Northwest Dance & Music Venues

The Pypo Club
1 Broadway
Seaside, Oregon

Some of the bands that played The Pypo Club during those great years of NW music were:

The Archies
The Beachcombers
Big G and the Cheerios
The Counts
The Critiques
The Furys
Gene Vincent
Gentlemen Wild
Grant's Blueboys
James Henry & The Olympics
King Harvest
The Kingsmen
The Moguls
Paul Revere & The Raiders
The Pied Pipers
The Portland Zoo
The Rivingtons
The Sonics
The Squires
Syncopated Sound
Teddy & The Rough Riders
The Wailers
Wheel of Fortune
White Heart


The Pypo club was located one block north of Broadway in the middle of Seaside.  The building was an Electrical Co. for years afterwards. It was owned by the same people that owned "ONEY'S" Restaurant on Highway 26.

The Club featured mostly Surf bands as it was about two or three blocks from the beach, but also had Paul Revere, The Wailers, etc.   There were a lot of tourists, so they didn't advertise much. I played at the Pypo with Big G & the Cheerios in about '64 and the only souveneir I could find was a napkin.

Rojer Blaine, January 2006

Gene Vincent at the Pypo - Courtesy of Helen Hansen
Gene Vincent in 1960 at te Bungalow - Photo  by Audrey Lee, provided Courtesy of Helen Hansen
This photo was taken before the Pypo Club - but the same person who started the Pypo Club owned the Bungalow (the skating rink) - Pat Mason and his wife Alta.   It was where the music scene in Seaside started.  My sister, Audrey Lee, took the photo of Gene.  It was such a HUGE deal when he came to town.

Helen Hansen, September 2010

On March 27, 1964 we had a surprise Tsunami after the big earthquake in Anchorage, Alaska. There was a teenage club in Seaside, the Pypo Club, for under 21 year olds.  It had been at the Turnaround above the Natatorium, on top in the space where the Legion Club had been, but had moved to ground level by the Necannicum River.  We were dancing to live music when at about 11:30 we felt water on our feet. Thinking it must have been a water main that burst, we went to the door, and there we saw water rushing down the street and sidewalk.  One of the girls had an open jeep parked by the door, so we jumped in and shouted into the club, "everyone to McKnight’s place."  They lived in Clatsop Plains and everyone spent the night there.  We were used to going to high ground whenever we heard a tidal wave warning, but at that time there was no warning at all.

Ky Jenning, June 2011

I played for Teddy and the Rough Riders.  We were the house band at the Pypo Club during the summers of 65, 66 and 67.  We also played many winter weekends. We probably played there 200 times.  Also James Henry and the Olympics were the house band there for at least two summer seasons before we were.

David McClure, March 2012

The Portland Zoo played the Pypo Club a few times in 1968 and 1969, but the last time we played there it was a very hot and muggy night; we were sweating rivers.  Halfway through the night I announced:   "Well, I promised I wouldn't say f*ck into the mic tonight, and you can see I intend to keep my promise . . .  not to say f*ck into the mic!"

Then two songs later, Mario, who was dripping with sweat from drumming, feeling he couldn't stand the heat any more, took his shirt off.  Ten seconds later the power to the stage was cut and a policeman jumped on stage to arrest Mario for trying to start a riot!  We were able to talk him out of it but we were subsequently banned in Seaside and Cannon Beach...  and maybe we still are!

But we're not banned in Portland and we are going to play a set on January 6th, 2014 at the Crystal Ballroom as part of their 50th anniversary celebration.  See you there?


    Peter Langston, for the Portland Zoo Electric Band, December 2013

The Address No 1 Broadway was for the first location when the club was on the Turnaround.  The aboce picture shows the second and longest lasting location on Ocean Way.

Hugh McKenna,

Photo courtesy of Dean LaCoursiere
The Furys in 1961 at the Pypo Club - Photo courtesy of Dean LaCoursiere

Pypo Club napkin - image courtesy of Rojer Blaine

Paul Revere & The Raiders at the Pypo - 1964

Image courtesy of Sally Arvidson

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Last Update:  25 June 2015
Credits: Steve, Stan Foreman, Mike Merryman, Rojer Blaine, Sally Arvidson, Paul Wendlick, John Gordon, Helen Hansen, Tim G. Marsh, Bob Stoutenburg, Ky Jennings, Craig Cathey, Jim Furnish, Dick Schalk, Paul Jones, Peter Langston, Randy Bryson, Hugh McKenna, Kathy Carlson