Sunday, July 3, 2011

Effort moving ahead to preserve legacy of legendary Indiana music venue where The Jackson 5 first played in 1964

Efforts are moving forward to preserve the legacy of a legendary local music venue.

Mister Lucky’s Lounge, LLC the newly launched Northwest Indiana-based project, recently announced its plans to preserve the legacy of the former Mister Lucky’s Lounge music venue in Gary, Ind.  

Recognized by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and referenced by Michael Jackson in his autobiography Moonwalk, Mister Lucky’s Lounge is the venue where The Jackson 5 first performed publicly in 1964.  

Currently in disrepair, the building is set to be safely deconstructed with the goal of transforming it into a green space at 1100 Grant St. in Gary, Ind.  The group hopes to raise funds for the green space project and other music initiatives through the sale of Mister Lucky’s Lounge bricks and other commemorative merchandise.

Deconstruction of the original Mister Lucky’s Lounge building is expected to begin later this summer. An initial limited release of 5,000 bricks, along with T-shirts and posters are currently available for purchase through the group’s newly launched website,

A portion of all the proceeds will also be donated to VH1 Save the Music Foundation, an organization dedicated to restoring instrumental music education in America's public schools, while raising awareness about the importance of music as part of each child's complete education.

Prior to the deconstruction of the property, Mister Lucky’s Lounge, LLC will be scheduling a callout to the local community for help in gathering photos, stories and more in effort to preserve the memory of soul music scene from in and around Gary.