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Defunct Music Venue Set To Be Resurrected

Shuttered music venue Buster’s Billiards & Backroom will reopen its doors – with new owners and a new name in September.

Lexington’s bourgeoning distillery entertainment district took a hit in late 2014 when Buster’s closed up shop due to financial troubles. But new owners Mitch Potter, Adam Hatton, and Adam Short are aiming to resurrect the popular concert spot as Manchester Music Hall.

"The general layout of the space will be what people remember from Buster's. We're not tearing out the bars, the bathrooms, the stage or anything," says Kaelyn Query with LexEffect. "It's just going to be a totally new look."

She says patrons can expect a clean, simple industrial distillery vibe. While the venue will primarily host musical acts, space will be available for private events like weddings and conferences. As for the flavor of the entertainment, Query promises a diverse slate.

"Country, rock, DJs, electronica, alternative, we want everything," she adds. "We want the country folks to be able to come and then the next night we've got a great alternative or rock show. We really want this to be a community driven space."

And that will include a special weekly event featuring local bands, in addition to the regional and national touring acts. Doors are set to open September 30.

Josh James fell in love with college radio at Western Kentucky University's student station, New Rock 92 (now Revolution 91.7). After working as a DJ and program director, he knew he wanted to come home to Lexington and try his hand in public radio.
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