The Fillmore Philadelphia

The Fillmore Philadelphia

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September 2, 2015
ORIGINAL FILLMORE POSTER ARTIST COMMISSIONED BY LIVE NATION TO CREATE EXCLUSIVE SOUVENIR POSTER OF NEW PHILADELPHIA FILLMORE STARRING HALL & OATESCOMMEMORATING SOLD-OUT OPENING NIGHT

Keepsake 1960s Inspired Poster Art Created by Philadelphia's Bonnie MacLean, Former Wife of Legendary Concert Impresario Bill Graham, to Be Presented to All Concertgoers in Attendance Oct. 1

Bonnie MacLean

PHILADELPHIA (Sept. 2, 2015) The spectacular Philadelphia Fillmore, hailed as the "best live rock music venue in the United States," has formed a uniquely special bond to the iconic legacy of the original Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco after discovering an extraordinary link to the past in its own back yard. And the results will be unveiled on opening night as a treasured keepsake for everyone in attendance.

To commemorate the sold-out Grand Opening concert Oct. 1 starring Hall & Oates, Live Nation has commissioned 1960s Fillmore poster artist Bonnie MacLean, a Philadelphia native and the onetime wife of legendary concert impresario and Fillmore Auditorium founder Bill Graham, to design a distinctive souvenir poster which will be handed out free to ticket-holders that evening.

"We are thrilled and privileged that Bonnie has come on board to exclusively lend her singular authenticity to the Fillmore Philadelphia," said Michael Grozier, Sr. Vice President, House of Blues Entertainment. "We've gone to tremendous lengths to write a new chapter to Philadelphia's proud musical heritage by honoring the legendary traditions of Fillmore music halls around the country, and we can't wait to see what she creates not only for us, but also for the 2,500 patrons who will pack the house on Opening Night."

MacLean was among the driving forces behind the rise of the San Francisco rock music scene of the late '60s, with the success of the Fillmore Auditorium due in no small part to her groundbreaking posters promoting the venue's concert attractions. She moved back to the East Coast in 1972 and settled in rural Bucks County, PA, where she has been living ever since, painting nudes, landscapes and still lives in her converted barn studio. She remains best-known for her series of historical hand-drawn rock posters, among the most sought-after collectible poster art in rock. Some of MacLean's posters sell today for as much as $10,000.

"I'm quite pleased to be recognized by Live Nation as the person I was 50 years ago," said MacLean. "The Fillmore Philadelphia will spread the joy of what used to be the most wonderful music venue around. Philadelphia, being a musical city, will enjoy it and appreciate it."

The Fillmore Auditorium, which first opened in San Francisco in 1965, is one of this country's landmark performing stages. That Fillmore was the focal point of the psychedelic music scene during the 1960s and '70s, helping to launch the careers of iconic rock acts such as the Grateful Dead, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Santana, The Doors, The Allman Brothers Band, and many, many others which helped it grow into the legend it is today.

MacLean, already married to Graham at the time, helped her then-husband launch the Fillmore Auditorium by joining the staff to collect tickets, pass out handbills, and count receipts. Her initial contribution as an artist was simply drawling lists of band lineups on the coming attractions board at the top of the stairs, before she eventually stepped in to create more than 30 posters for shows featuring the likes of the Jefferson Airplane, Pink Floyd, Cream, the Yardbirds, and numerous others.

The opening of The Philly Fillmore marks the seventh Fillmore now open in the U.S., and the latest addition to a legendary group of music venues that traces its lineage to rock history's golden era. The newest Fillmore is a major component in the continued revitalization of iconic Fishtown and is rising at one of the city's historic addresses, the legendary Ajax Metal Factory. The building, at the intersection of Frankford Avenue and Richmond Street, is being transformed from a pounding WWI munitions machine constructed over 100 years ago into a beautiful, pounding music machine of a different sort, 2015 style, with a distinct Philly flair.

More on the Philadelphia Fillmore at www.thefillmorephilly.com.

PHOTO CAPTION: Original Fillmore Auditorium poster artist Bonnie MacLean, shown here in her suburban Philadelphia home studio with a first-run poster she created in the '60s for a concert with Vanilla Fudge and Blue Cheer, has been commissioned by Live Nation to create an exclusive souvenir poster featuring Hall & Oates to commemorate their Opening Night performance Oct. 1.

Photo credit: Randex Communications

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June 2, 2015
LIVE NATION'S NEW PHLADELPHIA FILLMORE UNVEILS OPENING LINE-UP WITH HALL & OATES AS FIRST HEADLINERS

Fishtown's Historic 125-Year-Old Ajax Metal Company Building Continues Its Transformation Into Live Music and Entertainment Venue With Opening Line-Up Announcement

PHILADELPHIA (June 2, 2015) - Live music Philly-style is coming to what has been hailed as the "best live rock music venue in the United States" with a spectacular Philadelphia Fillmore opening lineup announced today and public ticket sales set for Thursday, June 4 at 10:00 a.m. Complete info at www.thefillmorephilly.com.

Opening the new dazzling venue will be Philly's own Hall & Oates, who have sold more albums than any duo in music history.

"We're excited and feel fortunate to kick things off with two of the all-time great musical artists," said Ben Weeden, chief operating officer of Live Nation's theater & clubs division. "Philadelphia is a city with a proud musical heritage and this is the perfect way to get started."

Other scheduled acts:

  • 10/1 Hall & Oates
  • 10/2 Frank Turner
  • 10/4 Flux Pavilion
  • 10/11 Brandi Carlile
  • 10/24 AER
  • 11/4 Misterwives
  • 11/11 Eli Young Band
  • 11/12 Papadosio
  • 12/31 Joe Russo's Almost Dead

The original Fillmore is one of this country's landmark performing stages and first opened in San Francisco in 1965. That Fillmore was the focal point of the psychedelic music scene during the 1960s and 70s, helping to launch the careers of iconic rock acts such as Grateful Dead; Jimi Hendrix; Led Zeppelin; Santana; The Doors; The Allman Brothers Band; and many, many others which helped it grow into the legend it is today.

With a capacity of 2500, the opening of The Philly Fillmore marks the seventh Fillmore now open in the U.S., and the latest addition to a legendary group of music venues that traces its lineage to rock history's golden era. It will showcase incredible state-of-the-art production, vintage poster art, VIP amenities, and friendly hospitality that celebrate the live concert experience.

As part of the continued revitalization of iconic Fishtown, one of the city's historic addresses, the legendary Ajax Metal Factory is being transformed from a pounding WWI munitions machine constructed over 100 years ago into a beautiful, pounding music machine of a different sort, 2015 style.

With one of the finest sound systems in the U.S., Philly's Fillmore will offer small batch liquors, local and national craft beers, a varied wine selection, and a full menu of local favorites like brats and burgers and cheesesteaks as well as charcuteries and cheese plates.

The venue will also have a "club within the club." An intimate, second live music club, The Foundry will be located on the top floor of The Fillmore. Featuring state-of-the-art lights and sound, concert goers will be able to dance and get close to the stage in an energizing 450 capacity space that will showcase singer/songwriters, local acts, DJs and smaller touring bands.

Circle Bar at The Fillmore will be a lively and upscale lounge and bar where guests can enjoy VIP service and enhanced benefits as part of their concert event. Located on the second floor of the venue with its own private entry, this intimate and exclusive lounge will feature top-tier cocktails and craft beers, exceptional service and an extensive food menu providing guests a comfortable place to hang and relax before, during and after our concerts. Dedicated bar service, friendly hospitality, comfortable seating and private restrooms are some of the first-class amenities fans can enjoy.

Circle Bar will connect directly to club boxes and the best seats in the house on the mezzanine level of The Fillmore providing in-seat food, beverage and bottle service and amazing sightlines. Fans looking to enhance their concert experiences will be able to create what Fillmore management said is "an unforgettable night of entertainment."

About the House of Blues Entertainment
With 58 owned/operated/managed clubs and theaters, the House of Blues Entertainment portfolio, a division of Live Nation, is wide-ranging including the legendary Fillmores and the intimate House of Blues clubs throughout the United States. House of Blues Entertainment is the country's pre-eminent live music venue collection featuring state-of-the-art sound and lighting technology in one-of-a-kind custom-designed environments aimed to bring fans and artists together in unparalleled musical environments.

April 16, 2015
LIVE NATION UNVEILS PLANS FOR THE FILLMORE PHILADELPHIA SETTING NEW STANDARD FOR ROCK CLUBS IN U.S.A.

Historic 125-Year-Old Ajax Metal Company Building to Transform Into Live Music and Entertainment Venue Created Uniquely for Philadelphia Fans

(PHILADELPHIA, Pa. April 16, 2015) Live music Philly-style is coming to what is planned as the "best live rock music venue in the United States."

The Fillmore Philadelphia.

As part of the continued revitalization of iconic Fishtown, one of the city's historic addresses, the legendary Ajax Metal Factory is being transformed from a pounding WWI munitions machine constructed over 100 years ago into a beautiful pounding music machine of a different sort, 2015 style.

What a difference 100 years makes. "A music hall to top all music halls."

Honoring the legendary traditions of Fillmore music halls around the country, the 2,500-capacity venue, scheduled to open in the fall, will showcase incredible state-of-the-art production, vintage poster art, VIP amenities, and friendly hospitality that celebrates the live concert experience.

"Philadelphia 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 venues that this city has to offer," said Mayor Michael A. Nutter. "What's more, this new attraction will bring thousands of people to the Delaware River Waterfront, which is in the midst of a transformation and poised to become one of America's most dynamic, exciting urban waterfronts."

The original Fillmore is one of this country's landmark performing stages and first opened in San Francisco in 1965. That Fillmore was the focal point of the psychedelic music scene during the 1960s and 70s helping to launch the careers of iconic rock acts such as Grateful Dead; Jimi Hendrix; Led Zeppelin; Santana; The Doors; The Allman Brothers Band; and many, many others which helped it grow into the legend it is today.

President of Live Nation's House of Blues Entertainment Division Ron Bension said, "The Fillmore Philadelphia will feature the best sound system of any club its size, unparalleled sightlines, and remarkable food and beverage, making it more than a place for a concert. It will be a true experience."

Philly's Fillmore will feature small batch liquors, local and national craft beers, a varied wine selection, and a full menu of local favorites like brats and burgers and cheesesteaks as well as charcuteries and cheese plates.

The venue will also have a "club within the club." An intimate, second live music club, The Foundry, will be located on the top floor of The Fillmore. Featuring state-of-the-art lights and sound, concert goers will be able to dance and get close to the stage in an energizing 450 capacity space that will showcase singer/songwriters, local acts, DJs and smaller touring bands.

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Circle Bar at The Fillmore will be a lively and upscale lounge and bar where guests can enjoy VIP service and enhanced benefits as part of their concert event. Located on the second floor of the venue with its own private entry, this intimate and exclusive lounge will feature top-tier cocktails and craft beers, exceptional service and an extensive food menu providing guests a comfortable place to hang and relax before, during and after our concerts. Dedicated bar service, friendly hospitality, comfortable seating and private restrooms are some of the first-class amenities fans can enjoy.

Circle Bar will connect directly to club boxes and the best seats in the house on the mezzanine level of The Fillmore providing in-seat food, beverage and bottle service and amazing sightlines. Fans looking to enhance their concert experiences will be able to create what Bension said is "an unforgettable night of entertainment."

www.thefillmorephilly.com

About the House of Blues Entertainment
With 58 owned/operated/managed clubs and theaters, the House of Blues Entertainment portfolio, a division of Live Nation, is wide-ranging including the legendary Fillmores and the intimate House of Blues clubs throughout the United States. House of Blues Entertainment is the country's pre-eminent live music venue collection featuring state-of-the-art sound and lighting technology in one-of-a-kind custom-designed environments aimed to bring fans and artists together in unparalleled musical environments.

The Fillmore Philadelphia

Randy Alexander

President & CEO
906 Jonathan Lane
Marlton, NJ 08053
856.596.1410

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