Live Nation announced Thursday (June 21) it is building a brand new Fillmore music venue in New Orleans. On the 50th anniversary of the opening of Fillmore West in San Francisco, Live Nation is releasing details on the expansive new venue that will be located in Harrah’s Casino. The new Fillmore is expected to open in early 2019.
Honoring the historic traditions of Fillmore music halls around the country, the new 2,000-capacity venue will showcase incredible state-of-the-art production, vintage poster art, VIP amenities, outstanding dining options and friendly hospitality that celebrates the live-concert experience.
“New Orleans is a city with a proud musical heritage, and we could not be more excited that The Fillmore will join the host of great live music that this city has to offer,” said Ron Bension, president of Live Nation’s Club & Theatre group, in a release. “The venue’s industry-leading amenities and intimate 2,000-person capacity fill a gap in the market and will attract performers that often bypass the city, which will ultimately give audiences an even wider array of concert experiences to enjoy.”
The original Fillmore in San Francisco was the focal point for psychedelic and rock scenes in the late ’60s and early ’70s. Artists that played the iconic venue included Grateful Dead, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Santana, The Doors, The Allman Brothers Band and more. Fillmores around the United States now include: Charlotte, Miami, Detroit, Philadelphia and Silver Spring, Maryland.
The newest Fillmore will embrace the city of New Orleans with design details that reflect the unique qualities of local architecture and material such as wrought iron gate segments and clapboard sidings used throughout the venue alongside local influences such as gas street lanterns and hints of Mardi Gras.
“It was important to Harrah’s New Orleans that we find the right partner to help us transform our second-floor space into a destination,” said Dan Real, Caesars Entertainment regional president-south and Harrah’s New Orleans GM, in a release. “In a city where live music abounds from street corners to the stage, The Fillmore is a perfect addition to Harrah’s New Orleans and will create memorable experiences for both locals and guests.”
The venue’s Lobby Bar will transport concertgoers immediately into the local musical world via a hand-painted sousaphone rotating from the center with its flared bell jutting into the room and greeting the crowd as it rotates. The bar will feature small-batch liquors, local and national craft beers, a varied wine selection, and a full menu of local favorites like Popcorn Creole Shrimp, Louisiana Hot Chicken Tenders and Charcuterie Bento Boxes.
The VIP room, called BG’s Lounge in a nod to original Fillmore founder Bill Graham, also pays tribute to New Orleans, celebrating its sultry side with hints of black magic, voodoo and masquerade balls.
The Fillmore is not only a state-of-the-art concert hall but also features a colorful array of distinctive private event spaces for hosting corporate events, private concerts, social gatherings, weddings, receptions or private dinners.
This article was originally published by Amplify.