By KAITLIN RUST | WAVE 3 News
Louisville’s newest concert venue opens this summer as the anchor of the $28 million revitalization of Paristown Pointe.
Old Forester Paristown Hall has already booked some big-name acts.
July 23 is the venue’s opening night with performances from Trombone Shorty, Orleans Avenue, Pilobolus, Ben Sollee and Mucca Pazza.
Paristown Hall also has several other big shows scheduled for the summer like Interpol, Lucero, Ruan Bingham, Hippo Campus and Gavin DeGraw.
Heather Weston Bell, of the Kentucky Center, said there is no other venue like this in Louisville.
It will be 28,000 square feet with two bars and an upstairs lounge. Inside is a 2,000 person general admission standing room venue, one of the largest in the city, and the only standing room venue on the Kentucky Center’s docket.
“This will be a great opportunity to bring bands to our market that might otherwise not have the opportunity to come to Louisville,” Weston Bell said. “We also are making sure we’re serving our local community’s local arts and cultural scene.”
Weston Bell said this new venue will also boost tourism.
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“We’re looking at bringing in 40 to 50 percent of our audience being 40 miles outside the city,” she said.
That will help with the revitalization of the Paristown neighborhood.
“So many people here in Louisville haven’t heard of the neighborhood or haven’t heard of the name Paristown,” Weston Bell said. “So we love the idea of really giving visibility to that and being true to where we are, hopefully being an anchor of this larger Paristown development.”
She said the goal is to create a vibe similar to Fourth Street Live!, by changing the open container laws on Brent Street, which runs through the middle of the complex.
“We can open this up and have a festival-type atmosphere, set up a stage on Brent Street,” she explained. “It will come alive with people moving from experience to experience, maybe coming down and checking out the pottery at Louisville Stoneware, to grabbing a bite to eat and heading to show at Old Forester Paristown Hall.”
The area surrounding the venue is currently being renovated by Louisville Stoneware. The Café, a local favorite, will move into one of those buildings.