Musicians Alley – When you think of downtown Sandusky, many things come to mind. Not only because I’m a musician (or trying to be), but one of the first things that always comes to mind is Musician Alley. They’ve been serving musicians for over 20 years, combining state-of-the-art equipment and genuine customer care. No matter what you’re looking for, it’s impossible to come in and you’re totally welcome. Owners George and Mike greet you with a smile and take the time to understand not only your needs, but the person behind the music. It’s a great feeling that no amount of money can buy. They greet you by name and make sure your every need is met.
Aside from their wide selection, the parts they offer, and their personal touch, there’s something else that sets them apart…they have a great selection of tools that you’ve already loved. It may not seem like much, but you’re guaranteed to find something you’ve never seen before…it’s like striking gold for some. Whether you’re a local or visiting, it’s worth stopping by to see what gems there are. They can tell you the story behind the text, which is often as interesting as a special voice.
There’s a lot more to say…but co-owner George better tell you the story himself. A new mural project is shining a light on Dallas in Deep Ellum, the live music capital of North Texas. They influence some music genres in the city.
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Blues greats such as Freddie King, Sam “Lightnin'” Hopkins, “Blind Lemon” Jefferson, Blind Willie Johnson, the Vow Brothers and Robert Johnson inspired the project. Artist Dan Kolser and his wife Kathryn Kolser, natives of Oak Cliff and lifelong Dallas residents, came up with the idea for Blue Alley.
“The blues musicians of the era were entertaining,” says Dan Kolser. “The idea behind Blues Alley is to pay tribute to these people…”
Blues Alley consists of several murals on the walls of Clover Street between Henry Street and Malcolm X Boulevard. To bring the idea to life, the Kolsers partnered with the Deep Ellum Foundation to select a number of North Texas artists to participate. Artists were asked to use different shades of blue for their creations. Given Deep Ellum’s history as a freedman’s town, Koelser said they were careful to include black and immigrant artists.
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Watch the video below to learn more, and check it out the next time you’re in Dallas.