The 10 Greatest New Music Venues of the 21st Century

The Vera Project (Seattle, WA)
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Like many great all-ages venues conceived out of the DIY punk ethos, The Vera Project isn’t just a place to see bands play. Founded in 2001 and staffed largely by volunteers, the non-profit’s mission is “to foster a participatory creative culture through popular music concerts, arts programs, experiential learning and volunteer opportunities for all ages,” especially young people 14-24. The Vera Project offers an art gallery, classes and facilities for silkscreening and audio recording, and many opportunities (including internships) for teens to get involved in its community and governance. But the place still takes its bookings very seriously: Dan Deacon, Titus Andronicus, and Deerhoof are just a few of the great bands that have performed there.