AEG Buys Showbox Clubs

AEG Live announced December 11th the company is buying the Showbox clubs in Seattle, Wash., from owner Jeff Steichen.

Steichen will stay on as GM of 1,148-capacity The Showbox at the Market and 1,511-capacity Showbox SoDo, which opened in October. Chad Queirolo will also remain as talent buyer/manager for both venues.

Alex Kochan, VP of AEG Live’s regional operations in the Northwest, said the move brings two of Seattle’s top live music venues into the fold.

"We are thrilled to welcome The Showbox and their staff to the AEG Live family," Kochan said in a company statement. "Jeff, Chad and the team they have assembled bring a wealth of experience and energy to the Seattle music scene."

The move gives AEG Live an increased presence in the Seattle market, where it already books the WaMu Theater at the Qwest Field Event Center as well as concerts for the Puyallup Fair and Bumbershoot Arts & Music festival.