To me, Seattle is all about the music.
I understand there is a long, rich history to the city, and I dig it.
But I am not a history guy, I am a music guy, so my focus has always been on how many amazing musical acts have come out of one scene. Seattle, Washington is probably most musically famous for being the home of grunge rock, as everyone knows. Some of the greatest rock bands of the last fifty years came out of Seattle, from Nirvana, Soundgarden, Alice in Chains, and Pearl Jam to Mudhoney and the Screaming Trees. If you look past the grungy hair and ripped flannel shirts of the rock scene, you will find a bevvy of other musical talent that has started off in Seattle. Hip hop stars from two generations, Sir Mix A Lot and Macklemore, both proudly claim Seattle as their home, and still perform a lot of local shows. A very different kind of musician is Kenny G, and like him or not you cannot argue with the worldwide success of that Seattle native. A great many classic alternative bands always formed in and around Seattle, including Death Cab for Cutie, the Foo Fighters, the Posies, Modest Mouse, and the Presidents of the United States of America. Jimi Hendrix did some of his best creative work in Seattle, he was not a hometown boy, although we do still like to claim him! Some of these musical acts have been heavily involved with the thriving cannabis dispensary scene in the city, as well.