Callahan’s Closes in March

The premier blues venue in Detroit for the last decade or so has been Callahan’s Music Hall in Auburn Hills. They have presented some of the best blues acts anywhere in a great setting so it is unfortunate that they announced last month that they will cease operations at the end of March. The Callahan brothers made this decision (according to their website) “to focus on our health, family, and other interests…. Our goal was to continue in the tradition of Detroit’s great clubs like Soup Kitchen, Sully’s, and Cisco.”

Upcoming in February are Tinsley Ellis (on February 1), Commander Cody (February 2), Lil’Ed & the Blues Imperials (February 10), and Jim McCarty & Duke Robillard (February 17).

March will feature Ronnie Baker Brooks (March 2) and CJ Chenier (March 17) among others. The last weekend, March 30–31 will feature Tommy Castro & The Painkillers.

Let’s hope other clubs pick up the slack left by the retirement of Callahan’s from the Detroit blues scene.