Venue Spotlight: Black Lodge

In this new Distinction Music Management series, we explore local music venues that have left a lasting impact on their communities and leave memories for concert goers. Exploring the pure magic that certain music venues hold and what we hope for the future of this brick and mortar spaces. Dive in to unknown spaces and celebrate giants venues in this new Venue Spotlight Series.

DIY spaces aren't anything new, but long-lasting ones are hard to come by. The sheer accomplishment of holding onto a secret this long to ensure the music space stays running deserves an award. That's why Black Lodge is the first to come to mind when thinking of long running and successful DIY spaces. Located at [ REDACTED ASK YOUR LOCAL PUNK ] the Black Lodge isn't your typical basement affair, it is quite more sophisticated in a sense. Like those platform Chuck Taylor's you own, once beautiful and pristine but now has a bit of life and grit to them. You can see the long history that the venue has lived and not just because your shoes stick to the floor- there really are old souls attached to the music haven. You feel it in the air as soon as you huddle in from the Seattle cold.

When you walk through its wide hallway, it feels as if it was made for merch-slingers. The open and long space holds handmade silk screen prints and screen printed tees along its walls. As merch tables pushed together so do adoring fans and friends helping one another out by shelling out $5 bills and posting Instagram stories admiring the artwork. This ritual is formed in huddles by a