Bluegrass at Flat Rock Eagles
Welcome to our bluegrass music shows!
If you’ve spent any time around the Michigan bluegrass scene, then you’ve most likely had
the opportunity to a venture out to the Huron Valley Eagles Club in Flat Rock, Michigan .
No other indoor venue in the state of Michigan has played host to the people and bands that the Eagles Club has hosted.
The Huron Valley Eagles had its beginning in the early 1980s as an outlet for local Detroit bluegrass bands,
yet it’s also been a stomping ground for national acts as well. Since 1981, the Eagles Club has host
the likes of Bill Monroe, The Osborne Brother, Jim and Jesse, Ralph Stanley, Doyle Lawson,
J. D. Crowe and the New South, Del McCoury, the Country Gentlemen, the Reno Brothers,
Third Tyme Out, Rhonda Vincent, The Lonesome River Band, Richard Green, Honi Deaton and Dream,
New Found Road, Dave Evans, and many others.
If it’s a national act, then the Huron Valley Eagle’s Club has probably hosted them.
Some of the local acts that have graced the stage at the Huron Valley Eagles, continue to this day to play
the venue, either as the main act, or support band status. Local legends and bands like Wendy Smith and Blue Velvet,
Marion Blue, Roy Cobb and the Coachmen, Memphis Express, New Memphis Express, The Sunnysiders,
Livingston County Grass, Motor City Grass, Bluegrass Generation, Mike Adams Band, Timberline,
John Hunley and the Kentuckians, Bobby Hutch, Eddie Adkins, and Dana Cupp Sr. So many other l
ocal bands have come and gone over the years that it’s almost impossible to mention them all. Suffice to say,
the Eagles Club is a vessel of local and national bluegrass history, and it will continue to provide fans and
musicians alike with many more years of great bluegrass entertainment.
The Eagles Club has also been a Saturday night hangout for a number of musicians who left Detroit
for bigger and better things in Nashville. These would include Dana Cupp Jr., (played mandolin for
Jimmy Martin, banjo for Bill Monroe, and now banjo for Bobby Osborne),
Richard Bennett (played guitar for J. D. Crowe), Jimmy Campbell (played fiddle for Jim and Jesse, Bill Monroe,
and the Osborne Brothers), and Gary Adams (played mandolin for Jimmy Martin and bass for the Bluegrass Cardinals).
It goes without saying that the Huron Valley Eagles club has been a fertile ground for many a great musician
to learn their chops, and cut their eye teeth as bluegrass musicians.
The Eagles Club continues to be a local hangout for musicians to get together for jamming and
musical camaraderie. It also continues to be a great venue and outlet for local bands to keep
the bluegrass tradition alive and growing. You can always count on there being one or more local
bands showing up on any given Saturday night to support the feature bands.
Usually after the host band plays a set, another local band will get up to relieve them with a set.
There is rarely ever a lack of musical personnel waiting in the side room, willing and ready to
throw in a helping hand. When it comes to jamming and playing, the Huron Valley Eagles Club is the hot spot to be.