Photo depicting Marquis Hill Blacktet playing a trumpet into a microphone on stage. His backup musicians play a guitar and saxophone in the background.

The Royal Room Announces Grand Reopening September 15

by Elizabeth Turnbull

After 18 months of closure, the South Hudson Music Project announced the reopening of the live music venue, The Royal Room, this Wednesday, Sept. 15. The reopening signals a reawakening of musical and artistic life in the South Seattle Area.

The Royal Room’s first event “Piano Starts Here” will showcase the work of great pianists, including Duke Ellington, Carla Bley, Cole Porter, Earl Hines, and others, all played by local Seattle-based pianists and improvisers. Local composer and performer Alex Guilbert is the host of the series. Tickets must be purchased prior to the event as they will not be sold in-person.

Events will continue through the weekend. On Thursday, Sept. 16, local jazz vocalist Elnah Jordan will perform. Jordan is an accomplished singer with a singing repertoire including gospel, jazz, blues, and R&B. 

On Friday, Sept. 17, people who want to welcome back live music on the dance floor will get not one but two opportunities to attend “The Royal Room Grand Reopening Dance Party.” Tickets will be available for both an early show at 6:30 p.m. or the late show at 9:30 p.m. Local musicians will be covering classic artists such as Aretha Franklin, Al Green, Marvin Gaye, Lake Street Dive, Amy Winehouse, and The Staple Singers. 

More events are scheduled for later in the week and in the coming weeks. The full calendar and tickets can be found on The Royal Room’s website.

Further events should be announced soon. “It has been a long process,” reads a statement from the South Hudson Music Project. “We will have plenty of news to share in the upcoming months.”

The Royal Room has outlined clear COVID-19 policies for their events space. All events will require proof of full vaccination for audience, staff, and performers to enter the venue and masks will be required.

Elizabeth Turnbull is a journalist with reporting experience in the U.S. and the Middle East. She has a passion for covering human-centric issues and doing so consistently.

📸 Featured Image: Marquis Hill Blacktet performing at The Royal Room in 2019. (Photo: Susan Fried)

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