Cincinnati had never seen any thing like it and hasn’t since. It likely won’t again.
Open for less than two years, the concert hall brought to town the best of the exploding Rock scene that represented a creative burst not yet repeated in music history. It earned the reputation as the “Fillmore of the Midwest.”
At the time it was one of just a handful of Hippie Rock palaces in the country that started springing up, mimicking Bill Graham’s Fillmore East and West.
This time Mark Twain was wrong: Thanks to the Ludlow Garage, Cincinnati was at the heart of the day’s Alternative music world.
The Ludlow Garage legacy will get a 40th anniversary tribute Friday night at the Cincy Blues Fest with a stage featuring artists who played at the venue. They include The Goshorn Brothers (Pure Prairie League) and the reunion of two local Psychedelic bands of the day, Balderdash and Bitter Blood Street Theatre.
Also on the bill are No Saints No Saviors, an Allman Brothers tribute group featuring guitarist Sonny Morman and keyboardist Bob Nave. Nave played the Garage when he was with The Lemon Pipers. The Allmans immortalized the venue with their Live at Ludlow Garage album.
Read more about the history of the Garage here.