Seattle >Bars & Clubs > El Corazon
109 Eastlake Ave, Seattle, WA | Directions 9810947.618750 -122.329307
Neighborhoods: Belltown, Downtown
El Corazone = BAD!!! – This is Kai with "Screams Of Angels" and i highly recommend that you stay away from this venue.
We were 3rd in lineup for the Hammerfall show 3-24-2010, line up in order were as follows:
1 ~ Sword Of Judgment
2 ~ Helles
3 Screams Of Angels
4 ~ Powerglove
5 ~ Hammerfall
They had us "Pay-to-Play" here and had us sell 100 tickets.
Before they would let us play, (10 minutes before opening the doors) they told us we come up with all the monies or we do not play, this is after we had set up all our stuff already. (We were waiting for the rest of the monies to show up and did in just two minutes after that).
We were told that we would get a 45 minute set for selling these tickets, after we got there, they told us that we only had 20 minutes to play and our vocalist told him that the owner of the club told us 45 for selling the tickets and he said "that's out of my hands" and he (employee) went back inside and came back out and said we had 30 minutes instead. . .
The person taking the monies from our vocalist was very rude to him as well when dealing with the monies issue... i won't get into details... she must have gotten up on the wrong side of the bed?
We finally got on stage, set up and started playing our 30 minute set (without the opening which gave us a few minutes more)and about 20 minutes into our set, the guy at the sound board stops us and says "I have to stop you guys right there, that's 30 minutes already".... we only played for maybe 20? We had two songs left to our 30 minute set (we timed it a few times during practices to make sure of our 30 minute and 45 minute sets).
For my part, i was nice to everyone i came in contact with though i did not receive the same from most of the employees, one in particular i did and i appreciated that.
As far as I'm concerned, the amount of people who were there was estimated around the same if not more people for the "Metal Shop" show we did there months before and that head count was about 175 so I'm guessing that there may have been around 200 plus or minus a few heads so we sold about 1/3 to 1/2 half of the show and to be treated like that, I believe we deserve an apology from the staff and owner of El Corazone.
This group of people acted very unjustly and did not hold up to what had been said by the owner of this establishment.
Screams Of Angels
Worst Venue I Have Ever Been To – Surprise, Surprise. Another review site with a ton of negative reviews on this venue. I have been in the music industry for over 20 years and have toured all over. I have been to pretty much every rock club in the United States. This is by far the worst venue I have ever been to. Not only does the sound suck, major sight line issues, and fear of leaving this place in an ambulance or a body bag, but the kitchen that is supposed to be open per the state liquor board so they can serve hard alcohol is never open, they pay employees under the table, they pack sold out shows dangerously over capacity then start kicking people out to make room to get more in so they can make more money at the door. If you value your safety and don't want to go down in a tragic club accident that makes national headlines go somewhere else.
My Brother-in-law almost died! – ****WARNING****
On October 3 my brother-in-law went to see Undertow and after a confrontation with the security came home with a bruised forehead and a sore side. On Monday his spleen burst. After losing half his blood and many hours in surgery they removed all his spleen. He could have easily left behind his wife and beautiful baby boy.
Think before you enter this venue - it could be your last!
I won't be back – This is the only place where I've ever had a problem with the staff. Not just in Seattle, but from here to L.A. to Boston to deep down south.
As it turns out, a lot of my friends have had the same problems when going there. Getting kicked out, ripped off, and insulted seems to be how they do business.
I doubt I'll ever grace that hole with my presence again. Portland isn't that far away.
Worst Venue Ever. – I had been going to El Corazon off and on ever since they opened in Seattle. However, this last year, I drew the line. Why, do you ask, did I keep going for so long? They have a monopoly on pretty much all the decent shows in Seattle. But, just this last year, I decided that any shows I can go to, I will go to in Portland or Vancouver. The owner of this place is the biggest tempered tool I've ever met. The drinks are far too over-priced for as little alcohol as you get, and the venue is miniscule in ratio to the overblown price of the tickets.
My advice? DON'T GO! Support our other local venues like Studio 7, The Moore, or Neumo's. The more you support them, the more we will have better venue options in the future.
If the show has seating, you'll be ripped off! – If you pay $75 for tickets that say Row 1, and each ticket has a seat number next to the other that indicates they are in the center, how would you feel if you were given four random seats in the back row in the darkest, crappiest corner?
Welcome to the world of the scam that is El Corazon! When we tried to take the seats in the front row that matched our tickets, we were threatened by security. Apparently they sold five entire rows of "front row" seats at the $75 price. Nice, eh?
Drinks were awful, staff was awful, the place smelled of car exhaust so badly I thought we'd all pass out from the carbon monoxide.
Oh, and about our complaint? They said "too bad".
Not suited for national acts – This venue has hosted some epic shows in its various incarnations and continues to have some great acts come through the doors. But the venue itself and particularly the current management are not really up to the task of hosting some of the national acts that they book. The main room is so crammed that you can't leave for a drink or bathroom break with much hope of getting back in, and the bar makes getting a drink a serious investment of your time. I now go only if the act I want to see has a very small following or if I like them so much you'll put up with just about anything.
WORST VENUE I'VE EVER BEEN TO – I had been planning a trip up to Seattle from Portland Oregon to see Carcass. I had bought my ticket in advance and my greyhound ticket, totaling up to about 105.00 dollars. For this amount of money to be spent to see one band, I would expect THEE night of my life. I arrived in town about 5 hours before the show so I decided to buy some beer. Little did I know the Staff at the El Corazon are a bunch of straight edge egotistical Nazi's. When I showed them my ticket, which by the way cost me 50 dollars, I was denied and told, "can't let someone who reeks of booze in.". I explained to them I just took a four hour bus ride up here and I have no where to stay and I have nothing else to do. They didn't care at all and started laughing. All I wanted to do is see Carcass. Is that so much to ask???
In conclusion, All I have to say is,
The staff at the El Corazon are THEE biggest @#$%-Heads on the planet.
Anyone who is reading this, here is a word of advice... Don't support this place because giving the venue money means the Staff are getting paid, and quite frankly they all need to be fired.
AVOID THIS PLACE LIKE THE PLAGUE!!!!!!!!!!!!!
El Corazon Security deserves recognition – Well some may freak out on over-zealous security remember that there are two sides to every story.... you aren't 'ejected' from anything without some damn good reason for it regardless of what event or location.
In the past there hasn?t been an issue with bringing a camera to a venue for personal photographs and I wasn?t sure what to expect at this show. Upon arrival two members of the security who were checking identification noticed my camera bag and enquired to whether or not I had a ?photo pass?. I did not, and also did not travel to the venue in my car, opting for a cab instead so there was no place to store the camera. Being patient with me one of them offered to store the camera in his locker and I accepted. He also mentioned that when MLWTTKK merchandise showed up to enquire with them on whether or not I could use the camera. In the end I was allowed to and it made it that much more of an enjoyable evening.
I attend many shows in the Seattle area and by far this has been the best experience I have had with security and door screening. Again, weall have good nights and bad ones but this was exceptional. These two security guys were patient, understanding, and courteous to me and those who accompanied me. I wanted to make sure that they were recognized for their efforts and professionalism.
They deserve recognition.
Best venue in Seattle – My favorite place to see bands. All the bands that I've seen there have said it was their favorite venue in Seattle. I love how the security is NOT strict on rules. such as crowd surfing. Got nice and close to the bands, always pretty clean bathrooms, nice and small but not toooooo small. The sitting area is always nice to go to after moshing :) I have never been in the bar though so couldn't tell you about that. Overall This place is my favorite :)
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