A deeply embedded love of music and art has led Sam Milgrom to build a nationally acclaimed music store, turn a historic movie house into Detroit’s premiere live music showcase nightclub, and launch an innovative gallery concept. Born and raised in the Motor City, this urban rocker has spent his entire life exploring every facet of the music industry and has spent his career bringing the best into the spotlight.
Sam grew his record store Sam’s Jams from one of the first punk stores in a 200 square foot storefront just outside of Detroit to a 10,000 square foot superstore. Sam’s Jams was one of the country’s largest volume independent music stores with over 500,000 records and a separate Jazz Room. It was one of the first to hold a weekly Live Concert Series, with members of Motown’s Funk Brothers as the house band. Autograph sessions at the store included Willie Dixon, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Tony Bennett, Metallica, The Jam and Duran Duran. In 1982, Sam was named one of ‘Detroit’s 100 Powers and Personalities’.
In 1991, Sam rescued a 1920’s movie house and opened the live music venue ‘The Magic Bag’, which featured nationally touring rock, blues, and jazz legends (Sheila E., WAR, Leo Kottke, Graham Parker, Lee Rocker, Max Roach) while showcasing Detroit’s burgeoning talent. He produced over 300 concerts while helping to launch the careers of then rising star Kid Rock, singer-songwriters Ben Harper & Jeff Buckley, Blues singer Keb Mo, R&B singer/bassist Me’Shell Ndege Ocello, and Jazz trumpeter Roy Hargrove.
In 1998, Sam opened LA’s first gallery devoted exclusively to art by and about the world’s greatest musicians. Sam is committed to guiding Mr Musichead Gallery as it continues to add relevant and talented new artists to its roster, and newly discovered rare photographic images to its archive.