Charlotte’s Double Door Turns 40

Published: Dec. 17, 2013 at 11:15 PM EST|Updated: Jan. 16, 2014 at 11:15 PM EST
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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Back in 1973, Richard Nixon was president. We were still in Vietnam, and the nation faced its first energy crisis with steep prices at the pump.

However, near uptown Charlotte Nick Karres took a chance by opening the Double Door Inn.

It turns 40 this month, and had played host to the very famous that includes Eric Clapton. The old two story house has offered a stable home for music and memories.

From national acts like Stevie Ray Vaughn to hometown favorites that include the Spongetones and so many in between from Nappy Brown to Junior Brown, Nick Karres who owns the Double Door Inn has held on to an amazing front row seat.

"It's kind of crazy, but we kept going and kept going," he said.

Daniel Coston's written tribute to the Double Door is titled Home of the Blues.

The updated 40th anniversary edition for the first time has the 1982 performance of a well known surprise artist.

"The list of people who have played here, hung out here, the list is just endless," Coston said.

Dillard Richardson has been holding on to a series of special photographs.

"This was kept under wraps that Eric Clapton was gonna come and play," he said. " I was just hoping that some of them would turn out."

Richardson put Clapton on canvas years before releasing the photos, and for Nick Karres it's just another mountain top experience that began with the business he and his family started at 1218 Charlottetown Avenue.

"I always kept longevity in mind, and apparently it worked out, because we're still here."

It's still here, four decades later, and succeeding at keeping the music alive on one of Charlotte's best known stages.

The official 40th birthday party is this Sunday night at 9.

Entertainment will be provided by the Federal Bureau of Rock and Roll.

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