Wednesday July 15, 2009 | Double Door Inn & Local Music

July 14, 2009 at 12:06 pm | Posted in Coming Up | 9 Comments

Part One: The Double Door Inn
The Double Door Inn is a non-descript little club that used to be a hat shop in a former life, but it has become what many folks say is the longest running blues club in America. Musical icons such as Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughn and many others have played there and the club has has one owner in its history and the same bartender for over 34 years. We’ll take a closer look at the history of the Double Door Inn.
Daniel Coston
– Co-Author, Home of the Blues: 35 Years of the Double Door Inn

Part Two: Local Music and Open Crown Town Showdown
We’ll meet a man who is helping new musical acts find a voice in Charlotte and take a look at a couple of venues in Charlotte that are promoting a lively and ever-growing local music scene.
Eric Scott Guthrie
– Host, Find Your Muse Open Mic
Jeff Hahne – Music Editor, Creative Loafing

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  1. I’ve seen a lot of great shows at the Double Door and I’ve played some myself (I’m a musician)

    But you forgot one other legendary Charlotte club – The Milestone.

    The club has been around since the late 1970s and was owned (he still owns the building I think) by the very eccentric Bill Flowers. When R.E.M. played there in 1981 Flowers let them sleep over in the club. Problem is, he locked them in! It wasn’t until the next afternoon that Bill Flowers showed up to let them out. R.E.M has talked about this in interviews.

    But the Milestone has had a number of great punk and alternative bands. Here’s a partial list:

    Nirvana, Husker Du, the Meatpuppets, Black Flag, Hole, The Replacements, John Cale, The Bangles, The Go Gos, Fugazi, Camper Van Beethoven, Fetchin Bones, Southern Culture on the Skids, etc. etc. etc

    Also the Milestone is the type of club where any new or struggling band is free to play. They are open to anything.

    I will look forward to a show on the Milestone by you folks, because somebody needs to do it. And you can’t forget to include stories about Bill Flowers, because he is part of the legend and the charm.

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