Live Nation has announced its plans to open a Fillmore-branded venue in New Orleans. Dubbed The Fillmore at Harrah’s New Orleans, the space is slated to open in early 2019.The news was revealed today during a ceremony celebrating the 50th anniversary of the opening of San Francisco’s iconic Fillmore West. According to a press release, the forthcoming venue will feature a 2000-capacity room located inside Harrah’s Casino.“New Orleans is a city with a proud musical heritage, and we could not be more excited that The Fillmore will join the host of great live music that this city has to offer,” said Ron Bension, president of Live Nation’s Club & Theatre group. “The venue’s industry-leading amenities and intimate 2,000-person capacity fill a gap in the market and will attract performers that often bypass the city, which will ultimately give audiences an even wider array of concert experiences to enjoy.”“It was important to Harrah’s New Orleans that we find the right partner to help us transform our second-floor space into a destination,” said Dan Real, Caesars Entertainment regional president-south and Harrah’s New Orleans general manager. “In a city where live music abounds from street corners to the stage, The Fillmore is a perfect addition to Harrah’s New Orleans and will create memorable experiences for both locals and guests.”The New Orleans venue will be the newest addition to Live Nation’s Fillmore brand, which already includes rooms in Charlotte, NC; Miami, FL; Silver Spring, MD; Detroit, MI; and Philadelphia, PA. Considering its location, The Fillmore at Harrah’s New Orleans will showcase local architectural styles, such as wrought iron gates and gas street lanterns. The Fillmore at Harrah’s New Orleans will also include a Lobby Bar, BG’s Lounge, and a VIP room named after original Fillmore impresario, Bill Graham. In addition to the concert area, the venue will feature an array of private event spaces for corporate gatherings, weddings, private dinners, and more.
Officials in Illinois are reporting that one person has died after contracting a serious lung disease due to vaping.The patient who was only identified as being between the ages of 18- 38, passed away after being hospitalized with the illness.While only one person had died due to the illness directly linked to vaping, officials with the CDC have reported that they have been notified about over 150 possible cases in just about 16 states.The Illinois Department of Public Health released a public statement after the number of people with the illness doubled in the past week:“The severity of illness people are experiencing is alarming and we must get the word out that using e-cigarettes and vaping can be dangerous,” IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike said in the release. “We requested a team from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to help us investigate these cases and they arrived in Illinois on Tuesday.”Officials also reported that there is no one brand that is causing the illness and that they were so far able to isolate the source to vaping because the illness is an inhalation injury, with the lungs apparently reacting to a caustic substance.That substance, however, remains unknown. Several agencies are currently investigating the illness.