Ludlow Garage

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The Ludlow Garage
Location342 Ludlow Ave
Cincinnati, Ohio
OpenedSept 1969
ClosedFebruary 1971
Reopened2015/ New Owner 2018

The Ludlow Garage began life as an automobile shop and later became a music venue located in the Clifton neighborhood of Cincinnati, Ohio.

In the 1970s, the venue hosted concerts by many prominent touring acts including The Allman Brothers Band, Santana, Spirit, The James Gang, Humble Pie, Grand Funk Railroad, Taj Mahal, The Kinks, Albert King, N R B Q, Iggy Pop And The Stooges, Mountain, MC5, Lemon Pipers, B.B. King, Alice Cooper, Johnny Winter, Ry Cooder, Captain Beefheart, Mother Earth, as well as local acts such as Balderdash, Bitter Blood Street Theater and Stone Fox. The Allman Brothers Band's 1970 live album Live at Ludlow Garage: 1970 and N R B Q Live at Ludlow Garage was recorded at the club.

Cincinnati city council member Jim Tarbell was proprietor of the garage from October 1969 until its closing in February 1971. Although no longer a concert venue, the garage still stands and currently houses a restaurant, yoga studio and an Ace Hardware store in the original concert space. The hardware store has even decorated with original and copies of posters from that time.

The restaurant, Olives at the Ludlow Garage, closed on July 20th 2014 to begin renovations in plans to open a music venue.[1] The new venue named Live! at the Ludlow Garage opened October 29th, 2015 in the basement of the building.[2] Vanessa Carlton, and Matisyahu were the first acts to play at the new venue. The upper floor remains a restaurant and re-opened in November 2015.[2]


  1. ^ "Olives closing, bringing back music at Ludlow Garage". Retrieved 30 September 2015.
  2. ^ a b "The Allman Brothers named an album after it, and now this Cincinnati venue is reopening". Cincinnati Business Courier. Retrieved 30 September 2015.

Coordinates: 39°8′38″N 84°31′17″W / 39.14389°N 84.52139°W / 39.14389; -84.52139