12Th And Porter Reopens After Year-Long Hiatus

Posted at 9:27 PM, Feb 05, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-05 22:53:19-05

After a year long hiatus, the decades old music venue, 12th and Porter, has finally come back to life.

Many musicians remember 12th and Porter as the place to be discovered, Kings of Leon, Keith Urban and Ben Folds, to name a few, are just some of the artists discovered while playing at 12th and Porter.

Light and music engineers put the final touches on what was expected to be an exciting grand re-opening Friday night. "In a town where so many things are changing, we knew we had to keep it alive," said Colleen Callahan the venue's General Manager. 

The same management company operating the Bell Tower and the Bridge Building, have taken on the popular venue.

In fixing the place up, they said they wanted to keep the stage the same, which might bring back memories to those who once came here to watch live music.

"Everybody has a story of being here, the time they used to come. I used to come and watch bands" said Callahan.

12 and Porter first opened as a restaurant back in 1984. A music stage was later added.

This is where industry leaders used to end their busy work day and perhaps the reason behind the discovery of some great talent. "Kings of Leon, Vince Gil, Keith Urban I mean you can pretty much name anybody and they have played here" said Callahan.

Other businesses have occupied the building before, but none have been quite as successful as 12th and Porter once was.

The hope has been that as this area grows, so do the people coming to see a show. "Hopefully we're able to bring it back to what everybody knows it as and really just bring it back to life" said Callahan.

Friday's show began at 8 p.m. Tickets were on sale at the door and online.