The oldest punk club on the East Coast, the Milestone Club opened in 1969 and over the years owners Bill Flowers, Jeff Lowry, Tony Farino, Penny Craver, Neal Harper and Jonathan Hughes, provided a friendly stage and musical home for decades of musicians and loyal patrons. More than 8,000 bands graced the stage and assaulted eardrums through the years, including AntiSeen, Bad Brains, Bo Diddley, Minor Threat, Nirvana, and REM.
In recent years many local music club owners have found themselves faced with difficult decisions due to rising property prices and real estate demands. As a result, some of the city’s favorite music venues have closed their doors: The Room, Fat City, Tremont Music Hall, Tommy’s Pub, Chop Shop and, at the end of this year, The Double Door Inn. The Milestone Club is now facing those same pressures and uncertainty.
After the Milestone's uncertain future was made public a few months ago, the Museum approached Radok Brain Trust and Daniel Coston and expressed interest in highlighting the Milestone's significant role and history in Charlotte. On short notice, the photographers, longtime friends, and supporters of the club worked in partnership with the Museum to organize a small collection of photographs by Radok and Coston along with a panel to help tell the Milestone's story.
The 20 framed photographs reflect a small sample of the thousands of bands and musicians who played over the years. In addition to the images, visitors are invited to contribute their own stories - favorite memories and shows, or photos through a post-it station and display.
A Milestone In History: You Should Have Seen What I’ve Heard will be on view at Levine Museum in a hallway located outside Cotton Fields to Skyscrapers July 16 through October 16, 2016. In addition to the photographs, visitors will have the opportunity to contribute a story, favorite memory or photo at the end of the exhibit.