SAVE THE MILESTONE

$44,682 of $150k goal

Raised by 738 people in 11 months
Carlos Espin
on behalf of Jonathan Hughes
 CHARLOTTE, NC
"Alright friends, here it is, the proverbial “Cat out of the bag”...
We need your help. The Milestone Club as we know and love it is in desperate need of a serious renovation and repair to the point that we won’t be able to operate as we are for much longer and that sounds awful and terrifying and pretty much like the worst news anyone could possibly have to share... So, for that, I’m sorry...
We also are currently faced with the opportunity for our team along with the help of some local friends to buy and own the property that the Milestone sits on along with the adjoining plots of land including our neighboring business “The Last Pitcher Show.”
The Catch: the investors interested in helping us buy the property are only on board if we can provide the means for the much needed repairs so that the entirety of the property is being used to benefit and feed into our community as it grows and changes over the next several years.
The Gist: Some really great folks are willing to invest in the future of the Milestone so that we can have it for at least 50 more years but only if we’re able to raise the money to fix the things that desperately need fixing... which is a lot... And if we can’t come up with it... we don’t have much of a chance at a future and it could be curtains closing on what we’ve spent the last 46 years falling in love with.
That’s that. It’s not anyone’s fault. It’s not the city screwing us or anything... it’s just time taking a toll on things. We don’t want to ask for anyone’s help. We’ve always just gotten by... but that said... we’ve always gotten by. We’ve never paid our rent late. We’ve never had our utilities cut off. We’ve never not paid a band what they were promised or earned. We’ve done it honest and we just want to keep giving our hearts and efforts back to you guys. Please watch the video in the body of the gofundme page and read the sentiment from Stephanie as well and share this as far and wide as you can... we love you guys. If you have it in you to help... we could certainly use it. I promise we’ll make the best of it and give you back tenfold worth of the best damn rock n’ roll club of all time."
-Jon Hughes


A note from Stephanie Hughes:
(current co-owner)

In a city that is ever changing, neighborhoods that are almost unrecognizable when compared to their former selves, there are very few constants in the evolution of the city of Charlotte, none more evident than in the realm of live music.

In the past year the face of the local music scene in the Queen City has changed dramatically, with the loss of Tremont Music Hall, The Chop Shop, and Tommy's Pub. One could call the west side institution, The Milestone Club, the underdog of the music scene, that one constant that has been a haven for up-and-coming musicians since 1969.

The no-frills, graffiti covered, floor-to-ceiling sticker plastered Enderly Park haunt has hosted most notably Nirvana, R.E.M, Melissa Ethridge, Bad Brains, Against Me!, the Go-Gos, Fugazi, and Black Flag in its almost 50 year tenure, long before their days of international superstardom, as well as countless local, regional, and national touring acts.

With a history as legendary as The Milestone's, the rickety Tuckaseegee Road club has managed to survive the eras of new wave, grunge, hardcore, post-punk, and everything in between, lived to tell the tale, but not without its share of battle scars. Undoubtedly, the structure has seen better days since the original building was constructed over 100 years ago. The Milestone Club is badly in need of repair to continue to be the constant the city of Charlotte needs.

Owned by Bill Flowers since the late '60s, under the operation of Neal Harper, and for the past six years, Jonathan Hughes, the ceiling has been patched, bathrooms renovated several times, and the foundation reinforced until these repairs are no longer effective. In short, The Milestone is to the point of needing a true renovation, and not just a "quick fix."

With the impending sale of the property to Carlos Espin in spring 2016, known as the founder of Area 15, the small business incubator in NoDa, there is an opportunity to restore the building to its former glory. Plans for a new HVAC, new roof, office space in the now unused and unsafe second floor of the club's "bar room" are all necessary improvements for both the functionality and safety of you, our beloved patrons. These are costly and much needed repairs, and now having ownership of the property an investment can be made in The Milestone that was not possible during the tenure of simply leasing the space for live music.

The Milestone has always had that spark, that magic, that "something special" that bring bands back time and time again, that is now bringing in its third generation of patrons who, simply put, love music. Call The Milestone "the little club that could," against all odds in an up and coming area of the city, we need your support now more than ever. If The Milestone has been a part of your life, whether it be playing your first show with your first band to a real audience, seeing your new favorite band before they "made it big," or simply downing a ridiculously cheap PBR in good company where the staff knows your name and your top 5 favorite albums, please consider giving what you are able. We'll love you forever...or at least until the keg runs dry.

Questions? 
Contact Jon the current owner at:
25minutestojon@gmail.com
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Paula Grubbs
11 months ago

I can offer skills! I'm a forewoman of a commercial construction company and have resources! I specialize in framing, drywall, ceilings, and aluminum storefronts. Message me to let me know how i can help, or what i can provide. I ♥ The Milestone!

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Brent Laatsch
11 months ago
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8

I also can donate time & energy (carpentry, pull tabs on beers during breaks) to keep rocking in the free world.

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Nicole Kohn
11 months ago
8
8

My husband is a contractor if you need any skilled renovation

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Mikal KHill
11 months ago
7
7

The Milestone has been home to some of my best shows. This is a place that has defined my life in many ways over the last few years. When things were awful, this place was a place to escape and find solace, to try out new material and to get incredibly hammered with my friends. I've laughed, cried and raged in this building and it's been an incredible experience where I've developed lifelong friendships and grown as a person. The Milestone is more than a building, it's a landmark and a safehaven for so many folks. The Milestone has to survive because the Milestone deserves to thrive.

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Jonathan Hughes
11 months ago
5
5

Alright friends, here it is, the proverbial “Cat out of the bag”... We need your help. The Milestone Club as we know and love it is in desperate need of a serious renovation and repair to the point that we won’t be able to operate as we are for much longer and that sounds awful and terrifying and pretty much like the worst news anyone could possibly have to share... So, for that, I’m sorry... We also are currently faced with the opportunity for our team along with the help of some local friends to buy and own the property that the Milestone sits on along with the adjoining plots of land including our neighboring business “The Last Pitcher Show.” The Catch: the investors interested in helping us buy the property are only on board if we can provide the means for the much needed repairs so that the entirety of the property is being used to benefit and feed into our community as it grows and changes over the next several years. The Gist: Some really great folks are willing to invest in the future of the Milestone so that we can have it for at least 50 more years but only if we’re able to raise the money to fix the things that desperately need fixing... which is a lot... And if we can’t come up with it... we don’t have much of a chance at a future and it could be curtains closing on what we’ve spent the last 46 years falling in love with. That’s that. It’s not anyone’s fault. It’s not the city screwing us or anything... it’s just time taking a toll on things. We don’t want to ask for anyone’s help. We’ve always just gotten by... but that said... we’ve always gotten by. We’ve never paid our rent late. We’ve never had our utilities cut off. We’ve never not paid a band what they were promised or earned. We’ve done it honest and we just want to keep giving our hearts and efforts back to you guys. Please watch the video in the body of the gofundme page and read the sentiment from Stephanie as well and share this as far and wide as you can... we love you guys. If you have it in you to help... we could certainly use it. I promise we’ll make the best of it and give you back tenfold worth of the best damn rock n’ roll club of all time.

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Christian Ryan
11 months ago
3
3

as a local musician and artist, we've been lucky enough to be onstage at this legendary institution just a few times; I'm happy to donate so this club can keep going for another 100 years. like many people here, I'd also like to contribute my time and skills with the renovations over the summer. I'm sure if you made a call for a weekend event, many people would happily pick up a hammer and screwdriver and donate their labor too. best of luck!

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Layton Underwood
11 months ago
3
3

I may have some time off work, in the next few weeks if you need some free labor, just let me know.

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Mike Senger
11 months ago
3
3

Jon, Hello again! Long time no see! (Used to come around mostly when the Kaloudis brothers, Evelynn Rose, or Nate Hemphill/Human Pippi Armstrong were playing/hanging out, Usually with some random, no-good broad... -or- Otherwise known as the local Redbull+Vodka fiend.) Anyhow - Wanted to ask: What happens to everyone's contributions if The Milestone's goal isn't met? Of course, no one here is expecting such a thing to happen, but even if no one else is curious about the answer to the question, I am. I have had other Kickstarters/GoFundMe's/etc. fall by the wayside with goals not met. (With many of which, ending up in really bad ways.) You fellas/gals are stand-up people! I wouldn't expect any shady dealings with/from any of you - But I felt inclined to ask the question, on behalf of all here. - "Nazi" Mike

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Doug Hutto
9 months ago
2
2

As a Milestoner from those years you mentioned and a present professional HAIRDRESSER/CUTTER, we could with the help of others have a cut-a-thon to raise donations with a minimum charge, say $25, with other hairdressers donating the time to do it ..

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Jay Nelson
11 months ago
2
2

This may have been asked before, but has anyone tried getting a link for this GoFundMe to some of those big name groups that played at the Milestone in their early days? It would seem to me that at least a few of those bands who have fond memories of the place would be happy to come up with donations that they wouldn't even miss financially. Like maybe a tweet saying "Hey, remember playing at the Milestone back in 19xx? We could sure use your help. LINK"

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Chris Steude
11 months ago
2
2

Do you need services of an architect? I'd love to donate some time if you needed it. I've got some great memories of this place. I would hate to see it go!

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Allan Kaplon
9 months ago
1
1

Playing EagleSpeak June 30. Raffle for suede jacket and hat. Wanna donate all funds raised. How do I make it official and get money to u. Wont be much $50 to $100. Used to play Milestone a lot in Penny days with Chris Piegler. Gotta save that place. Allan

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Wyley Buck Boswell
10 months ago
1
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THIS IS A LINK TO A SPOTIFY PLAYLIST THAT INCLUDES HUNDREDS OF ARTISTS THAT HAVE PERFORMED ON THE SACRED MILESTONE STAGE: https://open.spotify.com/user/124478716/playlist/4XKFPqjXqjv2fzyaRGadGL FOLLOW, LISTEN & ENJOY! ♥ BUCK

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Ryan Sullivan
11 months ago
1
1

What goes around comes around

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Devin Thompson
11 months ago
1
1

The Milestone Club cannot go away. This is the last stand. We can do this. Please donate now. $5 or $50k. This place needs us to survive and without the Milestone we wouldn't be who we are today.

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$44,682 of $150k goal

Raised by 738 people in 11 months
Created April 5, 2016
Carlos Espin  
on behalf of Jonathan Hughes
FG
$50
Flex G
26 days ago
1
1
AS
$160
Albert Strawn
1 month ago
1
1

This is from our 2nd album pre-sale campaign + a few months of my own monthly contributions that I fell behind on. Love You!!!

$15
Rob Hinkle
2 months ago
1
1
HY
$10
Howard Young
2 months ago
1
1

Live music-lifeblood

$25
Leigh Clinard
2 months ago
1
1
$25
Danielle Howle
2 months ago
1
1

Thank you Milestone and NC musicians for helping me on my musical journey at a very early time in life, and throughout my life. Let me know what else I can do. #DMFH

$20
Anonymous
2 months ago
1
1
MR
$15
Mason Rauch
2 months ago
1
1
JS
$10
joh schmit
2 months ago
1
1

From Minneapolis!

$10
Jeremy Sprinkle
2 months ago
1
1
Paula Grubbs
11 months ago

I can offer skills! I'm a forewoman of a commercial construction company and have resources! I specialize in framing, drywall, ceilings, and aluminum storefronts. Message me to let me know how i can help, or what i can provide. I ♥ The Milestone!

+ Read More
Brent Laatsch
11 months ago
8
8

I also can donate time & energy (carpentry, pull tabs on beers during breaks) to keep rocking in the free world.

+ Read More
Nicole Kohn
11 months ago
8
8

My husband is a contractor if you need any skilled renovation

+ Read More
Mikal KHill
11 months ago
7
7

The Milestone has been home to some of my best shows. This is a place that has defined my life in many ways over the last few years. When things were awful, this place was a place to escape and find solace, to try out new material and to get incredibly hammered with my friends. I've laughed, cried and raged in this building and it's been an incredible experience where I've developed lifelong friendships and grown as a person. The Milestone is more than a building, it's a landmark and a safehaven for so many folks. The Milestone has to survive because the Milestone deserves to thrive.

+ Read More
Jonathan Hughes
11 months ago
5
5

Alright friends, here it is, the proverbial “Cat out of the bag”... We need your help. The Milestone Club as we know and love it is in desperate need of a serious renovation and repair to the point that we won’t be able to operate as we are for much longer and that sounds awful and terrifying and pretty much like the worst news anyone could possibly have to share... So, for that, I’m sorry... We also are currently faced with the opportunity for our team along with the help of some local friends to buy and own the property that the Milestone sits on along with the adjoining plots of land including our neighboring business “The Last Pitcher Show.” The Catch: the investors interested in helping us buy the property are only on board if we can provide the means for the much needed repairs so that the entirety of the property is being used to benefit and feed into our community as it grows and changes over the next several years. The Gist: Some really great folks are willing to invest in the future of the Milestone so that we can have it for at least 50 more years but only if we’re able to raise the money to fix the things that desperately need fixing... which is a lot... And if we can’t come up with it... we don’t have much of a chance at a future and it could be curtains closing on what we’ve spent the last 46 years falling in love with. That’s that. It’s not anyone’s fault. It’s not the city screwing us or anything... it’s just time taking a toll on things. We don’t want to ask for anyone’s help. We’ve always just gotten by... but that said... we’ve always gotten by. We’ve never paid our rent late. We’ve never had our utilities cut off. We’ve never not paid a band what they were promised or earned. We’ve done it honest and we just want to keep giving our hearts and efforts back to you guys. Please watch the video in the body of the gofundme page and read the sentiment from Stephanie as well and share this as far and wide as you can... we love you guys. If you have it in you to help... we could certainly use it. I promise we’ll make the best of it and give you back tenfold worth of the best damn rock n’ roll club of all time.

+ Read More
Christian Ryan
11 months ago
3
3

as a local musician and artist, we've been lucky enough to be onstage at this legendary institution just a few times; I'm happy to donate so this club can keep going for another 100 years. like many people here, I'd also like to contribute my time and skills with the renovations over the summer. I'm sure if you made a call for a weekend event, many people would happily pick up a hammer and screwdriver and donate their labor too. best of luck!

+ Read More
Layton Underwood
11 months ago
3
3

I may have some time off work, in the next few weeks if you need some free labor, just let me know.

+ Read More
Mike Senger
11 months ago
3
3

Jon, Hello again! Long time no see! (Used to come around mostly when the Kaloudis brothers, Evelynn Rose, or Nate Hemphill/Human Pippi Armstrong were playing/hanging out, Usually with some random, no-good broad... -or- Otherwise known as the local Redbull+Vodka fiend.) Anyhow - Wanted to ask: What happens to everyone's contributions if The Milestone's goal isn't met? Of course, no one here is expecting such a thing to happen, but even if no one else is curious about the answer to the question, I am. I have had other Kickstarters/GoFundMe's/etc. fall by the wayside with goals not met. (With many of which, ending up in really bad ways.) You fellas/gals are stand-up people! I wouldn't expect any shady dealings with/from any of you - But I felt inclined to ask the question, on behalf of all here. - "Nazi" Mike

+ Read More
Doug Hutto
9 months ago
2
2

As a Milestoner from those years you mentioned and a present professional HAIRDRESSER/CUTTER, we could with the help of others have a cut-a-thon to raise donations with a minimum charge, say $25, with other hairdressers donating the time to do it ..

+ Read More
Jay Nelson
11 months ago
2
2

This may have been asked before, but has anyone tried getting a link for this GoFundMe to some of those big name groups that played at the Milestone in their early days? It would seem to me that at least a few of those bands who have fond memories of the place would be happy to come up with donations that they wouldn't even miss financially. Like maybe a tweet saying "Hey, remember playing at the Milestone back in 19xx? We could sure use your help. LINK"

+ Read More
Chris Steude
11 months ago
2
2

Do you need services of an architect? I'd love to donate some time if you needed it. I've got some great memories of this place. I would hate to see it go!

+ Read More
Allan Kaplon
9 months ago
1
1

Playing EagleSpeak June 30. Raffle for suede jacket and hat. Wanna donate all funds raised. How do I make it official and get money to u. Wont be much $50 to $100. Used to play Milestone a lot in Penny days with Chris Piegler. Gotta save that place. Allan

+ Read More
Wyley Buck Boswell
10 months ago
1
1

THIS IS A LINK TO A SPOTIFY PLAYLIST THAT INCLUDES HUNDREDS OF ARTISTS THAT HAVE PERFORMED ON THE SACRED MILESTONE STAGE: https://open.spotify.com/user/124478716/playlist/4XKFPqjXqjv2fzyaRGadGL FOLLOW, LISTEN & ENJOY! ♥ BUCK

+ Read More
Ryan Sullivan
11 months ago
1
1

What goes around comes around

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Devin Thompson
11 months ago
1
1

The Milestone Club cannot go away. This is the last stand. We can do this. Please donate now. $5 or $50k. This place needs us to survive and without the Milestone we wouldn't be who we are today.

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