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Music Venue at the Banks

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Cincinnati, Ohio | 4,500 Indoor & 6,000 Outdoor Seating

You never forget a great show…or where you saw it.
The new music venue will be situated on the banks of the Ohio River, in Cincinnati’s beautiful Smale Park.

Designed to connect audiences to the exhilaration of live music, the Andrew J Brady Icon Music Center (the Icon) will reshape the pulse of public space at Cincinnati’s riverfront. In a city known for diverse cultural spaces that span generations — Music Hall, the Aronoff Center for the Arts, Ensemble Theatre, Cincinnati Shakespeare’s Otto M. Budig Theater, and the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center—the impact of the Icon will reverberate beyond the building. It will re-shape how people throughout the region engage with public space along the banks of the Ohio River.

Park and venue are connected with views inside and out
Blurring the lines between interior and exterior

...the impact of the new Music Venue will reverberate beyond the building itself, reshaping how people throughout the region engage with public space along the banks of the Ohio River.

Seating 4,400 people on three levels will capture the thrill of a crowd, while fostering the feeling of an intensely personal experience—for both patron and performer. Moving along its grand staircase for a sold-out performance; seeing a band play on the seasonal stage from the outdoor lawn; enjoying a drink (and a view of the historic Roebling Bridge) from the balcony on a cool spring night—the musical experience will extend beyond the show itself.

The outdoor stage will have a capacity of 6,000-8,000 people.

It is anticipated that the venue will host 140-160 (indoor and outdoor) concert events a year, but the Icon will be more than a great place for music. It will extend Cincinnati’s cultural corridor along its southern edge and help anchor signature events like Taste of Cincinnati, Oktoberfest, and Major League Baseball’s Opening Day.

Walking up or dropping off, the entrance orients patrons toward views of the river.
Three interior levels create unique experiences in all parts of the venue.

To achieve this, we collaborated closely with the Joint Banks Steering Committee, Hamilton County, the City of Cincinnati, Cincinnati Parks, the Cincinnati Reds, the Cincinnati Bengals, as well as the Downtown Residents Council.  The result will be a building designed to fit in with the landscape of life in Cincinnati, whether or not an event is programmed.

You never forget a great show... or where you saw it.