The Blues Factory
During the Roaring '20s, the expanding forces of commerce, consumer technology and a powerful new American art form came together in improbable fashion in Port Washington, giving birth to the Paramount record label. Today the Wisconsin Chair Co. is history. But Paramount and its rich legacy live on. The Paramount catalog is treasured by blues and jazz lovers and musicians worldwide. The influence of the unique visual style in Paramount’s advertising is seen in contemporary illustrators like Robert Crumb.
The intersection of commerce, art, and technology that Paramount pioneered in analog now plays out digitally in cyberspace.
The Blues Factory will establish and support Paramount Hall, an independent non-profit educational and cultural preservation center located in our downtown waterfront complex. There the remarkable story of the Wisconsin Chair Co. and Paramount records will come to life for residents and visitors.
TheBluesFactory.com and our other online platforms will create a unique virtual experience of the Paramount story and the music and artists we spotlight. And our annual Blues on the Lake summer festival will be a musical showcase for blues, jazz, folk and other roots music at the Port Washington waterfront and other regional performance venues.
The Blues Factory is looking ahead as much as it is looking back. We'll reprise Paramount's historic role in introducing new talent to new audiences but with a contemporary spin. The Ozaukee Theatre, named after the city's vaudeville and movie house built in 1926, will be a showcase venue and performance space designed and built with the music in mind, making it the area’s premiere setting for concerts, conferences, and stage productions
The second-floor event space will accommodate as many as 350 seated guests and be easily configurable for smaller groups and multiple meeting spaces. The area’s only waterfront banquet and meeting facility, it will feature an outdoor deck overlooking the marina and Lake Michigan as well as easy access to the Ozaukee Theatre auditorium on the first floor.
The Blues Factory’s restaurant partner will open a distinctive and exciting addition to the downtown dining and entertainment district.