Old Forester's Paristown Hall
Old Forester’s Paristown Hall has the capacity of 2,000. | Photo by Sara Havens

Earlier this month, Insider stopped by the new 28,000-square-foot performing arts and music venue known as Old Forester’s Paristown Hall for a pre-show held to work out the kinks and create buzz around town, leading up to its official opening on Tuesday, July 23.

That date didn’t take long to get here, and tickets ($60) are still available for those interested in attending the first official concert featuring Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Chicago’s Mucca Pazza and the nationally renowned, contemporary dance outfit Pilobolus performing alongside local cellist Ben Sollee.

The show will no doubt pack the 2,000 capacity standing-room venue, which is owned and operated by the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts. The $12 million hall, located in the Paristown Pointe neighborhood, fills a niche needed in Louisville for a medium-sized venue. Paristown Hall can fit twice as many patrons as Headliners and Mercury Ballroom, for example.

Plus, the state-of-the-art building includes all the latest in sound and lighting, which will help make the large space feel comfy and intimate. There are three long bars throughout — one sponsored by Old Forester and one Miller Lite — which are geared toward fast service and also will serve craft cocktails.

And if you’re wondering about the bourbon selection, there are about a dozen options on each bar, including brands other than Old Forester.

Paristown Hall
Want to know where the artists hang out before they play? Here’s a look at the green room. | Photo by Sara Havens

Two VIP lounges are located on the upper floor on either side of the stage and can hold about 60 people each. These are the only areas where seating will be available during most shows. And there appear to be ample restroom stalls, two outdoor balconies and patios and several water fountains that also can fill approved containers.

Upcoming shows include Lucero and Lydia Loveless (July 25), Interpol and Surfbort (Aug. 8), Gavin DeGraw and Hannah Ellis (Aug. 23), Judah & the Lion (Sept. 7), Drive-By Truckers and Freakwater (Sept. 14), Wu-Tang Clan’s 25th Anniversary Tour (Oct. 18), Sleater-Kinney (Oct. 20) and many more.

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Sara Havens
Sara Havens is the Culture Editor at Insider Louisville, known around town as the Bar Belle (barbelleblog.com). She's a former editor of LEO Weekly and has written for Playboy and The Alcohol Professor. Havens is the author of two books: "The Bar Belle" and "The Bar Belle Vol. 2."