori Group, is conveniently located in the middle of the city’s Alaskan Way Viaduct project, and since the city needs to drill under the century-old structure, they say it’s gotta go. Tenants were given until March 2012 to vacate—there was even talk of a preservation project to save 619 Western. Then the email came last week from building management: The City of Seattle Department of Planning and Development had ordered that they speed up the process, since the building no longer met minimum safety requirements. Tenants now have until October 1 to abandon ship, and until August 1—aka Monday—to end "all public assembly." As you can imagine, the people at the Satori Group—who dabble in public assembly on a daily basis—are none too pleased.

Before Satori confronts its relocation prospects, it’s throwing a big party and we’re all invited. Join the conversation at 619 Western, and help them "send off the old girl in style." See details below:

Smash Bash: The One and Only and Last
Fri. July 29 @ 8pm
619 Western Ave. 4th Flr. N., Seattle
After 9pm: $10 cash cover

Come early @ 8 pm, pay NO COVER, and join us for an hour of mourning. Have a cocktail, have a conversation about what the closure of 619 means for the community, and start this party off with a wake for 619.

After 9pm, $10 cash cover, and live performances featuring the musical talents and dancing grooves from some of Seattle’s finest: Exohxo, Lawndree, and the Handshakes.

The first band hits the stage at 9:30. We promise that you’ll dance your face off (and maybe the building down).

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