02
Jan
09

more ghosts

wenzel

One of the most memorable shows I ever attended was at a warehouse in Butchertown at the end of Wenzel, past the floodwall. There were all these weird rusty fences inside and vats on the floor that had served some sort of meat-packing purpose back in the day.

“The Wenzel warehouse was great. That’s where we shot the cover for Guilt’s ‘Bardstown Ugly Box.’ I also saw a bunch of shows there, but the only ones I can remember at the moment are Crain, Ruby Falls and maybe Pale Blue Star. I vaguely remember one of the residents’ name being Joe. This would have been in 94 or 95, I guess. Is that building still standing? That place was awesome and probably carried at least a dozen insect-related diseases.”

-JDV (from the louisvillehardcore.com forums)

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2 Responses to “more ghosts”


  1. 1 Kyle
    January 2, 2009 at 12:50 pm

    Carrie–

    I like these past two entries. Hopefully in the future you could do more of the same–trace the histories of buildings? For example, one building I’d like to know more about is the one on the corner of Barrett and Broadway. The large brick one with painted advertisements on the side, across from Grimes Vacuum.

  2. 2 stateofthecommonwealth
    January 2, 2009 at 6:05 pm

    That woulda been the Rust Brothers’ warehouse. Joe Werth was the Joe in question, I think (if I’m remembering his name correctly). He and Jesse Lebus went on a cross-country driving tour in the summer of 1994 in a beat-up Toyota with aluminum wings and other stuff welded to it (a precursor of today’s trendy art car?). One or two other guys lived there, including that guy Matt (again, if I’m remembering his name correctly) who worked at Cahoot’s and died of a heart attack a few years later.

    I remember seeing the Web there once, definitely one of their best shows.

    Oh and a good site for Louisville architecture and history is Broken Sidewalk. Check it out if you haven’t already!


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