Everett’s all-ages concert venue left searching for home
EVERETT — Jericho, the only all-ages venue in Everett, is scraping dirt for a home.
The owner of 3231 Broadway rented out the basement to another tenant, stripping artist incubation nonprofit 3231 Creatives of its theater space and blowing a hole in a vibrant part of Snohomish County’s available hangout spots for the under-21 set.
Jericho’s leader, Taylor Cort, isn’t giving up on keeping shows in Everett. It’s his mission to give teens a safe place to rock out. Through volunteers and word of mouth, Jericho’s shows attracted 100 to 150 teenagers from across Snohomish County.
He started a fundraiser last month, but it’s falling way short of his goal of $5,000 to afford renting a space. As of last week, he was shy of $1,000.
It left Cort with a dilemma: He’s got bands booked through October but nowhere for them to play. One show happened last weekend at Mirkwood, an Arlington venue.
Cort said he’s looking for a space to fit 100 concertgoers but he’ll take what he can get in Everett’s market.
“It’s a tough situation in a tight amount of time,” he said.
A call to 3231 Creatives was not returned, but according to 3231 Creatives’ website in a post from late July, the nonprofit wrote that the building owner rented out 3231’s entire downstairs to another tenant. They knew the change was coming but it came quick.
Cort confirmed some of these details in an interview. He learned of the change in late July, he said.
The upstairs art area is not impacted, 3231 Creatives wrote.
The change displaced the Creatives Underground Theater (CUT) and Jericho. CUT’s last show appears to have been Aug. 13.
3231 Creatives says a lot of people don’t understand that the nonprofit does not own the building
Cort, a Snohomish High School graduate, grew up in the hardcore metal scene and plays in a Christian metal band that was part of the Arlington show.
He put together Jericho because “it gives (teens) an opportunity to see bands play without traveling to Seattle,” Cort told this paper in January when Jericho moved to 3231 Creatives.
“It’s been a really great space for creativity to blossom and grow and it will be sad to see it go,” he said last week.
He plans to use as much money as he can from show revenues to find a new space in Everett, and held a video game tournament fundraiser last month. Even so, money has come in slowly.
A link to the fundraising effort is on Jericho’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/JerichoWA