Monday, June 8, 2009

Mercury Paw

Although Mia Frederick's nightclub The Mercury Paw was shortlived, it carved out a huge swath in Louisville music history. My Morning Jacket, Speed to Roam, Blacklisted, Freakwater, Glasspack, King Kong and Sean Garrison all played there. Even national acts like Man Or Astroman played there.

It was a wonderfully decrepit old venue in the old, old, ancient, dirty, old part of downtown. And before Mercury Paw, it had been something called The Zodiac Club.

Today the building at 117 Main Street stands empty, and hey, when did their sign get taken down? At least the handsome old wrought-iron front gates are still there. For now.

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