Emerald City Blue
124th Avenue & 143rd Street
Ork-owned and -operated for more than thirty years, Crusher 495 is a fixture of the Redmond club scene. Racists in Redmond have threatened, vandalized, and firebombed the place, but the owners always rebuild and reopen, better than before. The music tends towards the heavy stuff: hard or nova rock, industrial, and its various offspring. Don’t hit the dance floor unless you’re prepared to slam-dance with a drunken ork or troll.
Eddy Kosky, the senior partner and manager, basically grew up in and around the club and knows everybody. He has maintained Crusher 495’s brilliant policy of “neighborhood responsibility,” keeping Redmond resources in Redmond. People know you can come here for small loans, whatever leftovers they’ve got, sponsorship of some community potluck or get-together, ride-shares, and general networking. In return, the locals really look out for the club’s interests; any haters causing them trouble now come from outside of the area, and are met with a cold shoulder from the people who know who their friends really are.