The Blues Factory 


In the 1920s the unlikely location of Port Washington, Wisconsin, was the epicenter of blues and jazz recordings. Legendary artists like Ma Rainey, Charlie Patton, Alberta Hunter, Son House, BlindLemon Jefferson, Jelly Roll Morton, and Louis Armstrong all recorded for an almost forgotten record label, Paramount. Even more remarkable is the fact that Paramount was owned and run by a furniture company.

The Wisconsin Chair Company set out to make records in order to sell more phonograph cabinets, and ended up changing the course of American music in the process. One hundred years later, on the very spot where the legendary Paramount label was born, The Blues Factory is dedicated to preserving the Paramount story and celebrating the roots music of America. The Blues Factory, which will open on the Port Washington waterfront, will be a 24,000 square-foot cultural and entertainment complex housing four separate but interrelated uses:


Paramount Hall
An independent not-for-profit education and cultural preservation center.

Ozaukee Theatre
A multipurpose performance venue and community space.


Banquet & Meeting
A banquet and meeting facility.


A partner-operated, theme-based restaurant.



Featured Artists

Check Out the Great Altered Five | Blues Band


The raw immediacy and primal energy of live blues burns ever more brightly, speaking to new generations of fans and musicians alike.  Crackling with life, classic and neo blues stir the soul of roots music lovers across the planet drawn to the creativity, commitment and pure talent of hard-working groups like the Wisconsin-based Altered Five Blues Band.