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University Archives & Special Collections, Michael Millar fonds, MG 260, October 1969. (Patrick Hayes)

Huskies and Clubs

The Cellar Club

Take a basement, a few tables and chairs, a couple of boards, some red plastic and what do you have? The Cellar Club, a new venture by the Student Representative Council to provide students with Sunday evening recreation.

Take a basement, a few tables and chairs, a couple of boards, some red plastic and what do you have? The Cellar Club, a new venture by the Student Representative Council to provide students with Sunday evening recreation.

The idea of a coffee house in the MUB became a reality in the fall of 1966. For the next several years the “The Club” would meet every Sunday night from 8 to midnight.

Much of its popularity was due to the variety of acts. Primarily a jazz and folk venue, it featured local acts like the ever-popular jazz sessions with the Skip Kutz Quintet and Humphrey and his Dump Trucks with their jug blues tunes.

A stage was set up under the windows with the one overhead light covered in red plastic to give the place “atmosphere.” This informal setting was further enhanced by the presence of candles on each table. You could purchase coffee, and admission was by silver col­lection at the door.