From Bar and Grille to Music Hall

Callahan’s Bar & Grille ended up becoming Callahan’s, Music Hall. Surprisingly, the hall ended up hosting about 1500 shows of different artists – both local and international. The artists who featured in the music hall played blues, rock, rock, and jazz. After a short period of time, the room gained a reputation for being one of the important places to play in the region. Musicians and people who visited the music hall had somewhat of an intimate relationship in the 200-man capacity building. It’s hard to imagine what kept drawing people to this venue, but it was a really special place.

As soon as they had acquired the building for the club, he had the idea to put a stage in it and get some local acts to thrill audiences. To guarantee a great experience, Moss made sure that the sound engineer did a near-perfect job. Everything started out with the Reefermen. They were a local band at the time. Soon after, the thirst for bigger musical acts hit him. Moss started making calls to different people in a bid to make things bigger. There were initial concerns about the size of the club but everything turned out perfect at the end. As expected, he had Blues and Roots at the back of his mind. He took a leap of faith and started out something unique.

Callahan began his national lineup of musicians at the hall in March 2008. The first of them was Tab Benoit, a Louisiana guitar slinger, who performed the first of many shows here. Benoit himself went on to feature in numerous shows outside the music hall. After experiencing much success, the roster at the club was made up of many musical talents, including Popa Chubby, Johnny Winter, Coco Montoya, Sonny Landreth, Larry McCray, Jimmie Vaughan, Walter Trout, Samantha Fish, etc. The list of star names is endless. One of the biggest performers at the club to date is Ronnie Earl. It was a profound success because Ronnie had retired and spent a fairly long time away from music.

When most artists initially hear about playing at the club at Auburn Hills. They found it difficult to understand what the fuss was all about – it seemed to just be another club near Detroit. However, their experience changed altogether when they got to the club. It was all set up appropriately. Soon, the club became a place where artists and fans came to enjoy some great music. There was fun at the venue despite how near-impossible it seemed at first.