An audio-visual story about Detroit’s Blues culture.
In the summer a stage sits on a vacant lot off the corner of I-94 and I-75. Sunday afternoons, a band brings the stage to life while folks set up their grills, kick back, and get down on the dance floor. It all began as John’s Carpet House, a speakeasy for old friends to enjoy the blues. Now it’s morphed into a weekly reunion in Detroit where everyone is family.
Over the summer, WDET producer Laura Herberg and Detroit-based photographer Amy Sacka have collaborated on telling the story of this grassroots music jam. Experience the voices and stories from its attendees as they reflect on Detroit’s southern roots and blues history at this photography and audio gallery exhibit.
Previously displayed atThe Baltimore Gallery, The Southfield Public Library & Michigan House at SXSW in Austin, TX.
Meet the Artists
Laura is an award winning feature story producer currently working on special projects at WDET 101.9 FM. In 2015, her story “Sundays at the Carpet House” won three regional broadcasting awards for Best Feature. She has reported for Interlochen Public Radio and her work has aired on Marketplace, The Story, Making Contact, Oregon Public Broadcasting and more. Visit website.
Amy Sacka is a street photographer whose work explores the evolving cityscape and culture of Detroit. She moved to Detroit in 2012 to do a 500-day photo essay, wherein she published a photo a day of the people, places and personalities she encountered daily as a city resident. Visit website.