Today we received sad news. The Bohemian National Home, affectionately known as the Bo House, will be closing its doors. Apparently an owner of the building, an old Eastern European community center, saw in the modest success of the Bo House a potential for greater profit than afforded by improv jazz and local art. The proposed plans for the space, as I have been told, kind of revolt me. What made the Bo House a success was certainly not based on her commercial appetites. The Bo House is dead! Long live the Bo House!
Intrepid Detroit promoter, musician and renaissance man Joel Peterson promises to take the talent and ethos of the the Bohemian National Home to a new space. If anyone can Joel can, though the space that was the Bo House is irreplacable. Only in Detroit would such a space be possible.
In its three short years the Bo House proved itself to be Detroit’s finest music venue. This year’s festival of jazz and improvised music was one of the best in the country and a highlight of the summer. Just as the place was getting the recognition she deserved the cruel fortunes of the market take her from us.
Detroit seems to have about a three year window in which great music spaces burst on to the scene, light up the shattered city and then just as quickly are no more. The Gold Dollar, Zoot’s and the Art Space were just such phenomenons. We wish Joel and the rest of the good folks at the Bo House the best of luck and we are sure that where ever they land the music will be good, the motivations pure and the conversation smokey. We’ll see you there.
In the video below the Sun Ra Arkestra travel the space waves at the Bo House.