It’s October 1st and with its first show ending quickly, Little Rock’s new concert and event venue is still a construction zone.
Workers are busy transforming what was most recently Copy Systems at 712 Ninth St., into The Hall, the nearly 12,000 square foot venue for music, parties, weddings, conventions, social events. business and other occasions.
R&B hit-maker Ledisi will be the venue’s first headliner at 8 p.m. Saturday. Kenyon Dixon will open the show.
Ledisi’s latest album, “Ledisi Sings Nina”, is a tribute to one of her heroes, Nina Simone, and features seven of Simone’s most popular songs. This is his 10th studio album and follows last year’s âThe Wild Cardâ which included the single âAnything for Youâ. The track earned Ledisi her first Grammy, for Best Traditional R&B Performance, earlier this year.
âWe’re very happy to have her. She’s so amazing and she’s a wonderful artist,â said Miranda Hall, the venue manager.
Other acts planned in the new space include country duo Muscadine Bloodline on October 23, country rapper Jelly Roll on October 29 (this show is sold out), rapper Nelly on November 17, tribute band Prince The Prince Project on November 19, country singer-songwriter Drake White on November 20 and up. See littlerockhall.com for more announcements and information.
The Hall is owned by Nashville-Tenn-based Marathon Live, which also owns the Marathon Music Works halls in Nashville, The Signal in Chattanooga, and The Truman in Kansas City. Mo, says Hall. Marathon Live also handles music reservation, she adds.
Hall leads a quick tour of the facilities, which include three green rooms, a production office, bathrooms, a mezzanine (which will offer great views of the stage) and three bars. There is also a catering kitchen and toilets.
Standing capacity is around 1,300, according to Hall, and around 500 to 700 depending on sit-down meals.
The hall’s large stage is portable, so it can be pulled out to make room for other events on the site, she adds. The sound of the concert is handled by Little Rock Company CWP Productions, Hall says.
With its size, The Hall hopes to fill a niche in the concert market for out-sized bands like the Rev Room, Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack, Vino’s Brew Pub, White Water Tavern and others.
âThey’re all part of our community,â Hall says of the clubs. “[Artists that play] Stickyz or Rev Room, we want to see them become a room for 1,300 people. It’s just a different experience that wasn’t here. We want to support and develop the music community. “
Hall says there are plans to have food trucks at concerts and that parking is available on Hall grounds and on the street.
Speaking of streets, Ninth Street was once the heart of Little Rock’s business and entertainment district. The Hall sits on the corner of Taborian Hall, the 1918 building that now houses the Arkansas Flag and Banner, Inc., and the legendary Dreamland Ballroom. Music giants Count Basie, Ella Fitzgerald, Cab Calloway, Otis Redding and many more have performed at Dreamland.
âWest Ninth Street is historic and rich in musical history,â Hall says. “We are really excited to see that this will be something new and fun for the community.”
First part : Kenyon dixon
When or: 8 p.m. Saturday, The Hall, 712 Ninth St., Little Rock
Admission: $ 32 to $ 50
Information: (501) 406-1364 | littlerockhall.com