Monday, November 15, 2010

In memory of Stuart Sloan

Posted By on Mon, Nov 15, 2010 at 10:31 AM

Like many Charlotte-area musicians, I met Stuart when I took a crappy three-song demo down to the Salvador Deli in NoDa. Stuart took me back to his office and played the CD and said, “Sounds good, let’s get you a date.” It was that easy. Stuart was always giving local musicians a great venue to play in, a venue that put them in front of music-lovers from all walks of life.

My band owes Stuart Sloan a lot. Not only did he help get us started, but he would give us great summer dates to play and those shows helped spread the word about our music. It will always be one of our favorite places to play music.

We will miss hanging out with Stu before and after the show and playing to such a great group of people under the night sky. Further, Stu was always great to chat with before and after shows. My guess is that there are many local and regional bands that are feeling the same mix of gratitude and sadness that myself and my bandmates are feeling right now…

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Anyone who has ever hung out the Deli breathing the night air, listening to live music, enjoying a regional beer and mixing amongst such a great range of people also will appreciate Stu and the Salvador Deli. Stu created a great laid-back atmosphere where you could go and simply enjoy being alive and, after all folks, how many places offer that? I’ll say it again — Stu created a place where you could go to enjoy being alive and realizing that also evokes a sense of gratitude and feelings of sadness…

Stuart Sloan will be missed.

I don’t know how gallery crawls, the anti-Octoberfest and, hell, any Friday night in NoDa will be the same now that he has gone. I don’t know how I can walk into the Deli without getting a big smile and a warm hand-shake from Stu. I don’t know how I’ll get by without chats with Stu about upcoming shows. He had an infectious energy that would always get me excited about live music in Charlotte.

The sad fact is Charlotte not only lost an amazing person when Stu passed away, but the Charlotte music community lost something essential. As I said, Stu gave so many bands and musicians a great place to play. I have heard that some of the Deli employees are trying to revive the Deli and that some local musicians will be organizing music events when the season rolls around again. This must happen. Stu wouldn’t have it any other way.

If you knew Stu, I hope that you’ll take a second to share a memory here. Heaven knows that there are a ton of great memories of Stu to share…

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