Northwest Dance & Music Venue

Rainbow Tavern
University District
722 NE 45th
Seattle, Washington

Some of the bands that this place during those great years of NW music were:

64 Spiders
Art Ensemble of Chicago
Blue Cheer
Blue Eyes
Bo Diddley
Bundle of Hiss
Clarence 'Gatemouth' Brown
Eugene Chadbourne
Clifton Chenier
The Dynatones
The Wild Chupatulis
Robert Cray
Jack DeJohnette's Special Edition
Paul DeLay Band
George Thorogood & the Destroyers
Bo Diddley
Willie Dixon
Ramblin' Jack Elliot Art Ensemble of Chicago
Clay Alien
Clifton Chenier
Danger Bunny
Different Ones
The Dynatones
Jack DeJohnette's Special Edition
George Thorogood & the Destroyers
Bo Diddley
Willie Dixon
Ramblin' Jack Elliot
Green Pajamas
Green River
Flying Saucers
Harvey Rondo Band
 Hamza al-Din

John Lee Hooker
Robert Hunter
Huey Lewis
It’s A Beautiful Day
F- Holes
Jr. Cadillac
Kidd Africa
Krypt Kicker
Harvey Mason
Delbert McClinton
Life in General
Melting Fish
Sonny Terry Brownie McGhee
Hank Ballard & the Midnighters
Steve Miller
My Eye
Neville Brothers
Jimmy Page

Pamona Boners
Pure Joy
Mason Proffit
Red Dress
Lee Ritenour
Room Nine
Rose & The Dirt Boys
Sam & Dave
The Skyboys
Stanley's Wife
Sun Ra
Sweet Talkin' Jones
Annie Rose and the Thrillers
Tiny Tony and Rock n Roll Jones
Big Joe Turner
U Men
Warm Jets
Mary Wells
Jesse Colin Young
Variant Cause
Violate Cast
Young Fresh Fellows
Warm Jets
The Wild Chupatulis
The Zephyrs

Hank Ballard and The Midnighters

The Flying Saucers - About '86 - '87  -  (Courtesy of Dave Oathout)

 I was the live sound engineer at The Rainbow Tavern 2000-2006.  We had every genre of music imaginable.  I would like to get in touch with the rainbow family

Christian E. Reise, March 2015

We opened the Rainbow in 1973, started live music and the rest is history.  We finally sold out about 15 years and over 1000 bands later in the late 80's.  Above is a list of some of the more notable performers that set foot on stage at the Rainbow.  I'm sure there are many more that I can't remember.

Steve Hudziak, January 2006

1976 to 1984....those were some fun times and good days and the Rainbow was a big part of it.

I saw so many great shows there...The Ramones, George Thorogood, Delbert McClinton, Blue Cheer, It's A Beautiful Day, Blackfoot, Neville Brothers, and many great Northwest bands such as Jr. Cadillac, Skyboys, and on and on.

I do miss Seattle. Thanks for a lot of great memories.

Ben Daniel
Former Mgr., Peaches Records & Tapes

Pomona Boners

Like many Northwest bands, Kidd Afrika was often called upon to provide back-up to name artists that rolled through the Northwest, but didn’t travel with their own group.  A memorable pair of nights for fans of Bo Diddley and Kidd Afrika, March of 1978, yielded this rare documentation from the Rainbow Tavern, THE University hot spot on 45th at I-5.

Donny Marrow, March 2013

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Last Update:   24 March 2018
Credits:  Steve Hudziak, Bob Oram, Eddy Hall, Loren Williams, Jack Dolan, Dana Francis, Les Hutchinson, Brad Schoonmaker, Ben Daniel, Robert Jones, Donny Marrow, Paul Jones, Christian E. Reise, Joe Mabrl, Ben LeFebvre, Jim Sadler, Dave Oathout (photo)