Mercury Ballroom opens to packed house, politicians


by Brooke Hasch

Posted on May 10, 2014 at 12:09 AM

Updated Saturday, May 10 at 1:49 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11)-- With guitars in hand, the countdown began.

Shattered guitars flew off the stage, as confetti and balloons fell onto the crowds below. They'd stood in line for hours, and driven across state lines, anxiously awaiting for the first official act at the Mercury Ballroom.

A landmark from the 1920's turned into Louisville's latest live music hot spot.

"It's just a beautiful, beautiful club. We think the performers are really going to dig it and the fans of live music have really enjoyed it so far too," Michael Grozier, Clubs and Theatres Vice President with Live Nation, said.

The Mercury opened about a month ago for a few private shows before its official opening. Already, it's seen 10,000 visitors and performers that usually wouldn't come to Louisville and its location is definitely a bonus for the city.

“We're really grateful to be part of what Bill Wayland's doing on this neck of the block. Between the Henry Clay and the Hilton that's opening up and us. We already manage the Palace and book 20 shows a year at the YUM Center. So we think that this is going to be a great continuing addition to what Live Nation can bring to Louisville and to Fourth Street," Grozier said.

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer was also in attendance at the official opening of the venue and took to the stage.

"How do you like this venue here?" Fischer asked.

Close to 900 people packed into the former Wright-Taylor Building at Fourth and Chestnut Streets for the live entertainment which included a special performance by some of the city's biggest names.

Congressman John Yarmuth was in the crowd on Friday as well. He took to the stage earlier in the evening with a message to Nashville and Memphis, that Louisville is on its way to becoming the live music capitol of the Midwest.