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The Detroit Blues Society (DBS) is a registered federal 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation, education, and advancement of the blues tradition, as it relates to the Metro-Detroit area. It has as its primary goals, to promote a wider appreciation for the Blues by the general public and to serve the members of the Society.
ATTENTION DBS MEMBERS:
The 2014 board election ballot and Lifetime Achievement Award ballot will be distributed to all paid members in November. The voting period will end at the December Membership Meeting and winners will be announced at that meeting.
THE ATTIC DWELLERS ACOUSTIC MUSIC CLUB
TEN YEAR ANNIVERSARY
The Detroit Blues Society cites its formation with its first meeting back on March 14, 1985. Reverend Robert B. Jones recalled that Rich and Maureen DelGrosso visited him to discuss the creation of a society for the appreciation of blues from the southern United States. Other individuals joined in and it was established. The charter name of the society was the Detroit Country and Classic Blues Society. The underling incentive was to create a place for traveling musicians to meet with locals and share their interest in the old time acoustic blues. The early meetings were held at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Detroit. As time passed and membership grew a gradual shift to amplified instruments arose and the society moved on to other locations for its meetings.
Jump ahead to 2003 and the fact that acoustic music had largely disappeared from the Society gatherings. A small group of us were discussing that fact and lamenting the loss of a format for acoustic music. It was suggested that we initiate a club to reestablish that style of music and the old home of the blues, the Attic Bar, was selected as the place to do it. We met there for the first time on December 14, 2003. I recall having a photo taken of the group “just in case this amounts to something”. And it did indeed amount to something as we met once each month for the next ten years. The club name, The Attic Dwellers, was suggested by Steve Gilbert and I thank him for it. The format was circle jams, no dues and no rules other than keep it acoustic.
During those ten years I met many musicians new to me. That has been indeed a highlight. Some of the original members moved from our area and unfortunately some passed away. New members are constantly arriving and so the club has remained healthy. We met 34 times at the Attic Bar and 55 times so far at our present host venue, Paycheck’s Lounge. In between we met at Danny’s Bar, AJ’s Café, Club 3141, Carbon Lounge, Club 1923, Timber Wolf Tavern, Michigan Hot Glass, Celina’s Sports Bar and the Buzz Bar. On one occasion a bar failed to open for us. Undaunted the club members moved to a parking lot across the street and the jam went on as usual. These Attic Dwellers are a hardy lot for sure.
If any of you fans out there enjoy acoustic music please consider coming by one of these sessions. They take place on the second Sunday each month currently at Paycheck’s Lounge in Hamtramck. The circle jam format allows anyone to take the lead and others to join in as they wish. It is ideal for beginners as well as seasoned musicians. All styles of acoustic music are welcome including blues, folk, pop, rock, celtic and more. Instruments have included guitar, tenor guitar, resonator guitar, bass, gut bucket bass, fiddle, ukulele, mandolin, accordion, piano, concertina, banjo, dulcimer, percussion, harmonica, reed instruments, flute, bantar and even a bag piper one time, cool. I’ve probably forgotten some instrument so I’ll just say sorry about that.
The club celebrated its ten year anniversary on November 10th at Paycheck’s Lounge. It is truly difficult to believe that all those years have slipped by so quickly. It is also very true that time passes quickly when you are having fun and I have had a ball. After managing the club’s affairs for ten years it is time for me to step aside and let others take the reins. Feel free to contact me with any questions as I will be looking in on the club from time to time. The Attic Dwellers are proud of their association with the Detroit Blues Society and I am proud of all the club members.
Wolfgang Spider – firstname.lastname@example.org
New Friends From Buxton School Get A Lesson In Detroit Blues
Thanks to Carl Henry and Don McGhee for meeting some visiting students from Buxton School in Mass., at the grave of Son House, in northwest Detroit, to talk about Son House and his music, about some of Detroit's Blues Heroes, the Detroit Blues scene, and the Blues in general. They seemed fascinated. And to top it off, Carl brought along Bad Betty and played a tune for them! You’re Cool Dudes, Carl and Don !!!
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