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After Skull Alley closed its doors a group of people came together and decided that Louisville needed

an all ages venue, thus

 the Chestnut House opened its doors at 

714 East Chestnut Street as a DIY music venue. For those who don't know what DIY stands for, it means “Do It Yourself.” As a general philosophy, it’s about taking direct action to live independently from capitalist society.  The young people who are trying to make this venue succeed are trying to create a space that fosters the music community and doesn't operate solely on selling alcohol. They are creating a venue that nurtures Louisville's 

community of artists, activists, musicians, anarchists, punks, crafters, queers, writers, lovers, fighters, haters, and builders.

The group moved into the house May 5, 2010 and shortly after started having shows.  The Chestnut House has since hosted a slew of shows including these bands:

1994!
Admiral Ackbar


Agitator
Agress


Agnostic Front
Alcohol Party
Algernon Cadwallader


All Teeth
All Dinosaurs
Another Mistake
Antilles
Bane
Black and Blue
Black Breath
Brain Trust
Brave Youth
By The Grace Of God
Chicken Little
Cornered
Damaged Goods
Daylight
Daytrader


Downpresser


Enough
Evil Grimace
Expire
Foundaton


xGreat

Scotsx


Harms Way
Holger


Ivy League
Kills and Thrills
Late Ones
Lay Down And Die
Madeline Eva
Minus

Mother Of Mercy
Mountain Asleep
Mote
Mustangs
New Morality
Native
Neighbor
Noose
Overrule
Overseer
RazorXFade


Pomegranates
Product Of Waste
Ramshackle Glory
Rotting Out
Savages
Snowing
Soul Search
Straight A's
Such Gold
Take Offense
The Foxery


The New Mexico
The New Yorker
Tin Armor
Title Fight
Trap Them
Twitching Tongues
Two Hand Fools
Vaderbomb


Vegasus


Vices
Walkthrough
Written Off
Xerxes
Young Lions

And many more...

Recently the police started checking out the place after an anonymous caller started filing several noise complaints. The Chestnut House is seeking to be a legitimate music venue to save what they've grown to love, so they are now striving to sound proof both front rooms as soon as possible.

Since they also charge cover at the door they may also have to obtain a commercial license which will cost them a pretty penny.  For those who love this venue and want to see it keep going the Chestnut House is taking donations to help offset these costs. You may make a donation by sending it through paypal to [email protected].  For further questions you can email [email protected]

The Chestnut House has also issued these new rules to help prevent any further police issues:

1. Absolutely no drinking/alcohol is allowed in or outside of the show.

2. If you come to a show there you must stay inside the yard (past the black gate) or inside the show at all times. 

Photo: courtesy of the Chestnut House Facebook page

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About Anna Blanton

Anna Blanton holds a Bachelors of Arts in Music (violin) and a Minor in Marketing from the University of Louisville. Anna currently plays with the Paducah Symphony, folk rock band- Field of Kings, and fuzz/folk rock band- Jack Holiday and the Westerners. From 9-5 she is the Development Information Manager at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts. She is also a Production Assistant for the Beatles festival, Abbey Road on the River.

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