News Note: In a vibrant, ever-changing city like Charlotte, North Carolina, there are establishments that keep us grounded, like roots placed firmly in the dirt. The Double Door Inn is one such place.
Charlotte’s Home of the Blues since 1973, the club has hosted many stars on its intimate stage throughout its 43 years. Eric Clapton performed here to an audience of fewer than 100 people in June of 1982. Stevie Ray Vaughan played in October of 1979.
In 1994, the Blues Foundation (formerly the W.C. Handy Awards) named The Double Door Inn Club of the Year, for their work to keep the Blues alive. In 2002, The Avett Brothers recorded their second album, Live at The Double Door Inn. A decade later, they were performing at the Grammy Awards.
Countless bands in the region owe their start to brothers, Nick and Matt Karres, and The Double Door Inn. For every Buddy Guy, Steve Earle, John Hammond and Koko Taylor who graced the intimate stage at DDI, there are a dozen Lou Fords, Federal Bureaus of Rock & Roll, and Rank Outsiders; local and regional bands who played weekday nights regularly and developed loyal fan bases at the only place in town that offered live music seven days a week.
Chances are if you live in Charlotte and are a fan of Zydeco music or Ska music; Americana or even Reggae; you saw it performed first at The Double Door Inn. There are countless Double Door Inn tales of first-dates, celebrity sightings, guest musicians, careers launched, and at least one wedding held there. But like so many other live music venues in our fair city—such as Kidnapper’s, The Pterodactyl Club, Chop Shop, and Tremont Music Hall—The Double Door Inn will soon go silent.
The good news, unlike many of the aforementioned clubs, is that there is still time to keep the music alive at The Double Door Inn, if only for five months or so; as the official closing date is January 2nd, 2017. Some remarkable musicians are already booked to revisit The Double Door stage and others will be announced soon.
With that in mind, four longtime Charlotte residents are partnering to produce the "official" documentary about the fans, the staff, and the performers that have made The Double Door Inn a Charlotte Institution. With an endorsement from club owner Nick Karres, Kim Brattain, Rick Fitts, Chuck Bludsworth, and Jay Ahuja have already started recording interviews and performances to “show and tell” this important story. The documentary will be called "Live from the Double Door Inn."
A Kickstarter campaign to crowdfund and produce a keepsake Blu-Ray DVD preserving the performances and memories of Charlotte’s legendary home of the Blues in 1080 HD has launched at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/172392859/live-from-the-double-door-inn-a-documentary.
(News Notes are edited press releases sent by publicists, labels, bands, or musicians)