Trombone Shorty will help open Old Forester’s Paristown Hall on July 23. | Courtesy of Trombone Shorty

Even though construction won’t be finished for another month or so at Old Forester’s Paristown Hall, that doesn’t stop the new Kentucky Center for the Arts facility from booking its first couple of gigs.

In fact, Production Simple, the local promotion company in charge of booking the talent for the venue and others all over town, just released its first roster of live music for the 28,000-square-foot space, which includes an opening night bash on Tuesday, July 23, featuring Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, along with local acts Pilobolus, Mucca Pazza and Ben Sollee.

Other shows to look forward to are Lucero with Lydia Loveless on July 25; Interpol with Surfbort on Aug. 8; Gavin DeGraw on Aug. 23; Ryan Bingham on Nov. 3; and Hippo Campus on Nov. 8.

Old Forester’s Paristown Hall will be located on Brent Street. | Courtesy of Kentucky Center for the Arts

Paristown Hall will be the third venue in the Kentucky Center family, which includes the Kentucky Center, of course, and the Brown Theatre. The $12 million state-of-the-art facility will be standing-room only and have a capacity of about 2,000.

“It is wonderful to see Old Forester’s Paristown Hall nearing its opening, bringing both locals and visitors to experience these diverse contemporary artists and unique events,” said Kim Baker, president & CEO of the Kentucky Center. “The Center is thrilled to open the doors to this new venue and share the vision that we have been developing for many years.”

In February, Insider announced that Old Forester was partnering with the Kentucky Center for the project, which now bears the Louisville bourbon distillery’s name and also will feature a 60-foot-long bar inside.

Ticket to the shows mentioned above will go on sale beginning Friday, May 17, at the Kentucky Center‘s website. The opening night bash on July 23 will begin at 8 p.m., and tickets will be $60.

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."