In 1957, a fruit warehouse cellar/air raid shelter opened as a jazz music venue with the Merseysippi Jazz Band kicking things off. That’s good and all, but that’s not what made the Cavern Club famous.
You see, a band named the Beatles started playing some of its first sessions there at lunchtime back in 1961. It's where music producer Brian Epstein waltzed in and discovered what would become the most recognizable rock and roll band in history.
According to Yahoo! Music, John Lennon’s sister, Julia Baird, currently works for the club and told the Associated Press of how much those early Beatles performances meant to her brother: "John felt he was the raw-edged rocker he wanted to be on this stage before being polished up. He regretted the way they were later smartened up, pulled into suits and ripped out of their leathers."
That makes perfect sense. We don’t exactly associate the legendary band with the black suits, now do we? The Beatles sort of had the opposite transition that most bands have today—at first it was not much more than a product, but the bigger it got, the more free and artistic the music became.
Struggling to stay afloat, the Cavern Club was demolished in 1973. Then how is it having its 50th anniversary, you ask? Well, it was rebuilt in its original structure in 1984 and has stood strong since. Commemorating its anniversary on Tuesday, bands from Argentina to Russia took part in a 13-hour-long set. Luckily, none of those performances brought the house down. However, something tells me that if the Beatles somehow made an appearance for even five minutes, then yes, that certainly would have done it.
The club also has venues in Australia, Argentina and Japan. So if you happen to be in any of those neighborhoods, be sure to check it out.