Callahan went even further to introduce rock artists to the club, including the Stick Men, Kofi Baker, former Jethro Tull guitarist Martin Barre, Ginger Baker – Rock and Roll Hall Famer, and many more. Some musicians even had numerous shows there such as Guitarist Gary Hoey who played many of these trademark Christmas shows. What’s even more impressive is that several artists did live album recordings on the Callahan Music Hall stage. They include notables names such as Coco Montoya, Jimmy Thackery, Jim McCarty, and the Howling Diablos and Shaun Murphy. Corey Harris was able to record a PBS special in the fantastic hall.
Who could have thought that many years after the club was opened, it’s TVs would rarely be used? The attraction for guests quickly switched from drinks, sports, and food to watching great musical acts perform right in front of them. The club managed to sell out its audience capacity at every show. It was a great achievement and once made its owners proud.
There were some historic moments at the club. It was responsible for the reformation of the Detroit rock band the Rockets who were initially referred to as the Helldrivers. The Detroit Blues Society’s annual Blues Challenge competition was a regular attraction at Callahan’s Music Hall. The Royal Oak’s Funky D Records found another use of the club. They used it to celebrate new releases by their artists, including Jimmie Bones and Robert Bradley.
Now, Callahan’s Music Hall is closed but the memories live on. The club ran for a duration of ten and a half years churning out different music acts regularly. Many artists who played at the venue can recount how lovely it was to stand in front of the audience and perform passionately. These performers acknowledged Moss’s commitment to the production of good music. He was just as involved in the running of the place as much as anyone else. He was friendly to work with and made sure that everything was in the right place. The audience was also involved in the great atmosphere of the club. They were always eager and ready to listen to music. They would love the music, groove to it, and enjoy a great time.
Running the club for about 10 years was no small achievement and when Moss had to shut down everything, it was a difficult decision. His decision was not due to challenges with the club or issues with 11 Charter Communications, but as a result of lifestyle. According to him, he wanted to drop the reins and spend more time with his family. He was even looking forward to attending a few shows during his spare time. It would be a bit different from being an organizer but he would love it. After selling his famous building, Moss would still prefer to retain the Callahan name. He’s done with a regular schedule of promoting music – but not with promoting music. His love for music remains strong and it would be difficult for him to do anything else.
Mike Moss loves music too much for him to be too far away from it. But his days of drawing people into Callahan’s Music Hall to see various artists were over. The frequency of his promotional activities will be reduced. Many artists and people from the audience would hope that Moss steps back into the driver’s seat even if it’s one more time. After ten and a half years of delivering great music, there’s no better ending for the iconic club.