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New Music Venue Named After Longtime Area Musician

December 11, 2019

By WLWT Digital Staff

Cincinnati's newest music venue at The Banks will be named after a longtime area musician. Andrew J. Brady also taught music to CPS students at Rothenberg Elementary and later at Western Hills High School.

City officials announced that the city's newest venue will be called The Andrew J Brady Icon Music Center — or simply the Icon Theater.

The venue will sit on top of the underground parking garage under construction across the street from Paul Brown Stadium. The $27 million state-of-the-art facility is set to open in fall of 2020 and will be unparalleled to any other music venue in the region, city leaders said.

The Icon will feature a general admission main floor and two balconies. It will be able to host multiple configurations for indoor concerts of up to 4,500 people all year long.

The Icon's maximum capacity is significantly larger than any other indoor performance venue of its type in the region.

Plans for The Andrew J Brady ICON Music Center also include an outdoor stage for concerts and festivals in the adjoining park adjacent to the venue. The outdoor space will host events for up to 8,000 people during the summer months.

Andrew J. Brady (1915-2004) graduated from Cincinnati's Conservatory of Music in 1938. He later taught music at Rothenberg Elementary in Over-The-Rhine and became the music director at Western Hills High School in Cincinnati. His concerts, annual Bandwagon variety shows and football halftime shows were legendary.

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