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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- After some construction delays, a new South Fourth Street music venue is expected to open Wednesday night.
Get ready to rock in the sister property of the Louisville Palace in the Wright Taylor Building. It's called the Mercury Ballroom. It has a club-like feel. You'll find a bar, comfy furniture and couches. Crews are working around-the-clock putting the finishing touches on the venue.
Country music artist Corey Smith will be the first to play in the Mercury Ballroom.
"They're erecting the stages, curtains, artwork... last minute details," said Amy Lewis, the assistant general manager for the Mercury Ballroom and the Louisville Palace.
Paintings of musician Freddie Mercury and actress Jennifer Lawrence will greet music fans. An artist is also hand-painting more pieces for the new venue.
"The artwork is a pretty interesting combination," Lewis said. "There is some poppy, rocky... Mercury has a lot of interpretations and we really tried to capture different spirits of Mercury throughout the room, so you'll see some artwork changing."
"Up here is the second floor bar area, restrooms," said David Bartlett, the general manager of the Mercury Ballroom and Louisville Palace. "On the south side of the building is a VIP lounge, several lounge areas...great congregating area, especially if you want a cocktail and you can watch traffic on 4th street."
The Mercury Ballroom was supposed to open last Friday, but because of construction setbacks, it had to cancel a concert and decided to open Wednesday instead.
Organizers say music fans will get to experience the state-of-the-art sound and lighting systems.
"We're bringing all kinds of new and upcoming artists, established artists, DJ's, comedians, a little bit of everything, all across the board," said Lewis.
Tickets are still available for Corey Smith's concert. Up to 700 people are expected to attend. This week is considered a soft opening with the grand opening party on May 9.
The Mercury Ballroom is also open for private and corporate events.