Mud Bay Blues Band drummer Murphy Farrell recalls playing opening sets at the Yale for big-name blues legends. Joe Luciak, musical director of the Yale, speaks about the future of the Yale.

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NARRATOR
Mud Bay Blues Band drummer Murphy Farrell recalls playing opening sets at the
Yale for big-name blues legends.

MURPHY FARRELL
The Yale, it’s sort of like “The” blues bar in Vancouver, it was. And they used to
book touring bands. It was kind of hard to get into the Yale unless you were sort
of on the A-List, right, because it’s one room, there’s tons of bands that wanna
play there and we definitely had some good nights there.

We opened up for James Cotton and Stevie Ray Vaughn. So we would get in
there, you know, we’d do recordings and showcase stuff and we had one of our
um CD release parties there.

So we used to do quite a bit of stuff there. Good spot.

NARRATOR
The Yale closed for renovations in November 2011 and is scheduled to re-open
in late 2012 or early 2013. In the meantime, music director Joe Luciak faces the
tough job of keeping the blues fresh in a new era for the Yale.

JOE LUCIAK
Nobody likes change, especially someplace where the traditions and the whole
formula and system is so deeply rooted and entrenched.

And here, these are my aunts and I want to give them the world, but I want to
make sure that—I wanna give them the world now, but I wanna make sure that
the Yale’s there tomorrow for everybody.

But you know, blues is a timeless genre of music. However, the people that
listen to it are not. People die, and that’s reality, and it’s important that the Yale
repopulate their audience.


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